How to Make Your Smoky Eye Look Like It Was Done by a Makeup Artist

When it comes to beauty, it hardly gets more classic than the smoky eye. The sultry staple is like the little black dress of our beauty arsenal—if worn right, it's timeless, sophisticated, and suited to any occasion. The only trouble is that unlike our go-to LBD, the smoky eye requires a little more effort than simply putting it on. A lot can go wrong between our deciding to sport the smoldering look and stepping out for the night with smoky eye perfection. Sometimes it's such a hassle to pull off that we skip it altogether. To overcome these obstacles and take back the timeless beauty look, we sought the expert advice of celebrity makeup artist Mai Quynh to get to the bottom of achieving the perfect smoky eye once and for all.

Responsible for some of the red carpet beauty looks seen on Kristen Stewart, Scarlett Johansson, and Chloë Grace Moretz, Quynh is an expert when it comes to executing head-turning, camera-ready beauty looks. We chatted with her to go over what exactly goes into achieving a professional-level smoky eye and broke down the process step-by-step so you can follow along at home. Read on to study up on Quynh's insider advice, and you'll never have to skip the smoky eye again.

Keep reading to see Quynh's step-by-step advice and shop the products to help achieve that smoky eye.