Brown Smokey Eye Using MAC Eyeshadows

Saturday, 26 October 2013

This brown smokey eye is one of my favourite eye shadow looks to do if I'm going out for an evening. It's bold but not overpowering and will go with just about any outfit or lip colour! If you aren't used to wearing dark eyeshadows, using brown tones instead of black is the perfect way to try it out and the good news is brown shades suit everyone! I used all MAC eyeshadows to create this look however you can use any shades that you have. Here are the steps to create this look...

  • Start off by priming your eyelid. It's a must if you want your eyeshadow to last all night. Primer also helps to make the shadows more vibrant. If you don't have a primer concealer works well too!  (I use MAC paint pot in Painterly)
  • Place a small piece of Sellotape onto the eye connecting the outer corner of your eye to the end of your eyebrow. This will create a sharp clean line
  • Using a large fluffy brush (I used a MAC 224) place the shade Soft Brown just above the crease using windshield wiper motions. Blend until there are no harsh lines
  • With a flat shading brush pack Texture onto the eye lid
  • With a smaller fluffy brush (I used MAC 217) add Saddle into the crease using windshield wiper motion. This shade should join the lid colour and the upper crease colour. Keep blending and adding until you get the desired intensity
  • In the outer v of the eye, add Carbon and blend with a fluffy brush into the crease and eyelid slightly. Keep adding the black shadow and blending until you get the desired intensity
  • Remove the tape from your eye and you should end up with a crisp clean edge to your eyeshadow 
  • Using the crisp edge as your guide, line your upper lid and wing it out. I used Maybelline's black gel liner but you can use liquid or kohl if you prefer.
  • Line your water line with a black eyeliner and smudge it with black eyeshadow into the lower lash line keeping to the outer part of the eye. Then use saddle on the rest of the lower lashline and blend out. A pencil brush is perfect for this step
  • Highlight the inner corner of your eye Nylon 
  • Apply your favourite pair of false lashes (I'm wearing Superdrug Double Lashes #40)
And you're done! 

If you re-create this look make sure you tag me on instagram (@_amypriddle) or twitter (@amypriddle) so I can see them.

I hope you enjoy this post! If you would like to see more blog posts like this let me know in the comments!


  1. Stunning eye look so pretty going to use this for a night out i have planned


    Carrieanne x

    1. Thank you! It's perfect for a night out! Xx

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  3. AMY! This is super awesome and very clever. From one make-up artist to another, you are very talented xxx

    1. Thankyou so much Jay! Lovely to hear praise from another amazing artist :) xx

  4. OMG your eyes look amazing!!! I wish I could do eye makeup like this, you're so talented, the blending is incredible xx

    Gemma ♥ | Miss Makeup Magpie

  5. Wow stunning make up!! Wish I could do eye makeup like this..Always looks so silly on me lol :) On you it looks amazing! Beautiful :')
    Ava xox

    1. Thanks so much! I'm sure it would look great on you! xx

  6. Wow! Beautiful look and a great tutorial! More of these would be great! I really want to get into more eye-shadow looks, I tend to stick to the same 5 :-/

    1. Thankyou! I will be posting more so make sure you subscribe :) I love MAC eyeshadows and my collection has grown rapidly lol xx

    2. I have done! Fair enough...a girl can never have too much make-up! :-) haha :-)



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