I know I have done many smokey eyes before…but I realized that I hadn’t featured one that used a lot of black…and what is a true smokey eye without a lot of black? I know it is no secret that I love a smokey eye…but I especially love ones that feature black AND brown because the brown softens it up sooooo much. I use MAC Paint Pots in brown and black in this tutorial because they create a good, primed base for dark color to adhere too. If you don’t have paint pots, you can get a similar look by using a good cream shadow for your darker shadows to adhere to. I have also heard good things about Maybelline Eyestudio Color Tattoo Gel Shadow…but I have yet to try it…maybe next week If you don’t have these exact eyeshadow colors then use a matte black for “Carbon”, a rich and deep mulch brown for “Espresso” and a lighter brown with red undertones for “Brown Script”.
MAC Eyeshadows in “Carbon”, “Espresso”, “Brown Script”, MAC Paint Pots in “Blackground” and “Quite Natural”, MAC Lipstick in “St. Germain”, Julie Hewett Lipstick in “Biba”, Maybelline Eyestudio Gel Liner in “Blackest Black”
Apply concealer to the eyelid up to the brow, all around the eye and underneath the eye. Set with powder.
Apply your MAC Paint Pot in “Quite Natural” to the eyelid…stop right after the crease where the brow bone starts. I used my finger to do this so it is messy but you can use a brush if you choose. It doesn’t matter if it is a little messy because we will be adding other colors on top of it. It should look something like this:
Apply your MAC Paint Pot in “Blackground” to the lid of the eye stopping right at the crease. I used a brush for this because it is a smaller area to work with. It should look something like this:
Ok I am not going to lie…I got a little carried away with this look and forgot to take pictures in between applying “Espresso” , “Carbon” and “Brown Script”…Thankfully they are really easy steps and you can see the definition in the pictures. Sorry-I got excited. Using a stiff brush, apply “Carbon” to the entire lid…right over the area that you applied the MAC paint pot in “Blackground”. Using a bullet brush, apply “Espresso” right where “Carbon” ends back and forth over the crease of the eye. Wipe off your bullet brush. Using your bullet brush, apply “Brown Script” above the crease where “Espresso” ends. What you now have is a sort of gradual ombre effect starting with “Carbon” at the bottom and then “Espresso” above that and “Brown Script” above that. Whew!! It should look something like this:
Using a stiff brush, apply your highlight color from the brow bone down into the inner corner. Using you big fluffy, blend blend blend your dark shadows until you get that nice ombre/blended look. Apply your false eyelashes. Go over any excess glue with your Maybelline Gel Liner. Apply a coat of mascara to blend your real lashes into your fake lashes. Line the upper lash line from the inner corner to outer corner. Smudge the line a bit with your bullet brush. Line the lower waterline and lightly line the lower lash line. Using your bullet brush, apply “Carbon” to the lower lash line and “Brown Script” to the outer lower lash line below “Carbon”. You can make this part as smokey as you please by carrying the eyeshadow color down further below the lower lash line. Your final product will look something like this:
I applied some MAC Lipstick in “St. Germain” and then layered my Julie Hewett “Biba” over it to soften the look. It is hard for me to wear “St. Germain” by itself unless I use it very sparingly because it can be too shocking….but it is a great color to layer with! I hope you can use this look for a night out!!!