Monday, May 4, 2015

Makeup Monday Tutorial: How To Dramatize Your Smokey Eyes

Products used:
Urban Decay Primer Potion
MAC Cool Neutral x 15 Eyeshadow palette  (colors used: "Black Tied" - lid, "Pearled Earth" - crease, and "Flounce" - blend)
MAC "Stars n Rockets" eyeshadow (purple on inner eye)
MAC "Freshwater" eyeshadow (blue on lower outer lashline)
MAC "Blacktrack" fluidline
MAC "Smolder eye" kohl
Smashbox "Heartbreak" blush
MAC Isabel and Ruben Toledo lipstick in "Oxblood"

As soon as MAC sent over their MAC Cool Neutral x 15 Eyeshadow palette  to me, I knew I wanted to create a tutorial with it. I'm a longtime fangirl, so a box from MAC is an extra special treasure. But with my last tutorial being dedicated to a daytime smokey eye, I didn't want to go completely neutral. The only logical solution was to go with my old mainstay, the smokey eye with purple and blue accents. You might not realize or remember this, since you're all more used to me in a bold lip with liquid liner, but I used to wear a variation of this look on an almost daily basis. I love the way the purple and blue give off this oil-slick sheen when layered over the black liner - it adds a little something special to an otherwise pretty basic smokey eye. Want to learn how to recreate this? Follow my step by step tutorial!

1. Prep your eyes with primer.
2. Using a damp brush, pat "Black Tied" on your eyelids.
3. Sweep "Pearled Earth" (silver) in the crease, softening the edges of the black.
4. Blend out with "Flounce" (soft pink).
5. Smudge "Blacktrack Fluidline" over your lower lashline.
6. Take this time to blend all of the dark edges until they're softer and diffused, using [dry] black tied shadow.
7. Apply "Stars N Rockets" (purple) over the inner lower lashline, tear duct, and then pull it through the inner crease.
8. Apply Freshwater on the outer lower lashline.
9. Line your waterline (top and bottom) and lashline with "Smolder" eye kohl and add mascara. Done!


  1. Ahh this is so pretty! Your makeup always looks so incredible, I wish I had your skills!

    Tessa at Bramble & Thorn

  2. great makeup! :)

  3. I still have so much to learn about make up and tutorials like this one help me a lot.
    Thanks for sharing!

  4. That smokey eye is amazing, I love how you put it underneath

  5. This is a gorgeous look!

  6. I recently bought blue and purple eyeshadows from MAC but when I got home realized I had no idea how to wear them without the colors wearing me. I wish I was confident enough to pull off this look.

  7. Purple looks absolutely incredible on you! I love the purple smokey eye (I don't really wear any other color but purple hehe) and you pull it off amazingly!

    xx, Mel

  8. I love how this shapes your eyes! You remind me of that bond girl in Skyfall, Berenice Marlohe. In that scene where they meet in a casino/lounge or something and she's wearing super sultry makeup.

  9. Everyone these days seem to be loving warm tones on their eyes, t's so nice to see a beautiful cool smokey eye :) Love the makeup!


  10. I look like a clown when I do my makeup like this.. How to you always make it look so perfect without being over the top? I need to learn your ways! :)

  11. I've never tried a smokey eye with purple and blue added in. This is so tastefully done, not over the top, but definitely an eye catching look. Great job!
    Jenny // Mish Mosh Makeup

  12. Wow this looks so pretty and it's really fancy. Love it.


  13. Every time I see your makeup tutorials, I realise how beautiful you are. :)
    So flawless!

  14. Great tutorial! Love a smokey eye when it's done right! Lovely post!

    XOXO, Jessi