Smoky Line Eye Makeup Tutorial

by Sarah

Hi beauties! How are you all? It’s been a while that I did a makeup tutorial and some of you wanted to see looks using all matte eyeshadows. So I did this very simple smokey line which can be easily be transformed for a day look, as well as a more dramatic night time look depending on the colors and intensity of the shadows you use.

I’ll also be explaining a simple trick for achieving that perfect precise wing line using a post it note! Talk about improvising :)

Smokey Line Makeup Tutorial

Although I’ve listed the products I personally used below, you can most certainly use whatever brand or colors you have. You can also change up this look by using shimmer eyeshadows or different styles of false lashes depending on how dramatic you’d like the look to be.

If you’ve never used the post it note trick to achieve the perfect shadow/gel/pencil line, you will love the results you achieve. It certainly takes the hassle out of trying to keep a steady hand and making sure everything is blended in a straight line.

*I have a detailed post on the ‘post it note trick’ as well as couple of other time saving tips when it comes to eye makeup HERE

Smokey Line Makeup Tutorial



1. Prep the eyes by using an eye primer. I used Urban Decay Original Primer Potion.
2. Stick a mini post it note from the outer corner of the eye going up towards the end of the eyebrow. You can adjust the angle depending on how lifted you want this line to look.
3. Using a fluffy blending brush, apply the lightest eyeshadow color (Lorac Pro Taupe) all over the eyelid, slightly pass the crease line. Blend well.
4. Using a flat shader brush, dab a darker brown eyeshadow (Lorac Pro Espresso) all over the eyelid, stopping right at the crease line. Blend with the Taupe color for a seamless finish.
5. Using a flat shader brush, draw a thick line along the top lash line with the black eyeshadow (Lorac Pro Black), extending the color into a wing. Using the blending brush, diffuse this color starting from the edge of the post it note towards the middle of the eyelid. This will help leave the wing portion of the line more intense.
6. Using the gel liner (Maybelline Eye Studio in black), draw a line along the top lash line, winging it out as far as you wish towards the eyebrow. I stopped mine just in line with the Espresso eyeshadow color.
7. Apply more of the black eyeshadow on the outer corner of the eye over the gel liner and blend towards the eyelid to achieve a perfect gradient from darkest to the lightest color.
8. Peel the post it note off. You’ll realise you’ve just created a perfect precise line with your eyeshadows and gel liner.
9. Line the inner rim of your eyes with a black eyeliner – Urban Decay 24/7 Eyeliner in Zero.
10. Using a pencil brush, smudge the dark brown eyeshadow along the lower lash line, followed by the black eyeshadow to achieve a smoked out line.
11. Apply mascara and false lashes (optional).

The trick is in the blending. Just make sure you build up the colors in layers, blending really well in between until you achieve the desired intensity.  This technique can also be used for subtle daytime looks. You just need to switch the colors to lighter shades. Using mid to dark brown shades instead of the black eyeshadow will instantly soften this look but still give you that lifted, smoked out winged line.

As always, if you have any questions, please leave them in the comments below ;)

*The Lorac Pro palette is available either at Kohls department stores in the US or online via the link below (including international delivery options). Maybelline Eye Studio gel liner is available at drugstores.


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                Lorac Pro Palette / Lancome Hypnose Drama Mascara / Urban Decay Pencil Zero / Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade / Urban Decay Primer 

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Fauziah September 5, 2015 - 1:04 am

Great tutorial!

Sarah September 7, 2015 - 1:07 pm

Thank you!! :)

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Sydney September 26, 2014 - 8:58 pm

FINALLY! I’ve been patiently waiting for a makeup tutorial, and I am loving this espresso smokey eye for autumn! I’ll be trying this out for my upcoming trip! xo

Sarah September 27, 2014 - 3:25 pm

I’m sorry about the delay Sydney. I hope the end result will make it all worth it though :) Enjoy your trip too, I hope you have a great time!! xx

Trisha September 24, 2014 - 4:12 pm

What a great tip with the post-it note…I am so going to try this. Love the tips!

Sarah September 24, 2014 - 5:18 pm

Thank you Trisha :) xx

Emily September 22, 2014 - 4:37 pm

yayyy new tutorial! and sooo worth the wait! Is this the look from that jewelry campaign you did Sarah? Looks beautiful.

Sarah September 23, 2014 - 6:56 pm

Thank you Emily :) and yes it’s the look I did for the campaign, it’s very observant of you :)) xx

Tay September 22, 2014 - 10:47 am

i always struggle getting the perfect line. I must try the post it note trick. That’s awesome!

Sarah September 23, 2014 - 6:56 pm

Thanks Tay! Let me know how you go ;) xx

Sam September 22, 2014 - 10:11 am

I LOVE this!!! And your brows are perfection!

Sarah September 23, 2014 - 6:58 pm

Thank you Sam. You couldn’t have paid me a better compliment about my brows cos they’re in an in-between stage at the moment. I’m trying to grow them out and reshape them and it’s been very frustrating trying to manage them in the meantime :) xx


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