Giving good eye is as essential to your after-dark ensemble as that new season LBD and Aquazurra heel - we'd be loath to leave the house without it. But sadly, it's not as simple as click and buy - a failsafe smokey takes professional help.

But no-one's got time to book an MUA every time they go out (or the spare cash - see above Aquazurra), so we asked the best in the business to show us how it's done. Below, award-winning make-up artist Rae Morris shows us her step-by-step guide to the classic smokey eye.

Want more? Morris just launched her new make-up guide, Rae Morris Make-up Masterclass. Chock full of video tutorials, detailed instructional guides, custom colour charts and demonstrations on some of the world's top models (yes, that's Shanina Shaik on the cover), the guide is fully interactive and includes an iPhone-capable pocket companion for on-the-go inspiration. You can download the app on iTunes and purchase the hardcover book here.

Video how-to: master the classic smokey eye with Rae Morris

Video how-to: master the classic smokey eye with Rae Morris