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).

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

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  3. Sunshine wrote:

    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! 🙂

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  4. 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.

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  5. Aney wrote:

    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

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  6. Samantha wrote:

    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

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

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  8. gigiofca wrote:

    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.

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  9. @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!

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  10. @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.

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  11. @J The navy is classic and gorgeous! Aside from heels, after I get this slimmed I'll be trying it with wedges, flat sandals, and then in the Fall tights with ankle booties.

    @Anonymous Hi there – I ordered mine last year and it's labeled "sheer." It must be the same as the nude shade out this year.

    @Thao Thanks so much for sharing! I'm running low on my stock.

    @The Little Dust Princess Yup, good old TPF! I will be getting it slimmed. Even when pinned back slightly it already looks a lot better.

    @Quinn Thanks for the heads up! Sigh, that user keeps on taking my photos despite my constant emails : /

    @Anonymous Hi there – I use whatever is on sale at the drugstore..right now it's Garnier Fructis. I think I am just wearing Aquaphor on the lips…it's like petroleum jelly in texture, but a bit pricier and I use it every single day to keep lips moisturized. Otherwise I get very flaky lips…ick!

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  12. Anonymous wrote:

    jean- did you buy your chanel earrings from chanel or did u buy it second hand. if second hand, where did you buy it from?

    thanks! ive been looking around for those earrings everywhere!

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  13. Claud wrote:

    So pretty Jean! I was able to find the dress today @ h&m; in my size but bought it in the navy color. I did not even try it on, so not sure how is going to fit me. Did you altered? Too bad I can get my hands on the clutch, no trace of it 🙁 You are so right about the blouse version of the shift dress, the fabric is totally different, it felt thinner to me (??).
    Oh and those raccoon eyes suit you well ^^….so cute!!!

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  14. Dianna wrote:

    hi Jean! Love the tutorial and the intro was hilarious! Just wondering what you used on your lips. I have really pigmented lips and am always on the lookout for colors that won't wash me out, but still give me that casual my lips but better look.

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  15. Callandra wrote:

    What a beautiful look on you Jean! I almost never wear eyeshadow but I should probably make more of an effort….I'm loving that H&M; dress too, so pretty with your skin tone 😉 (I had to laugh at your comment about my walk-in closet renovation being famous….of course that would thrill my husband) Lol

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  16. Raccoon look – lol! Thank you for sharing your smoky eye technique. You look good!

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  17. R.L. wrote:

    LOL about the raccoon look! Thanks for the tips! I've yet to start using liquid eyeliner because it's less forgiving for ultra shaky hands. But the results are definitely better than regular eyeliner. And I'm blown away that you're able to get loose waves from just a simple bun! Good choice for going with the dress instead of the top. The top looks boxy and does it have the ruffle detail as well? I think you can easily wear a skirt over the dress to turn it into a top.

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  18. Stephanie wrote:

    This is a beautiful look! You're right about the naked palette. I liked it for about a week but then I didn't like any of the wash colors due to them being too sparkly or shimmery. I ended up going back to my regular shadows. The funny thing is I forgot I even have that same too faced palette! (It actually came out a couple of months ago as a vib point reward.) I think I was saving it but I'm just going to use it since you said it is so great! 🙂 Also, I like how you pointed out how shadow disappears on Asian eyes. I remember makeup was frustrating at first because of that. Btw, glad you like the liner! 😉 oh and the left side of the elf brow kit is just pigmented gel… Never thought of using it alone- I'll try that.

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  19. Ping wrote:

    cute video jean! you did a great job on the smokey eye look.

    my h&m; stores must be slow at getting new merchandise. i haven't seen any of these items. i love the blue version of the printed dress. i might pick it up if i see it!

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  20. Sarah wrote:

    You are so adorable, I love this video – great tips, thanks!!


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  21. Jean Jean Jean!!! Love love this video! Thank you for making it easy- I read a lot of beauty bloggers and none of them make me think I can actually attempt this look.

    Do you think this will work for my eyes? Clearly I am asian but don't exactly have asian eyes…LOL I just don't want to look ridic..you know?

    You are too cute w/the raccoon look..hehehe

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  22. Jo wrote:

    Thank you for the very informative tutorial. I lol at your surprise make up look when you popped up behind the mirror. That's totally cute. I love the details of your skirt.

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  23. Lillian wrote:

    Love the makeup tutorial, and you can totally pull-off the raccoon look! Haha! That dress looks so good on you too! 🙂 xx

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  24. Katherine wrote:

    this video is really helpful!
    did you ever have to deal with acne?

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  25. Joy wrote:

    Love the look and and the skirt is really cute!

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  26. I am Khatu wrote:

    Jean, I bought the same dress… but I might return it for the blue version. I also looked at the cropped top but didn't try it on and probably won't now after your review. my f21 shirt is recent but it was an online purchase. I can't find the item anymore, but there's something similar. http://www.forever21.com/product.asp?catalog_name=FOREVER21&category;_name=love21_woventops&product;_id=2000019174&Page;=1

    ps. can you let me know if you happen to see that lace skirt you're wearing flowing somewhere on the web? thanks. 🙂

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  27. Nithya wrote:

    Hi Jean,

    Great Tutorial. You look so pretty in that dress. I have been following your blog about 2 months and I really enjoy reading them. It is my go to blog everyday..Thanks :)..I am an Asian petite too and its hard to find cute clothes in other stores due to size issues… I wish I was close to an H & M. I moved from Boston a few months ago and I miss going to Newbury St terribly..Hopefully I can find one in ebay in a size 2 🙁 Wish me luck!!!

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  28. kileen wrote:

    great video and i really appreciate the hair tip! i'll have to try that to try and get some more volume. and i need to try the Elf eyebrow kit too (lol at the ghetto comment!).

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  29. Loved this tutorial. Thanks for breaking it down and explaining each step (and reasoning for each step) for us!

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  30. Efbe wrote:

    Hello !
    This is my first post although reading your blog for some weeks already. I'm a French petite and have been looking for such a blog for some time…
    I find it great that you are doing some MU tutorials too !
    But the purpose of my comment today was to say that I bought this top too, and I found out that it can also be worn as a jacket (i.e. the back as the front, but open of course !), that's a great way too 😉

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  31. Anonymous wrote:

    LOL at the raccoon look and thanks for the awesome tutorial 🙂

    on a random note may i ask where you got your necklace in this photo http://img.ly/6OOi
    its really cute!!

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  32. faye lu wrote:

    great video. i think you explain everything really well, step by step, which is really great for beginners.
    especially loved the raccoon look =p

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  33. Anonymous wrote:

    what hair products (shampoo, etc) do you use?
    whats the lipstick./gloss you use in the video jean?

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  34. I'd totally rock the racoon look !! Lol, loved the video.

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  35. Aubrey wrote:

    Lmao! I laughed out loud at the first look – so chic! So glad you love the palette! I haven't even tested mine out yet but my eyes seem to be getting better so i'll be trying this look soon. You look gorgeous as usual, Jean 🙂

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  36. Michelle wrote:

    Oh! I am excited to watch the smokey eye tutorial…can't right now, my husband is watching a cheesy movie. :p

    I agree about the fit of the top…did not work for me, either. I will probably be posting my pics tomorrow night.

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  37. Quinn wrote:

    Hi Jean!

    I was searching around for a lace dress for my engagement party & came across this posting on ebay:

    If I'm correct, I think that is a cropped photo of you! Hope this gives you a heads up!

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  38. Stacey wrote:

    The tutorial is perfect, I loved your "this is so ghetto" comment haha!

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  39. Anonymous wrote:

    thanks for the tutorial. i love the raccoon look. hahaha. the dress looks great on you. 😉

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  41. Thao wrote:

    Hi Jean, I remember you saying that you like to buy Lancome mascara samples on eBay. You should check out allcosmeticswholesale.com, they have them there as well 🙂 I hope you have a great day, and great vid+post!

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  42. Anonymous wrote:

    Hi — For the primer, did you get the nude or champagne color? Thanks!

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  43. J wrote:

    You look gorgeous! I love the new play of eye shadow. I ended up with the navy shift dress, but I do need a bit of advice. If not wearing it with heels, what other styles of shoes would you recommend? & Thanks for the H&M; thread at tpf – I'm all over it!

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  44. Lucia H. wrote:

    Hahaha great intro. You make a gorgeous raccoon, though!

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  45. DSK Steph wrote:

    Beautiful makeup tutorial! 🙂

    I have yet to try the raccoon look! lol

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  46. mai wrote:

    Thanks for the tutorial; I've always had trouble figuring out what to do with my Asian eyes, lol.

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  47. a rose wrote:

    Your longer hair + the purple smokey eyes make me feel the fall already. Such a romantic look :).

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  48. Anna wrote:

    You look so professional! I love the entire look!

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