How to do a wearable brown smokey eye : Step-wise Photo tutorial and FOTD

Hi everyone!

Few days back I did a tutorial on how to do a dramatic black smokey eye. Today I’m doing a tutorial on how to do a wearable brown smokey eye. This is a very simple look and can be paired with any outfit, for any occasion and takes 10-12 minutes to do. All you need is a smudgy brown pencil liner , some matte brown eye shadow and a smudging and blending brush!

 

Wearable brown smokey eye tutorial FINISHED LOOK

 

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TUTORIAL :

Step 1 : Conceal

Apply concealer under the eyes and on the lids also especially at the corners where there is more pigmentation. I have used MAC Select moisture cover NC 45.5.

 

Wearable brown smokey eye tutorial STEP 1

 

 

Step 2: Prime

Next, apply primer. You could skip this step as the concealer will also act as primer but for longer wear and oilier lids, it is better to prime also especially while doing smokey looks as they can get messy. I have used BeYu eye base.

 

Wearable brown smokey eye tutorial STEP 2

Wearable brown smokey eye tutorial STEP 2

 

 

Step 3: Line your eyes with a smudgy brown pencil liner.

– Apply on water line.

 

Wearable brown smokey eye tutorial STEP 3

Wearable brown smokey eye tutorial STEP 3

– Apply on upper lash line keeping it as close to the lash line as possible.

-Create a small wing at the outer corner along a line joining the outer corner and the end of the brow as shown.

 

Wearable brown smokey eye tutorial STEP 3

 

 

Step 4: Apply the brown pencil liner all over the lid.

This will act as a base for the eye shadow to stick on- it will make it last longer and also give a smokey effect. Always always always use a smudged liner underneath for a smokey eye look- it makes is simpler and effective. Since I want the look to be soft, I have used brown instead of black. For a bolder, dramatic look, use black pencil liner instead of brown.

-Start by drawing a line along the crease starting from outer corner, proceeding outwards as shown.

 

Wearable brown smokey eye tutorial STEP 4

Wearable brown smokey eye tutorial STEP 4

 

Wearable brown smokey eye tutorial STEP 4

Wearable brown smokey eye tutorial STEP 4

– Join it with the end of the wing created earlier.

 

Wearable brown smokey eye tutorial STEP 4

 

 

Wearable brown smokey eye tutorial STEP 4

Wearable brown smokey eye tutorial STEP 4

 

-We have now created a outline, now just fill it in with short horizontal strokes. Use short strokes because they ensure even application and are also gentler on the eye.

 

Wearable brown smokey eye tutorial STEP 4

Wearable brown smokey eye tutorial STEP 4

Wearable brown smokey eye tutorial STEP 4

Wearable brown smokey eye tutorial STEP 4

Step 5: Smudge and soften the edges of the liner applied.

The essence of a smokey eye lies in the soft, smudged look. Using a smudging brush or any brush with dense short bristles, lightly start smudging the liner applied in the previous step using small gentle strokes.

 

Wearable brown smokey eye tutorial STEP 5

Wearable brown smokey eye tutorial STEP 5

Wearable brown smokey eye tutorial STEP 5

Wearable brown smokey eye tutorial STEP 5

Step 6 : Apply brown eye shadow

Apply a matte brown eye shadow using patting motion on the entire lid. To get the color evenly till the crease, apply with horizontal patting motion in the crease as shown.

 

Brown eye shadow

Wearable brown smokey eye tutorial STEP 6

Wearable brown smokey eye tutorial STEP 6

 

Wearable brown smokey eye tutorial STEP 6

Wearable brown smokey eye tutorial STEP 6

Wearable brown smokey eye tutorial STEP 6

Wearable brown smokey eye tutorial STEP 6

Step ย 7 : Apply dark brown on lower lash line

Now using a small dense brush brush, apply the brown eyeshadow on the lower lash line, decreasing the amount as you go towards the inner corner. Make sure to apply it maintaining the small ‘V’ shape at the outer corner, merging it with the upper lash line eye shadow shape.

 

Wearable brown smokey eye tutorial STEP 7

 

Wearable brown smokey eye tutorial STEP 7

Wearable brown smokey eye tutorial STEP 7

 

Wearable brown smokey eye tutorial STEP 7

Wearable brown smokey eye tutorial STEP 7

Step 8 : Blend

It is very important to blend in a smokey eye. Using feathery light strokes, blend the color in the crease using a soft fluffy brush, You could use a lighter matte eyeshadow or compact powder to blend. I have used the lid color from Maybelline chait latte quad. Use a to and fro motion in the crease for blending.

Do NOT rub the brush in the crease otherwise you’ll end up wiping the ย dark eye shadow from the crease.

 

Wearable brown smokey eye tutorial STEP 8

Wearable brown smokey eye tutorial STEP 8

Wearable brown smokey eye tutorial STEP 8

Wearable brown smokey eye tutorial STEP 8

Wearable brown smokey eye tutorial STEP 8

Wearable brown smokey eye tutorial STEP 8
Wearable brown smokey eye tutorial STEP 8

Wearable brown smokey eye tutorial STEP 8

Step 9: Apply highlight shade on brow bone/inner corner.

I have used highlight shade from Maybelline chai latte quad.

 

Wearable brown smokey eye tutorial STEP 9

Wearable brown smokey eye tutorial STEP 9

Step 10: Apply lots of volumizing mascara and you are done!

 

Wearable brown smokey eye tutorial FINISHED LOOK

Wearable brown smokey eye tutorial FINISHED LOOK

Wearable brown smokey eye tutorial FINISHED LOOK

Wearable brown smokey eye tutorial FINISHED LOOK

I have paired this look with nude lips using Maybelline color sensational ‘My Mahogany’ and also with coral lips using MAC Lipglass ‘Lychee Luxe’

Products used :

EYES –

1. MAC Select moisture cover concealer NC 45.5

2. BeYu eye base

3. Bourjois kohl and contour pencil ‘Brun expressif’

4. Maybelline chai latte quad

5. The Body shop line softener brush

6. Faces eye shadow brush

7. Maybelline colossal volume mascara

 

Wearable brown smokey eye tutorial - PRODUCTS USED

Wearable brown smokey eye tutorial - PRODUCTS USED

Products used for face :

Wearable brown smokey eye tutorial - PRODUCTS USED

Wearable brown smokey eye tutorial - PRODUCTS USED

Products used for lips :

Maybelline color sensational lipstick ‘My Mahogany’

MAC Lipglass ‘Lychee luxe’

 

Maybelline colorsensational lipstick My Mahogany

Maybelline colorsensational lipstick My Mahogany

MAC lipglass 'Lychee luxe'

MAC lipglass 'Lychee luxe'

 

Swatches - My Mahogany, MAC Lychee luxe

Swatches - My Mahogany, MAC Lychee luxe

Final look with nude lips :

 

Wearable brown smokey eye - Finished look

Wearable brown smokey eye - Finished look

Final look with coral lips :

 

Wearable brown smokey eye - Finished look
Wearable brown smokey eye – Finished look

 

Do you like wearing smokey eye makeup? What lipstick do u like pairing with smokey eyes? Share your comments by replying below ๐Ÿ™‚

24 Comments

  1. Taps
    June 27, 2011 / 8:19 pm

    Wow its damn easy, me have the chai latte quad, the my mahogany shade looks very similar with lakme one, will use that thanx ! :-*

    • Corallista
      Author
      June 28, 2011 / 1:05 pm

      Try it Taps and tell me how it turns out!!

  2. Taps
    June 27, 2011 / 9:07 pm

    Whats the price of Bourjois Kabuki Brush??? Hows the quality?

    • Corallista
      Author
      June 28, 2011 / 1:03 pm

      Its for Rs 430 Taps. The quality is good but I think its natural hair cos its not soft, its a bit scratchy!

  3. Esha
    June 27, 2011 / 9:23 pm

    You should doing video tutorial ankita. Your smokey eyes looks so graceful and easy to wear.

    • Corallista
      Author
      June 28, 2011 / 1:02 pm

      Thank u so much Esha! ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Neha S.
    June 27, 2011 / 10:07 pm

    awesome … ๐Ÿ™‚ loving the lipcolour outcome!!
    chai latte quad is my faaaavvvvveee eyeshadow quad <3

    • Corallista
      Author
      June 28, 2011 / 1:02 pm

      Thank u Neha ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Sabrina
    June 28, 2011 / 4:57 am

    I absolutely loved this tutorial, keep up the good work, Ankita.

    • Corallista
      Author
      June 28, 2011 / 1:01 pm

      Thank You Sabrina ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Manali
    June 29, 2011 / 3:16 pm

    very easy step by step tut…. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Corallista
      Author
      June 29, 2011 / 5:06 pm

      Thanks Manali ๐Ÿ™‚ Please do try it out and let me know how it turns out!

  7. Ishita
    July 6, 2011 / 2:36 pm

    Hi Ankita.. The kohl and contour in Brun expressive and Bourjois contour clubbing in Brown vibes both r diff shades no? now am confused which one to go for to achieve a brown smoky look like this!

    • Corallista
      Author
      July 6, 2011 / 3:04 pm

      Go for the eye pencil ‘Brun expressif’ Ishita. The clubbing liner is a liquid liner and is not easy to work with for a smokey look. At best it can be smudged to give eyeshadow like look but not smokey.

  8. sangs
    July 18, 2011 / 8:13 pm

    that luks beautiful n truly wearable and i loooovee browns but just one issue, somehow they just dont show on my lids..is it bcos i have dark circle or i should be using more concelor ?

    • Corallista
      Author
      July 18, 2011 / 11:51 pm

      Hi Sangs,
      Browns look great on our skin tones but most of us face this problem. You need to conceal your lids and under eye area properly as well as prime your lids so that the color of the eye shadow shows up. After applying a good coverage concealer, dab some loose powder on it to set it and then apply the eye shadow on it. Or you can use a base like MAC Paint pot or MAC Paint on eye lid that’ll neutralize the pigmentation and also help the eye shadow show up well. Hope this helps ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. Shaili
    August 6, 2011 / 3:45 pm

    you have made it look so easy
    i went to purchase chai latte quad but ended up buying time for wine instead but that also has some shades of brown
    just that i dont have good make up brushes..i will get them soon and will definitely try out this look ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. sharmi
    June 27, 2013 / 11:15 pm

    hiii. awesome video. i have maybelline chai latte quad but i m not getting bourjois products. is there any other alternate eyepencil that i can use?

    • Corallista
      Author
      June 30, 2013 / 3:32 pm

      Any brown kohl will do Sharmi! Try Colorbar and Faces.

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