How to create a natural-looking smoky eye for deep skin tone

Sometimes less is more, especially when it comes to makeup. For instance, a smoky eye often uses colors such as charcoal or slate for emphasis. Although these colors have their uses, it's nice to switch up things once in a while. This smoky eye looks softer than most typical versions because it uses a combination of sand, gray and bronze instead.
Because the eyes are the main focus of this makeup look, keep the rest of the makeup subtle. Warm up the cheeks with a combination of rose and brown blush, and refine the lips for a naturally perfected pout. The model in the tutorial has lash extensions, but you can achieve this look with mascara. But, if you're feeling flirty, feel free to pop on a pair of false lashes.
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Materials
- Liquid foundation (Fenty Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Foundation)
- Damp beauty sponge
- Brow pomade (Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade)
- Angled brow brush
- Spoolie
- Two shades of liquid concealer (Fenty Pro Filt’r Instant Retouch Concealer)
- Small concealer brush
- Dark concealer (L.A. Girl HD Pro Conceal, Espresso)
- Fluffy face brush
- Warm rose blush (e.l.f. Primer Infused Blush, Always Rosy)
- Shimmery golden brown blush (Milani Baked Blush, Soleil)
- Cheek brush
- Pearly quartz highlighter (Anastasia Beverly Hills Sun Dipped Glow Kit, Moonstone)
- Small eye shadow brush
- Fluffy tapered brush
- Matte sand eye shadow (Anastasia Beverly Hills Subculture Palette, Dawn)
- Fluffy blending brush
- Matte slate gray eye shadow (Anastasia Beverly Hills Subculture Palette, Mercury)
- Matte warm bronze eye shadow (Anastasia Beverly Hills Subculture Palette, Fudge)
- Brown lip pencil (NYX Slim Lip Pencil, Cocoa)
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Instructions
1. Apply foundation to your face, using a beauty sponge to press it into your skin.
2. Use an angled brow brush to fill in your brows with brow pomade. Fluff up the brow hair and diffuse the product with a spoolie.
3. Cover darkness below your eyes and alongside your nose by applying concealer with the provided applicator wand. Pat the concealer into your foundation with a damp beauty sponge.
4. Apply the lightest shade of concealer under your brows with a small concealer brush. This will make your brows look sharp, and it will conceal small hairs. Press the concealer into your skin with your ring finger for a light touch.
5. Contour your face by applying dark concealer on the forehead and below the cheekbones. Swirl the product into your foundation with a fluffy face brush.
6. Create a custom color for your cheeks by swirling both warm rose and shimmery golden brown blush together with a cheek brush. Pat the color onto your cheeks, then swirl the brush to blend the edges.
7. Highlight the center and tip of your nose as well as your chin by patting pearly quartz highlighter on each area. Use a fluffy tapered brush to sweep the product along the tops of your cheekbones.
8. Sweep matte sand eye shadow in the crease of your eyes with a fluffy blending brush.
9. Create dimension by layering matte slate gray eye shadow over the previous color with the same brush.
10. Apply matte warm bronze eye shadow to the lid with a small eye shadow brush. This color functions as a base for the next color.
11. Pat sand eye shadow onto the lid with the small eye shadow brush, then touch up the concealer below the brow bone once more, if needed. Use the blending brush to diffuse any harsh edges.
12. Define your lips by lining them with brown lip pencil. To contour them, darken the lip just inside each corner and draw a vertical line in the middle of the lower lip. Use your finger to pat the color in place, and apply concealer to both lips with the concealer brush.
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