I happened to do one of my favorite “natural color” smokey eyes today and I decided to document it so I could put up this tutorial. This eye look is great on any eye….the warmness of the Swiss Chocolate eyeshadow will bring out the color in blue and green eyes and it will bring out the warmth in brown eyes. This is a super easy look and one that I wear constantly. If you don’t have the shades listed, use a color that is about 2 shades darker than your skincolor, a dark warm brown and a black. Hope you enjoy!
MAC Eyeshadows in “Kid”, “Swiss Chocolate” and “Carbon”, Maybelline Eye Studio Gel Liner in “Blackest Black”, MAC Paint Pot in “Soft Ochre”, Revlon Lipstick in “Soft Nude”. NYX Lipstick in “Narcissus”.
Apply concealer on the all over the eyelid, underneath the eye and all around. Set with powder. Apply your eyeshadow primer all over the eyelid.
Using a big fluffy brush, take your lightest color (for me that was MAC’s “Kid”) and apply it all over the lid and up the eye, stopping at the brow bone. It will look something like this:
Using a big fluffy that is a little more tapered, apply your second darkest shade (MAC’s “Swiss Chocolate” for me) in the outer “V” and back down along the outer lid, stopping just before the center of the eye. This is really going to warm the eye up. It should look something like this:
Using a bullet brush, apply your black shade (I used MAC’s “Carbon”) just along the outer “V”. I personally drag some of it across the lower lid a little bit-but not too far in for this look. Sidenote***-I really love MAC”s “Carbon” eyeshadow…it is harder than you think to find a good black eyeshadow that has enough pigment to hold when you blend it out. Don’t worry that it looks messy-it will until you blend it in. Most people get frustrated with a smokey eye because they start to apply black and they think it is going to be one huge mess……it will blend out! Everything is fixable and blendable….just keep blending. UNBLENDED (I didn’t blend so you could see the application) it should look something like this:
Apply a highlight from the brow bone down into the corner of the eye with a stiff brush. Take your big fluffy and start blending the black into the brown. Keep blending until you reach your desired depth. Then dust off the big fluffy (so there isn’t any black on it) and blend the brown into the highlight shade. Take a gel liner (I always use Maybelline’s Gel Liner in “Blackest Black”) and apply it to the waterline. Grab some more and apply it along the top and bottom of the eye….thinner on the inside and thicker on the outside. Now you are going to make a wing that connects to the top and bottom. I start at the end of the eyeliner underneath the eye and wing it out….then I make a line connecting it to the top.-I have adjusted the contrast in this photo so you can really see the black. It should look something like this:
Use a bullet or crease brush (or Q-tip) to smudge the black liner. Then, pick up some of the “Swiss Chocolate” or your medium color, and apply it underneath the eye, over the black. Apply your false lashes (I used Andrea #33 Lashes). If there is any white glue residue, go over it with gel liner. I also want to mention that I did pick up some more “Swiss Chocolate” on my big fluffy and swirl it over the crease once more just to get some more warmth over the black. It should look something like this:
Here is what I did for the lip color—-I first applied NYX’s “Narcissus” and then I wen over it with my Revlon “Soft Nude”. I absolutely adore the Revlon color and I would recommend it if you have a hard time finding a great nude. It is great on it’s own and it is wonderful to “dull” a brighter color.
Hope you enjoy your smokey eyes…..just in time for your weekend and maybe a night out?
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