Showstopper Eye Makeup Tutorial

by Sarah

Hi beauties! Today’s tutorial wasn’t really planned. I had a dinner to attend and plenty of time to get ready so I just reached for whatever was within close reach which was my Tarte Showstopper palette and started playing.

I’d done natural everyday looks using this palette before but I was so impressed with how well the shadows performed for this intense look, I thought I may as well turn it into a tutorial and share it with you guys.

These happen to be my favorite color combo as I have hazel eyes and warm brown shadows really make them pop. *Learn how you too can make your natural eye color stand out HERE

Showstopper Smoky Eye

Style and technique wise, this look is quite similar to the last smoky eye I created (tutorial here) so you may find some of the essential products repeat. As always, feel free to use whatever brand shadows you have or switch up the colors as you please :)


Tarte2Tarte Showstopper palette made up majority of this look. I used four eyeshadows from this palette as marked in the picture, left to right: You’re A Natural, Steel The Scene, Rose To The Top and Dim The lights.

Initially I tried using Rose To The Top (the shimmer brown) with a wet brush to really intensify the color but it still wasn’t enough to achieve what I was visualising in my head. So I used one of my favorite Colourpop shadows called Mooning. This is a rich dark chocolate brown with warm bronze/copper sparkles throughout. It is so so so pretty!

The remaining products were Tarte’s Tarteist clay liner in black, Lancome Hypnose Drama mascara and full strip false lashes.

I used MAC 217 blending brush, Sigma blending brush, Sigma pencil brush and Real Techniques flat shader brushes to build up and blend the shadows.


Press Play on the GIF to see the order and placement of all the colors used

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Shop Tarte Showstopper Palette HERE

1. Prep the eyes with your choice of primer and apply You’re A Natural (the lightest matte color) in the crease as transition. Diffuse this color well.

2. Apply Rose To The Top (warm shimmer brown) all over the mobile lid and blend into the crease color. You can extend this color into a wing if you like. I rounded mine off and kept it close to the natural shape of my eyes. 

3. Apply Steel The Scene (cooler brown) all over the mobile lid to create depth and blend the edges to prevent any sharp lines

4. Line the top lash line with Tarteist black clay liner. Again, you can extend this into a wing if you like.

5. Dip the tip of a pointy pencil brush into Dim The Lights (darkest brown) and smudge over the black liner to soften it.

6. Apply the very first color You’re A Natural along the bottom lash line.

7. Using Tarteist black liner, line inside the waterline smudging it into the bottom lashes.

8. Dip the tip of a pointy pencil brush back into Dim The Lights (dark brown) and smudge it well into the bottom lashes to blend with the black liner. You can make the bottom lash line as thin or thick as you prefer.

9. With your finger, dab Colourpop Super Shock shadow in Mooning all over the mobile lid. The more you build this shadow, the more sparkly it gets.

10. Curl the lashes and apply a coat of your favorite black mascara, followed by false lashes.

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 fabulous day!! xx


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Charlotte May 22, 2018 - 2:55 pm

I absolutely LOVE your tutorials. You have a way of explaining things very clearly so you make for an excellent teacher :)

Sarah May 25, 2018 - 3:41 am

Thank you Charlotte!! I’m so happy to hear that. I do teach small classes but it’s always more challenging explaining things on a post. Glad it’s all translating :)

Sydney August 7, 2015 - 7:34 pm

I love this color combination you have created! I bought this palette shortly after you did the review for the showstopper line. At this rate, I am going to have an eye palette collection thanks to you! lol :)

Sarah August 8, 2015 - 7:03 am

Thanks Sydney! I’m the same with palettes. Every time I say “this is the last one” and it never is. Tarte makes beautiful palettes though :)

Courtney August 7, 2015 - 3:59 pm

I love this! I’m really into browns and earthy colors too. I think they look more soft and sexy. I like the gif also. Thank you for this tutorial Sarah (:

Sarah August 8, 2015 - 7:03 am

Thank you Courtney!! :)

MelissaD August 7, 2015 - 1:43 pm

WOW WOW WOW! This is stunning! I don’t have this Tarte palette but I think I need it now LOL

Sarah August 8, 2015 - 7:04 am

Thanks Melissa, it really is a beautiful palette if you like your neutrals :)


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