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Step by Step: Irina Shayk's subtle smoky eye

by Paige Exell -

When it comes to pulling off the perfect smoky eye, Irina Shayk knows best. The Russian supermodel and L'Oreal Paris muse recently posted a photo on Instagram drawing attention to her dark grey smoky eye, bold brows and illuminated complexion. Unlike most smoky eyes, Irina's look is subtle, consisting only of smoky shadow, a touch of highlighter and a hint of mascara.

This look is versatile and perfectly suitable to be worn to the office to lunch with a friend and for a night out. Inspired by Irina's recent selfie? Read on to find out how to achieve her subtle smoky eye, step by step.

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COLOUR RICHE EYE SHADOW - COOKIES & CREAM

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LA COULEUR INFALLIBLE EYESHADOW - Time Resist White

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BROW STYLIST PREP & SHAPE PRO KIT - MEDIUM TO DARK

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Mascara Telescopic - Blackest Black

4 Mascara Telescopic - Blackest Black

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1 COLOUR RICHE EYE SHADOW - COOKIES & CREAM

To start off your look, grab a smoky shadow palette that contains a dark grey, light grey, black and white shadow. Start off by applying the dark shade of grey onto your lid and into the crease of your eye. Blend it using a fluffy shadow brush, then apply the light grey shadow onto the upper portion of your lids and your brow bone.

Next, use an angled shadow brush to apply the darker shade of grey onto the area beneath your lower lash line. For a subtler, day-appropriate look, keep the shadow as close to your lash line as possible without extending it downwards under your eyes.

COLOUR RICHE EYE SHADOW - COOKIES & CREAM

COLOUR RICHE EYE SHADOW - COOKIES & CREAM



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2 LA COULEUR INFALLIBLE EYESHADOW - Time Resist White

Once your shadow is perfectly blended, use a shimmery white shadow to highlight the area just beneath your brows where the arch begins. Apply the same shade on the inner corners of your eyes to open them up and make your eyes appear brighter.

LA COULEUR INFALLIBLE EYESHADOW - Time Resist White

LA COULEUR INFALLIBLE EYESHADOW - Time Resist White



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3 BROW STYLIST PREP & SHAPE PRO KIT - MEDIUM TO DARK

Next, complement your smoky eyes by framing and filling in your brows. Start off by using a spoolie to brush your brows up and outward to get the true shape of your brow. Then, use a brow pencil to draw the outline of the brow, emphasizing the arch at the middle of your eye. Finish off by filling in any sparse areas with a brow pencil. Focus more on the outer portion of your brow, while leaving the inner portion slightly bare.

BROW STYLIST PREP & SHAPE PRO KIT - MEDIUM TO DARK

BROW STYLIST PREP & SHAPE PRO KIT - MEDIUM TO DARK



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4 Mascara Telescopic - Blackest Black

Complete your subtle smoky eye by applying a lengthening mascara like L'Oreal's Telescopic mascara onto your upper and lower lashes. Avoid clumps by moving your hand in a back and forth motion as you coat your lashes.

Mascara Telescopic - Blackest Black

Mascara Telescopic - Blackest Black



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