Break Away from Neutrals: 20 Colorful Smoky Eye Looks


A classic smoky eye is, well, classic for a reason. Beautiful, elegant and evening-appropriate, it’s always a safe bet for a night out…but what’s the fun in playing it safe? One of the most exciting parts of doing your makeup is experimenting and playing around with different colors and styles to see what works best for you. Scroll through for twenty of the most stunning colorful smoky eye ideas to inspire you to put the black shadow down and get creative!


A cranberry smoky eye, like this one by Desi Perkins, is surprisingly very easy to pull off. It looks beautiful and sophisticated, especially during the fall. Pair it with nude lips. Cranberry shadow works incredibly well with brown eyes – give it a try!


Katy of LustreLux used Makeup Geek’s Center Stage for the extra pop on the lid. This blue-purple look is definitely bold, but its equally gorgeous.


Amrezy is a true pro: her looks are always blended to perfection. Check out this vivid green smoky eye! She used Grasshopper from the new Urban Decay Vice4 Palette for that bright mint green.


This look by @BeetaBeauty is so elegant. An olive green smoky eye is timeless. Whether you have blue, green, hazel or brown eyes, it looks stunning. She used Too Faced’s Love Palette.


Jaclyn Hill is perfection. No one does a smoky eye quite like her. To get a step-by-step of this striking look, check out her tutorial, above!


For this metallic plum smoky eye, Amanda Ensing used the new, incredible Anastasia Beverly Hills Self-Made Palette.



This picture doesn’t really capture the color of this dark navy/green smoky eye. It’s flawless, as Carli Bybel’s looks always are. To see how she got this dramatic look, step-by-step, check out the video, above.


This super-warm eye by Christen Dominique is gorgeous. The dramatic wing takes it to the next level. The peachy-nude lipstick pulls the whole look together. Love it. She used ColourPop’s Central Perk and On the Rocks shadows.


Shannon of @Shaaanxo used Anastasia’s colorful Artist Palette for this cool-toned look. Check out the video, above, to see how she got the look!


This bold, mermaid-inspired look by @EmanMakeup is amazing!! So incredibly beautiful. To see how she got the look, check out the video, above.


If going with a bold color all over your eyes is too much for you, try a neutral smoky with a pop of color on the lower lash line, like Heidi Hamoud did here. It’s a subtle twist on a smoky eye that anyone can pull off!


Smoky, smoky, smoky! Kathleen Lights went bold with this teal and brown smoky eye. To see how she achieved the look, check out the video, above.


The Batalash Girls know how to do a dramatic smoky right!! Check out this minty, super-smoky eye by Angela of Batalash. She used the Saucebox Batalash Palette (not available anymore, but their other palettes are equally gorgeous) and Makeup Geek’s Fantasy Foiled Eyeshadow.


Samantha Ravndahl is cool-toned perfection with this smoky silver and purple eye. She used the new Kat Von D Mi Vida Loca Palette and Makeup Geek’s Kaleidoscope Pigment.

Rose and Ben

Glam as always. It’s a common ‘rule’ of beauty to not match your eyes and lips, but rules are made to be broken. Rose of @RoseandBen proves that matching can be both sultry and trendy. Absolutely love this romantic monochromatic look. She used Ciate London’s Smoky Suedes Palette.


Allow your smoky eye to do all the talking. Mariah Leonard of @TheGalsGuide created a green smoky eye using Kat Von D’s Mi Vida Loca Palette, and kept the rest of her look extremely clean and simple.


Warm colors look good on a large majority of skin tones. Nikkie of @NikkieTutorials makes the case for orange, with this stunning, warm smoky eye. Perfect.


How incredible is the new ABH Self-Made Palette? Love this purple & metallic smoky eye by Sara Elizabeth of @SaraElizabethMakeup! She used some shades from Self-Made, in addition to ABH’s Shadow Couture Palette.


Almost a neutral, but with a twist: a brown smoky eye that veers more towards red is both beautiful and easy-to-wear. Priscilla of @Phernandez_MK used Morphe’s new 35O Palette for this look. Love the gold glitter on the lower lash line for an extra pop!


Navy is always a good idea! Obsessed with this rich navy smoky eye by Ellarie. She used LORAC’s classic PRO Palette for the look.

Are you a neutral smoky lover or do you play around with color? Let us know in the comments below and on PAMPADOUR.COM!

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