Smokey bronze halo eye makeup tutorial

bronze golden makeup tutorial

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.

There’s one palette, which I’ve used more than others, and it’s the Perfect Filter palette in the shade Golden hour by NYX Professional Makeup. 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.

bronze makeup

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.

bronze makeup tutorial

nyx perfect filter tutorial

  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, peachy blush and a bronze lipgloss. I left my brows quite light too.


Urban Decay Primer Potion
NYX Professional Makeup Perfect Filter Palette, Golden Hour

MADARA CITY CC Cream, Light Beige
KikoMilano Desert Dunes Trio baked Blush, Gypsy Pink -blog post!
mad4eyebrow Natural Brow Filler, Blonde – blog post!

Jane Iredale Lipgloss, White Tea –blog post!

What looks would you like to see from me next?

Easy black smokey eye

easy smokey eye

I love a simple smokey eye. It looks fierce and sexy but it’s very easy to do. Like actually easy. Here are my makeup tips for an easy black smokey eye.

easy smokey eye

I love to use a black liner as a base. In this tutorial I used Jane Iredale’s Mystikol in ONYX. It makes this super easy! To bring some light in my inner corner and my lower lashline I used NYX’s Jumbo Eye Pencil in Milk. So you only need two products plus mascara and lashes. If you’re using a liner like I do – make sure the liner is matte, otherwise you need it set it with powder so that it doesn’t crease during the day. This particular liner dries to a matte finish so I got away with only using that.

easy smokey eye

I decided that the easiest way to show this is to make two pictorials. So here is the eyes closed version and below you can see how it looks eyes open.

1. Apply primer and set the primer using a powder (unless the primer is already matte).
2. Apply the black liner all over your lid. Blend it using a small dense brush (or your fingers!).
3. You’ll need to pack that color on, so just apply another layer of that black liner and blend that. Here I realized I could do this with my fingers and it actually worked out better than with the brush. So I tapped the liner on with my finger and tapped on the edges of the colour to blend it out.
4. Apply the black liner on your lower lashline. Here the brush is useful. It’s up to you how dark and smoked out you want your lower lashline to be. I left it quite light.
5. Apply the white pencil on your inner corner and on your waterline. Do this if you want your eyes to appear bigger and brighter – if you have big eyes you can go with black instead (that looks awesome too).
6. Finish the look with mascara and lashes.

easy smokey eyeEyes open version is helpful to people with hooded or deep set eyes like me. I always check how my eyeshadow looks eyes open – in the first picture you can see that the color isn’t high enough – it needs to be blended above the hood to balance the eye shape.

black smokey eye with glasses

This is how the makeup looks with glasses. Since the makeup is very ‘out there’ the glasses don’t hide it – they actually kinda finish off the look very nicely. This is by the way me 80% of the time – anytime I’m working. My sight is okay but when I’m reading or working on a computer I get a headache if I don’t wear glasses. I just feel weird taking photos with them. Would you like to see more of the glasses or not? Let me know, I love to get feedback.

jane iredale mystikol onyx

If you’re interested in a review of this particular black liner, check out my January Favorites post.

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Jane iredale Mystikol Eyeliner, Onyx
NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil, Milk
Purminerals Impact+ Mascara
Ardell Demi Wispies Lashes