The key to the perfect smokey eye is a great series of coordinating makeup colors paired with awesome blending techniques. There are many different color variations of the smokey eye, but one of the most popular is the brown smokey eye. To create a brown smokey eye you will want to try to pick out natural and brown makeup shades with a golden tint. Also, try to find a black eyeliner that is highly pigmented. Many people don’t properly blend their smokey eye so they wind up with harsh rounded lines and contrasting colors.
The first step to creating a perfect brown smokey eye is applying a primer so that blending is easier. Next cover your eyelid all the way up to the brow bone with a nude eyeshadow. You can take a shimmery beige and sweep it along your brow bone and in the inner corners of your eyes for added definition. Try to find a darker beige or light brown to apply to the crease of your eye. After that you will sweep a dark golden brown into the outer corners of your eyes. At first, you will have a very rounded look, but later you will blend this in to ensure you have the smudged effect of a smokey eye.
Use a flat brush to apply the same dark brown eyeshadow to line your lower lashline and your upper lashine to fill in the spaces between your lashes. You can even use the shimmery beige along the lower lashline from the inner corners to the center to create more of a smudged look. Next, apply a black eyeliner to your waterline. Use a black gel liner along your upper lashline. Using gentle pressure, smudge the liner on the upper and lower lashline with a clean finger or a q-tip. If you are comfortable applying liquid liner and can create a precise line, line your upper lashline slightly with a jet black liquid liner for more intense brown smokey eyes.
It is now time to blend the browns together. You can use a brush or sponge if you are more comfortable with those, but you will get the best results and have the most control with your fingers. Gently blend the beige, light brown, and dark brown eyeshadows together on your eyelids. Make sure you don’t leave a significant rounded line on the outer corners or above the crease. Smokey eyes are intended to look carefully crafted and contoured, yet still very smudged and sultry. Finally, apply mascara to the upper and lower lashes, and if you want your eyes to pop even more, apply false lashes. Check out this smokey eye how to tutorial to see the step-by-steps in action http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WUrYUg4ORBY.
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