Step by Step Smokey Brown Eyeshadow Tutorial!

Smokey Brown Eyeshadow Tutorial

Smokey Brown Eyeshadow Tutorial


A brown smokey eye is a great look if you want a dramatic look, without being too dark. The pop of gold on the inner third of the eye really brightens up the eye and adds a bit of light to make the eyes really stand out. This look works really well on all eye colors – brown, hazel/green or blue. If you’re light complected and don’t feel comfortable with a look this dark, you can soften it up a bit by skipping the black liner and using a deep brown or charcoal – or you can skip the liner all together. If you have small eyes, black on the waterline can make the eyes appear even smaller, so to avoid this, make sure the eyeshadow on your bottom lash line is extra smokey and extended out and apply a good coat of mascara to the bottom lashes. Adding a flesh toned, ivory or brown liner to your waterline is also an option to open up the eyes. To keep this look more daytime appropriate, you can stop at Step 7 and finish off with mascara. 


Products Used:

Nars Smudgeproof Eyeshadow Base (used in step 1)
MAC Wedge Eyeshadow (used in step 2)
NARS Galapagos Eyeshadow (used in steps 3 and 5)
MAC Tempting Eyeshadow (used in step 4)

NARS Etrusque Eyeshadow (used in step 6)
MAC Chamomile Eyeshadow (used in step 7)

Urban Decay Perversion 24/7 Eyeliner (used in steps 8, 11, 12 and 15)

MAC Carbon Eyeshadow (used in steps 10 and 11)
Ardell #45 Eyelashes (used in step 13)

Covergirl Clump Crusher Mascara (used in step 14)

You will Need:

  • A matte, light brown eyeshadow
  • A dark brown eyeshadow
  • A shimmery brown eyeshadow
  • A gold eyeshadow
  • A light matte eyeshadow for the highlight
  • A black eyeshadow
  • A black eyeliner pencil
  • Mascara
  • False Eyelashes (optional)

Smokey Brown Eyeshadow Tutorial
Smokey Brown Eyeshadow Tutorial

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial, let me know if you try it out! 🙂

86 thoughts on “Step by Step Smokey Brown Eyeshadow Tutorial!

  1. You do beautiful makeup application and I really love the easy way you teach things – I've been in this business for 22 years and still love to learn – THANK YOU 🙂

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  2. Absolutely stunning smokey eyes! Aside from product reviews, these step-by-step picture makeup tutorials are my favorite posts to read on your blog, they are just so helpful and lovely (: In the future, could you please, please do a tutorial on how you do your contour/bronze/blush/highlight routine?
    thnx ❤

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  3. Awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I can't wait to try this out. I am using your satin taupe look for my wedding but I can see me wearing this one on the daily.

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  4. While applying make-up to blue eyes, it is very important to first wipe-off all old make-up. Once done the eyes would be similar to a blank canvas. This would help in enhancing the beauty of the contrast colors because if the ‘blank canvas’ is not created, the new color may gel with the old color giving a totally different output than what is expected. Once ready, it is important to apply a primer to the eyelids in order to prepare the eyes for the contrast color. If not for blue eyes, a black primer can be used which usually goes down well with almost all skin tones. Since blue eyes are special, it is very important to choose the right color while applying a make-up. If a primer is not readily available at hand, a concealer might also be used to create the desired foundation. The benefit or reason for using a primer or a concealer is that it helps the make-up to remain longer periods of time without fading away or fading out.
    eye shadow tips

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