This Classic Makeup Style Suits Every Eye Shape—Here's Proof

Smoky eye makeup is one of those classic looks that will never go out of style. It's heavily customizable, making it adaptable to any occasion, from red carpets to date night to casual day-to-day wear. Despite its popularity, you might not feel confident that a smoky eye is a fitting look for your eye shape due to its reputation of being a pretty intense and often overpowering look. Well, we're here to tell you that that's false!

If you’ve found yourself mimicking a smoky eye look that just didn't look quite right, there's a good chance that just a minor tweak could get you on the path to an enviable smolder. After all, a smoky eye isn't a one-size-fits-all kind of deal, and perfecting it comes down to choosing the right colors and blending your product in ways that complement your eyes instead of competing with them. This may sound like a lot to consider, but once you know what you're looking for, it's actually really simple. To help, we located 18 stunning smoky eye looks—from soft washes of color to dramatic black moments—and styles with shadow blended every which way on celebrities with all different eye shapes to help you select the best looks for yourself. We promise that there's a smoky eye look for you here! Keep scrolling to get your life.

Eye Shape: Round


Emmy Rossum
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Elongating round eyes with shadow extending out past the outer edges of the peepers is a smart way to create a different shape.


Alison Brie
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A simple, diffused wash of color is just so pretty on round eyes.


Bella Heathcote
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This sparkly smoky eye comes complete with smudged-out lines across the upper and lower lash lines for even more drama.

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Eye Shape: Monolid


Gemma Chan
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If you didn't know smoky eye makeup could also look fab on monolid eye shapes, now you know. Gemma's soft, purple color palette is everything. 


Constance Wu
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This stunning neutral look could be worn day or night.


Lana Condor
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If you're looking for more drama, opt for a full strip lash like Lana to get there.

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Eye Shape: Downturned


Katie Holmes
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Whether you're interested in lifting the eyes up or maintaining the natural downturned look, a smoky eye can achieve it. Just look at how Katie's rich, blue eye shadow creates a subtle lift.


Nicole Richie
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This gold eye makeup is so gorgeous, but the smoky phantom wing extending out from the outer corner is what makes it a show-stopping look.


Judith Light
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Ms. Judith's smoldering shadow is perfect in every way. It's applied so beautifully, following her natural eye shape and playing up her protruding lids. Plus, it's dimensional without looking too dark or dramatic.

Eye Shape: Hooded


Jennifer Lawrence
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Eye makeup can get lost on hooded eye shapes since there's some skin that hangs down from the brow bone, but smoky eye shadow can be extended out to compensate for that. Peep the smudged wing blended out almost far enough to touch the tail of J. Law's eyebrow.


Samira Wiley
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This smoky eye is dark and dramatic, but the shadow placement is pretty low-key, so it doesn't look over-the-top.


Selena Gomez
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This bronzed look creates the illusion of more lid space by extending the accent color all the way up to the inner brow bone before extending out beyond the outer corner of the eye. Perfection.

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Eye Shape: Almond


Zoë Kravitz
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There are so many fun looks that can be executed on almond-shaped eyes, but a metallic smoky eye just hits different.


Mila Kunis
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Don't be shy about mixing kohl-lined eyes with your smoky look.


Kerry Washington
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Here's a classic smoky eye that may look intimidating because of how dark it is but that is truly just a chic look.

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Eye Shape: Upturned


Elsa Hosk
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Upturned eyes are similar in shape to almond ones, but you'll notice that the outer corners of the eyes are angled slightly upward. This pretty shape makes for such a fun canvas to create smoky eye looks like this gorgeous mocha-brown creation.


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This two-toned eye look brings in some elements of a cut crease while still offering that diffused smolder that makes smoky eyes so alluring.


Hailey Bieber
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Who says your smoky eye has to be dark and dramatic? Just look at how pretty Hailey's rose-tinted eye look is.

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Associate Beauty Editor

Courtney Higgs is a Cancer sun, Libra rising beauty enthusiast with about six years of experience in the editorial space. She was previously Who What Wear's associate beauty editor after spending many years working on the West Coast edit team at InStyle Magazine. She graduated from California State University, Northridge, with a BA in communication studies and pivoted to editorial after spending her college years working in the legal field. Her beauty philosophy is simple: She believes there are no wrong answers and that discovering our favorite beauty products and rituals is a journey, not a sprint. When she's not geeking out over products, she can be found adventuring around L.A. with her fiancé; watching reality TV with their French bulldog, Bernie Mac; or relating way too hard to astrology memes.