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I worked with ULTA and P&G to create this smokey eye tutorial, but as always, all thoughts, opinions and photos are my own! 

One of the most intimidating makeup looks to try has got to be the smokey eye. If you have never done it before or don’t really do makeup, it can seem daunting! It’s really not as hard as you think. And award season is here and we just rocked out at the Grammy’s, I partnered with COVERGIRL, P&G and ULTA to do a fun tutorial for this look! But of course, in true Ma Nouvelle Mode style – a tutorial you can do yourself at home with good products that don’t cost an arm and a leg. You’re welcome.

Simple Smokey Eye Tutorial

One of my favorite looks is the Rock look. I mean, who doesn’t love a smokey, dark eye? The thing is, for every day life, or even a hot night out, the typical ‘rock’ look might be a little too much. So I’ve created a tutorial for you that creates the rock look you saw at the Grammy’s all the while making it something you can ‘rock’ any time!

The best part about this look, also what makes it easy, is the eye shadow palette. The shadows in this baby are superb. I mean, just a tiny touch on your brush and you’ve got enough for the look. It’s really high intensity, it goes on smooth, and lasts all day. Love it.

Here is what you’ll need:

smokey eye tutorial - what you'll need

  • Eye liner & Brow pencil: These Bombshell Pow-Der BROW + Liner are amazing!! I haven’t always been a fill in the eye brow kinda gal until lately and it makes a huge difference! Specially with a smokey eye since it’s the main focal point for the look. The liner goes on smooth, but is great for beginners because it doesn’t have to be perfect. It’s more of a soft, smokey eye which is what we’re going for!
  • Full Lash Bloom Mascara: What I love about this mascara is that it really separates the lashes while you’re applying it. I don’t like the clumpy mascara look so this is perfect!
  • Outlast Lip Color: Going for a night out? You need your lipstick to last all day, don’t you? This stuff is incredible. Don’t apply it if you don’t want to wear it all day. It really, really lasts. I chose a very light neutral pink since we were doing the smokey eye so that it was a nice touch without being too much. And it really did last all day!
  • Eye shadow quad: The COVERGIRL quad makes this look so simple. All you really have to do is follow the instructions. No multiple palettes to search for the best colors or which shade goes with what. I also love the high intensity. I have used some high end products before that didn’t have the same intensity! That’s why I say that you don’t always have to spend more to get a good product.

You can find all four of these products at ULTA at the same great prices COVERGIRL is known for!

smokey eye tut

Before I start explaining, I thought I’d share a close up picture of the palette and the colors I used wear. I thought that’d be easier than me just referring to a color. So when I say “light color onto the lid” you know which one in the palette I’m referring to. I hope that makes sense!

simple smokey eye tutorial

Here is how you create this simple smokey eye:

  • Start with the lightest color all over the lid as a base
  • With a crease brush, get the darkest color and create a small “V” in the very outer corners. Avoid bringing this in too far, keep the dark colors on the outside.
  • With a curved brush, take some of the light brown and apply to above the dark color you just added onto your brow bone. You can bring this color from the outside brown bone to about 3/4 quarters of the way in. Keep it lighter towards the inside.
  • With a curved brush again, grab the darker shimmer color and apply this directly into the crease. Keep this color mainly towards the outer corner but you can bring it a littler farther inside, maybe half way.
  • With a regular flat brush and the same light color you started with apply it to the inside of the eye, blending out with the others and all the way up to under your eye brows. This brightens up the inside of your eye and doesn’t make the smokey eye too dark.
  • Apply the POW-Der eye liner along the last line on top and about a third of the way in on the bottom.
  • You can use the same POW-Der liner, or a lighter version, depending on your skin tone and hair color, and fill in your eye brows.
  • Apply two coats of the Full Bloom mascara to complete your look!

simple smokey eye

To finish off this smokey eye look, add the Outlast Lip color. It’s long-lasting and still doesn’t feel dry so you truly can wear it all day! I chose a light shade of pink because I wanted the smokey eye to steal the show.

I know you want to give this tutorial a shot, no worries, I’ve gotcha covered! You will be entered to win one of each of these items I used today (possibly not the same colors, but the same products) plus a $50 gift card to ULTA to grab a little bit extra. All you’ve got to do is leave a comment below telling me

What look would you rock if you were going to the Grammy’s!

Oh and right now if you head over to ULTA and buy a COVERGIRL product, you will get 50% off any other COVERGIRL products as well! So I can totally understand if you can’t wait to see who won the giveaway. 🙂

Good luck!

This post was sponsored by ULTA and P&G but all photos, thoughts and opinions are, as always, my own!

93 Responses to Simple Smokey Eye Tutorial

  1. Jennyfer M. February 9, 2015 at 7:48 am #

    Great tutorial! I would probably wear a classic red lip and eyeliner if I was ever lucky enough to attend the Grammys.

  2. Robin R. February 9, 2015 at 11:01 am #

    Thanks for the breakdown! Love those colors. If I was going to the Grammys I would rock a bold cat eye look.

  3. Amanda P. February 9, 2015 at 11:54 am #

    This is fantastic, thank you! I’m always trying to go for a smoky eye without looking like a raccoon…it’s a work in progress. 🙂 If I was going to the Grammys I would rock the classic pinup look (maybe toned down just a little since bright red lips make my pasty self look kind of like a clown. Can’t be looking like a clown with all the hot musicians running around!)

  4. Dori February 9, 2015 at 2:58 pm #

    Oh, if I could go to the Grammy’s, I would buy a classy dress, preferably from a thrift store. And, with makeup tips from you, I would be the Bell of the Ball. Thanks for the chance to win!

  5. Tori February 11, 2015 at 10:31 am #

    Thanks for the tutorial. As a complete novice, I love your hair and makeup lessons. If I were going to the Grammys I would want to wear something classic a la Amal Clooney.

  6. Lisa Brown February 13, 2015 at 7:20 am #

    I would do a simple smoky eye with bold red lip color.
    thank you!

  7. Chelsea February 13, 2015 at 9:24 am #

    Oh to go to the Grammys! I would probably do something really basic…like try to pull off a look that almost looks like you’re not wearing any makeup, but you really are. Just very fresh. Along with that no-heat Kate Middleton updo (I love her, BTW), a light pink long flowy dress, and pearls…complete elegance.

  8. Casey Roberts February 13, 2015 at 9:47 am #

    Smokey eye makeup for sure!!

  9. Casey Roberts February 13, 2015 at 9:48 am #

    Smokey eye for sure!!

  10. Mellissa February 13, 2015 at 9:51 am #

    Love your tutorials – you make it look effortless! Also, love hearing about living in France and visiting different countries (looks like Africa is awesome!). If I were going to the Grammy’s, I’d want a glam squad so I could rock a different look than my normal basic makeup look.

  11. Alison February 13, 2015 at 9:59 am #

    I am really into pastels on my clothes right now, so I would probable wear a big ice blue dress, think Rhianna style! I would wear a rose gold on my lid with a very defined and cut crease probably in the mauve and purple family. I would finish the look with a light pink lipstick. Something like Mac’s Snob.

  12. wani February 13, 2015 at 9:59 am #

    I would wear a vintage gown and rock a smoky cat eye look

  13. Kelly February 13, 2015 at 10:08 am #

    I think I’d totally do a basic but classic nude eye with some pink lips!

  14. Christina Mitchell February 13, 2015 at 10:10 am #

    I love your tutorials they are always so helpful. I am always looking for help for the smoky eye as others have said you have to be careful not to look like a raccoon.

  15. Keli February 13, 2015 at 10:12 am #

    I would wear a bold smoky eye and play down the rest of my makeup. Got to play up my best facial feature! Smoking hot dress with killer heels. Great tutorial, by the way.

  16. trenda tillson February 13, 2015 at 10:12 am #

    I would rock a smoky eye and red lips! As a mom to a three year old and 2 month old I don’t get much time to look pretty! This would be amazing!

  17. Tonia February 13, 2015 at 10:12 am #

    I love Ulta! It’s my favorite place to shop for makeup and skin care. I also love your smoky eye. It’s not so overpowering as some. I think I would do a subtle smoky eye with a bit of gold thrown in. As for the hair, I’m fighting some major hair damage over here and will be cutting it off soon. If I were going to the Grammy’s I would cut my hair for it NOW. As for the rest of the face, I’d keep it fresh and clean looking. For the outfit, something classic, comfortable, and just a little edgy. I could see myself in jeans, boots, and a leather jacket. With a tailored shirt or blouse.

  18. Gina @ Oaxacaborn February 13, 2015 at 10:12 am #

    Oh, I’d definitely do a cat-eye! But not jet black — probably something a little different with deep brown or dark maroon eyeliner.

  19. Carrie g February 13, 2015 at 10:14 am #

    I’d be rocking a smokey eye someone else wod have to do bc I’m terrible at it!

  20. Nancy February 13, 2015 at 10:15 am #

    I would do head to toe purple, with a lot of sparkle. Cannot wear too much purple – and would try a smoky purple eye!

  21. Kristin Ballantyne February 13, 2015 at 10:15 am #

    I will definitely be going to buy the products I don’t already have! I’m curious to know what the pigment of the eye shadow was like as well. Smooth like the Naked collection or was it a little more powdery?

  22. Angi February 13, 2015 at 10:15 am #

    Thanks for the tutorial! I loved it because the smokey eye wasn’t as heavy as some I’ve seen. I have dark eyes and haven’t been able to make the other smokey eyes work for me. Will try yours
    Grammys…total glam eyes. I like my eyes and like to play them up. And then a more understated lip but not nude don’t like nude lip on me.

  23. Sarah S. February 13, 2015 at 10:19 am #

    I am trying to find a brown/coppery smokey-eye look for my wedding in May – but that could work for the grammy’s too!

  24. Heide February 13, 2015 at 10:22 am #

    I would definitely rock a pinup look, but with a darker lip color.

  25. Sarah February 13, 2015 at 10:28 am #

    That eyeshadow palette & tutorial did make the smoky eye look more easy & less intimidating. I would rock that & a neutral lip color to the Gram’s. Maybe I’ll try it for Valentine’s day. 🙂

    • Sarah February 13, 2015 at 10:33 am #

      Also, I’ve never been to ULTA. Can you believe it?

  26. Emily February 13, 2015 at 10:30 am #

    A bright red lip and dramatic flicked eyeliner for sure!

  27. Heather February 13, 2015 at 10:33 am #

    I would do a simple Smokey eye with bold lip and simple messy up do for hair or the Kate Middleton hair that you did tutorial on.

  28. Stephanie Muncy February 13, 2015 at 10:34 am #

    Love your tutorials. 💕
    If I were going to the Grammys , I would do a neutral smokey eye with a pop of color on my lips. Probably red or a coral. 💄

  29. Alicia Harrison February 13, 2015 at 10:48 am #

    Your look turned out great! If I were at the Grammys I would go with a bold red lip for sure! I think it would look great paired with neutral eyes with bold lashes! There’s just something about a red lip that is so glamourous!

  30. Sarah G February 13, 2015 at 10:49 am #

    I would rock your Kate Middleton updo with a classy cobalt blue gown!

  31. Erin February 13, 2015 at 10:51 am #

    Love the smokey eye look! Great tutorial!

  32. April February 13, 2015 at 10:55 am #

    Oh, I think I would want a classic smokey look and a bright lipstick. 🙂

  33. Josie Meyer February 13, 2015 at 10:56 am #

    Oh gosh…I would definitely need to hire someone to do my makeup…definitely classic with a red lip though!!!

  34. Corynn F. February 13, 2015 at 11:04 am #

    I would rock the sweats and a clean face – cuz -you know I ‘d be hanging at home!

  35. Tami February 13, 2015 at 11:08 am #

    I love the colors in your smokey eye. If I went to the Grammys I would rock the smokey eye.

  36. Tonya February 13, 2015 at 11:10 am #

    If I got to go to the Grammys I would do a dark smoky eye with maybe plum or a deep purple. Love all your tutorials!

  37. Jennifer February 13, 2015 at 11:15 am #

    I would do a light version of a smokey eye and very classic on clothing style. I’d hate to end up on a worst dressed list by ending up in a weird outfit.

  38. Allison February 13, 2015 at 11:25 am #

    great post! I think I would rock a smokey eye, bronzed face and neutral lip

  39. Alicia February 13, 2015 at 11:27 am #

    I would wear bright/shimmery eyes with a bold lip and smooth clear skin to the grammys!

  40. karolyn February 13, 2015 at 11:29 am #

    I’d wear a bold dark red lip and minimal black eye liner with a short hair up do.

  41. Melanie Green February 13, 2015 at 11:32 am #

    I LOVE the smokey eye I would do that and would love to wear a red gown..long and flowy! Hair down and wavy!

  42. Maggie February 13, 2015 at 11:41 am #

    If I were to go to the Grammys I would probably have the HARDEST time picking out what look to rock. But, right now, simple eye makeup with bold coral lipstick and a asymmetrical long bob sounds pretty good to me! 🙂

  43. Mindy February 13, 2015 at 12:16 pm #

    Smoky eye (great tutorial BTW) and a just kissed peachy, pink lip.

  44. stephanie g February 13, 2015 at 12:36 pm #

    I’d go with a classic look 😊 id love to have some nice makeup!!

  45. Lyn Goff February 13, 2015 at 1:16 pm #

    I’d go for a classic look. Thanks for the tutorial!

  46. Julie February 13, 2015 at 1:48 pm #

    Wow I’m definetly going to use this for Valentines Day! I would rock a bold red lip and a smokey eye to make my blue eyes pop!

  47. Stephanie February 13, 2015 at 1:57 pm #

    I love this look! The simple smoky eye with blush and light lip looks so fresh. I’d want to rock a look like this…or a bold lip. It’s hard to decide!

  48. Andrea N February 13, 2015 at 1:58 pm #

    I love the smokey eye and cat eye. I would love to rock those looks at the Grammys!

  49. Lisa February 13, 2015 at 2:55 pm #

    Gorgeous! And a very helpful tutorial!

  50. Melisa Alzammar February 13, 2015 at 3:38 pm #

    I’d definitely go for the smokey eye look. It looks so sultry and sexy.

  51. Amy S. February 13, 2015 at 3:46 pm #

    Love the tutorial! I think I would go clean and simple with a dramatic lip color 🙂

  52. Esther February 13, 2015 at 3:55 pm #

    How fun! Great tutorial!! I would love to have a perfectly classic elegant look. Slightly smoky eyes.

  53. Elizabeth February 13, 2015 at 4:37 pm #

    A bright red lip and simple eyes 🙂

  54. Tara February 13, 2015 at 4:53 pm #

    Definitely a smoky eye- liner for days.

  55. Maribel Reyes February 13, 2015 at 5:23 pm #

    Personally I’ve always loved smokey eyes, so that is the look I would rock to the grammy’s

  56. Deanne Sharp February 13, 2015 at 5:41 pm #

    if I was fortunate enough to get to go to the Grammys, I would definitely wear a cool red lipstick, smokey eye and a tip winged eyeliner

  57. Kristin February 13, 2015 at 6:49 pm #

    Cat eye with red lips!

  58. Marie February 13, 2015 at 6:54 pm #

    I would rock the smokey cat-eye with false eye lashes! Berry lips, but not too strong.

  59. Erin February 13, 2015 at 6:58 pm #

    Love how this smokey eye look is very subtle! It’s beautiful! If I were to go to the Grammys, I would definitely wear a long black evening gown with a classic updo and red lipstick 🙂

  60. Jen February 13, 2015 at 7:03 pm #

    Thanks so much for the tutorial! I always feel so intimidated trying to do a smokey eye and can’t wait to give this a try again. If I was lucky enough to attend the Grammy’s I would simply have to go with a smokey eye! It’s the Grammy’s! The perfect opportunity to rock your makeup!

  61. Rhonda February 13, 2015 at 7:49 pm #

    nice tutorial… If I were to ever go to the Grammys I would be sporting some smoky eyes with a red lip.

  62. Lisa Aliperti February 13, 2015 at 10:12 pm #

    Cat eye liner, gold and brown shadow to enhance my blue eyes, and coral lips.

  63. Jessica A February 13, 2015 at 10:53 pm #

    If I were to go to the Grammys, I would wear a classy satin dress with an amazing Jewlery. Make up would be classy with hair in a twist.

  64. Erin February 13, 2015 at 11:31 pm #

    Love this smokey eye look. It’s subtle, yet beautiful! If I were going to the Grammys, I would definitely go for a classic look, with a gorgeous updo and some red lipstick 🙂

  65. Kat Kerley February 13, 2015 at 11:38 pm #

    Definitely a smokey eyes!

  66. Anna Giuffre February 14, 2015 at 12:19 am #

    Love this look Natalia 🙂 If I were going to the Grammys I would wear a bronzed smoked eye but really amped up Kim K style with a gorgeous glossy nude lip and contoured cheeks – it’s my fave look

  67. Donna Larson February 14, 2015 at 12:42 am #

    Love the smokey eye tutorial. I would love to show off an old Hollywood glamour look on the red carpet.

  68. Lesley Pickens February 14, 2015 at 1:50 am #

    If I could go to the Grammy ‘ I would probably rock liner, lashes and a bold colorful lip! Thanks for the tutorial!

  69. monique February 14, 2015 at 2:55 am #

    definitely rock the red lipstick!

  70. Lisa February 14, 2015 at 6:52 am #

    I would love to rock the defined eye/touch of bronzer/midi-bright bold lip thing – it’s SO pretty, but a challenge to get just right!
    Thanks for the tutorial, I’ve totally fallen in a makeup rut. This is a great inspiration!

  71. Jamie February 14, 2015 at 7:07 am #

    I can never get the smoky eye right….I am you g to try it using your steps! If I could get it right I would do the smoky eye and a classic black dress!

  72. Tami February 14, 2015 at 8:40 am #

    I’ll try this one more time. If I were to go to the Grammys, I would rock it with a little black dress and a smokey eye.

  73. Michelle February 14, 2015 at 9:36 am #

    Bookmarked!! If I were going to the Grammys, I would aim for rock chick glam. An edgy dress that still reads as glamorous would pair well with an edgy clutch; I have one that has what looks like brass knuckles on the top as the handle. And then I’d go with this particular smokey eye, because it’s enough to draw attention to the eyes but it’s also not too dark, and I’d pair it with a paler lip too so as not to be too out there as compared to my dress and clutch 🙂

  74. Lindsay February 14, 2015 at 2:10 pm #

    I would definitely rock a dark smokey eye and a pale lip 🙂

  75. Julie February 14, 2015 at 7:03 pm #

    I’d do a smokey eye but with plum tones to bring out the green in my eyes. Thank you for the giveaway opportunity!

  76. Wanda February 14, 2015 at 7:44 pm #

    Great tutorial. If it was me I’d love to rock a trendy neutral look.

  77. Stacie Testom February 14, 2015 at 7:55 pm #

    My usual style is very muted and natural. If I were going to the Grammys I wouldo something bold and colorful like a peacock colored eye and dark lipstick!

  78. Serena February 14, 2015 at 8:15 pm #

    I would wear smokey black and metallic gold eyes with a rose-orange lipstick and 40s hollywood actress hairstyle . I would pair this with a cream dress with a sweetheart neckline so it looks demure from the front but is daringly low at the back and chunky gold jewellery.

  79. Toni February 15, 2015 at 4:52 am #

    I posted before but can’t find it now. I have also not received notification of follow up comment’s so I’m thinking it didn’t go through.

    I would wear a subtle smoky eye with a bit of gold thrown in. Gold really makes my eyes pop. For the rest of the face I would keep it clean and fresh.. I would cut my hair SHORT already since I’m dealing with some major hair damage over here. I really think cutting it is the only way to deal with it at this point. As for what to wear? Probably jean’s with boot’s, a leather jacket, and a tailored blouse. I love comfort, classics, and a little bit of edge.

  80. Jessica Hornibrook February 15, 2015 at 11:43 pm #

    Orchid lip for sure!

  81. dara b February 16, 2015 at 7:55 am #

    Smokey eye! for sure!

  82. Rachel D. February 16, 2015 at 2:57 pm #

    I’ve been really into lips lately, so I would probably go easy on the eye and sport a funky, bold lip color!

  83. tracy s February 16, 2015 at 3:11 pm #

    Whatever the make up artist decides!

  84. Susan Dattilo February 16, 2015 at 5:40 pm #

    Anything that would make me look better at 46!

  85. Elena February 16, 2015 at 7:05 pm #

    I would have a smokey eye look for sure!

  86. Ingrid February 17, 2015 at 4:52 am #

    I love this, I need to try it. For some reason when I try bold eye makeup, I feel like it makes my eyes look smaller. Probably because they are kind of a hooded shape. If I went to the Grammy’s I think I would go for red lips like Gwen Stefani 🙂

  87. brendaw February 21, 2015 at 12:17 pm #

    I’d go old school glam with a classic iPod, Smokey eye, bold lips and a dress with clean lines.

  88. caitlin chapman February 21, 2015 at 1:14 pm #

    I love a shimmering nude eye with lots of mascara. Lots. 😉

  89. Michelle L February 21, 2015 at 1:54 pm #

    If I were going to the Grammy’s I would also do smokey eyes and then a shiney lip…lots of bronzer…sleek hair – and a sparkly dress ! oh and lets not forget about a big cocktail ring and sky high heels !

  90. Stephanie W February 22, 2015 at 8:55 am #

    Love the tutorial! I would rock a classic red dress along with a red lip and cat eyes. I’d love to stand out, but definitely in a modest, good way.

  91. ivymae February 23, 2015 at 8:34 am #

    I loved that you used a lighter palette. The really dark one feels harsh on me, but I have all the colors you chose.

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