Monday, 9 February 2015

HOT FOR TEACHER: Dark Brown Smoky Eye

Smoky eyes have been a key part of my makeup arsenal since I was about fourteen – I picked up my first Urban Decay palette and never looked back – and normally I like to go all in with them, with lots of contrast, nice crease definition and eyeliner as far as the eye (ha) can see.

Sometimes, though, it feels nice to step away from the Kim Kardashian school of smoky eyes (for kids who wanna learn to do other stuff good too) and into the more low-key Mila Kunis-esque end of the spectrum. This look is a little more versatile, too, as it can be dressed up or down more easily and works for almost any occasion and with almost any other makeup, especially if you’re a fan of bolder lips.


Start with a light neutral base colour – I used a M.A.C. Paint Pot in Soft Ochre – all over the lid, up to and over the edge of the browbone. Then, at the top of the crease (i.e. just on the underside of the browbone), add a light neutral matte shadow – browns or greys both work well. I used Limit, which is a rosy brown from the Urban Decay Naked3 palette.


Add a mid-brown shade all over the lid, blending out into your crease colour – I used Reign from the Urban Decay Vice3 palette (I just really like Urban Decay, OK?), which is a warm brown with a teensy bit of shimmer in it. If you want to really go for it, proper shimmer eyeshadows look great with this look because it’s all about blending the colours into each other, so intense bronzes and golds work really well.


Add a darker brown into the crease – I’ve gone for Snakebite from UD Naked2, which isn’t worlds apart from Reign, just a little darker and more intense. Again, if you want to make it more dramatic, choose a crease colour that’s a lot darker than your base colour, but for this one I kept it subtle. Blend this colour out into the browbone colour from step one.


Using a thin or angled brush (I really like the Real Techniques Angled Brow Brush for this), press a dark brown (or black for extra definition) along the upper lashline and the outer third of the lower lashline. I used Busted from Naked2. I always start on the outer corner for this and brush in, so that you get more colour concentrated on the outside and a nice gentle fade inwards.


Using a black eyeliner pencil (I used a Max Factor Kohl Pencil), line under the upper lashline and the outer third of the waterline, overlapping a little onto the edge of the lower lashline. Is the word ‘line’ looking weird to any of you yet? Then, using a paler shimmer shadow in a gold, silver or peach (or whatever floats your boat really), line the inner corner of your eye and the rest of the waterline. I used a Nars Shadow Stick in Goddess, a pale, shimmery pink.


Add mascara – because a lot of the definition in this look is coming straight from the lashline, a volumising mascara works best. I used Bourjois Volume 1-Seconde, but Benefit They’re Real would also work really well, or Max Factor Wild Mega Volume. Wiggle the brush right into the roots of the lashes for as much impact as possible.

And you’re done! This look is really simple and quick– it took me less than 20 minutes, even with all the faffing about with the camera in between – and is easily adaptable to basically any occasion ever. After I took the photos for this post, I wore it to the corner shop and it was perfect, but it would also be lovely for work or for a night out or eating pasta in your underwear (I have tested this).

Let me know if you try this out and what colours it works best in for you! Maybe next time I will attempt a tutorial that doesn’t involve any Urban Decay palettes (maybe).

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