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Makeup of the Day: Smokey Eyes For a Formal Event

Hi guys!

A few weeks ago, I attended a formal event. Unlike other occasions, this time I wanted to do my hair and makeup by myself, without going to the salon. I guess I was trying to prove myself that I can look descent enough on my own, which helped me save a few bucks haha. Since this event was at night, I tried to find the best lighting possible to take photos and share them with you :)

Smokey eyes can be very tricky to achieve, specially because the eyeshadows used are dark colors that can be very unforgiving if a mistake is made. Either way, if there was something I was sure of that night, was that I was going to do a smokey eye look haha. Plus, these occasions are the best for going full dramatic on the makeup, so I wanted to take advantage of this opportunity. This was my first attempt, so I probably need to work on it more, but I liked the results and I think being comfortable with how you look is what counts.

Lets begin!

A little side note: this isn’t your textbook smokey eye look (if such textbook exists haha), but I really hope you enjoy it :D If you have any tips you would like to share, I’m all ears… or eyes since this is a blog haha. By the way, sorry for the quality of the photos!


In this look I used dark colors, consequently I began with my eyes. This was helpful because then I could clean up any fallouts without damaging my foundation.

  1. First things first, I applied Urban Decay’s Shadow Primer Potion as a shadow base to avoid any makeup fallout or fading throughout the night. This is the best eye primer I’ve used so far!
  2. I then proceeded to apply the dark brown matt eyeshadow from the Smashbox Full Exposure Palette onto my crease. I used a fluffy brush to apply this eyeshadow from side to side, all over the crease. Be sure to take your time to blend and achieve a uniform dark brown color.
  3. Next, I mixed Darkhorse from the Urban Decay Naked 1 Palette with the black matt eyeshadow from the Smashbox Full Exposure Palette. Darkhorse is a dark brownish/bronzy shimmery eyeshadow which was perfect for the eyelid. Since this was a night look, I wanted to use a shimmery eyeshadow to add some sparks and life to my whole look, specially since I was going to wear a black dress. I applied the mixture of Darkhorse and the black matt eyeshadow onto the outer half of my upper eyelid. With a clean brush, I blended everything well to avoid harsh lines. If it’s necessary, go back to the dark brown matt eyeshadow and, with the fluffy brush, reapply this to your crease, just so you don’t lose that brown color.
  4. With a clean flat brush, I applied only Darkhorse to the inner half of the upper eyelid. Again, I blended this well to avoid harsh lines and to achieve a continuos color transition.
  5. After finishing placing the eyeshadows, I used a Q-Tip with a bit of makeup removal cream and cleaned the outer portion of my eye, giving it a winged or v shape. I sort of moved the Q-Tip from the outer corner of my eye to the end of my eyebrow, creating an imaginary line.
  6. With an eyeliner brush, I used Maybelline’s Eyestudio Eyeliner in Blackest Black to create a winged eyeliner. I drew a much longer and thicker line than the usual one.
  7. Finally, I used Smashbox Full Exposure Mascara to give volume to my upper and lower eyelashes. I don’t have false eyelashes, thus I didn’t use ones for this look. If you wish to use them, I think it would look pretty.


  1. With a foundation brush, I applied Maybelline’s Fit Me Dewy + Smooth Foundation all over my face. I like to take my time doing this step to blend everything really well, avoiding any product accumulation.
  2. Next, I applied Essence’s Stay Natural Concealer in Soft Honey everywhere I wanted to highlight: under my eyes, my nose, forehead, and my cupid’s bow. I like to use my fingers in a taping motion to even out the concealer and kind of blend it with the foundation. 
  3. Because I wanted a matt finish and also wanted my makeup to last all night, I used Clinique’s Blended Face Powder. I love this powder! It sets my foundation well without ending up with a cakey face. I applied it all over my face, specially on areas that tend to get greasy easily, like my T zone.
  4. Finally, I used MAC’s Bronzing Powder in Refined Golden to contour and add some color to my face. I placed it on my cheek bones, the sides of my nose, jaw bone, and forehead.


  1. Since my dress was black and I used dark eyeshadows, I wanted my lips to add a pop of color to the whole look. What better way to do this than by using a red lipstick. I used Essence’s Lipliner in Red Blush to outline and fill my lips.

Thanks for reading this post! I hope you enjoyed this tutorial :) 


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