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Diane Kruger knows how to work smoky eyes. Photo: Jason Merritt/Getty Images


Red lips may be an "it" makeup look for fall but if you're not into a bold pout, don't fret -- a well executed smoky eye is always in style.

I stopped by the gorgeous new Chanel Makeup Studio in Bloomindale's 59th street in NYC to get professional smoky eye instructions from one of Chanel's top celebrity makeup artists, Kate Lee. She's wielded her skills on celebs such as Diane Kruger, Keira Knightley, Sienna Miller and Anne Hathaway, just to name a few.

Here is Kate's smoky eye how-to:

  1. Use a black kohl eyeliner to line the inner rims of the eyes, top and bottom. A little liner will seep out and Kate says to blend the smudges around the eye so it looks sexy and disheveled.
  2. Line the upper lash line with the pencil and go over it with dark, matte shadow.
  1. Use the same matte shadow and a shadow brush to work the color into your crease using back and forth, windshield wiper motions. Part of your eyelids will look bare, Kate says to leave it because it "makes it more modern."
  2. Use a dab of glitter eyeshadow above the lashes. "When something has glitter in it you only need a tiny bit to add interest," explains Kate. No need to cover your whole lid in sparkles.
  3. If you have long, dark lashes apply mascara only at the roots. All over is fine for light or sparse lashes. Avoid overly feathery bottom eyelashes -- instead of using your mascara wand Kate says to use a stiff angled eye shadow brush to lightly press mascara at the base of the bottom lashes.
Ready to try it? Chanel Quadra Eye Shadow in Smoky Eyes has four sultry colors to play with, including a matte black and a sparkly charcoal gray, and Le Crayon Khôl Intense Eye Pencil in Noir is perfect for lining your inner rims.

If you need some red carpet inspiration, check out our gallery of celebrities with smoky eyes.