• Easy Smokey Eye Look for Beginners

    Per your requests, here is a simple smokey eye look that I’ve been wearing almost every day. For Fall, I’ll be experimenting with purple, hunter green, and more bronze on the lids. I finally “splurged” on the popular Urban Decay Naked Palette this year, but I like this Too Faced one better!

    Dress & Nails:
    – H&M; Print Shift sz 2 Item #045676, $39.95
    Essie Clam Bake

    MAC Select Cover-Up Concealer in NW25
    Makeup For Ever Duo Mat Powder Foundation in shade 203
    – Rock & Republic Bronzer Refill in Villa (discontinued)

    Elf Eyelid Primer in Nude
    – Too Faced Shadows (can be found in the Romantic Eye Palette)
    NYX Single Shadow in Smokie Mountain

    Physicians Formula Eye Booster Eyeliner 
    Fiberwig Mascara
    Elf Studio Eyebrow Kit in Dark
    I forgot to mention – before buying this dress, I tried on the “cropped” top version as well. The shoulders of a sz 2 fit narrower than the dress version, but the torso was just as wide. When tucked into a skirt, it was too poofy/boxy, but it might look nice on someone else over pants. Nick voted to get the dress version, which also comes in navy (seen here).


    69 thoughts on “Easy Smokey Eye Look for Beginners

    • PetiteAsianGirl August 7, 2011 at 11:45 pm

      @Anonymous Thanks! I got it at Savers thrift store (check out their store locator to see if you have one near you…they sort items by size which is so nice, and usually have lots of chain jewelry for just a few bucks!).

      @Efbe I completely forgot that it has a button-up back! That's probably the most unique aspect of the top, too. It's very creative of you to wear it turned around. Would love to see a pic if you have it posted somewhere!

      @Nithya Aw, what a shame! Newbury St is the best. Maybe you should try the Item Requests thread in the Alterations Needed forum for petites (forum.alterationsneeded.com) as some sellers on ebay jack up the prices on H&M; things.

      @Katherine I haven't had to yet personally, but my sibling has, and I know it is difficult to treat and take care of. Each person's situation is different.

      @R.L. That's exactly what I was thinking! Especially because the length is short. The top doesn't have the ruffle detail, but it does have a row of gold buttons going down the back – a nice touch.

    • PetiteAsianGirl August 7, 2011 at 11:48 pm

      @Dianna Hi Dianna – I don't believe I have anything on the lips here … was so focused on the eyes I must've forgot. I'll let you know in the future if I come across neutral colors for very pigmented lips.

      @Claud Glad you found it, Claud! The navy is more classic than the fun print. I didn't get it altered yet. I'm going to my parents' home soon and hope to dust off my ole sewing machine.

      @Anonymous I got them in-store last year and I see a pair on eBay (search Chanel turnlock studs) but they are selling for about $70 more than what these retailed for…yikes. Good luck in your search!

    • gigiofca August 8, 2011 at 12:17 am

      The crop top is interesting, but yeah, the dress is better. Good to see irl pics as I was unable to try it. My curiosity is satisfied.

    • AubreyOhDang! August 8, 2011 at 2:00 am

      how dare you speak of the naked palette that way! jk. to each her own palette.

    • Samantha August 8, 2011 at 9:41 am

      Jean – that intro was hilarious!

      THANKS! Always love your video tutorials! You are really great at explaining steps that are so easy to follow! :o)

      xo, sam

    • Aney August 8, 2011 at 9:42 am

      Love the way you paired the printed top with a lace skirt – you look amazing! I'm blown away by your perfect make-up! I'm super impatient when it comes to doing my make-up so I just throw on the same thing .. every single day 🙁 haha

    • Chocolate, Cookies & Candies August 8, 2011 at 10:42 am

      Jean, thank you for this wonderful tutorial. I've been wondering for the longest time how to do the smokey eye look. I'm hopeless with eye makeup and rarely touch my eye shadows. The step by step instruction is extremely helpful so I'm going to try the look soon. You've done an incredible work with your blog which has a fountain of information for readers like myself. Thank you.

    • Sunshine August 8, 2011 at 2:10 pm

      Jean, you make it look so easy (but it's probably not haha). I'm going to pull out all my eyeshadows and attempt this look tonight. Thanks for the beautiful tutorial; you look so freakin' flawless! 🙂

    • C'est La Viii August 8, 2011 at 2:46 pm

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    • C'est La Viii August 8, 2011 at 2:49 pm

      That's awesome! I can't wait to try your hair method!

    • AubreyOhDang! August 8, 2011 at 3:52 pm

      i love smokie mountain, forgot to tell u.

    • Anonymous August 8, 2011 at 6:17 pm

      Love your yellow cocktail ring… where did you get it from? thanks for posting!!

    • PetiteAsianGirl August 8, 2011 at 11:28 pm

      @Anonymous Thanks! It's from Amrita Singh. I love the white jade w/ gold but I'm not a fan of stretchy ring bands (the one size stretches to fit all kind).

    • Alexis Nwen August 8, 2011 at 11:34 pm

      Thank you! I will definitely try this out. HOpefully I won't look like a raccoon! =)

    • Kat August 9, 2011 at 2:38 am

      New follower right here! I was introduced to your blog by Tiffany at iamstylish. I love your outfits (whether you decide to keep them or not from ASOS). I also appreciate the smokey eye tutorial. I often have that "disappearing" shadowing affect. FINALLY, someone knows what I'm talkin' about!

      Just reposted your pleated skirt photo on my blog. I am just so in love with that look right now. You just kicked my obsession with it up another notch!

    • kimmie August 11, 2011 at 4:32 pm

      Raccoon eye tutorial please? 🙂 haha you're so funny, Jean! thanks for the tutorial, I'm so clueless when it comes to make up. Glad to see you can get good results from ELF products, because I don't have the money to buy fancy brushes and primer. 🙂

    • Hanna August 13, 2011 at 12:21 am

      hello! New subscriber here, really love your blog.

      I just have one quick question, and that is: what brand of eyelash curler do you use? As a high schooler I struggled with a Revlon curler just because it was the only thing I could find, but it ALWAYS pinched me and NEVER got the eyelashes on my outer corners 🙁 I ended up ditching curlers altogether, but I think I should give them another chance.

      I am only half Asian, so a bit of a special case, but I think a curler with a flatter curve would suit me better than these ones made with Caucasian eyes in mind. Any suggestions?

    • Catherine August 14, 2011 at 8:46 pm

      I loved your air drying hair tip. I do it every night now. Thanks!

    • Anonymous August 14, 2011 at 10:05 pm

      Hi Jean,
      Great tutorial – thanks! Just wanted to let you know that E.L.F. products are sold at Target. I often treat myself to something each time I go…for $1 who can resist?! Although there are often many promos/free shipping, etc. on their website as well. Thanks again!

    • Melissa August 15, 2011 at 2:45 am

      I love your videos!

    • grace August 17, 2011 at 9:16 pm

      LOVE this video Jean – thanks for sharing!! I'm catching up to your blog – it's safer for my wallet this way, although I'm already on sephora checking out the link to the romantic collection for Too Faced. As always, great tutorial – this looks to be quick and easy.

      I'm SO envious of your skin – I have like the worst skin – that is the bane of MY existance.. haha! I think your eyebrows are fine!

    • Efbe August 27, 2011 at 2:05 pm

      @PetiteAsianGirl I'm sorry, no picture of it is avalaible on Internet (I don't have any blog nor youtubechannel !)

    • Amanda Q August 31, 2011 at 12:01 pm

      I bought the top version… and now I agree with you, it is kindds poofy to tuck in, though that was what I intended to do. I wonder how I can pull it off with pants. I've got a bit of a butt. What kind of pants would work? white slim kinds?

      I'm so glad to have found your blog! Can so identify (look kiddo in casuals etc.)

    • Anonymous December 8, 2011 at 2:57 am

      Jean, I've been following your blog for awhile and I totally love your style. Have you heard of Birchbox?

    • Anonymous December 25, 2011 at 3:42 pm

      Hi, I love your blog and your videos are very helpful! Do you have an eyelid "crease"? I am curious because I have Asian eyes without a crease and have found it hard to wear eye makeup in the past. I couldn't tell from your videos and wondered how this makeup look would turn out on eyelids without a crease. Thank you.

    • Shruti January 1, 2012 at 12:56 pm

      Jean… you are the cutest and the most classy woman I have ever seen. I am a loyal reader but mostly mute. Happy new year.. wish you a lot of success, health and love.

      Shruti Carol

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      Is the Physicians eye liner like a paint brush tip or more like a sold felt tip pen? I need something more solid, as I find I am heavy handed and when I use a paint brush head, I can't get an even line!

    • Anonymous August 15, 2013 at 6:41 am

      Hi Jean, I really like the orange container on your table top. Could you please share with us where you purchased it? thank you.

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