Yes, you can create classic smokey eyes with only one eyeshadow. This time I chose dark brown because it’s universally flattering. Wear it subtle for your day job or go dramatic if you say so. Guess who’s a major fan of brown smokey eyes? Who else but HubZilla, he thinks it’s sexy and mysterious!

For this tutorial, I used LORAC baked matte eye satin eyeshadow in Social. Last time I checked it’s already discontinued but feel free to use any dark brown eyeshadow from your stash.

1. As in always, start by priming your eyes. It makes your eyeshadow last and appear more vibrant.
2. Pat dark brown eyeshadow on your lids. Intensify as you desire. I did about 4 rounds for this look.
3. With a fluffy crease brush, start to blend and buff, bringing it up to the crease. The goal is to create a gradient effect, darker on the lids and a bit lighter on the crease.
4. With a smudge brush, line and smudge lower lash line with the same dark brown eyeshadow.
5. Tightline upper lash line with black eyeliner. Check out my quickie tutorial on how to tightline here.
6. Line waterline with black eyeliner for a dramatic effect.
7. Curl lashes and apply two coats of mascara. Falsies are optional.

What’s your favorite smokey eyes look? Find inspirations from these fabulous beauty bloggers, yay!


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