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How to Create a Dramatic Smokey Eye in 3 Minutes This New Year’s Eve

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With New Year’s Eve just around the corner, it’s crunch time for partygoers to find the perfect evening glam to ring in the new decade. Whether a seasoned professional or a budding beauty enthusiast, a shimmering smokey eye is a tried-and-true party favorite. Although the dramatic makeup may appear complicated and time-consuming, Saudi makeup artist Hessa Alajaji ( shares how she creates the statement look in just three minutes with a few, simple steps that even those who are running late for their big night out or have never picked up an eyelash curler can easily follow.

Creamy shadows and dense brushes are the winning combinations to achieve this bold look, says Alajaji, with the key to success being to outline the shape of your desired smokey eye before filling in the color. Using a warm trio of neutral hues that don’t require an intimidating palette to recreate, Alajaji layers a dusting of glittering metallics for an effortlessly bold look that suits any eye shape or color. Watch the video above for the beauty extraordinaire’s step-by-step tutorial to celebrate the New Year in eye-catching fashion—just don’t forget to “blend, blend, blend”!

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