Sparkly smokey eye tutorial

sparkly smokey eye tutorial

smokey eye tutorial


This sparkly smokey eye tutorial is a classic with a twist (the twist being glitter). I’ve always felt at home in this enigmatic look. My go to makeup in my teens was pretty much foundation, a dark smokey eye and lip gloss. And yes, I realize I forgot to do my brows totally. The first time I rocked a dark eye makeup was actually on elementary school. Yet unfortunately that story includes nervous parents and bad teaching.

But the point of the story is, I love a smokey eye. It doesn’t matter if it’s a bit messy or not totally perfect – those things suit the look. So yes, I’m thinking you can totally pull it off!

Smokey eye suits deep set and hooded eyes really well. The way to make it work is just to bravely lift the color high enough.

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Sparkly smokey eye tutorial

using Urban Decay Vice 4 & YSL Sequin Crush Eyeshadow 9

glittery smokey eye close up

You can adjust the look by choosing lighter colors or leaving the glitter out and using shimmer instead. Just matte brown and black colors also look nice and classic. Glitter eyeshadow makes the look more glamorous.

smokey eye tutorial step by step

  1. I started by creating the shape I wanted for the eyeshadow. This was pretty much the farthest I brought the color. It also acted as the guideline for the black eyeshadow. Once I had the lines drawn I could just fill in the lid color!
  2. Then I blended the lines a bit, added the lid color, and blended them together. What helps the blending is blending in the direction you want the eyeshadow to go. So on the lid I do back and forth motion and in the outer corner I turn my brush and blend towards the end of my brow.
  3. Next I lined my eyes. Black in the waterline goes perfectly with a true smokey eye.
  4. Then I then added my glitter eyeshadow on the lid (where I first added that black). Glitter primer is crucial with glitter.
  5. Finally I added some inner corner sparkle and lot of mascara. All done!

smokey eye makeup brown black

Classic smokey eye look in brown and black matte colors, without glitter (or mascara).

smokey eye tutorial

The smokey eye look with glitter eyeshadow.

YSL Sequin Crush glitter eyeshadow in 9 is so beautiful!


*NARS Sheer Glow Foundation, Punjab
*NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer, Custard
Stila Cream Blush, Sheer Petunia (Shop on *Lookfantastic US *Lookfantastic UK)
Urban Decay Vice 4 Palette
*NYX Glitter Primer
YSL Sequin Crush Eyeshadow 9 (Shop on *Lookfantastic UK)

Clarins BrowDuo, Tawny Blonde
*Alima Pure Natural Eye Pencil, Ink (the best black pencil for sensitive eyes –  review)
*essence Bye Bye Panda Eyes Mascara

*Jane Iredale Triple Luxe Lipstick, Rose (the best lipstick I’ve tried – review)

sparkly smokey eye


Smokey bronze halo eye makeup tutorial

bronze makeup

Summer calls for bronze, golden tones. Besides wearing red clothes and orange lipsticks, I’ve also upped my eyeshadow game to the next level. Which is: warm, gold tones.

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NYX Perfect Filter Golden Hour Palette

There’s one palette, which I’ve used more than others, and it’s the *NYX Perfect Filter palette in the shade Golden hour. I actually wrote about it already last year, on my summer favorites. It’s just the perfect everyday palette, as well as the palette to choose for a party or even a wedding. I’ve done bridal makeup with this particular palette as well.

So yes – this palette is bomb. It has all the neutrals you need, beautiful golden tones – and even a rosy pink shade, for when you want a cooler vibe to your makeup. Great pigment, good size, not too expensive. I have another Perfect Filter palette as well, and it love that too.

I thought I would shoot a tutorial of my go-to look with the palette. So here’s one version of the look I’m currently loving. The only thing I’m changing, is really just the lid colors. The base of my makeup is almost always the same, using the two matte shades of the palette.

If your eyes are hooded or deep set like mine, check out this post to get your eyeshadow just right.


Smokey bronze halo eye makeup tutorial

bronze eyeshadow tutorial

Here is a simplified version of the tutorial. You can see the color placement better here. I first contoured my eye right where my natural shadow occurs (almost right under my brow) using matte brown shades: first a lighter color, then darker. I wanted to do a slight halo-eye version, since that suits my eye shape nicely. Halo eye means, that you bring the lightest/brightest shade right in the middle, so that it creates that halo effect. Basically I filled in the lid space with different bronze shades, bringing the lightest (gold) shade in the middle.

  1. Contour your eye with a light brown shade. Don’t forget your lower lashline.
  2. Blend that.
  3. Contour your eye some more with a darker brown shade. Lower lashline as well.
  4. Blend that.
  5. Add your lid colors or just one color, whatever suits you.
  6. Add inner highlight, lashes and you’re done.

eyeshadow tutorial brushes used
These are the brushes I used. To make the gold color right in the center of my eye pop, I used a wet brush. The colors in the Perfect Filter palettes work dry & wet.

bronze makeup tutorial

I paired this bronze smokey eye with a minimal makeup and I think it looked cool this way. I wore a light CC-cream on my face, a peachy blush and a bronze lip gloss. I left my brows quite light too.

*Madara City CC SPF 15
*NYX Perfect Filter palette in the shade Golden hour
*Zoeva brushes
*Jane Iredale Lip Gloss


What looks would you like to see from me next?

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