The Dramatic Eye Look You'll Wear Every Day

From happy hour to date night, a simple dramatic eye can take your look to the next level. If you're worried about going too bold, this style from makeup artist Jillian Dempsey, whose clientele includes stars like Kate Winslet and Jennifer Lawrence, is exactly what you're looking for.

She uses only two products to get a smoky, intense eye without going overboard. Start with a dark eyeliner pencil and line your lower lash line just below the water line. Smudging gives a sultry, worn-in look that takes away the sharpness often associated with a dramatic eye.

Next, line your upper lash line and smudge using either a smudge tool or your pinky finger (dab lightly for desired effect and don't tug on skin). Now for Jillian's makeup twist: line the crease of your eyelid with the pencil. Choose a darker hued eyeshadow and with a blending brush blend the shadow onto your lid while softening the pencil line. Continue to blend until you've reached a desired smoky, worn-in look. The goal is to create a dramatic effect while still keeping details soft and natural feeling.

Watch above for Jillian's pro application tips and give this tutorial a try for yourself! For an extra smoky look, use a black volumizing mascara (or for the truly bold, false eyelashes) and dust a light illuminating eyeshadow just below your eyebrows. Defining brows with a pencil or crayon can also add intensity and give extra shape to your face.

Jillian Dempsey is a professional makeup artist best known for beautifying young Hollywood for their most important red carpet appearances. Building on her artistic skills as a painter "making up" the faces of celebrities, Jillian enjoys developing new products and pioneering beauty trends. She hand selects organic and naturally-derived ingredients when formulating her makeup line.
Published 07/12/2016
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