Warm Smokey Eye Makeup Tutorial

Outfit Details:

Sanctuary Gingham Dress, c/o, Kate Spade Initials Necklace

Happy Friday! For the last few weeks I’ve been sharing some fun Valentine’s Day style ideas, and today let’s top it off with an easy makeup look you could do for your night out, or even something special for staying in!

Also, I don’t wear eyeshadow every single day, but when I do, I use this basic formula — just a less dramatic version. I’ll be sharing my every day makeup routine in a few weeks!


I used my Superhero Eyeshadow palette from It Cosmetics. That palette isn’t available anymore, but this palette from Urban Decay has really similar colors, so I’ll share from there.

  1. Start with a fresh, primed eye. I like this primer.
  2. Cover your entire lid with your a light shade. Use something with a warm cream/gold hue, like Foxy in this palette.
  3. Next, take a warm brown shade and sweep it along your crease and down toward your lash line. This should be sort of a sideways V-shape. I used a combination of “Aura” and “Fearless” from my Superhero Palette, but a similar option is “Snakebite” from this palette.
  4. Now take your darkest shade and blend it into the crease and especially in the corner opposite your nose. Use a smaller brush here to be more precise — you don’t want this color all over your lid. Try “Busted” from this palette.for the color, and a brush like the small end of this one to apply.
  5. Come back with your lightest shade and reapply on the center of the lid to create some dramatic contrast. Then, using a clean brush, blend the rest of the shades so they transition nicely across the entire lid.
  6. Apply a black eyeliner. I use this one from NYX and like it a lot. Don’t make your line too thick, but just enough to emphasize your lash line. Make it taper as you go toward your tear duct, and stop it at the edge of your lash line.
  7. Apply your mascara — I talked about my favorite brands of mascara here, and showed how I apply it right here. If you want a more dramatic look, you can use a strip of false lashes!
  8. Lastly, to finish off the look, apply your lightest shade right below your brow, and then add some extra definition your eyebrow with a brow pencil or powder — I use this one from Anastasia every day and apply it with an angled brush. I like to brush in a darker line along the bottom of the brow and that creates a nice contrast.

Here’s another look at the completed lid with a breakdown of where to put your shades. Go try it for Valentine’s Day!

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  1. Chelcey says:

    Thank you for the tutorial! Beautiful! You mentioned you will post about your makeup routine…any way you could add your daily/nightly skincare routine to that post? Your complexion is fantastic!

    • merrickwhite says:

      Yes, absolutely! I actually don’t have a great complexion a lot of times — makeup covers a lot. But I’m working hard to get it where I want it and am happy with the results so far, so I’ll definitely share soon!

  2. Benedetta says:

    Love this smoky..want to try it!!!!
    Be Happy with Fashion

  3. Amber Green says:

    Hey Merrick, I’ve been a follower for awhile because we have such similar styles, and, you totally convinced me to try Neulash, which I love. So after I read this great post I though I should comment (for the first time) for you to try Mally eyeshadow sticks. Game changers. They go on supper fast, you can just smear the edges with your pinky and will last the entire day, I buy them at Ulta or Amazon. Between them and my lovey long lashes my eye makeup time is cut in half. Thanks for all your tips! ☺️ Amber

    • merrickwhite says:

      Ooh, thanks for the product recommendation! I’ll definitely check them out. And thrilled to hear you love NeuLash! xx

  4. Paige Cassandra Flamm says:

    Your eyes look amazing! I’m horrible at smoky eyes, but feel like I totally need to give it another try!


  5. Lucy says:

    Thanks for this tutorial! You mind sharing which eye concealer you recommend to hide dark circles?

  6. selena says:

    your post is very interesting to read.it’s very informative and helpful.
    Usually, I never comment on blogs but your article is so convincing that I never stop myself to say something about it. You’re doing a great job, Keep it up.

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