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Makeup Tutorial: Our Staff Models Their Most Flattering Smoky Eye Looks

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As I have probably mentioned before, we have a lot of fun in our office. Along with our beloved sister sites CrushableBlisstreeGurlMommyish and Grindstone, we have some pretty lovely times around these parts. So when I needed a few people to do makeup on, multiple members of our staff volunteered. Why? Because they’re awesome. Why? Because their parents all gave them different eye colors. Why? Because genetics, and stop asking me so many questions.

I wanted to show that doing contrasting smoky eye makeup on four different colors of eyes, as mine are boring blue and I’m sure you are all a little exhausted of my face. For green, brown, hazel and blue eyes, we’ve got you covered, all using the same techniques. I’ll use Jenni for my first example, explaining exactly what steps I did, then you can see how they worked on everyone else’s eyes.

Jenni Maier, Editor-In-Chief of Crushable: Hazel eyes.

Jenni at Crushable's smoky eye tutorial for hazel eyes.

Step 1: Prime eyes using something like Kryolan Eye Primer, which has no tint to it so you can use it on any skintone. This allows you to keep your shadow on all night and absorbs any oil on your lids (a common issue, especially in the summer).

Step 2: Apply a pale shade all over lids. For Jenni’s hazel eyes, I went with a light lavender using Smashbox‘s Parfait eyeshadow shade from the Master Class Palette.

Step 3: Use a deeper shade along the outside and work inward using an angled eyeshadow brush. I picked Smashbox in Aubergine from the same palette as before, then blended the shades upward using a fluffy shadow brush.

Step 4: I layered black eyeliner by Stila over Urban Decay eye pencil in Psychadelic Sister to create a purplish-black line on top, then applied just the latter, bright purple, on the bottom lashes.

Step 5: I used two coats of Neutrogena Healthy Volume Waterproof Mascara and added a bit of It! Cosmetics Your Brows But Better pencil to her brows.

Jenni at Crushable's smoky eye tutorial for hazel eyes.

Steps 2 – 5.

Here’s a better look at her eye color, which has rich shades of brown and green.

Jenni at Crushable's smoky eye tutorial for hazel eyes.Step 6: Apply a gel blush, such as gloMinerals Tint For Cheeks & Lips, to the cheeks and some Fresh Sugar Rose Lip Treatment to lips. Aaaand…voila!

Smoky Eye Done

Now, from here, I’ll just state the colors I used. Techniques were essentially the same, though I did utilize liquid liner for the other looks’ top lids.

Caitlin Corsetti, Editor of Gurl: Green eyes.

Caitlin at Gurl's smoky eye tutorial for green eyes.

Step 1: Same lid primer.

Step 2: Swap out the light shade for a combination of Smashbox shadow in Flirt and Urban Decay eyeshadow in Toasted.

Step 3: I picked a deep reddish shade with Smashbox in Cabernet, as it contrasts beautifully with her bright green eyes.

Step 4: I used black Kat Von D Tattoo Liner on top and applied a bit of Urban Decay 24/7 Eye Pencil in Psychadelic Sister (same one as for Jenni!) on her bottom lashline.

Step 5: I added some Napoleon Perdis Mesmer-Eyes Waterproof Mascara on both the bottom and top lashes.

Caitlin at Gurl's smoky eye tutorial for green eyes.

From the side:

Caitlin at Gurl's smoky eye tutorial for green eyes.

Step 6: I just brushed on a bit of pink blush and applied the same Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment, and voila number 2!

Caitlin at Gurl's smoky eye tutorial for green eyes.

Ashley, Intern at Gurl: Brown eyes.

Ashley at Gurl's smoky eye tutorial for brown eyes.

Step 1: Same primer.

Step 2: For the light shade, go with Cargo in Green Bay.

Step 3: I used a deep shade of shimmery green from Smashbox called Serpent, particularly concentrating it along the lashline, including on the bottom.

Step 4: For eyeliner, I picked Urban Decay 24/7 Liquid Eyeliner in Perversion.

Step 5: Apply a mascara like Wet n Wild Mega Impact in black.

Ashley at Gurl's smoky eye tutorial for brown eyes.

Step 6: I added a little rosy blush to cheeks and, once again, the same Fresh stuff as before combined with a little bit of Mulberry gloss from Smashbox.

Ashley at Gurl's smoky eye tutorial for brown eyes.

Also, PLEASE CHECK OUT THIS OUTFIT. It is amazing. She dresses like this all the time and it is amazing.

Ashley at Gurl's smoky eye tutorial for brown eyes.

Me, Resident Cat of TheGloss: OI’ blue eyes.

Sam at TheGloss' smoky eye tutorial for blue eyes.

Step 1: Same primer agaaaain.

Step 2: Smashbox‘s Cinnamon Toast shade.

Step 3: L’Oreal Paris What Happens In Vegas palette’s deep brown shade plus a medium shade of Too Faced‘s Glamour Too Go Spun Sugar palette.

Step 4: Liquid eyeliner in black (Urban Decay‘s Perversion again) plus a layer of Wet n Wild brown liquid liner overtop.

Step 5: Napoleon Perdis Mesmer-Eyes Mascara in Black plus Clinique Brow Shaper on my eyebrows.

Sam at TheGloss' smoky eye tutorial for blue eyes.

Another look from the sides:

Smoky eye tutorial: all eyes

Step 6: Pink blush + Fresh once again!

Sam at TheGloss' smoky eye tutorial for blue eyes.

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  • Cee

    All you ladies are looking fierce! I loved Sam’s only cuz I like shimmery. I don’t know if brown eyed girls are “supposed” to wear them, but I usually wear bronze.

    • Samantha_Escobar

      Thanks, Cee! :D These were just contrast-y colors for people’s eyes, but I personally think bronze looks AWESOME on everyone. Maybe I will do a “same look, 4 faces” tutorial to show it someday. I bet you look fantastic with yo’ eyeshadow, girl!

  • CaitlinCorsetti

    I particularly like my dinosaur face in my pre-makeup picture.

    • Samantha_Escobar

      Hahaha I feel like I just look grumpy :(

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    Thanks, Cee! :D These were just
    contrast-y colors for people’s eyes, but I personally think bronze looks
    AWESOME on everyone. Maybe I will do a “same look, 4 faces” tutorial to
    show it someday. I bet you look fantastic with yo’ eyeshadow, girl!

  • Roxanne Marie Zoltan

    Thank you thank you thank you for not going “oh green eyes? PURPLE EYESHADOW.” Nothing against purple as it is my favorite color, but this was a much fresher take and gave me so many ideas for making my smoky eyes more exciting :)

  • ccccccc

    Hazel eyes FTW!!!!! So happy you did hazel, we always get skipped!