Friday 6 June 2014

How to: do a subtle smoky eye

Since I stopped wearing eyeliner every day, I've had a chance to play around with makeup and try out different styles. I still put on liquid eyeliner every now and then, but I think my eyes look much brighter without it, which is nice for a summery daytime look.

One of my new favourite looks is a gold & brown smoky eye, which can be kept quite subtle or be made quite dramatic, depending on what you are up to! Here's a step by step guide to how I do it...

I recently got a new makeup palette, which has the perfect colours for this look, and I'm really, really impressed with it. It's by Sleek Makeup, and is their i Divine palette in Storm (ignore the daft name) and is only £7.99 (and I've just discovered Superdrug have a 3 for 2 offer on the go... I might have to give in and buy a couple more!).

To start, take the lightest colour and lightly brush this across the lid, above the crease, and around the tear duct.

Then use a darker gold shadow to colour in the eyelid. Also brush this colour into your lower lash line (look up when you are doing this, and you won't poke yourself in the eye!).

Use a brown (this one is slightly shimmery, but still has loads of colour) to blend it from the outer corner of your eye to about half way across the lid. Make sure and blend where the gold and brown meet in your eye, and in the crease. Also use this colour across the outer half of your lower lash line.

Finally, take a dark brown (this one is matte) and layer it onto the outer corner of your eye lid. Blend where the dark brown meets other colours! Then add mascara (and eyeliner if you want it... I didn't use any though).

And that's it! It's super quick and simple, but I think it's a really nice look. Hopefully this has been useful to at least one person, and I'm not just stating the obvious!


  1. It looks really pretty! I definitely prefer those color schemes. As for eyeliner, I think it really looks great on the eyes but I, too, don't put it on every day.

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  2. Thanks for this. I'm such a terrible girl I never really know what your supposed to do with makeup (I must have missed out on the secret classes girls have when they're young) so it's helpful for me! It looks really good.


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