How to Create A Smokey Eye

Hey Guys! It seems like the classic smokey eye is one of the looks that most women struggle with most. It adds so much emphasis and sexiness to the eyes, but it’s easy for it to turn into a dark smudgy mess! So here’s a quick tutorial to show you how to create a simple smokey eye. You can use this same technique with virtually any color combination that your heart desires! Just remember, the key is to blend, blend, blend!

Smokey Eye Tutorial


1. Start by using a dark base. This will help the color to really pop, and to last all day long. Here I used MAC’s Constructivist Paint Pot and applied it with a stiff brush, but your finger would work just as well!

2. Apply shadow. This is going to set your base, and obviously be the main color of your look. I used MAC’s Bluebrown pigment, but you could use virtually any color! Browns tend to be the most common smokey eye color, but try to branch out and use purples, greens, golds, or even black if you’re feeling really bold! Just make sure to add color under your bottom lashes for a cohesive look.

3. BLEND, BLEND, BLEND! Take a medium toned brown and blend out your crease to blow out any harsh lines. This is what will make your look smokey. I used Cork from MAC with a 217 brush.

4. Darken up the outer corner. This will further deepen your look and make your eye look even more smokey and defined. I used that same 217 blending brush and Makeup Geek’s Corrupt shadow. Just a little bit of black shadow will make a world of difference!

5. Add liner. Take your favorite kohl liner and line your waterline and upper lash line. Here I used my personal favorite, Revlon ColorStay in Black.

6. Add mascara and top with lashes! Of course, the false lashes are always optional, but with darker looks it’s easy for your lashes to get lost in the shadow, so I like to add falsies for added drama. Don’t forget to coat those bottom lashes!

Thanks for stopping by! If you recreate a smokey eye using this technique, I’d love to see it! Tag me on Instagram or Twitter @xoxoKarBear. If there are any looks you’d like me to post a tutorial on, please comment and let me know! I hope you all enjoy your Monday and that you have a fabulous week!

xoxo Kara



May 2014 Favorites

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Hey guys! It’s time to say goodbye to May and welcome in another month. I know it’s cliche, but can you believe that the year is half way over? Time has flown! Here’s some of the products I’ve been loving all month long.

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Dose of Colors lipsticks in Love Potion and Play Date.

I know I’ve been ranting and raving about these guys, but I can’t get enough of them! They are creamy, pigmented, and the most comfortable lipsticks I’ve ever worn. I wrote a review and posted swatches of these so check that out in the ‘Reviews’ section if you want to see more of my thoughts on them.

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MAC Mineralized Skinfinish in Cheeky Bronze

This is a new product for me and I’m loving it so far. As the name suggests, it’s a gorgeous shimmery bronze that adds a beautiful glow to the skin. My favorite way to wear it over top of my blush to give an “inner glow.” I’m excited to play around with this more as my skin gets a bit darker this summer. I can only image how gorgeous it will look with a tan!

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Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Dark Circle Eraser concealer

I’ve had this product for a few months now, but lately I’ve found that it’s the first concealer I reach for! It has a light consistency but offers great coverage. It blends easily and I haven’t had any issues with it creasing throughout the day. The little round sponge on the top makes me cringe knowing the bacteria that can build up in it, so I need to find a solution to make it more sanitary. Otherwise, its an excellent under eye concealer and I’ll definitely repurchase when it’s gone since I’m getting low!

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Maybelline The Elixir in Blush Essence

This gloss is pretty close to perfection. It’s creamy and not sticky and it has excellent color payoff. Not to mention you can snatch up this little guy at the drugstore for only a couple of dollars. You really can’t go wrong! I keep it in my purse and toss on over lipstick or by itself depending on my look for the day. I like it so much that I think I’ll pick up a few more colors next time I visit Target.

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Laura Mercier Matte Radiance Baked Powder Compact in 01 Highlight 

This is a little sample size that I got when I cashed in some VIB points at Sephora. Since the day I got it I haven’t touched any of my other highlighters! It gives the most gorgeous highlight without making you light up like a disco ball. It also doesn’t have any big glittery pieces in it, which I love. I’ll definitely be picking up the full size once this guy runs out.

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Maybelline lipstick in 915 Blushing Beige

This lipstick is from Maybelline’s The Buffs collection which was released a few months ago. I love my nudes, so I had to try some of these. This color in particular has been my favorite. It’s very creamy and pigmented and definitely a true nude. I’ve been wearing it with my smokey eyes and I’m in love!

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Tarte Amazonian Clay 12 Hour blush in Blissful

I’ve had this blush for quite a while and I rediscovered it this month. Let me start by saying how much I adore the Amazonian Clay blushes! They have a very buildable coverage which I love in my blushes. I like to be able to control the intensity with whatever look I’m wearing. They also last all day on my skin. This particular color is a matte pinky-coral that is perfect for the spring and summer.

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MAC eyeshadows in Quarry (left) and Soft Brown (right)

These are shadows that I have heard about for years but for some reason never purchased. I can’t even tell you how disappointed I am that I put off buying these for so long! They have easily become staples in my collection. They are both gorgeous in the crease to blend out whatever eyeshadow I’m rocking for the day. I have been using Soft Brown for warmer looks and Quarry for cool shades.

(Pictured in top picture) Ecotools Domed Bronzer Brush

I totally forgot to take a close up of this brush, so sorry! But I’ve had this brush for years and have been neglecting it for about the past year. One day my makeup brushes were all dirty so I reached for this guy to put on my powder and I fell in love with it all over again. It’s extremely dense and put on my powder so beautifully that I haven’t used any other brush since.

Thanks so much for stopping by and seeing what products I’ve been loving throughout May. Here’s to a happy and healthy June!

xoxo Kara

Face of the Day 5.29.2014

Here’s the makeup I’m wearing today!



Products I used:

MAC Studio Fix foundation in NW20

Maybelline Instant Age Rewind concealer in Light

Rimmel Stay Matte Powder in Silky Beige

Tarte Amazonian Clay blush in Blissful

Laura Mercier Matte Radiance Baked Powder in Highlight 01

MAC Spiked eyebrow pencil

MAC eyeshadows in Quary, Soft Brown, Swiss Chocolate, Vanilla, and Embark

MAC Pressed Pigment in Flicker

MAC Blacktrack Fluidline

NYX Gel Eyeliner in Danielle

L’Oreal Voluminous Million Lashes Excess Mascara

Dose of Colors Play Date lipstick


xoxo Kara