Soft ‘n’ Smokey

IMG_3897So I did this Soft ‘n Smokey eye look yesterday and just got my computer back so I can upload – yay!

I had a request from SunlightBeauty to do a look using the Sleek Au Naturel Palette I reviewed a few posts ago and this was the result! I have done a few natural day-time looks so wanted to do something a bit heavier – these were the products I used …


I also got a comment from Eleobel asking to see which brushes I used so I have added some pictures and descriptions too! Hope this helps and I am always up for receiving some feedback and suggestions!

I started with my eyes as I find it’s easier to clean up any dark fallout before putting foundation on. I primed my eyelids with Painterly by MAC which is the same colour as my skin tone. I then blended Tough as Taupe Colour Tattoo by Maybelline all over my lid but not beyond the crease as a base for my powder shadows. I find that because Tough as Taupe is matte, it can be a bit tough to blend and using Painterly underneath really helps this.


I then took Naked2 from the Urban Decay Naked Basics palette and, using a fluffy brush, blended this into and above my crease to create a transition colour and the inner third of my eye. Turning to my Sleek palette I took the colour Regal (which has a real cranberry undertone that the camera does not capture!) and used my Elf defining brush to blend this colour from the outer corner until it met the Naked2 which I put on the inner corner. Take your time with this bit to build up the colour and blend out to create a really smokey look. I then took Conker on my Elf contour brush and worked this into and above my crease, darkening the very outer V of my eye. Using a clean Elf blending brush I neatened up any hard edges and blended the whole look together.

I lined my waterline and tight line using the BarryM eyeliner brush and MAC’s Blacktrack and then applied a thin winged liner to my top lash line using Benefit’s Black Magic. Coat both top and bottom lashes with Benefit’s They’re Real for lots of length and volume. I filled my eyebrows in with a small angled brush and Benefit’s Browzings in Light.

For my face I used my favourite primer and foundation (Maybelline Baby Skin and L’Oreal Magic Lumi) and then applied L‘Oreal’s Magic Lumi concealer pen – a new addition! – and set using Bobbi Brown powder brush and MAC’s MSF in Medium. For blush I used my Bobbi Brown blush brush and swept L’Oreal Sandlewood Pink across my cheekbones and temples and then contoured using a large angled brush and Benefit’s Hoola.

I finished off the look with a sheer peach lip crayon from Maxfactor in Subtle Coral! and this was the finished look! … Scary naked face before and smokey after …


Thank you so much to SunlightBeauty and Eleobel for your inspiration and feedback! I Had great fun making this look and do listen to all your comments to try and improve my posts! What would you like to see next?



18 thoughts on “Soft ‘n’ Smokey

  1. I can’t believe you did a post on your brushes so quickly! Thank you so much! The way your store your brushes is super pretty. I really loved the description, where you said what brushes and products you used. This look is so gorgeous on you. I can’t wait to try to copy it – thanks to your lovely tutorial. Thanks for linking back to me too. That was super nice! I was looking at your instagram pics and they are amazing. I look forward to seeing more from you. Thanks again! Loved this post! 🙂

    • Thank youuu! I picked up the mason/jam jars at a homeward store and the middle bit of the lid comes out – perfect for brushes! Let me know what else you would like to see me post – I loved doing this and having some inspiration! Can be tough coming up with new ideas all the time :p xx

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