Copper Smoky eye step by step tutorial
Today I decided to try something new for the blog. I am very nervous about putting this up, but at the end of the day, what have I got to lose?
A few weeks ago, I stuck a picture up of a copper smoky eye. This is my go to night time look for the Spring/summer. A number of you emailed me and asked if I would do a tutorial on this look. I am nowhere near ready to do anything on YouTube yet, so I decided to try a step by step picture tutorial. Please note, I am not a makeup artist by any means of the imagination. I have just picked up a few tricks for youtube, a few masterclasses and practice. I haven’t filtered or touched up any of the pictures, as I want you to see how it really is, rather than having to live up to flawless airbrushed skin that is just unattainable. So here goes, please ignore the crazy hair. I don’t know what is going on with it.
Start by moisturising your skin and applying a primer. I used Mac prep and prime primer, which I am really loving at the moment.
Once your primer and moisturiser have soaked into your skin, apply your foundation and fill in your eyebrows. I used the Sigma F80 brush to apply my YSL Teint Le Touche Eclat foundation. This is a dewy finish foundation as I want a glow from within look on the skin. I filled in my brows with my absolute holy grail brow product, my Anastasia Beverly Hill, brows wiz in soft brown. I love how quick it is to fill in my brows with this pencil.
Next up you want to prime the eyes. This stops your eyeshadow creasing and also makes it easier to apply. I used Mac painterly paint pot, but I sometimes use a concealer at this stage.
First up for eyeshadows, I applied my transition colour slightly into the crease and then blended up. I used Naked form the Naked 1 palette, but you could use any light brown colour for this, such as kid from Mac.
I used a light touch with a fluffy brush for this step and blended, blended blended. In fact looking at this picture, I could have blended even more. You want to apply a very small amount of product and then build it up to get your desired look. I softened the edges with a light cream colour.
So I am sure you are looking at this step and wondering what in gods name I am doing with Sellotape on my face! No I haven’t lost my mind, I picked this trick up at the From Matte to Matellic masterclass as few weeks ago. Using a strip of tape, take the tackiness off with your hands and apply it at an angle from your nose to the outside of you eyebrow. This little trick gives your eyeshadow the most perfect finish, without any mess or worry about technique
Next up, pack Mac Coppering onto the lid with a flat eyeshadow brush. This is one of my all time favourite Mac shadows. It is seriously the most amazing colour for most eye colours and makes blue eyes seriously pop. The picture actually doesn’t do the colour justice. The more shadow you apply the brighter the look. Blend out the edges with a fluffy brush and blend it slightly into the crease.
With a pencil brush, apply Mac mystery, or any dark warm brown shadow, slightly above the crease and into the other v. Then blend, blend, blend with a clean fluffy brush. Apply the colour lightly and build up to your desired look.
When are finished applying your shadows, take off the tape. You can see that this has resulted in a nice clean sharp edge. I took a light creel colour and a fluffy brush and blended out the edges again, to make them slightly less severe.
I leave the eyes for a little while and go back to working on the skin. I use Mac Pro long wear
concealer in NC 15 to highlight. Foundation wise, I wear an NC 25 so this is a perfect highlight colour for me. I apply it under the eyes, down the nose and above the brows. I blended it in with my Real Techniques miracle complexion sponge.
Next apply your liner to the waterline and lid. I would normally use a pencil liner with this look and smudge it out, but since I am wearing semi permeant lashes, I need to avoid oil based products around the eyes. I used Inglot gel liner.
I then took Mac cranberry on a pencil brush and ran it under the eyes. Again, blend this out with a fluffy brush.
You would also apply mascara at this stage.
I set my under eye concealer and foundation with my Hourglass ambient lighting powder in diffused light. Next up, I did a slight powder contour with my Nars laguna. I didn’t go for anything to structure here, but instead applied the Laguna with a large bronzing brush. I could have blended a little more here. I brought it up around the temples and forehead too.
To highlight I used my new favourite product. The Inglot sparkling dust in number 2. I applied this in a V at the top of the cheek bones and up the side of the eye.
I applied a little bit of the Inglot sparkling dust to the brow bone a inner corner as highlight. I’m telling you this product is seriously multi tasking.
I finished off the look with the Makeup For Ever Aqua Rouge lip stick in no 16. This stuff does not budge for about 5 hours. You apply the colour first and wait till it dries matte and then apply the top coat for shine and moisture. If you want a lip product that doesn’t move, then you seriously need to try this out.
I actually took this picture with my iPhone. It is far more forgiving with then my big camera.
So there you have it. As I said, you can see my imperfections, as I wanted you to see how makeup really goes on. I would love to know how you found this step by step post. Is it worth doing more? Or should I just go back to writing reviews. Be honest!!
Nora McApril 6, 2014 at 5:49 pm
This is a gorgeous look! Glad you put it up the steps are really clear and easy to follow. That shade is so pigmented! Never seen anything like it before!
Sinéad KApril 6, 2014 at 7:21 pm
Thanks Nora. This is such a beautiful colour. The pictures don’t do it justice
Grace ZiegfeldgirlApril 6, 2014 at 6:11 pm
Thanks so much for showing this tutorial, I recently bought Coppering and have no idea how to use it, until now!
Sinéad KApril 6, 2014 at 7:21 pm
ah Grace, I’m delighted you found it useful. Coppering will be gorgeous on you
Sherry PApril 6, 2014 at 9:09 pm
Absolutely beautiful and so glad you decided to put this out for us! Thank you 🙂
Sinéad KApril 6, 2014 at 9:12 pm
Thank you Sherry. I am so glad you liked it
Cathy WilsonApril 7, 2014 at 1:13 am
I had to come back and read over this a second time. I’m so excited to try this out, I’m just delighted with life that you put this up! I really hope you do more of these!! The colours you’ve used are amazing, I wouldn’t have known where to look if I was given those kinds to work with. I actually think I’ll go out and buy some of theses shades now – you’ve made that much of an impression on me! Your totally beautiful and so feckin’ talented with make up, I’m jealous of you!
P.S. when I saw the photo of you with sellotape on your face I did think what the hell has she lost it, but great tip! I’ll be looking a little mad myself soon 😉 xxx
Sinéad KApril 7, 2014 at 6:40 pm
This is the best comment i have ever gotten. Thank you so much. I am absolutely chuffed that you have found this useful.
Makeup MonsterApril 7, 2014 at 7:58 am
Beautiful look and great pics!
MeganApril 7, 2014 at 9:01 am
Wow, you babe!! This is a great tutorial, I really love the finished look! <3 Also love the tape trick, I’ve never heard of it before but it looks deadly!!
Sinéad KApril 7, 2014 at 6:39 pm
Megan you are far too kind. Glad you liked the post.
Pamela QuinnApril 15, 2014 at 1:45 pm
This is a great step by step i followed all these steps and managed a great look without looking like a badly made up drag queen!! simple and effective tips love it
Sinéad KApril 15, 2014 at 2:03 pm
Pamela I’m absolutely delighted to hear u tried it out. Love hearing things like this
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firstname.lastname@example.orgAugust 23, 2014 at 10:52 pm
Fantastic tutorial and amazing photos. Everything is really clear and easy to follow. Great work missus – keep them coming! x