Creating a smoky eye isn’t as scary as you think, a few simple steps will give you a smouldering look in no time at all.

If the thought of dark greys and blacks leaves you cold, any colour is fine as long as your main colour is a darker, deeper shade. For a great alternative smoky eye try using browns or purples.

The key is to use just two colours of your choice, a dark tone, the other a medium.

I like to start with the medium tone in the crease, working the colour backwards and forwards and extending it a little further outwards and upwards towards the end of my brow, to ‘lift’ the eye. Blend all the edges with a clean fluffy brush – this is key to avoid harsh lines.

Next apply the darker colour onto your eyelid a little at a time. Concentrate the colour along the lash line and blend it up towards the crease to create the smoky effect.

Using a pencil brush take the dark colour under your lower lash line and sweep to blend. From the outer corner blend upwards to join with your outer-v, that way it gives a nice continuation with no breaks in the colour.

When creating a smoky eye, do this before you apply your base (foundation/concealer). That way you can clean up any fallout from the eye shadow and have a nice fresh base.

When picking up the darker eye shadow with your brush always tap off the excess.

Remember to blend and always use a clean brush.