Get the Look: Smoky Brown Prom Makeup Tutorial

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Happy Easter, everyone!

Here's a tutorial on how to do a simple, quick, and long-lasting smoky brown eye from prom night, or date night - something that requires minimal touch-ups.

I've done this look using all affordable cosmetics - these are readily available throughout Australia. If you need some low-cost options for areas outside Australia, send me an email, and I'll do a quick makeup recommendation with cosmetics more readily available in your country.

First off, prep your face. If you get oily, use a primer first. If you have dry skin, use a moisturizer instead of a primer.

Apply your foundation. I recommend Chanel's Pro Lumiere or Face of Australia's Mineral Therapy Liquid Foundation.

Using any taupe/brown eye pencil you have, place the pencil all over your eyelid, stopping at the crease. This will give your eyeshadow something to cling on to, and make your eye makeup last longer. Then, take a blending brush and soften all harsh lines. Go over the area again with the eye pencil and blend again as you go to increase the intensity of the eye pencil.

Do the same thing with your lower lashline. If you have small eyes, use a pencil brush to blend the pencil on the lower lashline instead of a fluffy brush.

I used SAX Creme Precision Eyeliner in Platinum - a GORGEOUS satiny taupe colour. I highly recommend this eye pencil for doing this look! It retails for AUD 12.95 at selected pharmacies.

For this look, I used the SAX Eye Luxe Eyeshadow Quintette in Love At First Sight (RRP AUD 14.95) which contains brown shades ranging from shimmery taupe to golden bronze - as shown below.

To make this look as simple as possible, I only used shades 1 and 2 as shown above, and the lightest shade as a highlight.

Taking Shade #1 from the palette (this is an amazing shimmery taupe colour - quite similar to MAC's Satin Taupe) with an eyeshadow brush, gently pat the colour onto your eye pencil, then blend it out with a blending brush.

Use a little pencil brush to apply Shade #2 to the inner corners. Then, use the lightest shade in the palette to highlight your brow bone. You can use your finger or a fluffy eyeshadow brush for this.

Line your eyes with an intense black eyeliner. Avon Supershock Gel Eyeliner would be great for this look - because it smudges well when you first put it on and then sets into a long-lasting, intense black finish.
Use a pencil brush to blend the eyeliner and soften the effect, and then go back over the line with the eyeliner to intensify the black.

Apply mascara and add false eyelashes if you like.

Clean up underneath the eye and apply concealer. I used Face of Australia Anti-Ageing Stick Foundation in Beige, and a 224 blending brush for this.

Then, apply some loose powder with a large fluffy powder brush. This sets your makeup and helps it last longer.

Apply a bronzer (I used Face of Australia Pressed Bronzer, RRP AUD 11.95) in a 3 shape starting at your temples, then down underneath your cheekbones, and onto your jawline. Pat a blush (Face of Australia Blush in Primrose) onto the apples of your cheeks and blend into the bronzer so that there are no harsh lines.

Apply your favourite lipstick and top it off with some lipgloss. Remember to bring your lipgloss with you for touch-ups!

Here's the finished look:

I hope you liked this!

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