MAC Smokey Eye Tutorial: Halloween Flashback

Published in: MAC Makeup, Makeup Tips/How To

Hey, ladies! On Halloween some of you asked for a tutorial describing the MAC Smokey Eyes look I wore to dinner.

I was in the mood for MAC today, so I thought I’d give it a try. It’s heavy on MAC products, but you could definitely use similar products from other brands.


Eye Products I Used

  • MAC Nice Vice Paint Pot
  • MAC Smolder Eye Kohl
  • MAC Dark Soul Pigment
  • MAC Smoke Signal Pigment
  • MAC Your Ladyship Pigment
  • MAC Silver Fog Pigment
  • MAC Plushblack Plush Lash Mascara
  • MAC Lashes

Cheek Products I Used

  • MAC Blushbaby Powder Blush

Lip Products I Used

  • Chanel Pretty Pink Lip Definer
  • MAC Modesty Cremesheen lipstick
  • Chanel Astral Glossimer

How I Did the Eyes

First, to improve the staying power of my eye makeup, I prepped my lids with a thin layer of Too Faced Shadow Insurance.

Then, with a MAC 249 synthetic shader brush, I patted a layer of Nice Vice Paint Pot onto the lid and into the crease.

With Smolder Eye Kohl, I drew a very thick line on my lids and along my upper lash and water lines…

…and then along the lower lash and water lines, doing my best to really get the pencil between the root of each lash (darkening the skin between the lashes to enhance the desired effect).

Knowing I was going to smudge pigment on top of the liner, I didn’t worry about messy lines.

Next, I patted Dark Soul Pigment on top of the liner on the lid with a MAC 239 brush…

…and then applied Dark Soul to the bottom lash line with a Sonia Kashuk Angled Eye Shadow Brush.

Next, I grabbed a MAC 252 brush and applied Your Ladyship Pigment onto the brow bone…

…followed by Your Ladyship on the lower lash line with a Sonia Kashuk Angled Eye Shadow Brush.

For some added depth to the eyes, I swept Smoke Signal Pigment into the crease with a MAC 217 brush; then, with the same brush, smoothed out any harsh lines.

One of the most rockin’ ways to make shadows pop is by applying them wet, so I wet a MAC 209 brush with Fix+ and applied a very thin line of Silver Fog Pigment along the upper lash line.

After curling my lashes with the legendary Shu Uemura lash curler, I added two layers of Plushblack Plush Lash Mascara.

For some drama (it was Halloween, after all), I added some MAC Lashes on my upper lash line. I got the pair I’m using here (called “She’s Good,” LOL) with the MAC Heatherette collection from a few months ago, but you could use another really ballsy pair of falsies instead.

To finish the look, I cleaned up all the loose pigment around the eye area with Rimmel Gentle Eye Makeup Remover, added some concealer and filled in my brows.

All done!

How to Get the Cheek Look

Thankfully, the look gets super easy from here. For the cheeks, I applied two layers of Blushbaby Powder Blush onto the apples of my cheeks with a MAC 129 Blush Brush.

How I Did the Lips

Again, reaching for a liner, I lined my lips with Chanel Pretty Pink Lip Definer. With a finger, I rubbed the liner to diffuse (aka smear) the line somewhat.


Then I added a layer of Modesty Cremesheen lipstick and applied a layer of Chanel Astral Glossimer to complete the look.

Go forth and rock that smokey eye, you diva! 🙂

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



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  1. KK says:

    GA!!! you make it look sooooo easy! I always end up with just a “black eye”! This is a smokin (lol) hott look on you!!

    How was your day? what was the best part?


  2. Karen says:

    Hi KK,

    It’s pretty easy… just go slowly and use light layers. Soon you will be a rocking the smokey diva eyes. 🙂

    My day was pretty good. The best part was going running just before sunset. My half way point is this park where I can see the Bay, SF and the Golden Gate bridge. In the early evening light it’s just so beautiful.

    How about you? Are you excited about Friday? I’m ready for the weekend!

  3. Allie says:

    love it, karen! so pretty! i’m going to try it!

    i just picked up modesty and it is like my new favorite lipstick. i pair it with the “nice buzz” plushglass.

    have you had a chance to try make up for ever’s smoky lash mascara? i like it!

  4. Karen says:

    Hi Allie,

    🙂 Let me know how it turns out! I think I have to do it a few more times to really get it down pat, but I’m pretty happy with the results.

    I like the Cremesheens, too. Have you tried Speak Louder? It’s a very bright, but fun pink.

    I haven’t tried it yet! Got it on the list, though (oh god it’s growing exponentially!).

  5. KK says:

    Your run sounds fantastic!!! I am ready for friday and we have a busy weekend ahead of us! I am excited for my girls night on saturday…PF Changs is so good yet so bad on the weight loss!!!

    My class is getting ready for Turkey day and tomorrow we’ll start the fun turkey crafts!!! Yee-ha!!!


  6. Karen says:

    Hi KK,

    It was nice. I haven’t been running in a long time, so I was kinda slowly puttering along. 🙂

    Oh, girls night out, how fun! Do you have your makeup planned yet? I’m such a nerd, ha ha ha!

    I can’t believe Thanksgiving is right around the corner. I sure love holidays that revolve around eating. Time to bust out the stretchy pants. 🙂

  7. Ellery says:

    I really love this look, I’m gonna try it out after I go on a big MAC shopping spree. I haven’t bought any MAC for so long and I have some extra money so it’s time for lots of new makeup! 😀

  8. Karen says:

    Hi Ellery,

    Thanks! Several of those pigments were limited edition from the Smoke Signals release last fall. Dark Soul is still available, though. I’m sure you’ll be able to find equivalents of the others. You’ll need a deep matte purple and a very shimmery neutral for your brow bone.:)

    You will have to give me the deets on your big MAC spree when you go!

  9. pia says:

    Thanks for the tutorial, Karen. I love this smokey look and your wild hair. You usually look so put together and businesslike in your FOTD, so this one was awesome. I also love love the lip color!

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  10. tabby says:

    Nicely done Karen! This look is gorgeous! :0)

  11. Katee says:

    I am amazed at your photography abilities!

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  12. gio says:

    I love this look, it’s gorgeous! I’m going to try it, thanks for the tutorial 🙂

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  13. Allie says:

    karen i’m heading to south coast today so i am going to check out speak louder. modesty was my first creamsheen. i like it because its a nice nude lip, you know?

  14. Indian Girl says:

    Awesome illustration Karen ! I appreciate the patience and the effort it must have taken to click so many pictures at every stage ! Again, beautiful look 🙂

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  15. Karen says:

    Hi Pia,

    You’re welcome! LOL, Halloween is probably the only day I can get away with the crazy hair. 🙂

    I am loving the pink lip combo, too. It’s my new fave.

    Have a great weekend!

  16. Amanda says:

    I love this look even more, now I see the close up of the eyes. and Dark Soul is GORGEOUS! wow-I didn’t really pay much attention to it when it came out. And I already have modesty-yay! ’cause this look would have given me a lemming for it….hehe.

  17. Karen says:

    Hi Tabby,

    Thanks! It’s a bit more than my usual, but sometimes bold makeup is a lot of fun!

  18. Karen says:

    Hi Katee,

    Thank you. 🙂

  19. Karen says:

    Hi Gio,

    Oh yay! I hope it turns out well for you. Do you have Nice Vice Paint Pot? It’s a oldie (LOL, only a few months old) but a goodie.

  20. Karen says:

    Hi Allie,

    Speak Louder is *very* pink !

  21. Karen says:

    Hi Indian Girl,

    🙂 Thanks! I enjoy tutorials because I like knowing somebody will find it helpful (at least that’s my hope). I will try to do more in the future.

    Happy Friday!

  22. Karen says:

    Hi Amanda,

    Do you have a sparkly pink lipgloss to pop on top of Modesty? Gotta have that, too!

    Yeah, I sorta forgot I had Dark Soul! I am glad I finally busted it out. It’s like finding hidden treasure.

  23. Jennifer says:

    i love the way how u actually showed each picture this time. i usually see a colored pattern but i find this is more helpful.. the look is sooo pretty on u n i love the lashes!

  24. Karen says:

    Hi Jennifer,

    Thanks! When I have extra time I like to do step by step tutorials like this! I will try to squeeze ’em in more often.

    LOL, the lashes are crazy, but totally fun. I think I’m starting to get addicted to false lashes!

  25. Roxy says:

    love those lashes! =]

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  26. Luv J says:


  27. Marisol says:

    Awesome! Thanks Karen.

  28. Karen says:

    Thanks, Roxy! 🙂

  29. Karen says:

    Hi Luv J,

    You totally should! I would if I still went clubbing every Thursday, Friday and Saturday night. My stamina isn’t what it used to be, LOL. 🙂

  30. Karen says:

    Hi Marisol,

    You’re welcome! 🙂

  31. Rowena says:

    What a beautiful eye! Too good to save for just Halloween? Also loving your waves in the last pic, gorge

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  32. Mel says:

    Hi Karen,

    Love your looks. How can you line waterlines? I always wanted to do that so I can try out more looks but not sure how to. Do you have a tutorial? Can you recommend one?

  33. Teetee says:

    This is so so great… plus you make it look really easy… got a real problem with pigments though… tend to mess them up a bit… thnk u can also do a purple makeup tutorial?…

  34. Katharine says:

    You know, I have always enjoyed doing makeup but never on this level – there is a real artistry to what you’re doing that is absolutely inspirational. Keep it up.

  35. jeannie says:

    Great look! Not too crazy, but crazy enough. =)
    I love lining my waterline, but it NEVER stays. I think there’s something wrong with my eyes because I feel like I’ve tried all eyeliners (even ones that everyone swears by) and it NEVER stays on! Ahhhhhhhhhhhh!

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  36. Ruthie says:

    This look is GREAT! Does it crease?

  37. Rachel says:

    Drop it like it’s hot! You look great!!!

  38. Hazel says:

    FABULOUS!! As always!

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