Simple Brown Smokey Eye

I love a smokey eye but I tend to go for more browns than blacks and greys, especially during the summer months. Heres a quick step by step of how I do a simple smokey eye with some of my favourite products…

  1. Begin with eyebrows, however you want to do them is up to you…I usually go for powder rather than gel or pencil as I feel it gives a softer, more natural look but that’s just a personal preference.
  2. Conceal and prime the eye, I either use MAC Select Cover-Up in shade NW15 or sometimes MAC paint pot in shade ‘soft ochre.’  I use a concealer brush to cover my whole eyelid.
  3. My top 3 eyeshadow colours for this kind of look are all from MAC and I originally tried them after seeing Elle Sutton do a tutorial with them. They are Rule, Embark and Swiss Chocolate. I do use other colours with them depending on whether I want it to be more dramatic or a softer look but I will explain them later.
  4. With a small fluffy blending brush, blend the colour ‘Rule’ in and slightly above the crease. Move the brush in soft circular motions. Do the same underneath. This red colour is really to give the look some warmth and soften it, I use Rule as transition colour for pretty much any look I do now.
  5. Using the same brush, take the colour ‘Embark’ and using the exact same technique go right into the crease and down onto the socket. Again, go under your eye but closer to your lash line this time. The key is to keep blending in circular motions, the more you blend, the nicer it will look.
  6. Now take the colour ‘Swiss Chocolate’ and I blend this right in the outer corner of my eyes and ever so slightly towards to centre of the socket. If it looks too harsh, take Embark again and blend the two together until the harshness goes away. With whats left on your brush, blend the darker colour under your eye.
  7. Now if I want a more dramatic look I will build up the colours more and probably get an even darker brown (almost black) to blend in, otherwise I will just leave it as is and put on mascara and/or false lashes depending on the occasion.
  8. If I wanted a more softer, lighter look I would use Nylon from MAC to highlight the inner corner of my eye and brow bone and then use a gold, shimmery colour from the Morphe 35O palette and pat that onto my eye socket and blend it out.


Sorry the majority of these products are from MAC, other alternatives would be using similar colours and shades from the Morphe 35O palette or a great high street buy that I learnt about when training at NEMUA is Maybelline – The Nudes Palette.

Add a red lip and some huge hoop earrings to go all out!


Hope you like this look and found this tutorial easy to follow. Thanks for reading.

Love Lucy x

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