October 09, 2011

Tutorial: Subtle Smokey Eye

This is a variation of a look I used to wear a lot to college when I was actually arsed to put make-up on! It's extremely quick and easy and, while I would never attempt it bleary-eyed at 7am, when I had a late start I always liked to make a bit of an effort!

It's a very soft smokey eye, subtle enough for daytime but, easily transitioned into nighttime by thickening the liner and deepening the crease colour. Throw on a deep berry-coloured lipstick and you're good to go!

Using a flat shader brush (MAC 252), pack a nude/gold shade with minimal shimmer (MAC Grain) onto the lid and blend upwards into the crease with a fluffy blending brush (MAC 224) for a natural fade effect.

Taking a tapered crease brush (MAC 226) and a matte, warm mid-tone brown (MAC Cork), begin to define the crease by placing the shadow just under the brow bone and pulling it back and forth in a windshield wiper motion. Blend this out using your fluffy brush so that there are no harsh lines. Depending on how defined you want your crease you may need to repeat this step multiple times, always being sure to blend between each application.

With a crease brush (MAC 217), begin to focus a warm dark brown (MAC Embark) on the outer corner of your eye using small circular motions. To find exactly where to place this colour, open your eye and look straight ahead and  touch the brush to where the line of your crease ends. Continue these circular motions inwards and upwards into the crease, stopping about halfway. Blend once again so that the gradient in the crease fades from darkest in the outermost corner to the medium brown used in step 2 in the inner crease.
Using the same dark brown, line your lower lashline with a dense flat brush (MAC 214). The lower lashline colour should meet with the outer corner colour. Blend this gently.

Apply your brow bone and inner corner hightlights (MAC Mylar), fill in your brows (Bottom two shades in the HD Brows palette) and apply your favourite mascara (CoverGirl Lash Blast Volume). 
You can line your upper lashline (I used a bronze/green shade (YSL Eyeliner Effet Faux Cils Shocking in Bronze Black) to compliment the eyeshadow and also because it is softer for daytime.) and waterline (MAC Teddy) to complete the look but, this is, of course, optional.


  1. Oh you are a STAR, I loved your last tutorial, was rockin' the purple for a few looks last week! Will deffo be trying this one too, brilliant xxx

  2. Thanks so much! Glad you liked it! S x

  3. Thanks so much, this is a great tutorial! Keeping my eyes peeled for more ;)

  4. Going to need to give this one a go.

    S x


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