This tutorial is designed to show you how to create a light smokey brown eye that’s perfect for both night and day with very detailed photos and text directions to guide you.
Skill Level: Beginner
Eyes: Constructivist paint pot (Warm dark brown cream shadow/base), Shroom eyeshadow (light taupe), Woodwinked eyeshadow (warm bronzy brown), Bronze eyeshadow (dark shimmery brown), Carbon eyeshadow (matte black), Ricepaper eyeshadow (neutral highlighter), Indianwood paint pot (bronze gold cream eyeshadow), Graphblack technakohl (black kohl liner), and black mascara.
Face: If you’d like to compliment the eyes, use Margin blush (darker coral) on apples of cheeks with Taupe blush to contour.
Lips: For matching lips, try Curtsy lipstick with Lightswitch 3D lipglass.
Tools: MAC 249 firm shadow brush, 239 shadow brush, 219 detailed crease brush
Here are the products you will need.
Using the MAC 249 firm, flat shadow brush, pick up a small amount of Constructivist paint pot – the amount of product shown on the brush is all you need for each eye.
Applying the product you picked up with the 249, begin applying the color on the inner portion of your lid.
Cover your entire lid and just above your crease with Constructivist paint pot, as shown here.
Smooth out uneven edges with the horizontal edge of the 249 by sweeping it back and forth within the crease.
Use side-to-side, sweeping motions, working solely within the crease to help blend it and soften the harshness of the edge.
Once softened, this is how it appears.
Using MAC’s 239 small fluffy shadow brush, pick up a generous amount of Shroom eyeshadow and apply to the inner third of the lid.
It will turn the brown base to a taupe-gray color, as shown.
Continue to use the 239 and pick up a bit of Woodwinked eyeshadow to apply to the middle third of the lid. Start just below the crease, holding the brush firm and flat against your lid and bring it downwards.
The color will be applied evenly if you make a fluid downstroke.
Even out the color by repeating the previous two steps just a bit further, closer to your outer lid.
Again, with the 239 pick up Bronze eyeshadow and begin applying it in your outer crease, with the same method as before, where you start there and pull the brush downwards.
Stroking downwards with the 239, the Bronze eyeshadow will deposit evenly across the outer third of your lid.
Begin blending and evening out the Bronze eyeshadow by brushing across and towards the outer portion of your lid with the 239 brush.
With the 239, pick up a very small amount of Carbon eyeshadow and move your brush to the middle of your crease and sweep outwards.
By sweeping outwards you will deposit the black shadow in the portion you want.
It should be a very obvious black line, almost, because it has not been blended, only applied.
Using the same method as used to apply the black shadow, use this method, only with less pressure, to sweep back and forth across the area with the black shadow to help blend it into the other lid colors.
When meshed with the other colors, the black becomes a smokey brown color and less drasti and harsh.
With the 239, pick up a generous amount of Ricepaper eyeshadow and begin applying it beneath the inner portion of your eyebrow.
Use a sweeping motion towards the outer edge of your eyebrow as pictured.
Continue to apply (and pick up more shadow if necessary) the highlight color directly below the first sweep of color and above the crease to help mesh the colors together.
As before, sweep the brush and move towards the outer edge of the eye.
This is what you should find yourself seeing.
To keep the crease looking dark and dramatic, but with more brown undertones, add a touch of Bronze eyeshadow with the 239 into the crease.
Bring the brush outwards to cover the entire length of the outer crease.
The darker gray has not become a deeper brown with slight gray hues.
With the 249 brush, pick up a very small amount of Indianwood paint pot to line the lower waterline.
Using the 219 brush, pick up Bronze eyeshadow to line the outer third of your lower lash line.
Your lash line should look something like this.
Apply Graphblack technakohl or your choice in black eyeliner to the lower lash line, keeping clear of the water line.
Your fnished product will be a subtle brown smokey eye that can be worn throughout the day or even at night as a dramatic look.