Knowing I would probably only have time to do one makeup tutorial before Christmas I knew it had to be smokey eyes as it’s my favourite look for late winter nights. I find smokey eye inspiration in the red carpet looks of Angelina Jolie, Keira Knightly, and Heidi Klum as I think all these beautiful women always nail the smokey eye look in a way that makes them look both graceful and sexy.

High quality brushes are a must for smokey eyes to be able to create the smokey transition, these brushes are great and the price isn’t too bad either.

Smokey eyes step by step:

1. Start with applying an eyeshadow primer to make sure the shadow will stay put all night, I recommend this one. Follow up with applying a base shadow in the same shade as your skin all over the lid and under, avoiding the area just above your upper lash line. If you don’t have a matte shadow in the same shade as your skin you can also use a face powder. I used my go-to nude shadow, Mac Brule, which I use almost every single day.

2. Apply a black cream base on the lower part of the eye lid concentrating on the lower part and slightly smudging it upwards. No need to be neat, we’ll go over it later. If you don’t have a black cream base an eyeliner will do just fine. I used Mac Blackground.

3. Grab a black, dark grey or dark brown shadow and blend the smudged part of the cream eye shadow upwards. Don’t use too much shadow, it’s better to apply little by little to avoid using too much. A little goes a long way here. I used Mac Carbon.

4. Use the lightest shade of brown you have and blend it into the black using a window wiping motion, when well blended into the black you can blend it upwards just above the socket line. If you feel the need for more shadow on the lid, this is when you should apply it. The light shade of brown will create a beautiful transition as it mixes with the black and then fades out in its own light shade. I used my favourite crease shadow Mac Cork.

5. Use the same light brown shade underneath the eye to give the eye more of a somewhat rounder shape as this will draw more attention to the eyes for a real smokey look.

6. Line your upper lash line with a liquid or gel liner, and wing it out and up towards the end of your brow. Apply some black shadow on top of the liner to make it matte, this will also make it stay put longer. I used Lancôme Art Liner with Carbon on top. To give an illusion of bigger and brighter eyes you can apply a small dot of a light shimmer eyeshadow by the tear duct, I used Mac Dazzlelight. Apply lashes if you want, and finish off with mascara.

Matte is key for the skin here. I used a full coverage foundation adding a wash of a matte blot powder on top and a matte bronzer and lastly a matte subtle blush. I also paired the look with a nude lip as I think that looks best with the smokey eye. I’m loving the combo of this lipliner with this lipstick.


What do you think of the look?


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  • LOLA November 29, 2012, 11:44 Reply
    • Celina November 30, 2012, 00:26

      Thank you, Lola :)

  • Angelmary November 29, 2012, 12:07

    So pretty…as always!! What do you use to fill your eyebrows???

    • Celina November 30, 2012, 00:29

      Thank you!! First I use a mix of two different eyebrow pencils, one from billion dollar brows and one form mac, and then I fill them in with a mix of Coquette and Omega eyeshadows by mac.

  • Amanda November 29, 2012, 12:31

    And I just concluded that I had given up on trying to make smokey eyes but you make it look so easy! think I might have to give it another go, thank you Celina!

    • Celina November 30, 2012, 00:30

      Yay, I’m so happy to hear that!! Please elt me know how it goes :)

  • LisaLDN November 29, 2012, 13:02

    I love it! Heading out every night this weekend, and now I don’t have to worry about how to do my Makeup :) Hello, Naked2 palette! ;)

    I am also doing my friends makeup, I’ll have to look through your blog for some inspiration :)

    • Celina November 30, 2012, 00:32

      Perfect, so happy you found it helpful :)

  • Olga November 29, 2012, 13:18

    You’re so beautiful Celina! Love it so much…but I’m not sure that’s good makeup for my deep-set eyes…:(

    • Celina November 30, 2012, 00:34

      Thank you, Olga!

      You can absolutely do a smokey eye, but concentrate the darker shade only on the outer corner and use a lighter colour, preferably a shimmery shadow, on the rest of the lid :)

  • MariaC November 29, 2012, 13:26

    Herlig! Altfor lenge siden sist! Skal absolutt benytte meg av denne looken på julebordet :) Har kjøpt en barokkmønstret kjole så d blir perfekt med enkle mørke øyne :)

    • Celina November 30, 2012, 00:35

      Åh det høres ut som en perfekt kombinasjon :D

  • Lilly November 29, 2012, 13:32

    Great look and I am thrilled that you are back! Im just wondering about the lipstick choice… I have tried to love the YSL ones but I find them making all my dry bits on my lips show even more? And I dont find them last that long, what do you think about this?

    And also, I recently discovered the Shiseido lipsticks and wow…. That is a collection for the perfect nude, and the highlighter is almost made by God ;)

    • Celina November 30, 2012, 00:40

      I find that if you dab on the lipstick then it doesn’t show up the dry bits as much, also I think the finish looks better. I have a few Shiseido lipsticks but I prefer the YSL ones :)

  • Kristina November 29, 2012, 13:41

    Oh, I like this make-up and will definitely try it soon! What are you wearing on your lips, the shade looks nice!

    • Celina November 30, 2012, 00:42

      Thank you :) The products I used are all mentioned in the post, including photos ;) I used YSL rouge volupte in 01.

  • hiba November 29, 2012, 13:49

    gorgeous as always, thx for coming back 2 us, we missed u. don’t pay attention to haters and keep blogging coz ur blog is awesome.

    • Celina November 30, 2012, 00:42

      Thank you, Hiba!

  • Chadi November 29, 2012, 14:49

    Honestly, this is by bar the best smokey eye tutorial I’ve seen on the web.

    • Celina November 30, 2012, 00:43

      Wow, thank you so much!! :D

  • Anna November 29, 2012, 15:06

    When I do a smokey eye like this I like to use my bronzer as the crease shadow, it’s weird but I feel it adds dimension to my face :)

    I really enjoy your makeup tutorials!


    • Celina November 30, 2012, 00:44

      Not weird at all, same principle as using a face powder as a light eyeshadow. It’s still powder and a light brown colour, right? :)

  • Jacqueline November 29, 2012, 15:17

    have a date ce soir with a very handsome man from Paris, will most DEFINITELY be doing this! Thanks again :)

    Also Celina, I am moving (from Canada where I currently live) to Paris soon, and was wondering (if you have spent a lot of time there) if you could a review of some great places to go and see that are maybe not as common/well known! Thanks again, this looks INCREDIBLE!

    • Celina November 30, 2012, 00:48

      Thank you, Jacqueline! I hope this look serves you well on your date which sounds very exciting :)

      I haven’t spent that much time in Paris, but I like the restaurant La Diep for Chinese and we always stay at Plaza Athenee which has a great bar :)

  • Krystle Powell November 29, 2012, 17:25

    I will always love a good smokey eye!! Well done! Im so happy to see your face back on the blog and with nothing better then a tutorial! :) yay! cheered me up this morning.
    as for the Nars blushes… I love them.. I couldn’t decide on one when I purchased my first so I bought this palette
    It has all the good ones like Laguna and Orgasm. Tacky names but beautiful color!!
    They also came out with a new naked palette today! It already sold out online before I could get my makeup hoarding hands on it! lol :)
    Lots of love
    Krystle xxoo

    • Celina November 30, 2012, 00:52

      Wow that blush palette looks amazing, and incredibly dangerous for my eyes! I have the drawer full of Nars blushes (some I haven’t even used…) so I need to stay far off. LOVE it though!

      As for the new UD palette, it looks really good! It seems like the perfect selection of nudes. WANT!


  • Stela D November 29, 2012, 17:25

    Lovely look! Perfect for upcoming holiday parties :)

    • Celina November 30, 2012, 00:53

      Thank you, Stela :D

  • Maura November 29, 2012, 22:10

    so pretty as always! great to see another makeup tutorial up! look forward to using this for holiday parties! xo

    • Celina November 30, 2012, 00:54

      Thank you so much, Maura. Happy you liked it :D

  • Gina November 30, 2012, 02:02

    This look is absolutely gorgeous on you! Can I ask if you use the Four Seasons bronzer in Blondes or Brunettes? Thank you x

    • Celina November 30, 2012, 11:31

      Thank you, Gina!

      I have both because I was fooled by the name and thought the blondes would be a better match for me, but actually it’s one for cool undertones and one for warm undertones so I ended up buying the brunettes as well as I have a warm undertone.

  • Sara (Lennyn82) November 30, 2012, 03:31

    love a smoky eye on others (this one is stunning) but I hate the way dark colours look on my water liner/lower lashes:)

    • Celina November 30, 2012, 11:32

      I don’t like lining my waterline either so I just don’t. You don’t have to line it in order to have a smokey eye ;)

  • yael November 30, 2012, 06:19

    i couldn’t get my hands on Chanel’s ‘Notorious’ Sculpting veil (and not even sure it’d be right for me) but NYX’s ‘Taupe’ looks like a close dupe. I know you love it. But does your skin lean warm or cool? I don’t want it to look like a *bruise*. I’m usually Chanel B20, Mac NC20-25 etc etc. Lastly, did you matte down the YSL RV #1 on your lips? mine comes out more glossy. Thanks!

    • Celina November 30, 2012, 11:36

      I have the EXACT same skin tone as you :D I only use the NYX Taupe right under the cheekbones where I have already blended in a bronzer, I also sometimes use it along the sides of my nose. On it’s own it’s not very nice so you have to use it with a bronzer or a blush :)

      I always just dab on lipstick as I prefer the natural look it gives, that also makes them less glossy.

      • yael November 30, 2012, 22:12

        great thanks! now that you say we’re the same tone, which Nars Sheer Glow shade do you use? i’m sure the NYX Taupe would work to contour the eyes as well?

        • Celina November 30, 2012, 22:20

          I use Deauville most of the time, and Fiji when I have a tan :) I’m sure the Taupe blush would work well on the eyes as well!

          • yael November 30, 2012, 22:40

            ahhh Deauville, it’s makeup destiny! I used to love going there with my family when we lived in Paris (up until last year, which i’m still gutted about).

            • Celina November 30, 2012, 23:08

              Haha, no way that is so funny!! Makeup destiny.. love it :D

              • yael November 30, 2012, 23:16

                haha yes, i use this term often to describe our encounters with makeup before we all became obsessed bloggers and readers of all things beauty. before internet was everywhere and we learned about collections from seeing them firsthand in the mall- the chance of getting something relied more on if we loved it or not, instead of stalking something others were talking about. when makeup was less serious and i think lighthearted. some of my favorite items are things i found on my own before i was caught up in it all. but ANYWAY ;) i’m sure i’ll love it and it will become a new necessary and heres hoping i’m back in that beautiful country this year!

  • Ebony November 30, 2012, 06:49

    Welcome back Celina!

    We missed your tutorials.
    This smokey eye looks so elegant.
    I am guilty of the panda eye look & because of that I actually stay away from smokey eye looks, thinking they just don’t suit me.

    Would the same advice you gave Olga for her deep set eyes work for droopy lids.

    Can I ask what purpose the black cream base serves compared to black eyeshadow?

    P.S. thank you for all the effort you put into the dress guides, they were fabulous.

    • Celina November 30, 2012, 11:44

      Thank you, Ebony! I appreciate it :D

      Tthe same technique would work well for droopy eyelids. I found a great tutorial on this which you an check out here.

      The black cream base intensifies the black colour and makes it stay put. I find when only using a black eyeshadow it can go on a bit patchy, and it doesn’t stay nicely after a few hours. In your case I think a liner would be enough as you only want that very deep dark colour in the corner of your eye :)

  • Heena November 30, 2012, 07:10

    Love Your Tutorials. Neat Pictures and good explanation..
    And, You Looking So ‘Wow’ as Always!:)

    • Celina November 30, 2012, 11:45

      Thank you so much, Heena :D

  • Linn J November 30, 2012, 12:52

    I’m in awe. Du er så fantastisk vakker Celina! Tror det må være det fineste bildet av deg noen gang. Girl crush <3

    • Celina November 30, 2012, 15:57

      Ååh, tuusen takk :D *rødme*

  • Lea November 30, 2012, 12:53

    Such a gorgeous look, you looks so classically beautiful. The concept of using a eyeliner as a base is brilliant!

    Lea x

    It’s Such A Wonderful Life –

    Why not check out my Christmas Yankee Candle giveaway? It’s the last day!

  • Zein November 30, 2012, 13:19

    L.O.V.E your tutorials! I’ve really missed them, to be honest..
    You’ll always look amazing Celina!

    Zein xx

    • Celina November 30, 2012, 15:58

      Thank you, Zein <3

  • Nikita November 30, 2012, 15:46

    It looks really nice ! And doesn’t seem so difficult too.. Will definitely be trying this ! ;)

    • Celina November 30, 2012, 16:00

      Thank you! It’s not very difficult, as long as you have good makeup brushes and good quality eyeshadows it’s easy. Blending is key :D

  • Kait November 30, 2012, 19:23

    So beautiful! I can’t wait to try this out (and my fiance can’t wait for me to try it out either :-P). The pictures and editing look great, and I love that you listed all the specific products that you used. Looks like a lipstick by YSL will be my next unnecessary makeup splurge, though I’ll have to look for a store that sells them since I’m very picky about colours and like to see what they look like in person before buying so that I get the right one. Unless of course you have colour recommendations :) I’m much quicker to trust the judgement of people who are familiar with products than my own.

    • Celina November 30, 2012, 20:16

      Haha, that is so sweet, thank you :D

      I totally get what you mean, seeing the colours in person always makes it easier. Personally I’ve learned what shades works and not so I just order online.

  • Gintaré December 1, 2012, 17:41

    That first picture… absolutely gorgeous! It took me awhile to stop looking at it hahah

  • Harriet December 3, 2012, 01:23

    Hey Celina, I love your blog but I was just wondering if you could recommend a black base? Which one did you use here? This smokey eye is GREAT I wish it said the exact colours next to the instructions so I could recommend it, but I’m sure I could experiment. Thanks for the great posts, never stop!

    • Celina December 3, 2012, 10:59

      I used Mac Blackground :)

  • Elaine December 12, 2012, 01:19

    Hi Celina!
    This is a really beautiful look on you!
    I was wondering what nude lipliner you’re wearing? It makes your lips look bigger and I love it!

    • Celina December 12, 2012, 10:45

      Thank you, Elaine. I’ve just used a nude lipliner from Sephoras own brand, I think it’s even called Nude if I’m not mistaking :)

  • BusyWorkingMama January 20, 2013, 23:21

    Loving those eyes. Makes me want to experiment with mine!

  • Yelena January 25, 2013, 10:45

    Beautiful makeup selections, esp the nyx blush, had no idea they offered such beautiful selections. Im not much of a blush girl but this post definitely heightened my interest. Thank u xx

  • hikarianna March 1, 2013, 11:18

    You are very beautiful ^o^

  • Mariana March 17, 2013, 12:20

    I am a big follower and fan of yours Celina! You are so pretty and smart! Do you think you could do a post on exercise that you do? Or somewhere cheap to get designer clothes? Thank you!

  • Heather March 20, 2013, 00:23

    Wish I could get my eyeliner to look like that! I recently ran across a blog that had some sticker eyeliner you just stuck onto your eyelids and they stayed till you pulled them off. They were pretty neat, but expensive. Now if I could just splurge enough to by myself to buy the Naked 2 palette I would be one happy woman.

  • Michelle April 9, 2013, 01:43

    Great Post! I haven’t tried eye makeup in years. Love the smokey eyes and the tutorial is so easy to follow. May have to give it another try. Thanks!

  • joye June 30, 2014, 09:37

    Stunning.. I wish I could do that on myself. I’m very lazy when it comes to makeup :(


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