If there's any makeup style that will stand the test of time, it's the smoky eye. That's what makeup artist Tricia Sutter tells me as I'm quizzing her yet again on how to make my eye makeup look like I actually know what I'm doing. She's a veritable genius when it comes to makeup, and has the gift of patience — which is all but required when teaching someone like me about the virtues of makeup. "You'll need a few tools to master the smoky eye," Sutter says. "And it might sound intimidating at first, but like anything else — it gets easier with practice!"
"A smoky eye is great, because you can easily vary the intensity to make it appropriate for any time of day, or any function you're attending," Sutter says. Sutter gave me a subtle smoky eye this past summer for a wedding I attended, and I received more compliments on my eyes than I've ever received in my life. This woman knows what she's doing. She recommends starting with a lighter palette, for beginners. "It's easier to blend and clean up with lighter colors," Sutter says. "But if you're feeling it, go bold and dive in with a dark palette!" Aside from the obvious necessities of eye shadow, Sutter talked me through the rest of her smoky eye necessities, so that I could recreate the look on my own. Below, you'll find her tips, tricks, and favorite tools to master the smoky eye.