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Smokey Eyes: How To Do It The French Way

If you want to look French, you have to get your make-up right. And, if, like me, you are not very patient, well, it can be a bit of a challenge. That said, fear not, we French women are very good at using a minimalist approach as far as make-up is concerned. It is all about looking fresh and natural, and less is definitively more. For instance, it is either the lips or the eyes. Not both. I told you already. And I rarely spend more than ten minutes on my make-up. My excuse is that I don’t want to overdo it…and I am sticking to it!

That said, if you go for the eyes, then you have no choice but to master the smokey eyes. Nothing looks more French than a good smokey eyes. The beauty of the smokey eyes is that I find it incredibly easy, especially compared to other very defined alternatives. And if the result appears a bit messy, well, it is all part of the dramatic effect that you want to create. What’s not to like?

So, here is how I do it…And it has got me a lot of attention. A bit too much sometimes, if you ask me. I hope it will work for you too. Keep me posted!



  1. Apply your highlighter. What is your highlighter? Your highlighter is the lightest of your three eyeshadow shades. I like a light silver or gold, depending on my outfit and on my mood. Using your eye shadow brush (or, if you are in a hurry as I often am, your fingertips..), dab it on the inside corner of your eyelid on both your upper and lower lids. Go up to the eyebrows. Yep, all around the eyes. Don’t be shy.
  2. Take your middle eyeshadow shade and sweep it over your entire eyelid. JUST the eyelids. And yes, fingertips are great too. Try to blend the two shadows at the limit to avoid any sharp contrast.
  3. Right, now, off to your darkest eyeshadow shade. The darkest part should always be the point at the upper edge of your lash line. Always start at this point and work inwards. Remain close to the eye. Don’t apply the shadow too far inside. Sweep a little of your dark shadow under your eye, on your lower lid. Again, start at the outside corner and bring it only about halfway in. No need to overdo it. Don’t forget to blend.
  4. Now, it’s time to finish. Go black for a formal occasion, and brown for something more relaxed. What am I talking about? Mascara of course, and kohl pencil/eyeliner. Leave the mascara for the very end, and put it on the upper lid and the lower one of course. Experiment a bit with the pencil. I like to try to apply it on the inside of the lid (as much as I can), and a bit on the eyelid. The messier, the better. Blend generously. After all, you don’t want to look like everybody else, right?


Well, and if it all becomes a tad too much, you need to remember that you can have a RTG Make-up artist at your door in 3 clicks with RTG app So What are you waiting for?


This post was originally published on French Yummy Mummy.