Friday, August 10, 2012

Smokey Friday Night Eyes (Tutorial)

I decided to create a tutorial showing you all how I do my smokey eye-look. You can always substitute these colors for something lighter/darker or more colorful.

The first tips I have for any smokey eye is, 1. Use quality shadow. Using shadow that is finely milled and nicely pigmented will help you blend better and you will have a smoother application (a.k.a. it'll be a lot easier to create a smokey eye). 2. Don't use those sponge applicators that come with some eye shadows. A smokey and sultry eye-look is made by going from dark to light. You'll need a decent blending brush to create this. If you'd like to know how I created this look, keep on reading!

What you'll need ::

Eye shadow primer :: I'm using Urban Decay - Eyeshadow Primer Potion
Eye shadow :: I'm using Urban Decay - Naked Palette
Eye kohl :: I'm using MAC Cosmetics Eye Kohl - Smolder
Mascara :: I'm using Benefit Cosmetics - BADgal Lash

These are the eye brushes that I used to create this look. They are all Sigma brushes and you can find them here. From left to right :: E05, E55, E40, E30, E60, E25

Step 1: Apply eye shadow primer on your lid and blend up to your brow bone. This will keep your eye shadow from creasing and will intensify the colors of your shadow.

Step 2: Take your E40 (blending) brush and sweep the shade "Naked" (a light brown color) into your crease. You will hardly see this shade when it's all said and done, but it's put down first to help your darker shadows blend easier.

Step 3: With your E60 (flat shader) brush, pack on the shade "Sidecar" (a sparkly champagne color) all over your lid. Don't go into your crease with this shade. You want to use your sparkly colors on the lid and your matte colors in your crease.

Step 4: Take your E25 (flat blending) brush and apply the shade "Buck" (a dark brown color) into your outer-V. I will be applying a black color into my outer-V but putting this color down first helps the black blend easier.

Step 5: With your E30 (pencil) brush apply the shade "Creep" (a black color) into your outer-V.

Step 6: Use your E25 (flat blending) brush again, to blend out the black and browns in the outer-V. This may take a few minutes. Blending is key. Use a windshield wiper/circular motion until it's blended the way that you prefer.

Step 7: With your E55 (eye shadow) brush, apply the shade "Virgin" (a sparkly off-white color) to your brow bone and in your inner corner.

Step 8: Take a black eye kohl (here I'm using MAC- Smolder) and apply it above your upper lashes. To create more of a precise line, use an eyeliner (E05) brush to smooth it out and create a sharp point.

Step 9: Apply your mascara. Here I'm using Benefit Cosmetics- BADgal Lash.

Step 10: Take your eye kohl, and line your lower water line.

Step 11: With an E30 (pencil) brush, sweep the shades "Buck" (dark brown) and "Creep" (black) under your lower lashes.

Step 12: Add some mascara to your bottom lashes and you're finished!

I hope you all enjoyed this smokey friday night eye-look! It's one of my favorites to do! As always, if you have any questions/comments, feel free to leave them below!

Happy blending! ;)


  1. you have beautiful eyes. thank you so much for this tutorial. Im not good at make up and this tutorial gives me a confidence boost to at least try it! I dont even have brushes! where do you think I can go to get all these brushes in a set? or does that even exist?

    1. aw thank you for the sweet compliment!! I bought my brushes in a set from Sigma. I've linked where you can buy them under the picture of my brushes.

      They can be a bit pricey though, so it really depends on how much you're willing to spend. I will back Sigma brushes up 110%, they are amazing quality.

      If you're looking for something a little cheaper, Sephora has their own brush line for a cheaper price.

      Hope that helps!!

  2. So what if my eyes Are naturally dark? If I do the smoky eyes it will look like I have black eyes..know what I mean? So what would you say is the best bet for me with a person of natural dark under eyes ?


    1. I have some dark under eyes as well. Your best friend will be under eye concealer!

      My suggestion is to do your smokey eye first, then apply your foundation/concealer. Sometimes when you work with really dark shadows, the extra shadow will fall onto your cheeks as you apply it onto your lids. This will draw extra attention to dark under eyes.

      After you finish with your eye makeup, take a makeup remover wipe and wipe your under eyes/cheeks to remove your shadow fall-out. Then go in with your foundation/concealer.

      I hope this helped! Don't be scared to do a smokey eye, just find an under eye concealer that you love and do any sort of eyeshadow look your heart desires! <3