How To: Smokey Eyes

May 5, 2013

A week or so ago I posted a picture on instagram about my hair but got a million more compliments on my eye makeup. You've seen here I am pretty basic when it comes to shadows and I keep it pretty neutral and not too dark so when I got my hands on some new products that create an amazing smokey eye, I had to start doing it daily, duh. So I wanted to show a little step by step of the products I use so you can accomplish your own smokey eye.

First thing to take note of is that this eye is a darker brown//charcoal eye versus a black smokey eye. I like this better because it's not as harsh and tends to bring out to green in my eyes better. I'm showing below the order of application so please know they are all applied the same way for shadows just to the crease. The Almond focuses on the entire lid and I go back using Coffee Shop and Espresso on the outer corners. I also take a bit of the Espresso and rough it up under my bottom lashes. I use the Devil's Food eye crayon as an eyeliner making it thick and bold to really make the eyes pop and to help them appear larger.

almond | mary kay
coffee shop | milani
espresso | mary kay
devil's food | ulta
rocket mascara | maybelline
soft nude | revlon

Easy enough, right? This is something that took me a few times to really be comfortable with the application and to fully embrace the boldness it shouts but now that I have, I love pairing it with a nude lip, black top and some red nails. It's the perfect statement for a night out and gives little glam vibe for a day at work. Feeling even more adventurous? Throw on a pair of false eyelashes and you'll really have some eyes that stand out!

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  1. you always make it look so damn easy haha I just don't think I have the technique or skill. But, I will save this in case I decide to try :)

  2. You always make this look so easy! (ha, I just realized I typed what Jackie typed above me) but really. Well done, I love that you chose browns instead of harsh black tones. I can't wait to give this a whirl!

  3. These are colors I would totally wear! Lovely <3

  4. every time you post a new tutorial - no matter what it is - it's like Christmas to me! you are awesome!

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  6. I found a link to your blog on Clothes & Cocktails and just started following on google friend connect. I have been trying for ages to master the smokey eye (or you know, just makeup in general), but it looks like you've got it down!

    Ashley @

  7. you look gorge!! I am to try this because I can never do black I look like a tramp so brown it is!!


  8. Love this! I'll probably be buying everything you list. Thanks for posting!

  9. Your eyes are almost annoyingly gorgeous, with or without make up. If you weren't my friend, I would almost hate you for it. :) Buuuuut I love ya, so, there's that. ;) Great tutorial!

    Gayle | Grace for Gayle