Bad Girl Beauty | Charcoal Smokey-Eye

Learn how to achieve your most bad-ass makeup look yet! (*Scowl not included.)

All products used will be listed at the bottom of this post


>>Do not fear dark eyeshadows! This look is actually very easy to achieve and will look beautiful on every skin tone but the process will not look pretty at the beginning. Just take your time, DON’T NEGLECT BLENDING, and apply a small amount of eyeshadow at a time – you can always add more shadow; it’s harder to take it away.

>>When wearing a dark smokey eye, creating flawless skin is a must. Apply your eyeshadow first – especially when working with dark eyeshadow! You will have fallout (eyeshadow falling off of  your eyeshadow brush onto your cheeks) and it will ruin your concealer and foundation if you apply your face makeup first.

>>A bold eye like this requires neutral lips and cheeks – especially if you are a makeup novice. So grab the appropriate colors (I have some suggestions listed below) and a makeup wipe and let’s get started!


  1. Blend a light brown and medium brown eyeshadow into the crease and outer corner of your eye. Do not worry about being precise but make sure you take your time blending.
  2. Prime your eyelids with an eyelid primer. To achieve dark eyeshadow that is pigmented and true to color, a standard drug store primer may not work best. You can prime your lids with a chubby black eyeliner pencil or a paint pot from MAC. Do not exceed your eyelid crease with your primer.
  3. Pack a charcoal or black eyeshadow onto your eyelids. If you are apprehensive about using black, use a brown or grey eyeshadow instead. You will have some of the eyeshadow fall off of your brush and on to your face. TIP: After you dip your brush into your eyeshadow, tap the brush to remove excess shadow.
  4. Blend more charcoal eyeshadow into your crease using a pencil brush. Do not take the eyeshadow too high above your crease! Applying a dark eyeshadow too high will give you a “raccoon eye” look that we are desperately trying to avoid.
  5. Blend more of the light brown and medium brown eyeshadow into your crease over top of the charcoal eyeshadow. Take your time blending! The longer you take on this step, the more seamless your eyeshadow will look.
  6. Trace over your lash-line with a black liquid or gel liner.
  7. Curl and coat your eyelashes with mascara. *Optional: Apply false eyelashes. TIP: Use black eyelash glue when applying false lashes over black eyeliner. Sometimes white lash glue can appear crusty and remain visible, even though it is supposed to dry clear.
  8. Clean up any eyeshadow fallout on your cheeks with a makeup wipe.
  9. Apply a face primer. If you have dry skin make sure you have moisturized your skin and are using a hydrating primer.
  10. Apply your foundation and concealer. To see my detailed foundation routine click here. Make sure to set your makeup with a face powder.
  11. Apply bronzer to the perimeter of your face and to the hollows of your cheeks.
  12. Apply blush to the apples of your cheeks in upward sweeping motions.
  13. Dust a highlighter on the tops of your cheekbones.
  14. Line your bottom lash-line with charcoal eyeshadow, stopping 3/4 of the way in.
  15. Blend your medium and light brown shadow over the charcoal eyeshadow with a pencil brush. TIP: Make sure you are using a clean pencil brush for this! If you are using the same brush that you used in your crease, make sure to wipe off the excess dark eyeshadow on your brush on a towel or tissue.
  16. Apply a champagne or icy colored eyeshadow to the inner corners of your eyes and on the brow-bone. This will open up your eyes, which is an important step when working with dark eyeshadows.
  17. Coat your lower lashes with mascara.
  18. Apply a nude lip liner and lip gloss.




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Maybelline Better Skin Foundation
Maybelline Fit Me Concealer
Dermablend Loose Translucent Powder
Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit
MAC Mineralize Blush in “Warm Soul”
TheBalm “Marylouminizer” Highlighter
Makeup Forever Step-1 Smoothing Primer (To fill in my pores on my cheek and forehead area)
L’oreal Magic Lumi Primer (Applied everywhere else to add luminosity and hydration.)

MAC Dark Brown Eyeshadow from the Warm Neutrals Palette
Anastasia Beverly Hills Clear Brow Gel

Inner Corner and Brow Bone Highlight – MAC “Shroom”
Crease- MAC “Wedge” and “Saddle”
Clinique “01 Black” Pretty Easy Liquid Eyelining Pen
Lid- Urban Decay “Crave”
Lid Primer – MAC Paint Pot in “Painterly”
KIKO Daily Extensions Mascara
KISS “11” Lashes
Water Line – Malani Eyes & Brows Nude Pencil

KIKO Precision Lip Pencil 409
Revlon Lip Gloss in “Bellini”

Crop Top
Forever 21


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