How To Do a Basic Brown Smokey Eye

Published in: MAC Makeup, Makeup Tips/How To, NARS, Video

Please ignore the Christmas decorations behind my shoulder, LOL! I filmed this back in December before Christmas but then got too carried away with the holidays to prepare it.


I still wanted to finish it, though, because it’s a staple look of mine that I wear all year round, perfect for just about any occasion from work things to movie dates to running errands around town.

I make little tweaks to it all the time, but this time I paired the eyes with nude cheeks and lips. You could always opt for more dramatic colors to brighten it up.

Here’s the final look…

Brown smokey eyes with nude peachy coral cheeks and lips

Brown smokey eyes with nude peachy coral cheeks and lips

The final look

The final look

There are some steps and layering involved, but I’m sure you can do it. If you haven’t tried something like this before, it just takes a little practice.


Full list of products mentioned in the video…

And here’s that brow tutorial I mentioned…

I hope you enjoy. Thank you so much for watching. πŸ™‚

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



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  1. Arianne says:

    Somebody needs to feed the tabby. πŸ˜› Love this look Karen. Very glamorous.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Arianne,

      Okay, you want to know something funny? He always has this weird knack of making a fuss the moment a video camera or a mic gets turned on. It’s like he has a sixth sense for grabbing attention. He’s divalicious that way. πŸ™‚

      How are you and Scherbs doing?

  2. Bella says:

    Thank you!!!! This is my favourite look on you. Though we have different eye shadpes, I a going to try and adapt this to my own needs.

  3. Tigerlily says:

    Lovely look and awesome tutorial. I’m also digging the nail polish you’re wearing!

  4. Chaitra says:

    Oh i love the look! I am a fan of brown smoky eyes, makes it a lot more natural than black sometimes! πŸ™‚
    Chaitra recently posted … BLOG-ENTINO DAY-8: PINK LIP TREATS

  5. Erica says:

    IMO, once a makeup wearer gets their own customized smokey brown eye look on point, they’re ready for anything, dressed up or down. Nars Galapagos e/s is my first Nars e/s and still my Nars favorite (tied with Taj Mahal).

  6. Sylirael says:

    Thank you so much for both of these videos! I used the brow one today to try doing my brows for the very first time πŸ™‚ Came out looking good!

    The smoky eye is lovely – I really like brown smokey eyes, as you can kind of get away with them during the day as well! Well, maybe not on my vampire skintone, but I like them anyway πŸ™‚
    Sylirael recently posted … Blood and Mist… Revlon Super Lustrous Lipgloss in Raisin Rage (#250)

  7. Jacklyn says:

    Great video, Karen! I loved the little Tabs info bubbles, like a cat lady version of VH1 Pop-Up Video

  8. Amanda says:

    I recently splurged on the NARS And God Created Woman set. It’s my first time playing with Galapagos and Coconut Grove. My face can’t handle the intensity that you can pull off, but with those two colors, I can create a smoky eye “light.”

  9. jenna says:

    Great look! I love brown smokey eyes! Check out my youtube channel at…….you are gorgeous!! Thanks!!

  10. Lena says:

    so that is how to get your super blended, amazeballs eye looks. i will have to try this sometimes. i will probably need a whole hour to do this but if i can get half the look that you got, it’d be worth it.
    Lena recently posted … Review: Original Source Shower Gels

  11. Cindy says:

    you crack me up! I swear. Great tutorial for smokey eyes, I have small eyes so I love these kinds of tutorials.

  12. Stephanie says:

    Love this look! Have been reading your blog a few month now, just had to finally comment! Love your humor!

  13. Pauline says:

    Hello, i’m a french girl so my english isn’t very well but i love your makeup. It is simple and glamour too.
    I’m in love of your tee-shirt.. What is the brand of this? Thanks you πŸ™‚

  14. Rakhi says:

    your sound and the way you say things is sooo cute..I was enjoying the way you “sang” rather than looking what you did… πŸ˜€

  15. futuralon says:

    I appreciate the video but the thing that struck me the most was how long it was and how long you must be spending on your look. A blended brown eyeshadow is also my go-to look for daytime (if I wear makeup) and… I see you blending, and blending, and blending. I do my best but I can tell if something looks bad on me, it’s because I didn’t blend enough. This proves it. You look good because you blend. I am also astonished by the number of products you use (makeup and brushes). I acknowledge that you look perfect afterwards, but there’s no way in hell I’m ever going to use blush, bronzer, and highlighter on a normal day. I am not that glamorous I guess. Don’t get me wrong Karen, your beauty blog is my favorite. You’re relatable, you live in the bay (I used to), you have brown hair and eyes like me. But this video was a real eye opener. I will never be glamorous during the day if this performance indicates what it takes… cause I don’t got it.

  16. hanna says:

    I love the video!
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  17. Maddie says:

    Oh em geee I didn’t know you had video tutorials!! O.O Awesome I must now check all of them out! xxx

  18. Arteasa says:

    This was so hopeful and it looks so good! This will definitely help me get the smokey eye down, thanks!

  19. Jessica says:

    I love it. Thank You.

  20. Donna says:

    Hi Karen – just wanted to say how much I loved your tutorial. I have tried, unsuccessfully the smokey eyed look and ended up looking like I had done a couple of rounds with Mike Tyson! I’m looking forward to trying this one and the effect looks beautiful on you.

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