WATCH: How to Get a Perfect Smoky Eye Every Time, According to Kendall Jenner’s Makeup Artist


Creating the perfect smoky eye can be tricky, but Kendall Jenner’s Estée Lauder makeup artist Victor Henao has a foolproof trick — and all it takes is eyeliner. Watch and learn in the above video for our series, Life-Changing Tips.

Because half of the battle with a smoky eye is figuring out exactly where and how high the shadow should be placed, Henao creates a map on his clients’ eyelids before applying any eyeshadow, guaranteeing two totally symmetrical shapes. Using a black eyeliner pencil, Henao draws two lines along the crease of the eyelid, each starting from the inner and outer corners of the eye and creating a half-moon shape with a space at the top.

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Then, Henao smudges the lines downwards using a firm eyeshadow brush, which creates a smoky base on the lid that’s darker on the outer edge and lighter towards the center. He finishes by blending and exaggerating the look with a coordinating eyeshadow color.

And if black isn’t your shade, you can still steal Henao’s trick. Simply choose your eyeshadow color and use a coordinating dark eyeliner color as your guide.

What are your smoky eye tricks? Sound off in the comments below!

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