Sunday, July 7, 2013

Bronze Smokey Eye For Summer - Tutorial

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Bronze Smokey Eye For Summer-Tutorial

The other day, I posted a picture of myself wearing a bronze smokey eye to Pinterest. I got so many compliments, that I thought I would show you how I did it. It is so super easy to do!  This is the perfect look for beginners.  You really only need a few of things to get started. 

  • Gold creamy shadow pencil such as Tarte SmolderEYES in Gold
  • Cool matte brown powder shadow such as NYX Bare My Soul
  • Eyeshadow blending brush
  • Angled eyeshadow brush or pencil brush 
  • Eyeshadow primer (optional)
  • Synthetic precision brush (optional)

To begin, I primed my eyes with Lime Crime's Eyeshadow Helper (vegan & waterproof).  This step is completely optional, but I always prime my lids as a general rule. I find this step helps prevent creasing, makes eyeshadow appear more vibrant and helps the color last longer. 

 I always apply my eye primer using my ring finger because it is the weakest finger, thus gives a lighter touch when dealing with the delicate eye area. 

Next, you want to grab your shadow pencil.  For this look, I used Tarte SmolderEyes in the color Gold. This pencil is completely waterproof, making it an ideal choice for summer. It has a super metallic finish, making it just so pretty when your lids catch the light. I purchased this pencil as part of a collector's set. If you don't have this pencil, some other good choices are NYX Jumbo Pencil in Gold, Benecos Creamy Eyeshadow Pencil in Green/Gold or Milani Gold Magic Liner and Eye Glimmer in #01 Gold Glimmer

 Tarte SmolderEYES Amazonian Clay Waterproof Liner in Gold

Starting at the base of the lash line, apply the shadow pencil to the lid.  Apply the color all the way up to the crease.  You don't have to worry about being neat because it is going to get blended out. Using your finger or a synthetic precision brush, blend out the color so that it is evenly dispersed on the lid.  Then take a clean blending brush, and soften any edges.  I highly recommend doing one eye at a time. Once these set, they do not budge, so you will want to blend quickly.  Start off with a light layer, then add another layer and blend until you reach the desired intensity. 

 Gently pat and smooth out the color using your finger or a brush.
I like the Sedona Lace 224 for this step because the size and shape mimic your own fingertips.
 Going in with a clean blending brush helps soften edges

 Examples of blending brushes are: Furless Pro2E, Cozzette S175 or Royal & Langnickel BX-66


Once completed, the eye should look something like this (above).  If desired, you can stop here and just add your favorite mascara for a completely waterproof look.  When I go to the beach, I wear something like this, because it's easy and will last through the splashes. 

Next, I took a matte cool brown shadow to define the outer corner of the eye. The shadow I chose is NYX Nude Matte Eyeshadow in Bare My Soul.  This is a brown that almost has a tinge of gray in it, making it look more like a shadow than a true brown color. When mixed with the gold pencil, it creates the bronzey color we want. This is also an eyeshadow I like to use for contouring or brow powder. If you don't have this shadow, any cool toned brown will work. Some suggestions are: Pur Minerals Spiced Mica (shimmer), the reddish brown shade in the Tarte Femme Naturale Eye Pallette also works well as does Coffee Bean from Too Faced Matte Eye Shadow Collection

Using a fluffy brush, such as the Cozzette S175, pick up a little of the cool brown eyeshadow and stamp it lightly on the outer corner of the eye. Gently blend back and forth without bringing the color into the crease. Pick up more color onto the brush and add more product, blending as you go until you reach the desired intensity. Go back in with a clean fluffy brush to soften any harsh edges if desired. You should now have a gradient from gold, to bronze, finally ending in the cool brown shade at the outer corner. 

To get that "smokey" look, you will also want to take Bare My Soul under the lower lash line. I recommend using an angled brush, or pencil brush.  

 For this look I used the Sigma Small Angle Brush E65, but the E30 Pencil Brush would also work

Apply Bare My Soul to the lower lash line using an angled brush

That's it! How easy is that?  All you have to do now is curl lashes and apply your favorite mascara. I skipped adding a highlight shade to this eye look because I wanted to keep it simple. Summer makeup is all about simplicity.  However, if you prefer a more "done" looking eye or want to make this appropriate for evening, go ahead and add a highlight shade as well as liner and lashes. Just be sure to keep any highlight shadows matte so that they don't compete with the metallic lid. 

Here is the finished look. I added some bronzer, blush and lip color to complete the look. 

This is an eye look that I have been wearing a lot this summer. It is so easy to do, and helps me spend less time in the makeup chair and more time out having fun and enjoying the weather.  What is your go-to summer look? 

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  1. Such an amazing and flattering look! You make it look so easy to do. I'm gonna add the the tarte pencils to my list now :) xoxo

  2. OOOH that pencil is so stunningly intense! LOVE that color. The finished look is just beautiful - you look so tan and sunkissed, Liza :)

  3. Such a beautiful look! And you make it seem so easy!!! :) Gonna have to try it out because it's a great look for the summer.

    I love your tutorials, Liza! They're very easy to follow. As always, well done! :)


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