This smokey eyes how-to isn’t something I had planned to put on the blog. I put it up on Instagram and then Instagram was all, “Hey! This post is outperforming your other ones!” so I decided to go more in-depth on what I did to achieve the look here. It’s a combination of smokey eyes and halo eyes, so I guess it’s technically a smokey halo eye.
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I used to be obsessed with MAC Cosmetics. Absolutely obsesssssed. Pretty sure the girls working there got sick of seeing my face, I was there so often. At some point, they lost me. I think it was when they started releasing so many collections, I couldn’t keep up. I’m an all-or-nothing kind of girl, so once the collections were coming too fast for me to sufficiently drool over, pick favorites, and then make my purchases, I was out.
There were a few products that I kept coming back to, but I didn’t really follow the company the way I used to. Apparently, this “new” (at least to me) palette has been out since 2017 and I had no idea. Some of the colors remind me of the ones I used in my signature look in college, so I recreated it as closely as I could. Back then, I used all MAC makeup but I’ve branched out since then, as you can see in this smokey eyes how-to.
What I Used: The Whole Look
I laid it all out so you could see the photos, but each product is listed below, too:
So the breakdown is:
- MAC Cosmetics Basic “B” Palette (shadows and cheek highlight)
- Too Faced Shadow Insurance
- Marc Jacobs Highliner in Blacquer
- Benefit Bad Gal Bang Mascara
- MAC Lovechild Lipglass (it’s been a staple of mine since 2003!)
- It Cosmetics Celebration Foundation Illumination in Fair
- Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in Paaarty
- NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer in Vanilla
- Urban Decay Naked Skin Color Correcting Fluid in Pink
- Benefit Cosmetics Goof Proof Brow Pencil
Focal Point: Smokey Eye How-To
I did the halo eyes first, so if there was any fallout it would be easy to wipe away without messing up the rest of my makeup.
- Step 1: Apply Too Faced Shadow Insurance from lash line to brow.
- Step 2: Use a flat paddle brush to apply Sly Girl (the shimmery plum-gray shade on the left-hand side of the palette) to the inner and outer lids, up to the crease. Be sure to leave the middle third of the lid free of color.
- Step 3: Using the same flat brush (clean it off first…I tend to just swipe it across the back of my hand a few times) and then pat Tattle-Tale (shimmery pale gray with a lilac tint) in the middle. This shade is pretty sheer, so don’t hold back. Just be sure not to swipe it across the lid or glitter will go everywhere except where you want it.
- Step 4: Using a fluffy domed brush, get just a smidge of Big White Lie (dark taupe with a slight sheen) and blend out from the top edge of the colors you put down (so at the crease). Tap the brush into Hell in Heels (burgundy) and swirl that at the outer edge of the crease. As you blend, pull the color out and up, allowing it to fade as it gets closer to your brow. Freshen up that Tattle-Tale shade again by patting it back on top of the first layer.
- Step 5: Using a larger flat paddle brush, highlight the brow bone and inner corner with the cheek highlight shade in the palette.
- Step 6: Line the upper lash line with the Marc Jacobs Highliner in Blacquer. Use an angled brush and smudge Gameplayer (the dark charcoal shadow) on top of the line. Go back over that line with the eyeliner again. Line your waterline with black liner (Highliner, not shadow). Blink hard to transfer some of the color to the top lash line.
- Step 7: Apply the Urban Decay Naked Skin Color Correcting Fluid under the eyes if you have dark circles (mine are awful!), tap it with your ring finger to blend it in, then apply the concealer on top.
- Step 8: Use a large kabuki brush to apply the It Cosmetics foundation.
- Step 9: Now, back to the eyes now that the concealer is in place. Use a small shadow brush to apply Sly Girl to the outer one-third of the lower lashes, then use Me Me Me (light, bright gray/silver) to line the other two-thirds.
- Step 10: Apply Benefit Bad Gal Bang to the upper and lower lashes.
- Step 11: Use a blush brush to sweep Tarte Paaarty on the apples of the cheeks and up toward the hairline.
- Step 12: Right above the blush (you can use the same brush, but clean it off first), apply the cheek highlight color from the palette.
- Step 13: Fill in your brows.
- Step 14: MAC’s Lovechild is the finishing touch!
There you have it, your smokey eyes how-to with a halo eye twist. I love this look with blue eyes, dark hair, and fair skin, but I think it’ll complement any coloring. It’s dark and smokey shadow but not so dark that it’s overwhelming. I even wore it during the day, though that might’ve been overkill. I’ve never been one to follow makeup “rules” though.