This tutorial is designed to walk you through, step-by-step, a very easy and subtle neutral eye that’s perfect for any occasion.
Skill Level: Beginner
Eyes: Gold Dusk pigment (lighter gold), Goldmine eyeshadow (true gold), Rye eyeshadow (antique gold), Goin’ Bananas eyeshadow (shimmery yellow), Rose Blanc eyeshadow (golden neutral), Carbon eyeshadow (matte black), Casablanca eyeshadow (highlight), Graphblack technakohl (black kohl liner), and black mascara. Also will use water based mixing medium.
Face: If you’d like to compliment the eyes, use Margin blush (rich coral) on apples of cheeks with Taupe blush to contour.
Lips: For matching lips, try Mari-sheeno lipstick with Apex 3D glass.
Tools: MAC 249 firm shadow brush, 239 shadow brush, 219 detailed crease brush
Here are the products that you will be using.
Start with a naked/bare eye.
Using a firm brush, dampen with a droplet of water-based mixing medium, and pick up and apply Gold Dusk pigment to entire lid.
Make sure to bring the color all the way across the lid, including just over the crease.
Using the 239 brush, pick up a generous amount of Goin’ Bananas eyeshadow and apply to the inner third of your lid.
This is how it appears.
Again, with the 239 brush apply Goldmine eyeshadow to the middle portion of the lid.
You should have a very shimmer gold eye at this point.
Pick up a small amount of Carbon eyeshadow with your second 239 (or similar) brush and apply the shadow to the outer portion of your lid.
Gently bring the color into your crease once you’ve deposited it on your outer lid (so it is just the excess you are blending/brushing upwards).
This is what you should have right now.
With the 239 brush, pick up some Rye eyeshadow and apply slightly over the Carbon eyeshadow and slightly over the Goldmine eyeshadow.
Slant your brush and brush gently towards the outer lid.
Rye eyeshadow helps to soften the harshness of the black, and also turn it more antique-gold than green-gold.
Using the 239 brush, pick up a generous amount of Rose Blanc eyeshadow and apply directly underneath the inner portion of the brow and sweep outwards, following the curve of the brow.
Repeat the same step, only drop a touch lower so that you begin to blend away the harsh line of the lid colors with the softness of the highlight color.
Ensure you bring your brush outwards to the edge of your eye.
Apply a touch of Casablanca eyeshadow with the 239 brush to the very top of your brow bone.
Sweep and brush outwards to cover the area.
This is what the look should resemble.
With the 219 brush, pick up some Goldmine eyeshadow and apply all along the lower lash line.
The color on the lower lash line helps to soften the look.
Apply Graphblack technakohl or your choice in black eyeliner to the lower lash line.
Your fnished product will be a dramatic golden smokey eye.