Quick eye makeup Tutorial : Smoldering Summer eyes FOTDs

Hi everyone!

Today I’m doing a tutorial on a very simple eye makeup that I love wearing. I like to call it ‘Smoldering Summer eyes‘.

The basic idea is to frame the upper and lower lash line + water line with kohl /black smudgy eye pencil and then smudge and set with an eye shadow like brown/gray/blue/green..(you can use whichever shade you want ). The result is smoldering look which can be paired with a subtle lipstick/gloss for everyday wear. I’ve been wearing this look a lot lately and experimenting with different colored eye shadows to smudge the kohl.

Time it takes : 5-7 min. No precision is required since its a soft smudgy look with no precise lines.

What you require :

1. Kohl/kajal/smudgy black eye pencil

I’ve used : FACES kajal

Faces kajal

2. Dark eye shadow shade of your choice ( My personal favorites are blue, gray and brownish purple)

I’ve used  : Coastal Scents 88 original palette– shade as shown (for the first eye) , Bourjois ombre stretch eye shadow Navy blue shade (for other eye)

Dark taupe- brown eye shadow from Coastal Scents palette

3. Any brush with slightly stiff bristles to smudge the kohl and apply the eye shadow

I’ve used : An unbranded brush that cost me only Rs 30/-

4. Compact (for applying on the under eye area. Powdering the under eye area prevents the kajal from smudging and bleeding to a large extent)

I’ve used: Chambor Silver shadow compact ‘RR2 Rose Pale’

5. Mascara (optional)


If you wish to apply concealer, apply it before the first step.

Step 1 – Apply thick line with the kohl on the upper lash line and water line.

Step 1 : Apply kajal or black pencil on upper lash and waterline

Step 2- Smudge the line using the brush on upper lash line and lower lash line.

Step 2 : Smudge liner lightly using brush

Step 3– Apply eye shadow of desired shade on top of the smudged liner. This will have the following benefits

i. It will set the kajal/kohl and prevent it from smudging. The powder will absord the oils/moisture that cause smudging.

ii. It will add to the soft look of this makeup.

iii. Colored shadows will make it more interesting. You can experiment with different colors and combinations (I tried with navy blue and added a little maroon/red from the CS palette- resulted in a beautiful plum-purple shade! )

Step 3 : Apply eyeshadow shade of choice over the smudged kohl

Step 4– Add finishing touches. The shade seemed a little dull to me so I picked up some red-maroon shade from the Coastal Scents palette and blended it with the gray-brown and winged it lightly.

Step 4 : Finishing touch - wing it slightly

Pat some powder in the under eye area and finish with mascara. Smoldering Summer eyes are done!

I have done the right using dark blue eyeshadow.

Quick eye makeup : Smoldering Summer eyes

Quick eye makeup : Smoldering Summer eyes

I’m only wearing compact and Nivea fruity shine lip balm in ‘Strawberry’ in the following picture –

Quick eye makeup : Smoldering Summer eyes FOTD

I’ve used the frosty grey-taupe shade from Colorbar warm palette to smudge the kohl in the following picture –

Quick eye makeup : Smoldering Summer eyes FOTD

Quick eye makeup : Smoldering Summer eyes FOTD

Also worn it in my review of Lakme pure rouge blusher ‘Rose Crush ‘ (I did mention I’ve been wearing it a LOT lately!! ). Used navy blue shade of Bourjois ombre stretch eye shadow here.

Quick eye makeup : Smoldering Summer eyes FOTD

How to make it last longer –

If you have oily lids, this is important for you. The makeup should look smoftly smoked and smoldering but not messy !

1. Prime your lids ( eye primer/ paint pot/ concealer or foundation topped with compact powder)

2. Powder under eye area and tear duct area well. This really helps!

My lids are not very oily but my kajal does run a bit without proper setting with eyeshadow/compact. This makeup however lasted the entire day (8-9 hours) with little fading and a little bit of smudging near the tear duct (I had forgotten to powder that area).

Do you like wearing eye liner sharp or smudged? Did you like the Smoldering summer eyes look? Let me know your comments by replying below.


Posted on May 12, 2011, in Coastal Scents, Eyes, Faces, Latest Trends, Looks, Tutorials and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 19 Comments.

  1. wow this looks so simple! which brownish purple shadows do you use? Also, how is the Faces kajal? Is it too hard?

    • I just mix shadows from the Coastal Scents palette..apply the brown first and then top it with a purple..gives a nice smokey shade! Faces kajal is quite soft and dark , almost as dark as MAC Smolder in swatch though not as dark on the eye. I’ll re reviewing it soon.

  2. can i use a coloured eye pencil instead of regular kajal for this look and later line my upper lash line with liquid/gel eyeliner?

    • Hi Ramona, that’ll look good but won’t give quite the same effect. When you apply liner first and then smudge and soften it with eyeshadow, it gives a soft smoldering look but when you smudge colored liner(that will act as eye shadow) and line with liquid/gel liner, the effect would be sharper and less ‘smokey’.

  3. Very simple and pretty 🙂 u look like a diva 🙂

  4. So pretty!Thanks for putting this up. Is this a comfortable look to wear in hot humid and sweaty summer? I fear having raccoon eyes as all kajal smudge like crazy on me.

    • You’re welcome AD. If you powder/prime the eyes before and set the kajal with eye shadow, it doesn’t smudge (unless you swipe your fingers across it harshly). I wear it this everyday for 6-8 hours and it stays put except for my tear duct sometimes cos I tend to touch that area a lot!

  5. hi ankita. u look so adorable. i am a makeup novice. plz do a video tutorial as i would like to try this look. because iam not able to understand how should i do smudging. i am crazy about smoky eyes would definitely want to try this

  6. by the way ankita, loved ur lip color/ what is the shade and brand

    • Thank you Chandana 🙂 In the first pic, Nivea strawberry lip balm. In the second pic, Colorbar DIVA lipstick shade ’03 Dress to Impress’ (Read my review HERE ) and in the last pic , Colorbar lip liner ‘Nude Pink’ topped with NYX Sheer gloss shade ‘HOT’.

  7. i looovvvveeeeee your blog Ankita 🙂 its super… ❤

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