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MOTD: A Soft Warm Smoky Eye

Smoky eyes are my favorite because they can be done it a variety of ways and anyone can rock them. In the summertime I especially favor a smoky eye that’s on the softer side, with bronze and orange hues because I think those warm tones really add a sultriness to the look. Here’s a breakdown of how I get a warm smoky eye¬†using the Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Palette:

After I primed my lids (UD Eye Primer Potion) I took a pointed blending brush (this is from the EcoTools Eye Enhancing Duo Set, it’s labeled as “blend”) and the shade Realgar and blended it all along my crease.

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Once I was satisfied with the amount of saturation in the crease, I took the shade Burnt Orange on a fluffy blending brush (Sigma E40) and buffed out Realgar to diffuse the color a bit using small circular motions.

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I have been loving warm reds on the eyes, so I applied Red Ochre all over my lid and then went back over it with Antique Bronze for a little dose of shimmer.

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I decided I wanted to add a little more dimension in this look, so I took Cyprus Umber to the outer third of my crease to add a bit of shadow there.MOTD Warm Smoky 4

Lately I’ve been really into a more carved out brow, so I used a pencil concealer (Susan Posnick Color Correct Sticks) to highlight my brow bone, blending it out with a concealer brush, and then topping¬†with Tempera to set.MOTD Warm Smoky 6

Instead of going with my usual black cat eye I decided to line my upper and lower lash line with a bronze crayon liner (NYX Retractable Liner in Bronze) and then smudged the lower lash line out with a bit of the Antique Bronze shadow.MOTD Warm Smoky 7

I finished the eyes off by adding Primavera to the inner corner to highlight and layering mascara on my top and bottom lashes.

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This is a little more dramatic than I usually go with my brows but I thought it suited the look.

After I applied my foundation and highlight (MAC Studio Fix Fluid in NC 42, which btw is a touch light for me this time of year but works out fine in colder weather), I applied a warm-toned blush as well (Makeup Geek Infatuation).

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On the lips: Nars Audacious Lipstick in Anita. Check out my post from Monday for my foundation and highlighter routine.

What are your go-to tones for a smoky eye? Are you pro-smoky eye in the daytime or do you usually reserve it for nighttime? Let me know in the comments below, I’d love to hear from you! Next Monday I’ll be doing the ride or die tag so stay tuned!

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9 thoughts on “MOTD: A Soft Warm Smoky Eye

  1. I wandered over here from xoVain and I just wanted to say that Tamara, your carefully illustrated LOTW posts have helped my eyeshadow game SO MUCH. I usually kind of fail at a smokey eye because my eyes are so hooded but I think I’m going to give this one a try with some bronzes and oranges. Also, your eye looks helped me realize what a big difference the inner corner highlight makes! I look so much more bright-eyed and bushy tailed when I throw a little sparkle in there. I can’t wait to read more of your stuff here.

    1. Thank you, I’m glad to hear it! I really love writing for xoVain, the readers and other writers have created such a fun community to be a part of. I’m also glad to be doing some of my own stuff as well! I think writing for xoVain has definitely helped me feel comfortable doing some independent stuff. Thanks for coming and check the blog out!

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