The smokey eye is a timeless look that every girl should know how to achieve.
The great thing about it is that you can create it using colours and shades that complement your skin tone; from sexy silvers and sultry blacks to naughty nudes and beautiful browns.
In this ‘tutorial’ I am going to show you how to create the smokey brown eye!
Brown or bronze smokey eyes look especially great if you have blue eyes, but can complement all skin tones and eye colours.
This eye is my go-to look because it isn’t as intense or dramatic as the black smokey or silver smokey, which means I can get away with it during the day as well as evenings. And I think if you’re just starting out with smokey eyes, this is the shade least likely to wrong and make you look as if you’ve been punched in the eye.
I have quite the collection of eye shadow palettes, but my favourite one to create this look has to be Urban Decay’s original Naked palette.
I’ll admit, I am a complete and utter Urban Decay fan girl – they are just always on point with their amazing shades and palettes. YES!
How to: brown smokey eye
Step 1: Always start off by applying an eye-shadow primer.
If you want your eye makeup to last throughout the day, this is essential! Too often I see girls whose eye shadow has sweated off in the crease of their eye, or smudged half way across their face like they are wearing an eye mask. Just, no. PRIMER PRIMER PRIMER.
Try and match your primer to your shade of eye shadow so you don’t effect the final look.
Step 2: Apply your base colour
It doesn’t really look as if I have anything on my eye, but when you start building up with the darker shades, Virgin acts as a really stunning and subtle base shade.
Step 3: Start to build upon your base colour
Build upon Virgin by adding Naked to the outer part of your lid.
You need to leave the inner part of your eye alone in this step, allowing the base colour to work on its own – you almost have to make a diagonal line from the center.
Don’t add too much of the shadow to your brush because you still want to see highlights of the Virgin base.
Step 4: Smudge your darkest colour
So now you have built up the foundation of your brown smokey eye, you need to smudge in the darkest shade to the crease and edge of your lid.
To do this, I usually use one of three colours:
- Toasted – a subtle look for during the day
- Smog – perfect for nights out where you want a little sparkle
- Buck – ideal for a more intense brown shade
For this look I used Toasted as I was heading to work and didn’t want anything to dramatic.
I always smudge and blend the darkest shade into the middle shade because there is nothing worse than a very obvious divide.
When creating this look, you want to start light from the inside and gradually get darker as you move across the lid,
If you’re applying eye shadow under the eye as well (because I have quite big eyes, I need to do this or they look ridiculously top heavy and bug like), apply using the same principle – light to dark.
My favourite under eye shadow is Half Baked – I can’t get enough of the gorgeous golden sparkle.
Step 5: Finishing touches
Again, this step depends on where you are going.
If I was going out and wanted a more glamorous or dramatic look, I would use a liquid eye liner to draw on a feline flick.
However, if you’re looking for a more chilled out vibe use a brown or black eye liner pencil.
I love focusing on the outer edge as I think it opens the eye up gorgeously.
And there you have it – my step by step guide to a brown smokey eye!
I hope you like it! xox