smoky eye tutorial by keiko lynn

As much as I love cut-offs, cotton dresses, and a bare face with a bold lip (my Summer go-to), Fall gets me really excited about a few things: boots, lightweight layers, and smoky eyes. Not that you can’t wear a smoky eye in the Summer, but it’s not quite as cute when it’s running halfway down your face from a day in the hot sun. I mean, it’s a look, but not a comfortable one.

The great thing about a smoky eye is that it can be interpreted in many ways, shapes, and colors. Ulta Beauty sent me a package full of some of their products and asked me to do my own version of a Smoky Spiced Eye, and I happily obliged (twist my arm, why don’t you?). Recently, I’ve been really into matte, smoked out browns with shimmer on the lids – it gives the look a little more warmth – so that’s exactly what we’re going to do. Keep reading for step by step instructions on how to recreate this Smoky Spiced Eye look for Fall!

Products used:

Smashbox 24 Hour Photo Finish Shadow Primer

Ulta Beauty Gel Liner

Tarte‘s Tartlette in Bloom palette

smoky eye tutorial by Keiko Lynn

    1. Pat Smashbox 24 Hour Photo Finish Shadow Primer all over your eyelids, blending up above the crease.
    2. Use the Ulta Beauty Gel Liner to draw along your outer lash line and outer v.
    3. Line your lower lash line.
    4. Use a smudge brush to blend the pencil out, on both the outer lid and the bottom lash line. This will make the outer edges darker and more dramatic.
    5. Sweep “Flower Child” (from the Tartlette in Bloom palette) through your crease. This will serve as your transitional shade.
    6. Using a pencil brush (or any small shadow brush), pack “Leader” everywhere the Ulta Beauty Gel Liner was applied.
    7. Blend out with a fluffy blending brush.
    8. Diffuse the edges further by sweeping “Smarty Pants” on the outer edges and blending outward.
    9. Pat “Firecracker” on the remaining part of your eyelids, and highlight the inner corners with “Funny Girl”
    10. Go back in with the gel eyeliner, concentrating on the waterline and outer, lower lash line. Done!

Thank you to Ulta Beauty for partnering with me for this tutorial. Are there any tutorials you’d like to see? Please let me know!

  1. Missie says: August 15, 20163:52 pm

    I love that look and the step by step pictures are super helpful! What lipstick are you wearing? It’s a perfect pink finishing touch. Thanks

    • Keiko Lynn says: August 17, 201612:06 am

      Thanks! It’s NARS Brigitte:)

  2. sasa says: August 15, 20164:23 pm

    Beautiful, babe!

    Shall We Sasa

  3. Betsy says: August 15, 20166:49 pm

    Thank you so much, heading to ULTA now. I have fair skin and was wondering what sort of foundation you would recommend?

    • Keiko Lynn says: August 17, 201612:06 am

      It really depends on what type of coverage you’re going for – do you want something sheer or full coverage?

  4. La Bijoux Bella | by mia says: August 15, 20167:37 pm

    I love the simple look of a smokey eye . Simple and classy and definitely not overdone. The key is looking like a million dollars without spending a million dollars! Simply beautiful! 🙂

    La Bijoux Bella | by mia

  5. shadesofcopper says: August 16, 201612:06 am

    This is stunning! x

  6. Helen says: August 16, 201612:48 am

    I love this simple smokey eye and it’s definitely something I’ll be trying out this fall. I’m also looking forward to the changing of the seasons so that I can play around with my eye makeup a bit more. Thanks for sharing this tutorial, Keiko!


  7. Linoya says: August 16, 201611:05 am

    Stunning .

  8. style frontier says: August 16, 20162:05 pm

    totally love this tutorial!
    style frontier

  9. Aliah says: August 16, 20168:23 pm

    Hello Keiko, may I know what product did you use for your lips? Pretty colour! 😀

    • Keiko Lynn says: August 17, 201612:04 am

      It’s NARS “Brigitte” audacious lipstick:)

  10. New Darlings says: August 16, 20168:47 pm

    This is such a fun look, Keiko. I love how its subtle enough for everyday with the nude lip, but perfect for going out too. 😉


    • Keiko Lynn says: August 17, 201612:05 am

      Thank you, Christina! I think this would look amazing on your gorgeous eyes!

  11. amy says: August 17, 20168:45 pm

    Love everything about you and your look…what nail polish are you wearing?
    So pretty!


  12. Snapshot Fashion says: August 18, 20164:30 pm

    Love this look!!! For some reason I never can seem to do the smokey eye look properly. Gotta follow your instructions!

  13. Sharon says: August 25, 20166:44 am

    What a gorgeous eye! My daughter is in love with this palette. She had a very similar look just yesterday. Perfect for fall! So nice to have found your blog!