One thing I LOVE about the smoky look is how versatile it is. You can use pretty much any color and you can go from a soft smoky to a really dramatic one. My favorite colors to use on my brown eyes are purples, blues, greens, bronzes and charcoals. In my tutorial below, I used golds and browns but feel free to substitute them with other colors.
Step 1. Prep the eyelid with a primer (NARS Pro Prime Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base) to ensure longer-lasting color.
Step 2. Apply a pale gold or light beige cream eyeshadow (MAC Chilled On Ice Paint Pot) all over the eyelid.
Step 3. Using a flat eyeshadow brush (MAC 239 Eye Shader), pat a medium brown eyeshadow (NARS Cordura Duo Eyeshadow) on the eyelid.
Step 5. Apply the dark brown eyeshadow (NARS Eyeshadow Duo in Cordura) on the lower eye.
Step 6. Draw a line along the upper lashline with a black liquid or gel eyeliner (MAC Blacktrack Fluidline). To create the illusion of longer, bigger eyes, drag the line a few mm past the outer corner. Line the waterline as well to make sure there are no “whites” peeping through.
Step 7. Brush a highlighting color (MAC Pollen Eyeshadow) on the inner corner of the eye and under the brow bone.
Step 8. Apply mascara (Rimmel London Lash Accelerator in Extreme Black) and fake lashes (Makeup For Life Lashes in Hugs ‘n Kisses) on upper lashes.
Step 9. Apply a few coats of mascara (Rimmel London Lash Accelerator in Extreme Black) on lower lashes.
Extra Beauty Tips
• Do your eye makeup first if you are going to be using dark colors. This will minimize any effort to clean up your foundation and concealer afterwards.
• Always pair dark eye makeup with a clean face and nude lips for a fool-proof look.
Like this tutorial? Check out my purple smoky eye tutorial as well!