Posts Tagged ‘smokey eye’

October 28, 2013 12:00 am

How to: Sultry Smokey Eye for Fall

Recently QC Makeup Academy posted a picture on Facebook of a lovely fall-inspired smokey eye. Everyone was swooning over it so I was asked to recreate it for you guys in my own way. I hope you like it!

Here are the colors I chose. If you don’t have these exact colors, don’t worry! You can use ones close to these. Unfortunately a couple of these are discontinued or the label has rubbed off, so I can’t list the exact shadow names. Regardless, I thought I would show you what they look like so you can see if you have something similar. Never be afraid to mix colors to get your desired shade. I mixed the dark green single shadow with the lighter green shadow in the palette for the green I used below.

Here are the shadows I used…

The colors you'll need for a fall smokey eye

Here’s the final look…

A gorgeous green and gold fall smokey eye, by Brittany Hall

And here are the steps to re-create it yourself…

Step by step for a fall smokey eye

Step 1

Start with a clean, primed eyelid. Apply your primer from the root of your lash line all the way up to the brow.

Step 2

Take your desired green shade (I mixed the dark and light green you saw above) and apply it to the center of the lid. You’re applying at the roundest part, or the “peak”, of the lid.

Step 3

Apply a bronzy gold into the inner corner of the lid and along the top of the green. Blend it into the first half of the crease.

Step 4

Pick up the cranberry color on a blending brush and apply to the outer corner of the crease, blending into the green and bronzy hues.

Step 5

Apply a brow highlight underneath the brow and into the inner tear duct. This will add a little pop!

Step 6

Add liquid liner and lashes.

Step 7

Smudge the cranberry shade along the outer lower lash line.

Step 8

Smudge the bronzy shade along the inner lower lash line.

That’s all she wrote, folks! I hope you found these instructions comprehensive and are able to recreate this look with ease. If you have any questions, leave them for me in a comment below!

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Brittany Hall has established herself as a freelance makeup artist, with over five years experience in the industry. She’s also an established blogger – on “Makeup by Brittany”, she blogs about fashion, beauty, home decor, and makeup. She brings her flair to the QC blog with regular posts about her experience in the beauty biz.


August 8, 2013 8:30 am

Everyday Smokey Eye Makeup

A great smokey eye can take a look anywhere

The right smokey eye can take an outfit from 0 to 60 and make a woman feel like a million bucks. That’s why we’ve rounded up some of our favorite everyday smokey eye makeup applications into one post! Plus, check out Cinthia’s YouTube tutorial on how to get the perfect everyday smokey eye at the very end. Her easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions are sure to have you mastering the everyday smokey eye makeup in a pinch.

This first smokey eye, from Kayla A’s Beautylish, is what comes to mind when we think bronze smokey eye. We like the defined brows, use of warm copper and gold, and the slight winged liner. Her eyes pop and she kept the rest of her makeup neutral to let that happen. We’re not sure if she’s wearing false lashes or not, but we’d say they’re a great idea for a night out but probably too much for daytime wear. Then again, it all depends on personal preference!

This plum and black smokey eye from Diana C’s Beautylish is absolutely stunning. We’d love to see this look on someone with green or blue eyes because we think it would “pop” just that much more! Our only recommendation would be to extend the outer corner color a little bit further so you can see a bit more of the makeup when the eye is fully open. We’d recommend pairing an eye like this with a natural peach-colored blush and a nude lipstick or gloss. Simply beautiful!

This darker smokey eye from Permiasorella’s Beautylish features a pop of turquoise blue in the center and a whole lot of dark, reddish brown. Normally we’re not a huge fan of the combination but in this case, it really works! Her hazel eyes glow against the shades she chose and her lashes are not overpowering. We’d love to see this eye paired with a shade like MAC Brave to really bring out the drama.

This glittery blue smokey eye from Maquillateconaurora G’s Beautylish is perfect for a night out. If you wanted to, you could probably get away with wearing the lighter blue shade during the day and then blending in the darker blue and under eye liner once you’ve left the office to catch up with friends for dinner or drinks. We always love a perfectly curled lash and think this look exemplifies that. The brow appears to be a little too filled in, but that’s easily fixed by taking a bit off with a cotton pad and just going a little lighter with a brow pencil or powder the next time around.

We think these are probably our favorite eyebrows of the bunch, from Ritz O’s Beautylish. They’re filled in, but lightly and look natural. The smokey eye uses a mix of minty cream and warm brown and would complement many different skin tones easily. We’d recommend keeping the lip simple with a pinkish nude and going easy on the blush. Let the eyes have all the attention!

Check out Cinthia’s tutorial for QC Makeup Academy’s YouTube channel below. If you decide to try your own smokey eye, please let us know! We’d love to know if we inspired you. 🙂


Please note the contest mentioned in the video is now closed.