MAC Dramatic Smoky Eye: Step By Step

Hey guys, hope you’re all keeping well! This post will be short and sweet but I was just excited to show you all a look that I had created with my MAC Custom Palette from Christmas (you may remember me talking about it here). I’ve used it loads of times since then but I hadn’t gone for a really dramatic look with it until the other night when I was heading out for a few drinks. So I thought I would show you all what I did with this magical palette because I was pretty happy with how my makeup turned out.

As you can see from the main picture above, the palette consists of 15 different shades all in the gold/ orange/ brown family for the most part. These are my regular go-to shades and I find that they work really well particularly with blue eyes so honestly if you were to mix and match any of these colours you couldn’t go too far wrong. But for the purpose of this look, we’ll just be focusing on 8 different shades (8?! I know it’s a lot but I just love seeing how all the different colours end up mixing together so just bear with me on this). But before we get into what I used etc, have a quick peak of what I actually ended up with first…

You know, so natural… lol

I wanted it to be dramatic, dark and striking and it was so easy to do with this amazing palette. So what are we working with exactly? Well, I’ve marked off the colours we’re about to go through below (just to make it a bit easier for you all to follow). So if you want to create something similar on your own eyes, have a peek!

We’ll just be focusing on these

Now that you know what we’re working with, if you would like an idea of how to recreate my look above, just keep on reading! It would be best to use the colours I have used or something similar to get near or around the same result as mine. Of course, you don’t have to use MAC products. In fact, if you are a fan of Morphe (like I am!) and happen to have the 35O palette, you can use that as a good substitute to what I have used. They have a really good selection of shades and you’re bound to find similar if not identical colours in that palette also. So anyway, let’s get cracking! Prepare yourself for some weird photos to follow, I always find that eye makeup looks a bit funny when you don’t have anything else on the rest of your face.

But before we begin, let me fill you in on a little trick. Ever wondered how some people are able to get perfectly crisp edges on their eyeshadow and eyeliner? Well here’s your answer!

Not my eye but you get the picture!

Cellotape! This will make your life a whole lot easier from here on in I promise. All you have to do for any precise, clean eye look is take a piece of tape, stick it to the back of your hand a couple times (this helps remove some of the tackiness so it doesn’t stick too fiercely to your face), and place it on your temple so that it makes a line between the outer corner of your eye and the outer tip of your eyebrow. You can then work away and do your makeup as normal, once you’re done, just remove the tape and boom! Perfect edges.

So, to start, I applied a light layer of foundation on my eyes to make a nice base for the eyeshadow. I used Vichy Dermablend in Nude (25), and I blended this out using my Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge. I then dabbed on some eyeshadow primer (Smashbox Photo Finish Lid Primer) to make sure my eye makeup wouldn’t crease throughout the night. Then on went the tape. Just to make this whole process easier to follow, below is a picture of my step-by-step guide which I’ll explain now.

Brushes At The Ready!

Remember to blend outwards

Looks so strange doesn’t it? Anyway, to start it’s always good to go for a nice, light base such as a cream or beige. So I went with Shroom (pic 1) and I started off with my Real Techniques 200 Oval Shadow Brush because it has a handy wide base. Take the beige right up to the brow bone and spread it all the way across, you don’t have to be too neat with it because it’ll be covered up for the most part with the rest of the eyeshadows. Next, take the same brush and dip it into All That Glitters (pic 2) which has a nice beige and gold tone to it. You want to bring this up to the crease and gently fade it outwards. This essentially finishes off your base tones and now you can get cracking with the more exciting colours!

My personal favourite, Rule, is a gorgeous striking orange that really makes a smoky eye pop and is the perfect transition shade for this kind of look! Take a Real Techniques 203 Tapered Shadow Brush and apply generously on to the crease (pic 3), smoking it out at the edges yet again. I say apply generously because I find that any orange shade is great for making all gold tones really stand out. They compliment each other perfectly and it’s the exact look that I was going for with this in mind. So with that being said, go on to your bronzy/ peach shade in Amber Lights, and using a Real Techniques 201 Pointed Crease Brush (pic 4), really pack it on and press the shade into the corner of the eyes. Don’t worry about using too much product because you can always go back in with the 203 brush and blend it all outwards.

So we’re almost there! Next you want to use the same 201 brush and dab on some Mythlogy which is a gorgeous copper shade (pic 5). Carefully just pat this right on to your lash line starting from the inner corner of your eye outwards. I then decided that I wanted a bit more of an orange tint in my outer corners so I went in with my 203 brush and this time decided to put Red Brick over the goldy shimmer to make it stand out even more (pic 6). Then it was time for some finishing touches so with the same brush, I added some depth to my corners by using two of the darkest shades in the palette. First I went with Antiqued (a nice ash brown) and then Sketch (a burgundy shade), both just going right into the outer corner of my crease line (pic 7).

Complete it all by gently patting some Mythlogy into the inner corner of your lower lash line, and Sketch into the outer lower lash line using a Real Techniques 202 Angled Liner Brush. If you want to take this all to the next level like I did, my final touch was to add a thin line of Shroom right under where my eyeliner wing was about to be placed in the next step. Et voila, the eyeshadow is complete! A bit of eyeliner and some mascara later, I was able to take off the tape and was left with some pretty flawless looking eyes, if I may say so myself.

The Result:


And that’s it! I finished off the look with some sharp eyebrows, foundation and heavy contour/ highlight. I always think if you’re going OTT on the eyes, you kind of have to match it with the rest of your makeup (but that’s just my take on it!)

Finishing touches

If dramatic isn’t your thing you can of course tone it all down and maybe go for a little bit less but if you’re like me and you enjoy playing around with this sort of look, I say go for it! And that’s about all I have time for today guys so I hope you enjoyed reading about this look. If you have any makeup suggestions for me please feel free to let me know in the comments below as always.

Until next time…


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