Buying a quality eye shadow palette doesn’t have to mean shelling out the same amount of cash as a designer handbag. You can still shop ones for as inexpensive as $4 and still have a myriad of intensely pigmented shadows at your disposal. No matter which one you choose, the basics for creating the perfect smoky eye look still remain the same. Pick three shades from the palette — it can be classic grays and black, sexy bronzes, or any color your heart desires. Then, start off by sweeping the lightest shade toward the inner corners of your eyes. Next, add the medium shade to the center of your lids. Finally, use a dense shadow brush to tap the darkest shadow (most likely black) on the outer corners of your eyes. Of course, you’ll need to do some blending in between, but the basic steps hold true no matter how much you spend on your smoky eye kit. Without further ado, here are the sultriest, sootiest ways to create smoky eyes — all under $20.