How To Create A Colorful Smoky Eye In Just A Few Steps

Ah, the smoky eye — it’s sexy, it’s smoldering, it’s downright iconic. It's one of those makeup looks that always works, because it's always in style. But even the classics could use a little refreshing once in a while. That’s why this season, we’re all about adding a jolt of color to our go-to eye makeup.

Meet our new BFF: the colorful smoky eye. It’s a next-level combo of timeless and fun that's surprisingly flattering to wear. And the best part ? It’s actually super easy to recreate with the right tools. We teamed up with Elizabeth Arden to show you how to do just that, using their Eyes Wide Open Collection—all you need is a killer duo of palettes (Touch of Lavender and You Had Me At Merlot are perfect for a violet theme), a little Lasting Impression Mascara, and a steady-ish hand. Pro-tip: Top everything off with a Statement Brow for a finished look that seriously pops.

Check out the video below for a step-by-step tutorial, and kiss the basic black smoky eye goodbye.

This post is sponsored by Elizabeth Arden.

Photos: Crooked Letter Film; Makeup: Katie Jane Hughes; Hair: Akisha Yamaguchi; Video Producer: Nell Riley/Bustle.