The “New” Smokey Eye

The latest smokey eye trend strays away from the usual black, smudge look – starring the always flattering matte brown shade. Brown shades are flattering on everyone, and this look is easy for everyone to pull off. If you find black, smokey eyes intimidating – this is the perfect starter look for you! I recommend wearing this look during the evening or special event, it could be a bit dramatic for an everyday, daytime look.

Best of all, this look is extremely easy to create! Read all the steps below to recreate this look for yourself.

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How to create the perfect matte brown smokey eye:

  • Sweep a base primer all over your eyelids since we’re going to be laying on the shadows… you don’t want them straying all over!
  • I wanted my eye shadows to be very bold, so I also put a nude jumbo shadow stick on the center lid of my eye beneath my crease. This will help your eye shadows look very pigmented and last all night.
  • Start with a light brown matte shade all over your eyelid, then intensify it with a darker matte brown shade. Be sure the color doesn’t come up into the crease. I used a combination of Lorac Pro Palette’s Taupe, Sable, and Espresso.
  • Then, take a transition shade on your crease to soften the harsh line from the matte brown. I used Meet Matt(e) Nude’s palette in Matt Singh along with a bit more of the lighter brown, Taupe shade in the Lorac Pro Palette.
  • Lastly, I softened the crease shade by using the Matt Lombardi shade in the Meet Matt(e) Nude up from the crease into my upper eyelid right beneath my eye brows.
  • Black eyeliner is essential to pull this look together. You’ll want to use a deep black, matte, almost wet looking liner so that it matches the intensity of your shadows. I used Stila’s All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner in Intense Black to create a dramatic wing.
  • Next, I took some of the deepest brown color from the Lorac Pro Palette, and dragged it underneath my lower lash line. I also tight lined my lower lash line with Urban Decay’s 24/7 Eye Liner in Black “Zero” to ensure my eyes were entirely outlined in the deep smokey brown colors.
  • To finish the look, I applied severel coats of a voluminous, deep black mascara.
  • Voila, you’re ready to wow everyone with your drop dead gorgeous smokey eye!

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