I have to admit: this is one I get mixed up on regularly. And if you’re someone who writes “smokey eye,” you’re definitely not alone. It makes sense: if you have the word “smoke,” just add a “y” to get “smokey.” Right?
Wrong. The proper way to spell it is “smoky eye,” even if it looks weird. Smoky means “emitting smoke” or “hazy” whereas smokey is slang for a police car or officers of the highway patrol. And we definitely aren’t thinking of the latter when we’re talking about a smoked-out eye!