If there’s one question we get time and time again, it’s how to create beautiful smoky eyes. We’re forever mastering the trend, mixing in new hues, shades and textures and getting pointers from the very best makeup artists on how to perfect the art of the softly smoked eye.

Each season there’s a different variation of the standard – metallics, browns, lilacs, or gunmetal greys. But the technique is often the same. It’s all about the shading, contouring, blending and using the correct tools to make the eyes pop with such an intense look. Here are our best tips from makeup experts, plus a few galleries to gain inspiration for your next dramatic eye.

Brown-eyed girl
Give your eyes a dramatic, yet soft, update in shades of brown, from golden to chocolate, and a touch of grey.

Celebrity beauty
Smoky eyes ooze sex appeal and rule the Hollywood red carpet. It’s sultry, sexy and perfect for a special occasion. Get inspiration from these celebrities showing off their expertly smoked eyes.

Beauty 101
Step-by-step instructions on how to create a dramatic look with bold eyes, groomed brows and a flawless finish to your skin.

Focal point
It’s all about the eyes. Bold brows, thick liner, smoky eyes and splashes of colour make eyes the centre of attention this season.