Sultry Smoky Eye Tutorial

by Sarah

Hi beauties! With Urban Decay Naked Smoky palette launch, I’ve been getting a lot of requests to do a really sultry smoky eye look. I went a bit , a lot overboard with purchasing all sorts of eyeshadow palettes of late, so I didn’t get the Naked Smoky palette myself but I did use cooler tones for this look so if you have the Naked Smoky palette, you can easily replicate it.

Also, I’m trialling a GIF option for makeup tutorials (as below). Although I still listed all the products and steps in detail, I thought showing the order and placement of products with a GIF might be clearer…and more fun? I have to keep an eye on whether it affects download time on the page however, so fingers crossed it’ll all work smoothly. In the meantime, let me know what you think. Should we keep the GIF option for future tutorials? Is it more helpful for you than still images?

This is the smoky look I created…

Sultry Smoky Eye tutorial


Sultry Smoky Eye ProductsI used my trusty old Lorac Pro palette as I love the versatility of the colors; especially the matte shades. I don’t know if this happens to you also, but with palettes, I’ll naturally be drawn to my personal favorite colors which are usually warm tones. Because I was looking for cooler shades to play with today, I ended up using Slate – which is a silvery gunmetal gray…and oh my!! I never noticed just how stunning this color is. I’ll certainly be using it more often.

Another product that literally ‘made this look’ is Colourpop’s Super Shock Shadow in Friskie. I had this eyeshadow since I did my big Colourpop shadow review/swatch post and haven’t had a chance to use it since.

At only $5, I cannot explain how amazing the quality of this shadow is. It applied and looked like shiny satin over my eyes in person.

The remaining products were Tarte’s Tarteist black gel liner; my all time favorite Lancome Hypnose Drama mascara and false lashes (optional).

I also used Sigma flat shader, pencil and blending brushes to build up and diffuse all the shadows.



Press PLAY on the GIF and let me know your thoughts on this feature ;)

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You can use any eyeshadow palette or colors you have. You can also leave the look all matte or go all out and use glitter if you wish – just have fun with it.

1. Prep the eyes with your choice of primer and apply Taupe (the lightest warm brown color) in the crease as transition. Diffuse this color well.

2. Apply Espresso (dark brown color) in the crease in a thinner line than the first light brown color you applied. Blend into the lighter brown.

3. Apply Slate (shimmery gunmetal) all over the mobile lid and extend out to a soft wing at the outer corners. Blend this color really well into the brown shades. Build more color, blend more and repeat until the color is as intense as you like and all the colors merge seamlessly

4.Repeat the above color order for the bottom lash line starting with Taupe, go over it with Espresso and Slate (only along the outer third joining with the wing you created).

5. Apply Black color on the very outer corner of the eyes and blend into the Slate color to create more depth.

6. With your finger, dab Colourpop Friskie on the mobile lid. The more layers you apply of this product, the shinier it gets ;)

7. Using Tarteist black gel liner, line along the top lash line, and inside the top and bottom waterlines. Dip the tip of a pencil brush into Black eyeshadow and smudge the gel liner really well into both the top and bottom lash lines.

7. Apply mascara to top and bottom lashes; apply your favorite false lashes (optional) 


* The trick with any smoky look is the blending process. It’s a constant “build up the color and blend” until you achieve the intensity you want without any streaks or obvious lines. Colors should seamlessly merge into each other and patience really is a virtue when it comes to smoky eyes. Take your time, build the colors one layer at a time and blend blend and blend – even when you think you can’t blend no more.

* Regardless of whether I use warm or cool colors when creating a smoky eye, I always prefer to include a warm transition shade in the crease and along the bottom lash line. I find this brings more dimension to the look and softens it.

I hope you enjoy this look and don’t forget to tag me at sarahbeautypov on Instagram/Twitter if you recreate it; I’d love to see your version of it.

Have a great day beauties!! xx



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Kathleen October 19, 2015 - 11:38 pm

Why don’t you do video makeup tutorials?

Sarah October 20, 2015 - 2:58 am

Hi Kathleen, thank you for your message. I have thought about video tutorials, however a lot more time and effort goes into such videos than what’s on the surface which I’m not able to dedicate to right now. I would never put out content that I couldn’t give my all to, so that’s why I concentrate on the blog best as I can. I hope you’re enjoying the content :)

MelissaD July 30, 2015 - 5:06 am

Sooooooo pretty!!!! I love the Colourpop sparkle on the lid. I bought the Naked Smoky palette. What colors can I use from there to create this look? Thanks Sarah

Sarah July 30, 2015 - 5:14 am

Thanks Melissa! with the Naked Smoky palette, you can use Password and Whiskey in the crease; Mix Armor or Slanted with Dagger to get that silvery gunmetal color; Black Market for the outer corner and you can either use Armor or Slanted with a wet brush to add the intense sparkle on the lids or use another shimmer/glitter shadow like I did :) Or you can even add that gorgeous purple Smolder for a touch of color. Enjoy!! :)

MelissaD July 30, 2015 - 6:53 am

Perfect! thank you Sarah (:

Rachel Somers July 29, 2015 - 5:15 pm

OMG THIS IS STUNNING!!! I have to try it like now LOL love the GIF idea too. Thanks Sarah!

Sarah July 30, 2015 - 5:08 am

Thank you Rachel :) xx

Trisha July 29, 2015 - 5:10 pm

Perfect sense!! Thank you for your help, I appreciate it… : )

Trisha July 29, 2015 - 12:36 pm

Drool…….Sarah… I absolutely love this look! Wow, how it makes your eye pop, so beautiful. I own the Lorac palette as well, I will practice with that since you used it here. I have deep set eyes and my issue with the smokey eye has always been the wing at the outer corner, just always looked weird to me. Can you use the post-it trick here? I also love the gif tutorial idea, very creative for your site. As alway, thank you for sharing, can’t wait to practice… : )

Sarah July 29, 2015 - 2:02 pm

Thanks Trisha! :) Yes you can definitely use the post-it to guide you with the lines. With deep set eyes, if you apply the wing with your head tilted back (or eye closed) so to stretch the eyelid, you only cover what you see in that position; and of course when you open your eyes or bring your head back to normal position, the line disappears or looks broken. Do your wing lines as you see it face on in the mirror with your eye open. Once you get the position/length right, then stretch the lid and join in with the lash line. I hope that made sense :)

Happy to hear you like the GIF feature also. As long as it doesn’t interfere with the page format, I might make it a regular thing. Thank you so much for your feedback as always. Enjoy creating the look!! :)


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