Who doesn’t LOVE a good burnt red/orangey smokey eye look?! If you don’t, then you should. It’s my favorite go-to smokey look. Not too dramatic, but still packs a punch! Even though spring will be in full swing soon enough, who cares about trends and makeup rules. I think this burnt smokey eye could be rocked all year long, even though it is typically more popular in the fall time. The trick is to just embrace it and feel confident and it will look natural on you all year long!
Let’s Get Started
EYES: When I’m using lots of darker shadows I like to start with my eyes just incase there is any fallout from the shadow. First, I will prep my eyes with the Painterly Pro Longwear Paint Pot from MAC. You can rub this on your entire eye lid with a fingertip or just use any concealer brush. Set that using any translucent or flesh toned powder. Next, i’ll use a shadow just slightly darker than my skin tone in my crease with a Morphe M441 brush.
Next, I take a slightly darker, cool toned brown to deepen up the crease. I’ll use the same morphe crease brush to blend the two colors in the crease.
Once those two colors are blended well in and just above the crease, I’ll go in with a deeper red toned (slightly satin) shade to add a little more depth. With this color, I’ll focus it mostly deep in the crease and on the outer corner. This is the color that will really bring out the other colors in the look so don’t be afraid to build it up. I apply this color with a Real Techniques Base Shadow Brush.
Next, I’ll take the E.L.F. Cosmetics Eyeshadow “C” brush and a medium toned brownish/red color and apply that to the entire lower lid, just below the crease colors. Take the original morphe brush and blend it out in the crease again to make sure there are no harsh lines. Smokey looks require a lot of blending! So flex those hand and wrist muscles because the more you blend, the more seamless and effortless it will look!
To really create the smokey effect, I’ll apply a dark grey toned brown to the outer “V” of the eye and blend that all together. Be sure to apply it to the outer most third of the eye and blend inwards, not outwards. I use a BH Cosmetics Angled Shadow Brush to apply this color.
Do one final sweep to make sure that shit is blended to perfection. I then did a winged liquid liner with the Balm’s Schwing Liquid Liner. That step isn’t mandatory, but I highly suggest it to pull this look together. I already have lash extensions applied to my own lashes so I don’t use any top mascara or false lashes, but you can do so at the time if you wish! And, thats all for the eyes, for now!
FACE: Now, we go onto zee face! My face has been oily/combination AF lately, so to help with that I used Boots No7 Beautifully Matte Makeup Base to prime my face. For foundation I used a Morphe M439 brush to apply my MAC Pro Longwear Waterproof foundation in the shade NC20. I looovve using this brush to buff out this particular foundation, I just think that the two go together so well! Anyway, once that is all buffed in, I used my new (new to me) Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Concealer to, duh, conceal and also highlight underneath my eyes, on my forehead, nose, and my chin. I don’t know why it took me sooo long to finally try this concealer because it is the best drugstore concealer I have ever used! It blends out so perfectly. I’m in love 🙂 By the way, I use a damp beauty blender to blend it out because its just the best method that works for me!
I’ve been using the Laura Mercier Translucent Setting Powder lately to, of course, set my face and been loving it! Also, been using a touch of MAC Shaping Powder in “Emphasize” underneath my eye to brighten it up a bit!
K, lets go back to the eyes for a sec. Now that we’ve put our foundation on we can smoke out the lower lash line. I used the same deep red/brown color with that same Eyeshadow “C” brush and put it just underneath the lower lashes. Then just for fun I added a lighter orange color to add some light underneath.
Back to the face, I bronzed with Too Faced Milk Chocolate Soleil Bronzer with a large fluffy powder brush and contoured with Nyx Blush in “Taupe” just along the hollows of my cheeks, temples of my forehead and my jawline. And for highlight, I used my favorite drugstore highlight, Wet N Wild Coloricon in “Reserve your Cabana” along the high points of my cheek bones!
For Blush, I used MAC Pressed Blush in “Peachy Keen” to add a little bit of color to my cheeks. Then I just filled in my brows with any dark brown brow powder I had laying around!
FINALLY, LIPS: I went in with Dose of Colors Liquid Lipstick in the color “Truffle” and over lined my lips just a bit. On the center of my lips I added the color “Bare with Me” just to make the color a little more nude since the eyes were more bold! To finish off, I spritz my face with L’oreal Infallible Pro Setting Spray and we’re DONE!
I hope you guys enjoyed this look/ tutorial! As always, if you recreate this look or enjoyed it, leave me a comment below (or any questions) or connect with me on instagram @girlirae! I’d love to see what you all come up with!
XO, Girli Rae