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Get The Look: Sonakshi’s Intense Smokey Eyes Are Not For The Faint-Hearted

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Sonakshi Sinha rocked a mean smokey eye to the Blender’s Pride Fashion Tour 2016. She paired her custom Rohit Gandhi Rahul Khanna gown with a sultry makeup look that was absolutely perfect for the occasion. And so, of course, we’ve just got to get this look down! Her makeup artist, Nileysh Parmaar, nailed the dark smokey. Here’s how you can too.

Oh, and a big shout out to her hairstylist, Sheetal Khan, for those trendy braids that fit right in with Sonakshi’s unique personality.

1. Eyeshadow Base

Even as a makeup artist, I often blotch up my face with fall out when I’m attempting a heavy eyeshadow look. So, try and do your eyes before you do the rest of your makeup, especially when it comes to a smokey eye like this. To ensure your smokey eye lasts and the product sticks to your lids rather than your face, apply an eyeshadow base to your lids. I prefer the NYX Eyeshadow Base in Skin Tone. It works as a primer and cancels out any discolouration on your eyelids.

SHOP NOW: NYX Eyeshadow Base — Skin Tone (Rs. 725)


2. Translucent Powder

Dab loose or translucent powder on your lids to set the primer, before beginning your look.

SHOP NOW: Bonjour Paris Pearl Powder (Rs 192)


3. Eyeshadow Palette

In order to achieve the perfect smokey, you need the perfect smokey eye palette. Makeup Revolution I Heart Makeup Wonder Palette — Death By Chocolate is the ultimate smokey eye palette.

SHOP NOW: Makeup Revolution I Heart Makeup Wonder Palette – Death By Chocolate (Rs 1,550)


4. Brushes

Invest in a good brush set. It’s something that will always come in handy. The Japonesque eye brush set boasts of all the brushes you need to create that perfect smokey.

SHOP NOW: Japonesque Velvet Touch Eye Brush Set (Rs 2,194)



5. Mascara

A smokey eye requires lots of mascara, so make sure you opt for a voluminous mascara. If you’re going for added drama, you can add false lashes to your look.

SHOP NOW: L’Oréal Volume Million Lashes Mascara (Rs 895)


Use the largest, most fluffy brush from the set to blend a taupe colour from your palette, just above your crease. Then, use the same brush to blend a grey into your crease. Back and forth motions will do the trick. Next, use the flat brush to apply black shadow all over your lids. This part should be the darkest. Make it intense, as dark as you like it. Then, use the angled brush and dip it into black eyeshadow to line your lids, like eyeliner. Lastly, use the smaller blending brush blend the entire look together. Add more colour where you see fit. Bring the black eyeshadow down, on your lower lash line to bring the look together. Finish it off with a few generous coats of mascara.

#HauteTip: Remember to pick up a little bit of product at a time and build up your look gradually, to avoid mistakes.


Our beauty writer is also an amazing makeup artist (check out some of her awesome videos on the site!). This skincare enthusiast is also a bonafide globetrotter and boss babe.

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