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Creating a Quick Smokey Eye with Cream Shadows

In the world of makeup, mastering the art of the smokey eye is like having a secret weapon in your beauty arsenal. A well-executed smokey eye can effortlessly elevate your look from day to night, adding a touch of mystery and glamour. If you're a busy individual who values efficiency without compromising style, then a quick smokey eye using cream shadows might just be the game-changer you've been looking for. In this blog post, we'll explore the step-by-step process of creating a stunning smokey eye in a flash, and why completing your eyes before applying concealer and base is the key to a flawless finish.

Step 1: Choose the Right Cream Shadow

The foundation of any good smokey eye is the right choice of eyeshadow. Cream shadows are perfect for those on-the-go moments when time is of the essence. Opt for a highly pigmented cream shadow in a dark and smoldering shade like charcoal, espresso, or deep plum. The creamy consistency allows for easy blending, making it an ideal candidate for a quick and seamless smokey eye. We recommend Eyes to Mesmerise Cream Eyeshadow by Charlotte Tilbury.

Step 2: Apply the Cream Shadow

Now, it's time to work your magic with the cream shadow. Using a flat eyeshadow brush or your fingertip, apply the cream shadow to your eyelids. Don't be afraid to build up the intensity gradually – it's easier to add more than to remove excess. Focus on creating a gradient effect, with the color being most intense at the lash line and softly diffusing as it reaches the crease. You can also create your gradient affect by applying a lighter color in the inner corner of the eye and intensifying the color towards the outer corner.

Step 4: Blend, Blend, Blend

The key to a flawless smokey eye lies in the art of blending. Use a clean, fluffy eyeshadow brush to blend the edges of the cream shadow, ensuring a seamless transition between the dark shade and your natural skin tone. This is wear you can add a brown matte powder shadow or bronzer. Circular motions and gentle strokes will be your best friends in this step. The goal is to eliminate any harsh lines and achieve that coveted smokey, sultry effect.

Step 5: Complete Eye Makeup Before Base

Here's a game-changing tip: complete your eye makeup before applying concealer and base. This strategy helps avoid any fallout from eyeshadow, especially when working with dark and intense colors. By finishing your eyes first, you can easily clean up any stray pigment without compromising your meticulously applied concealer and foundation.

Step 6: Add Definition with Eyeliner and Mascara

To enhance the smokey eye effect, apply a rich black eyeliner to your waterline or use a pencil brush to apply dark shadow to the area of the eye right under the waterline. This step adds depth to your eyes, making them appear more defined and captivating. Finish off your eye makeup by generously applying mascara to your lashes, creating volume and length.


In just a few simple steps, you've mastered the art of creating a quick smokey eye using cream shadows. By completing your eye makeup before applying concealer and base, you've not only saved time but also ensured a flawless finish. This efficient approach to makeup application is perfect for those moments when you need to look effortlessly chic without spending hours in front of the mirror. So, the next time you're pressed for time but still want to make a statement, reach for your favorite cream shadow and let it do the work for you.

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