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The Matte Brown Smokey Eye – It’s Possible!

By Sheila

A while back, someone asked if it was possible to do a smokey brown eye.  But, of course! Here’s my take on the smokey look using brown eyeshadows, and I really challenged myself with this one because I used matte shadows, and I am usually such a sucker for the glitter!

The colors I used are all by MAC. From left to right, I used —

Embark as the darker “smoke” color in the crease, applied with MAC’s #217 brush.

Cork, a medium brown for the lid, applied with MAC’s #242 brush.

Vanilla, for the browbone, applied with MAC’s #239 brush.

Step 1: I strayed away from MAC at this point and used Urban Decay’s Original Primer Potion, a great matte primer.

Using my flat brush, I applied the medium brown shade all over the lid with a patting motion, making sure to take the color OVER my crease, and blending in the edges.

Step 2: To smoke out my eyes, I used a dark brown and applied it using one of my basic shadow techniques, creating a “greater than” side at the sides of my eyes and then taking the shadow underneath my lower lids.

Blend, blend, blend!!!

Blend some more!

Seriously, get your blend on! 

Step 3: The basic look is finished by applying an ivory shadow under the brow bones and in the inner corner of the lid.

Step 4: I applied my liner and mascara as usual, then decided that I just HAD to incorporate a little shimmer somewhere. HAD TO. Using MAC’s Powerhouse, a really pretty shimmery gold liner, I lined the waterline of my lower lid. I’m so glad I took this extra step, because it really made my eyes pop! Love it!

So, there you have it !  Throw on a nude lip and some subtle cheeks, and you’re set!

If you have brown eyes and are hestitant about using brown shadows, I say it’s worth experimenting with. If you do have brown eyes really want to make your eyes stand out, use browns with a tad bit of red in them, like MAC’s Folie… it’s amazing what that can do to enhance the eyes!

What are some of your favorite brown eyeshadows?

  • http://silhouettescreams.blogspot.com SilhouetteScreams

    The black liner really completes the look :)

    I dont really have any favourite matte brown shadows, but a tonne of bronze favourites 😀

  • Gini

    Gorgeous tutorial! You inspire me to spend the time blending… :)

  • http://www.rubysbeauty.com Lisa

    Love it! I want to try this, I think it would look perfect with my blue eyes. For the longest time my favorite dark brown was the brown in one of those Almay all about eyes palettes. Now, I don’t know what my fave is because I have so many.

  • Jenny H

    My favorite browns are in the Naughty and Nice palette by Too Faced!! They create an awesome shimmery look.

  • Miss Boom

    It’s amazing how something so simple can have such an impact. Beautiful!

  • Ninjagato

    It’s more of a gold than a brown but my all time favorite is Prestige Golden Retriever. It’s perfection and lasts all day.

    My old favorite is Origins Root Beer Float.

  • admin

    I think I’m in a new brown eyeshadow appreciation phase … they are just so versatile and go with every eye color. Seriously!

  • http://camynails.blogspot.com/ Camy

    very beautiful look!