How To Recreate Justine Skye’s Soft Brown Smokey Eye

May 15, 2019  |  

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When they hear the term “smokey eye,” many people think of a dark, vampy look where the eyes are enshrouded in pitch black shadow. The truth is, “smokey” refers to the technique of shadow application rather than the actual color used, and you can nail the classic look in whatever color palette you like. Case in point, singer Justine Skye recently posted a smokey eye selfie on the gram. Achieved with brown and berry shades as opposed to blacks and greys, it was a refreshing take on the staple look, perfect for spring and summer. Keep reading to learn how to recreate Justine’s soft and sultry brown smokey eye in a few easy steps.

I love to start off any eye look with the brows. Not only do eyebrows frame the face, but they also serve as an important marker to help guide the shapes created with eyeshadow. Justine’s eyebrows are strong in fullness and structure, but their chestnut brown color and feathered fronts still create a softness that sets a great tone for her sultry makeup. Try the Benefit Cosmetics Brow Contour Pro 4-in-1 Defining & Highlighting Pencil ($34.00, Use the lighter shade option to fill in the head of your brows using short, feather-like upward strokes to mimic natural brow hairs. This will create a more natural start to the brow and eliminate the overdone, square brow that’s a dead giveaway for poor technique. As you approach the arch and the tail of the brow, switch to the deeper shade for increased definition. The arch is the signature of a good brow and the tail is like the punctuation—finish strong. Once your shape is created, go in with the edge definer to clean up the top portion of your brow and the arch highlighter shade to carve out the underside for a polished look.

Justine Skye Brown Smokey Eye Photo 2

Source: McKenzie Dawkins / Photo by McKenzie Dawkins

On to the eye makeup. Start off with an eyelid primer to help your shadows go on smoothly and true to color. Try the Nars Pro-Prime Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base ($26.00, in shades medium, medium-dark, or dark. Next, with a flat brush, use firm tapping motions to pack MAC “Espresso” Eyeshadow ($17.00, all over your mobile lid. If you’re darker than Justine, try “Embark” Eyeshadow ($17.00, or “Saddle” ($17.00,, if you’re of a medium complexion. By tapping the shadow on, you’re building up color impact for an opaquer final look than you’d get by swiping motions. For that “smokey” or diffused effect, simply take a fluffy brush and buff the same lid color up into your crease. Windshield wiper motions in the crease help with blending out harsh lines to create a blown-out sense of dimension.

Justine Skye Brown Smokey Eye Photo 3

Source: McKenzie Dawkins / Photo by McKenzie Dawkins

Next, take a berry shade underneath your lower lash line to wrap the eyes in some added warmth. Go for ColourPop’s “Drift” Super Shock Shadow ($6.00, Finally, add a pop of rose gold shimmer on the inner tear ducts to open up the eyes and add some brightness. Try the Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed Highlighter in rose gold ($38.00, Add some Ardell Wispies ($4.99, for a natural-looking flare on the lashes and you’re done!

Justine Skye Brown Smokey Eye Photo 1

Source: McKenzie Dawkins / Photo by McKenzie Dawkins

The rest of Justine’s beat is nice and natural to keep the focus on her warm smokey eye. To even out your complexion, go for a medium coverage foundation like the Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Invisible Cover Foundation ($43.00, Add a pop of concealer under the eyes to add light to the center of the face. Try the ColourPop No Filter Matte Concealer ($6.50, Set everything in place with the Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder ($39.00, Medium Deep is great for those with darker complexions while Translucent works perfectly for lighter skin tones. To add some sun-kissed warmth to the perimeter of the face, go for the Fenty Beauty Sun Stalk’r Instant Warmth Bronzer ($30.00,, but skip the highlighter to keep the look very lowkey. Add a rosy blush like Nars “Dolce Vita” for a pigmented but natural flush of color ($30.00, Finally, Justine kept her lips bare of color but moisturized and kissable. Try the new Fenty Beauty Pro Kiss’r Luscious Lip Balm ($18.00, to complete your look!

Would you try this simple brow smokey eye look? Let us know in the comments section.


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