Soft Brown Smokey Eye Tutorial

Recently I have been using brown eyeshadow and liner much more on myself and my clients. It is a softer option that still can look very dramatic. Here is my go-to brown smokey eye broken down into 5 steps.

Step 1

Start by applying a cream base shadow. My current favourties's are shadow sticks. They are quick and easy to apply on yourself. Here I have used Make Up For Ever Aqua Matic, shade Satiny Flesh-coloured Pink S-52. Apply this all over the lid and lightly blend out into the crease.

Step 2

Next using Smashbox Photo Matte Eyes Palette, I applied Vanilla under my brow bone. I then blended Rose Hip all over my lid.

Step 3

Using one of the lighter brown shades (I used Grounded), softly sweep in the crease. Next take a darker shade and blend in the outer corner of the eye, here I used Canyon.

Step 4

Using my Laura Mercier Flat Liner Brush and Bobbi Brown Gel Liner in black, I "tight lined" my eye. This is an eye lining technique where you lift your lid and line right at your lash line from underneath. For my upper liner I used Charlotte Tilbury Rock'N'Khol liner in brown, then smudged it along the lash line.

Step 5

Lastly using MAC eyeliner "Teddy" I lined in my lower water line. Then with a small brush I soften/smudged it along the lash line. Finish by curling your lashes and applying a few coats of your favourite mascara.


For my face makeup I made sure to prep my skin before applying foundation. I used Giorgio Armani's Maestro Glow Fusion Makeup with my beauty blender all over my face, with Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Concealer to conceal. I used Make Up For Ever's contour palette then lightly dusted a translucent powder on my t-zone. To give myself a summer bronzed look I applied YSL's Bronzing Stone before adding a pop of colour on my cheeks.

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Brows + Lips

I used Shu Uemura's Brow Sword in Seal Brown to fill in my brows. For lips I lined them using Charlotte Tilbury's Lip Liner in Pillow Talk and applied her K.I.S.S.I.N.G lipstick in Coachella Coral.

Photo Credit: Post Photography

Katie is a makeup artist based in Vancouver BC, represented by Lizbell Agency. She has been in the Vancouver beauty scene for 10 years, and in love with makeup for most of her life. When she is not painting faces she writes for her blog and is a contributor for Fashion Magazine.