Grungy, messy, smoky–whatever you want to call it–I’m all about sultry, smoldering eye looks that create tons of drama but still come off as sexy and feminine. This intense take on a bronze smoky eye was inspired by Natasha Denona’s Chroma Crystal Topcoats that are all the rage right now.
I picked up this product in the shade Nude at the end of last year when Sephora doled out the VIB credit, and it. is. so. gorgeous. (Periods for emphasis.) I might have to get my hands on the Grey Brown shade, too.
A ton of YouTubers, including some of my favs like Kathleen Lights and Amy Serrano, have created gorgeous looks using this product in various shades, so of course I had to come up with one of my own. Hope you love it as much as I do!
Products I used:
- First Aid Beauty Oil-Free Mattifying Gel Moisturizer
- Glossier Balm Dotcom in Coconut
- Glossier Perfecting Skin Tint in Medium
- Tarte Shape Tape concealer in Light Neutral
- Glossier Wowder in Light/Medium
- Boscia White Charcoal Mattifying Make-Up Setting Spray
- Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion in Original
- Buxom eyeshadow in Gimme Gorgeous
- MAC Cosmetics Eye Shadow in Saddle
- ColourPop Pressed Powder Shadow in Let’s Do It
- ColourPop Super Shock Shadows in Fluffy and Bouncy
- Natasha Denona Chroma Crystal Top Coat in Nude
- Fenty Beauty Match Stix Matte Skinstick in Mocha
- Glossier Cloud Paint in Dusk
- Benefit Watt’s Up! Cream-to-Powder Highlighter
- L’Oreal Voluminous Lash Paradise mascara in Blackest Black, available at drugstores
- Glossier Boy Brow in Brown
- Fenty Beauty Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipstick in Shawty
Step 1: Prep the skin by applying Pore Refiner Primer evenly to the t-zone, working towards the outer perimeter of the face. Apply Balm Dotcom to the lips.
Step 2: Using the same technique used to apply Mattifying Gel Moisturizer, apply a light layer of Perfecting Skin Tint. If necessary, apply an additional layer where more coverage is needed.
Step 3: Conceal the under eyes, blemishes and redness with Shape Tape. Blend with a stippling brush.
Step 4: Set the entire face with Wowder, focusing on the t-zone and under-eye areas. Finish with a generous amount of setting spray and allow to dry. Blend by pressing into the skin with a dry or damp makeup sponge.
Step 5: Apply a little Primer Potion to the eye area.
Step 6: Set the primer with a matte bone-colored powder shadow on a fluffy blending brush. I used ColourPop’s Full-Zip.
Step 7: With the same fluffy blending brush, apply Gimme Gorgeous to the crease. Blend to create a blown-out, cat-eye effect.
Step 8: Apply Saddle to the crease. Make sure to blend evenly as you, again, recreate the blown-out, cat-eye effect from Steps 6.
Step 9: Using a smaller crease or blending brush, add Let’s Do It to the outer “V” of the eye. Continue to blend.
Step 10: Cover the lid in 2 layers of Fluffy. Use the ring finger for this, then blend into the crease with a clean brush for a seamless look. Apply more if necessary.
Step 11: To better blend the outer corner of the eye with the lid, take a little Bouncy on a smaller crease brush (you can use the same one from Step 9) and apply it on top of Let’s Do It. Continue to blend using a windshield wiper motion.
Step 12: With the same fluffy brush used in Steps 7 and 8, sweep a mixture of Gimme Gorgeous and Fluffy along the lower lash line. This doesn’t need to be done neatly.
Step 13: Take Let’s Do It on a pencil brush and apply it to the lower lash line focusing on the outer corner. Then, blend with the brush from Step 11.
Step 14: Use the same pencil brush to apply a little Bouncy to the lower lash line, on top of Let’s Do It. Continue to blend with the brush from Steps 11 and 12.
Step 15: Cover the lid (including the inner corner), crease and outer “V” with 2-3 layers of Chroma Crystal Top Coat.
Step 16: Carve out the cheekbones with Mocha by applying it directly to the skin. Begin application from the upper corner of the ear, working downwards diagonally. Then, tap with the fingers to blend.
Step 17: Continue to apply Mocha to the temples and under the center of the lip for a subtle plumping effect.
Step 18: To brighten up the face, add a little Dusk to the apples of the cheeks. Tap with the fingers to blend.
Step 19: In a “C” shape along the orbital eye bone to the cheekbone, apply Watt’s Up! directly to the skin, then tap along the edges with the fingers to blend. Add Watt’s Up! to the cupid’s bow, brow bone and tip of the nose using the pinky finger.
Step 20: Beginning in the center of each brow and working towards the inner and outer corners, apply Boy Brow in an upward motion. Add a second coat for a more dramatic look.
Step 21: Finish with more setting spray.
Step 22: After combing and curling the lashes, apply two coats of mascara to both the top and bottom lashes.
Step 23: Apply two even coats of Shawty to the lips. Be sure to angle to the applicator so that you line your lips neatly with the product.