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BN Beauty: Coloured is the New Black! Find out How you Can Wear a Coloured Smokey Eye Using Gel Liners



Blue Smokey Eye by Barbara - BellaNaija - December 2013001The very first look I wanted to rock once I got on the makeup scene was the smokey eyes. Fast forward 7 years later, I still like to rock smokey eyes. It is one of the most iconic looks when it comes to makeup and the first request I get from individuals who want to learn to do their makeup themselves is “How do I do a smokey eye?

When asked to recreate a smokey eye, everyone reaches for a black eyeshadow but Brandy Norwood’s iconic blue smokey eyes at the 2012 American music awards brought that to an end.

More people realized that the smokey eye can be rocked in virtually any colour you choose to rock it in. Purple, green, blue, brown, pink, you name it, there is an accompanying smokey eye look to pair with it.

It is not uncommon for makeup artists to deter people from achieving a smokey eye themselves with the use of several products, however, there is another way you can do this, with Gel Liners. This is a simpler, faster, more affordable and definitely easier way to achieve the smokey eye.

For all those who are longing to rock coloured smokey eyes, this is the answer to all your prayers.

Below is a picture from a successful experiment I recently conducted using Asta gel liners to achieve coloured smokey eyes. I paired the look with nude lips and also tried out different application methods.Blue Smokey Eye by Barbara - BellaNaija - December 2013003

As difficult as it may look at first, using gel liners is super easy. Here is how:

  1. Apply a light layer of gel liner to your entire eyelid using your fingertips or a small synthetic brush.
  2. Taking a dense, fluffy crease brush, blend out the edges of the product (Tip: This is the stage that will determine the final outcome of your smokey eye. Stay on the eyelids, blending the outside edges lightly to achieve a slightly winged and elevated eye. Blend way above your crease and round the eyes to achieve a more glamorous look)
  3. Apply mascara to your lashes. And you’re done!

You may or may not decide to rim your inner eye with a black kohl pencil but for coloured smokey eyes, it helps to bring the entire look together.

Do you like the smokey eye look? Share with us your favourite ways of applying it and if you’ve tried gel liners, what was your experience. Have a great day.

Photo Credit: Barbara & 1923

Barbara Onianwah is an Advertising and makeup professional. She spends her days as a Client Service/Digital Marketing professional in one of Nigeria’s bigger Advertising Agencies and her nights as a Social Media & Beauty afficionado who straddles between using the internet to build her personal brand – Barbara & 1923 and helping various Clients build their online presence.

She is also a proficient beauty writer and writes for WOW magazine and You can find her on her blog | Twitter – @piriye | Instagram – barbara1923 |Pinterest – Barbara1923.

| The Restless One | Lover of GOD & Change | Content Creator | Barbara Onianwah spends her days working in Marketing Communications and her nights as a Social Media & Beauty aficionado who straddles between using the internet to build her personal brand – Barbara & 1923; and helping various Clients build their online presence. To find her, visit her blog - OR follow her on Twitter – @piriye | Instagram – barbara1923 |Facebook & Youtube – Barbara & 1923.


  1. Lyrics

    December 3, 2013 at 8:11 am

    Her eyebrows……WOW!!!

    • Mz Socially Awkward...

      December 3, 2013 at 3:39 pm

      Darris eeet!!! Ladies & Gents, “daz” how eyebrows should always look in an ideal world, whether you’re painting them on or getting the hairs of your thick brow into shape. Say no to inverted Nike ticks.

    • Lola

      December 3, 2013 at 7:20 pm

      Not everyone has naturally thick and dark eyebrows , some people have naturally arched thin eyebrows . Also when people try to pencil in thick brows it often looks terrible

    • Royalty

      December 6, 2013 at 11:20 pm

      Like Mehn! if i had her eyebrows. I will thread them so NICELY that im never gon use a pencil hunny! wowza!

  2. Modella

    December 3, 2013 at 8:33 am

    I’m more interested in the there pencil drawn,or a case of her natural brow? How do I achieve this,I have try countless times without getting it right..I have since stop shaving them.How can I get it right?

    • Lawna

      December 5, 2013 at 12:39 am

      i have very thin eyebrow hair, i pencil it in and also use brow powder, define in with concealer…still looks natural, try that!

  3. chee

    December 3, 2013 at 8:36 am

    her brows are everything!!!

  4. folake

    December 3, 2013 at 9:43 am

    she’s clearly very hairy .. lovely !!! u have to let ur eye brows grow out really full and then get someone to do trim for you !! except you are a pro I do not recommend you trimming your eye brows ur self oh … threading is very painful .. but the best way because even when it gets busy or untidy u still have a nice line eye brow

  5. Wonderful M

    December 3, 2013 at 10:13 am

    I finally saw your Uche Pedro of Bellanaija wedding pics today. So beautiful, don’t know why you refuse to feature it on your blog

  6. nino

    December 3, 2013 at 11:17 am

    Eyebrows of Life! Wow! Cara who?

  7. i said

    December 3, 2013 at 2:39 pm

    So its only me that doesn’t like her eye brow? ok

    • Boondocks

      December 3, 2013 at 3:50 pm

      ah me and u both……can somebody say “uni-brow”?

    • Georgina

      December 4, 2013 at 11:03 pm

      Me too! HATE her brows. Or rather her brow.

    • Ope

      December 7, 2013 at 12:09 am

      Me too I no like am oh

  8. tish

    December 3, 2013 at 3:00 pm

    Forget the colored smokey eyes…tell us about your brows girl!

  9. ij

    December 3, 2013 at 3:29 pm

    she clearly hasn’t been possessed by the demon of razor blade and tweezers .
    but she does need to reduce the thickness of her brows by one line of hair,it seems to be taking over her beautiful face


    December 3, 2013 at 3:58 pm

    This article is mostly to show us her thick brows… Ok I agree it looks good.

  11. Leah

    December 3, 2013 at 5:32 pm

    Thanks but no thanks.

  12. Aibee

    December 3, 2013 at 5:45 pm

    Those brows … I want, I love, I heart.

  13. merci

    December 4, 2013 at 11:08 am

    pretty girl, one line or two frm your brows girl and your face will be less dramatic. good work!

  14. omomamaolowo

    December 4, 2013 at 1:22 pm

    Groucho marx

  15. Georgina

    December 4, 2013 at 11:04 pm

    Oh and the moustache! Lol. Okay. Thatisall

    • iba

      December 5, 2013 at 12:25 pm

      u WICKED O. she is a naturally hairy lady. I will love some of her eye brows as i am hopelessly hairless there. Pity this was on smoky eyes cos its all about her brows here. perhaps using tweezers at the middle of the brows will give it an even better finishing…

  16. Ufoma

    December 5, 2013 at 4:46 pm

    She has naturally thick brows and then lined it with dark eye pencil. I have thick brows like her. I just thin them out and elongate. No thickness is added

  17. Ope

    December 7, 2013 at 12:07 am

    Am I the one that thinks the smokey eyes and the eyebrows are disagreeing. It looks so wrong. Yes her eyebrows are thick but why are people so obsessed with them. Is she pretty? Yes! Does the make up suit her? No!! In my opinion the eye shadow is to heavy. And neutral look will make the eyebrows look less aggressive

  18. Petite Diva

    December 7, 2013 at 10:17 pm

    I don’t know why i don’t like the eyebrows. Maybe it is
    because i was born with thin eyebrows and i have gotten used to
    that. Oh well, if she likes it then it is none of my

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