Matte, Brown Smokey Eye

Sometimes inspiration hits at the weirdest times – at least that’s what happened to me last night. Either that, or my internal clock is thrown off from daylight savings and I had a small case of insomnia last night…or should I say this morning. Whatever the case, this makeup look was the product of of my inability to sleep and I must say, I’m pretty darn in love with it! Continue reading to learn how you can create this matte, brown smokey eye for yourself! (All products used will be listed at the bottom of this post.)
This is another look that is pretty easy to recreate (yay!) but requires patience and a heck of a lot of blending! But if you can commit to the work and are daring enough to go dark ;), this smokey eye will not disappoint.

When working with dark eyeshadows, DO NOT apply your foundation and concealer first! Instead, apply your eye makeup, wipe away any eyeshadow that has fallen onto your cheeks with a makeup wipe, and then apply your foundation. Trust me, it will save you a lot of grief!

  1. Prime your eyelids with an eyelid primer.

  2. Apply a light brown, matte eyeshadow to your crease.

  3. Apply a medium brown, matte eyeshadow, concentrating most of the product on the outer corner and blending it in to your crease.

  4. Apply a small amount of a cranberry eyeshadow (I didn’t have one, so I used blush instead) to your crease.

  5. Apply an eyeshadow base to your eyelids.

  6. Pack on a dark brown, matte eyeshadow to your eyelids and blend into your crease. Keep this dark color low in your crease to avoid a “raccoon eye” look.

  7. Curl and coat your top lashes with black mascara. *Optional: Apply false lashes.

  8. Wipe away any eyeshadow that has fallen on your cheeks and apply your concealer, foundation, blush, etc.

  9. Line your lower lash-line with the same dark brown, matte eyeshadow.

  10. Blend your medium brown, matte eyeshadow over the dark brown shadow.

  11. Blend a small amount of your cranberry eyeshadow over the medium brown shadow.

  12. Blend your light brown, matte eyeshadow over the mauve and medium brown shadow.

  13. Line your waterline (the fleshy part of your eye between your eyeball and your lower lashes) with a nude or white eyeliner. *To achieve and even more dramatic look, line your waterline with brown eyeliner.

  14. Coat your lower lashes with black mascara.

  15. Smolder and stun with your sexy smokey eyes.

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Makeup Forever Step 1 Smoothing Primer

Maybelline Super Stay Better Skin Foundation, Shade #10 (Porcelain)

Maybelline Fit Me Concealer, Shade #15 (Fair)

Maybelline Fit Me Pressed Powder, Shade #115 (Ivory)

Anastasia Beverly Hills Powder Contour Kit (Fair)

KIKO Milano Tri-Bal Soul Baked Blush, Shade #01 “Deluxe Coral”

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in “Luminous Light”


Darkest brown, matte eyeshadow from the MAC Warm Neutrals Palette

Anastasia Beverly Hills Clear Brow Gel


Crease: MAC “Wedge”

Outer corner and crease: MAC “Saddle”

Outer corner and crease: KIKO Milano Soft Touch Blush #107

NYX Eyeshadow Base #03

Lid: MAC Warm Neutrals Palette- Eyeshadow on top row, second from the left

Inner corner/Brow bone: MAC “Shroom”

Waterline: Milani Brow & Eye Highlighters Pencil


Top lashes: Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara & Kiss #11 Falsies

Bottom lashes: KIKO Milano 30 Days Extension Mascara


KIKO Milano Precision Lip Pencil #302

MAC Cremesheen Lipstick in “Japanese Maple”

NYX Butter Gloss, Shade #02 (Eclair)

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