Smoky Eye Staples for Your Makeup Bag

There's no need to call our local fire department, but our eyes are seriously getting smoky around here – in the best way possible. We’re constantly cleaning out our makeup drawers, only to find that we’re always in need of more smoky eye staples. There’s a way to work one in for any occasion: a splash of shimmer for a girls’ night out, tone it down with a color for date night, revert to dense, taupe-y neutrals for a work event or dress yourself up completely with a smoked-out black. If you’re not exactly sure how to go about finding the best smoky eye for you, resort to a double-sided shadow stick or a ready-to-go swipe. More experienced makeup magicians will fall in love with the options that abound with a palette chock-full of rich, dark pigments. Use a heavy hand with these shadows and layer them on for a sexy, smokin’ hot look.

NYX 10-Color Eyeshadow Palette in Smokey Eyes, available at for $10.
Revlon ColorStay Smoky Shadow Stick, available at for $7.69.
L’Oreal Paris Studio Secrets Professional One Sweep Eye Shadow, available at $8.97.
Urban Decay Smoked Palette, available at for $48.
Stila 5th Avenue Smoky Eye Collection, available at $36.
Chanel Illusions D’Ombres in Mirifique, available at $36.
NARS Night Series (now sold as single shadows), available at for $24 each.
Too Faced Exotic Color Intense Eye Shadow Singles, available at for $18.
Maybelline Color Tattoo, available at for $6.99.
Laura Mercier Baked Eye Colour in Black Karat, available at for $22.