Thursday, August 30, 2012

Smokey Eyeshadow (tutorial)

I feel slightly like a scam blogger today, as I'm posting this wearing zero makeup up, but... Last week I shared a natural eyeshadow tutorial with you all and it seemed to go over really well, so this week I'm going to share another makeup tutorial!

This week I'm going to show you how I do my more "going out" look! 

As always, I start with - 

Shadow: MAC - Nylon

Brush: Finger

I marked where I put Nylon with a low opacity brush in Photoshop (if you couldn't tell that was Photoshopped).

Again, this part makes a nice highlight at the corner of your eye as well as your brow bone.

The next step is also the same as last week -

Shadow: Urban Decay (Naked 1 or 2 Palette) - Half Baked

Brush: Finger

Apply to your eyelid, blending with the nylon at the corner of your eye.

Now we're going back to the Urban Decay Naked 1 palette and brush.

Shadow: Urban Decay (Naked 1) - Naked

Brush: The brush that comes in the Naked 1 palette

Take a nude shadow and "fill in" the area of your eye that we've not yet put shadow on - more specifically, the crease or the area above your eyelid and below the brow bone.

Shadow: Urban Decay (Naked 2) - Snakebite

Brush: MAC 217

Now is when you want to create the real smokey effect. Focus on the crease and blend upward - making the darkest area the crease and corner (noted by the darker opacity Paintbrush).

Shadow: Urban Decay (Naked 1) - Dark Horse

Brush: Urban Decay Naked 1 brush

Using a very dark brown you want to really accentuate the crease and corner.

*If you don't have a deep crease to your natural eye use the dark brown to make it appear you do. The glory of makeup!*

Top Eyeliner

When I'm doing eyeliner for a night out I always use a black shadow and liner brush on top of the liquid liner by tracing over the liquid line. This will help keep your upper liner from coming off. 

Bottom Liner

I use a dark shadow for bottom eyeliner because I think I looks a lot more natural than pencil or liquid. I always keep my bottom liner darker at the outer corners and blend inwards towards the light shadow (MAC - Nylon) at the inner corner. 

MAC - False Lashes Extreme Black

Add your mascara.


Like this tutorial? 

That's all I've got for you today, loves.


  1. August 30, 2012 at 8:44 AM

    Gorgeous! I love this and your how-to is super easy to follow! Trying this today!

  2. August 30, 2012 at 8:47 AM

    oh and I totally pinned this!

  3. August 30, 2012 at 8:48 AM

    Gorgeous. I will try this. And fail. Ha : ) But it looks beautiful.

  4. August 30, 2012 at 9:10 AM

    Beautiful! it bad that I'm 31 and have always lined my eye BEFORE applying shadow??? :) Can't wait to try this!

  5. August 30, 2012 at 9:40 AM

    What a wonderful tutorial! I need to try this! YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!!!!

  6. August 30, 2012 at 9:43 AM

    SO pretty! I'm so awful at doing my eyeshadow like this. Just come be my makeup artist?

  7. August 30, 2012 at 9:59 AM

    Hey girl, I just want to say that I always love your tutorials! You make these techniques so easy to follow, it's really helpful for a makeup spaz like me!

  8. August 30, 2012 at 10:05 AM

    I'm all about make up ! ! I'm loving this!!

    Also, I just have to say that MAC is the way to go!! :)

  9. August 30, 2012 at 10:10 AM

    love it! so glam!

  10. August 30, 2012 at 11:07 AM

    This was a great tutorial!

    i couldn't help but wonder...

  11. August 30, 2012 at 11:33 AM

    Very pretty!


  12. August 30, 2012 at 11:56 AM

    LOVE this look! I am a bridesmaid in my friends wedding this weekend and I am SOO going to use this tutorial! thanks so much for sharing!

  13. August 30, 2012 at 12:11 PM

    Love love looove this tutorial!

  14. August 30, 2012 at 2:49 PM

    Love Love love this look.

  15. August 30, 2012 at 3:24 PM

    excellent! it makes a statement, but i feel like it's not as abrasive as other smoky eye tutorials i've seen on pinterest. thanks! :)

  16. August 30, 2012 at 6:34 PM

    Gawd you have gorgeous eyes, even au natural.

    Great tutorial. I love going out makeup!

  17. August 30, 2012 at 7:20 PM

    I love this post and I learned something new!! I like the idea of black liner on top and dark brown on bottom. Will definitely try that out!!

  18. August 30, 2012 at 8:32 PM

    I have fair skin and pale skin, so I always feel like a prostitute when I wear a lot of eye makeup, so glad you showed me how to properly do a smokey eye! Can't wait to try it! New follower!

  19. August 30, 2012 at 9:34 PM

    This is beautiful! I like how you pointed out the areas where you put the shadow. I always end up looking like I got punched in the eye when I try smokey eyes. :\

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  21. August 31, 2012 at 11:04 AM

    Gorgeous and I really love this tutorial. I really like the photoshopped in parts...that helps a lot! Also how in the worllld do you get your liner so straight on top?!

  22. August 31, 2012 at 8:15 PM

    Wow, that turns out so beautiful! Thank you for posting it!

  23. September 1, 2012 at 8:23 PM

    I have almost all these colors and currently, no makeup on, so I'm tempted to go upstairs and try this out right now! It looks fabulous! I feel like I just look a wreck when I put very many colors on...but I think I just give up too easily!

  24. September 3, 2012 at 12:18 AM

    this is a beautiful tutorial! i love it :) totally sharing it with my readers!

  25. September 3, 2012 at 7:05 PM

    I clicked on your ad from MessyDirtyHair and have found myself reading random posts on your blog for about a half hour now so I'm your newest follower!
    I love this tutorial and will have to try it (although, with cheap drugstore brands)! I'm hopeless with makeup so hopefully I'll be able to recreate what you did!

  26. September 6, 2012 at 12:42 PM

    Absolutely gorgeous. I am 2 steps away from buying a Naked Palette right now. Tell me, do I REALLY need it?? ;-)

  27. September 9, 2012 at 1:15 AM

    Wow! You look like a model. Your first and last pictures seriously look like Bare Minerals ads! Gorgeous!

  28. March 29, 2013 at 6:43 PM

    JUST found your blog and I'm in LOVE :)



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