NARS Arabian Nights Smokey Eye Makeup Tutorial

As requested, here is a look with step-by-step tutorial on NARS Arabian Nights Trio Eyeshadow, a gorgeous trio of black shadows with glitter. Hope you guys like it!

Wearing NARS Arabian Nights Trio Eyeshadow

Step 1. Prep the eyelid with NARS Pro Prime Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base to ensure more vibrant and longer-lasting color.

Applying NARS Pro Prime Smudgeproof Eyeshadow Base

Step 2. Using a small synthetic brush, apply NARS Lili Marlene Cream Eyeshadow on the eyelid. This will help to prevent glitter fall out.

Applying Lili Marlene Cream Eyeshadow

Step 3. Pat – don’t sweep – the middle shade of NARS Arabian Nights Trio Eyeshadow (black with purple glitter) onto the eyelid. A dense brush like Korean brand Piccasso #239B is perfect for this.

Applying NARS Arabian Nights On Eyelid

Step 4. Using a pencil brush like MAC #219, darken the outer v with the black with silver glitter shade located right of NARS Arabian Nights Trio Eyeshadow.

Applying NARS Arabian Nights On Crease

Step 5. With a fluffy brush like MAC 224 Blending Brush, blend the black shade onto the crease and soften the edges without touching the color on the center.

Blending NARS Arabian Nights

Step 6. Brush the shimmery white shade in NARS Pandora Duo Eyeshadow under the brow bone with a flat brush like ink by Zing 07 Highlighter Brush. Blend downwards.

Applying NARS Pandora under brow bone

Step 7. To play up the purple glitter, add a dab of the pearlescent purple from NARS Jolie Poupee Duo Eyeshadow in the center of the eyelid. This will also add a nice twist to an otherwise plain black smoky eye.

Applying NARS Jolie Poupee On Eyelid

Step 8. Run a black pencil eyeliner like Jealousness on both upper and lower lash lines.

Lining lashline with Jealousness Pencil Liner

Step 9. Soften the liner with the right shade in NARS Arabian Nights Eyeshadow Trio.

Smudging NARS Arabian Nights On lower eye

Step 10. Using a black liquid liner like Jealousness Waterproof Eyeliner in Smoked Black BK-II, reline the upper lash line.

Applying Jealousness Liquid Eyeliner

Step 11. Apply mascara add a pair of fake lashes like Jealousness Fake Lashes in JS-507 Captivating Cat Eye for maximum intensity.

Applying Jealousness fake lashes


NARS Arabian Nights smoky eye makeup look
Smoky eye makeup with NARS Arabian Nights Trio Eyeshadow

How are you guys wearing Arabian Nights?

Phyllis Li is the Founder and Editor-in-chief of Makeup For Life, one of the top 50 beauty blogs that focuses on celebrity makeup breakdowns, product reviews, makeup tutorials and all things beauty. Having lived and traveled in North America, Europe and Asia, she was exposed to different techniques and products at an early age and hopes to put a global perspective towards beauty. Phyllis won the Best Content Award by Total Beauty in 2008 and has been featured in various publications and websites including ELLE,, Yahoo Shine!, AOL Stylelist, Nylon Korea, VOGUE China, Ming Pao Daily (Canada) and Shanghai Weekly. In 2010, she was appointed one of the nine Real Women Ambassadors in the United States to take part in the Latisse® Wishes Challenge, working with Hollywood celebrity Kathy Ireland and raised over $400,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation to grant wishes for approximately 54 children. In 2012, she teamed up with luxury skincare brand TATCHA and released a limited-edition 3-Piece Set of her favorite beauty products. Phyllis currently lives in Chicago, US. She is a regular contributor to Shanghai Daily's StyleHai Magazine and a member of the Glam Beauty Network.


  1. Wow this look is great. Phyllis you are so pretty. Thank you for the full face image. I skipped on this palette but I think I need to get it now.

  2. I am always looking for nice pictures in tuts so i can try and do the same on my eyes whether I am using the same products or not. Thanks to your tuts that everything looks so easy and do-able. <3

  3. This is absolutely my most favourite makeup tutorial by far. i really appreciate how you showed the pictures step by step instead of just… words (i am a visual learner, i guess?) the step by step pictures also gives me an idea what colours they are (since i don’t have 95% of what you’re using :D) keep this up! 😀

    • Thanks Sophie. I’m not wearing circle lenses – they are just regular color contacts from this Japanese brand called Seeshell :)

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