Photo by Brittany Ambrosino

by Brittany Ambrosino

With the changing and falling of leaves, makeup trends are bound to adjust to the new warm colors. Fall time brings browns, taupes, and plums to life. They’re also essential colors to liven up your fall look! Follow these ten easy steps for a smokey fall eye, perfect for day or night.

Step 1. Apply a primer!

This is the most important step. A primer is essential because it acts as a barrier and glue to help your eye shadow last all day. Have you ever tried applying straight shadow to your lid, and by the end of the day it’s faded or creased? That’s because the natural oils in your eyelid have come out through the day, which makes the shadow crease, and a lack of a primer causes the application of the eye shadow to fade.

A primer is a vital step to make your smokey eye last all day and night. An option for primer is the Urban Decay Primer Potion that is available at Sephora. Looking for a less expensive option? The makeup brand ELF, available at Target, sells a 1$ eyelid primer as well.

Step 2. Apply a highlight to the inner corner of your eyes.

A highlight shade is any satin eye shadow that is a cream, white, or light color. This will brighten up your eyes and make you appear more awake.

Step 3. Apply a shimmery champagne/taupe color to the lid.

One suggestion is Urban Decay’s shadow “Midnight Rodeo.” Using a flat shader brush, apply this all over the eyelid.

*Be careful with blacks!* It’s easy to add more, but difficult to take away! Always use a light hand when dealing with black shadow. Also, always tap the brush before applying the shadow to your eye.

Step 4. Now it’s time to start getting smokey.

Plums, purples, taupes, and browns are popular colors for the fall. Apply MAC’s “Satin Taupe” eye shadow (or any color of your choice) in the crease lightly with a fluffy crease brush. You can buy MAC products online, at a MAC store, or MAC counters in department stores.

*Using a fluffy crease brush is key!* Using one helps blend the colors, a crucial step in any makeup look. Harsh lines are a major no-no!

*Use a windshield wiper motion!* This allows for you to lightly apply the shadow to the crease of your eye.

Step 5. To truly make this a smokey eye, it has to be (you guessed it) dark and smokey.

Using a Matte black color, lightly apply a layer in the outer corner of the eye. You can use Urban Decay’s “Black Out” shadow from the NAKED 2 palette.

Step 6. Use a Matte highlight on the brow bone to draw light to the eye.

Step 7. Apply a liquid liner to the top lash line.

I recommend Mulani’s Extreme Tech liquid liner, available at Price Chopper or drug stores. This eyeliner has a felt tip and is extremely easy to use.

Step 8. Apply black eyeliner to your water line.

Or, iif you want to open up your eyes even more, use a flesh or white colored eyeliner.

Step 9. Apply your favorite mascara!

Step 10. Apply the matte black eye shadow used before to the lower lash line to finish this smokey look!

Last minute tips:

*Use a nude, pale pink or neutral lipstick!* Neutral lipsticks pair well with smokey eyes. Since the eyes are dramatic, keep the lips neutral.

*Use a peach or pale blush!* Doing so will bring warmth to your face. Avoid anything too dark.

*Use a setting spray!* This will ensure your makeup lasts all day!