Recreating Ariana Grande’s Famous Smokey Eye

2021 makeup trends are big on playing up your eyes. With masks not going anywhere any time soon, it makes total sense to focus on those gorgeous eyes!  We’ve all wanted to steal a celebrity’s famous look at one time or another. Maybe you’ve wanted to glam it up with gold like Ariel Winter, or do a bold vibrant eye like Jasmine Sanders, or try the classic smokey eye that Ariana Grande pulls off so well. I love getting inspiration from celebrity makeup and finding looks that work for my clients. It’s so much fun to recreate a celebrity look – it makes you feel so glamorous! 

My fav is Ariana Grande’s classic smokey eye and it’s easy to do when you break it down step by step. Even someone who’s a makeup beginner can recreate it. This look is perfect for a fun night out or a special event!   

Photo Source: YouTube: Best dressed celebrities at the 2020 Grammys | Cosmopolitan UK

Classic Smokey Eye Look

To recreate Ariana’s smokey eye look, see below or check out my IGTV for a full tutorial! 

STEP ONE: Start with a transition shade. You always want to work from lightest to darkest when applying eyeshadow. I like to use a soft brown or peach shade for this step. Apply eyeshadow in small windshield wiper motions with a tapered blending brush.

Products Used: MAC Cosmetics Soft Brown Eyeshadow & MAC Cosmetics 217S Brush

STEP TWO: You want to continue building up that transition. Use a warm medium brown eyeshadow from your palette – warm transitions tend to be the most flattering for smokey eyes. Start slightly under the crease and continue using the same tapered brush and blending it up into the other shadow, using the same slight windshield wiper motion and in a circular shape.

Products Used: MAC Cosmetics Rule Eyeshadow

STEP THREE:  Now you want to go even a step further to smoke out the eye. Deepen the crease one more time with a dark brown tone.  I went right in with the black cream shadow here but you can use an eyeliner pencil or black cream shadow. Start close to the lash line and work your way up to the crease. Then blend out with a synthetic brush. 

Products Used: flash color palette multi-use cream color

STEP FOUR: After it is blended, add a black eye shadow by blending the product from the base of the lashes and then blend towards the crease. You want to apply most of the product toward the lash line and then again blend upwards.

Products Used: MAC Cosmetics Carbon Black 


STEP FIVE: If you want to add a little more glam, once the shadow is blended, I use a gel eyeliner to create the wing and add lashes for the perfect effect. Finish the look with mascara on the top and bottom lashes.

Products Used:  Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eyeliner Pencil,   Maybelline Gel Eye Liner, Ardell Lashes, &  Maybelline Volume Express Mascara 

Full tutorial can be found on my IGTV. Post a photo of your smokey eye look on Instagram and tag me so I can see your great work!

Disclosure: I only recommend products I use myself and all opinions expressed here are my own. This post may contain affiliate links that are no additional cost to you, but I may earn a small commission.

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