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Get the Look: Summery Smokey Eyes

This week I worked on a photoshoot for Trish Peng at the stunning Cable Bay and the makeup brief was: romantic, soft and smokey eyes, good definition in the cheeks and a subtly nude lip.

Instructions for recreating the look are below as well as a full product list.


I always start by priming the eyes to give the look longevity and prevent the makeup from creasing.

I applied a pale cream eyeshadow to the centre of the eyelids and blended it across the inner half of the lids. While it was still wet I pressed MAC Blonde’s Gold pigment on top and blended it out.

To add definition to the outer corners I took MAC Swiss chocolate and sculpted out the outer corners of the eyes, starting from the lash line and working it up and across, just above her natural crease, so it’s darkest at the outer edge and fades out. I intensified the outer corners even further by buffing in a darker brown right in the outer 1/4 of the eyelids. I lined the top lash line in a dark brown gel and set this with dark brown eyeshadow to soften it.

Underneath the eyes I blended Swiss Chocolate as a drop shadow and in the centre I blended in a little bronze shadow (MAC Antiqued). To highlight the inner corners I applied an off white pencil and pressed a pale gold shadow on top (Smashbox Champagne).

I curled her top lashes and applied mascara to top and bottom lashes. This really helps to open up the eyes and adds to that sultry smoky look.


I started by priming her face to make the makeup stay put in the heat of the sun as we were shooting outside. I then applied foundation using a beauty blender to her face and neck. To get rid of darkness under the eyes I applied a colour corrector followed by a concealer.

To contour her face I used 2 cream sticks and blended these out using the beauty blender.

I set her foundation using a mineral powder as I wanted it to last but I didn’t want it to become super matte or heavy so the skin still had a nice glow to it.

I filled in her brows just softly and mostly throughout the outer 1/2 of the brows to give definition without being too strong.


I amped up the cream contour using a matte bronzer (MAC Sculpt) in the hollows of the cheeks and applied blush to the apples of the cheeks and blended it back towards the ears, and highlighted the cheekbones first with a cream and then a shimmer powder on top for extra dewiness.


I finished the look off with a nude lip - Creme Cup from MAC and a clear gloss



Smashbox 24 Hour Eyelid Primer

MAC Vintage Selection

MAC Blonde’s Gold Pigment

MAC Swiss Chocolate e/s

MAC Espresso e/s

MAC Antiqued e/s

Smashbox Jet Set Dark Brown

Benefit They’re Real! Mascara in black

Benefit High Brow Pencil

Smashbox Champagne e/s


Benefit POREfessional Primer

Smashbox BB Water Fair/Light

Bobbi Brown corrector in Light Bisque and concealer in Cool Sand

Smashbox Contour Sticks

Smashbox Halo Powder in Fair/Light

The Brow Gal Brow Pencil in Taupe

MAC Sculpting Powder in Sculpt

MAC Blushes in Peaches and Melba

Benefit Watts Up

Smashbox Soft Lights in Shimmer

MAC Creme Cup and clear gloss

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