How To Rock Smokey Eyes this Spring

smokey eyes

At last, spring is here! Make-up wise, spring season has been synonymous with subtle makeup and light pastel colours with just a dab of mascara, and often goes towards the no makeup-look as summer approaches. It’s light, it’s fun and it preps our skin for the first rays of sunlight as we get accustomed to the longer, warmer days and the lighter jackets. But if you ask noted makeup artist Pat McGrath, the smokey eye should become a staple this spring – she created a fabulous smokey eye for the hottest models on the Atelier Versace runway earlier this spring (check it out here). So while pastels and the no makeup-makeup reigns this spring and summer, we suggest you unleash your inner rock goddess and go against the stream this spring with sultry, smokey eyes. It’s the perfect look for any party worth your time and can be paired with feminine, short dresses or your faux leather jacket and ripped jeans. Of course, Vilda has created our own version of sexy, smokey  eyes and we’re here to tell you exactly how to copy it – vegan style.

smokey eye makeup

smokey eyes


  1. Apply an eyeshadow primer on the eyelid to make sure you get the most out of the black colour and to make sure it stays put all night long. Urban Decay’s Eyeshadow Primer Potion (1) is a favourite among beauty junkies around the world.
    Pro tip: If you don’t have a primer, a wet/damp brush will do the trick as well.
  2. Start with applying a matte eyeshadow that is a bit darker than your own skin. Here I also used one that is quite warm just to soften the look a bit. Use a blending brush and lightly apply it in the crease and around the lower lash line. Neve Cosmetics’ Elegantissimi eyeshadow palette (2) is perfect for creating a matte, smokey eye and has several shadows that are perfect for the crease, no matter your skin tone.
  3. Now apply the black eyeshadow on to the lid and use a blending brush to blend it with the lighter shadow. Also apply it around the lower lash line – here I only applied a bit of black eyeshadow to the outer corner on the lower lid in order to accentuate the almond shape of the eyes. If you’re not ready to go full-blown rock queen you can try using dark brown or grey shades instead.
    Pro tip: Black eyeshadow tends to fall down on your cheeks when you apply it. There are two solutions for this. 1) Don’t put on any base before doing your eye makeup and you can just remove the black shadow with makeup remover, or 2) Apply a thick layer of loose powder under the eyes and on the cheeks and you’ll be able to brush it off with a large powder brush afterwards, leaving no trace of the black eyeshadow.
  4. Don’t forget to define your brows. I like to fill them in a bit darker when paired with smokey eyes than I do with more natural looks. Try the brow kit from Sleek Makeup (3), which also contains a vegan eyebrow wax to keep all the stray eyebrow hairs in place.
  5. Use eyeliner as you please. For this look, I’ve only applied a kohl pencil on the inner, upper eyelid as this really defines the eye, but you can also do a winged eyeliner or fill it in around the whole eye for that gorgeous cat-eye effect. Try the Lily Lolo Black Eyeliner Pencil (4) for this.

smokey eyes

smokey eyes

Hair & Makeup: Anja Lastric for Vilda Magazine
Photos: Linn Gullberg
Model: Laura Larsen/Le Management

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Anja Elle

Beauty & Marketing Coordinator

Anja has a background as hairstylist and makeupartist and works with marketing. She is a Swede living in Copenhagen with her two cats. Anja lives to travel, is a vegetarian, a bit of a crazy cat lady, and would go far for a good truffle pasta and Italian wine. She blogs at

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