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.