Makeup Tutorial: A Simple Way to Create The Smokey Eye Look with Black Gel-Liner

Friday, January 13, 2017


I've always wanted to recreate a smokey eye look, but I chicken out most of the time because I am afraid of things going horribly wrong and myself looking like a panda.

Most makeup tutorials utilise the method of layering on layers and layers of black eyeshadow till you get the desired smokey effect. It might sound easy but it is easy to go wrong – put too much and you've turned yourself into a raccoon, put too little and you don't get that smokey effect.

This tutorial is inspired by Dave Kim, makeup artist of Etude House. He dropped by Singapore last October, to promote Etude House's Pink Skull Halloween collection. He showcased a couple of makeup tricks and this is one of them, creating a smokey eye look using black gel-liner pen.


I thought it was an ingenious idea because you get to control the level of 'smokiness' easily and it is absolutely fuss-free. Anyone who is looking to try out a smokey eye look should definitely give these steps a go!

Unfortunately the Pink Skull collection has been discontinued for sale in Singapore. You might still find it abroad, like countries in Taiwan or Korea. I recently returned from Taiwan and noticed that their Etude House stores were still selling the Pink Skull collection!

An alternative to getting these eyeshadow shades in Singapore is to purchase the individual eyeshadow pots. I cross-referenced the colours and you can find most of the shades that I used in this tutorial being sold as individual pots. The cream blushers are still available on their online store, so do check that out.

Here is a list of the products that I used in the video:

  • Etude House Multi-function 8-in-1 CC Cream (here)
  • Etude House Big Cover Concealer BB (here)
  • Etude House Big Cover Concealer Cushion(here)
  • Etude House Drawing Eyebrow Duo in Dark Brown (here)
  • Etude House Proof 10 Eye Primer (here)
  • Etude House Play 101 Pencil in Black (here)
  • Etude House Pink Skull Color Eyes in Funky Skull (here)
  • Etude House Lash Perm Curl-Fix Long Lash Mascara (here)
  • Etude House Pink Skull Cream Blusher in Skull Rose (here)
  • Etude House Twinshot Lipstint in Funky X Skull (here)


Note: Products from the Pink Skull collection were kindly sponsored by Etude House Singapore and Touch PR & Events.