Emily MacCulloch
Emily MacCulloch

My Super Simple V-Day Smoky Eye

Some occasions call for sweatpants (Friday night Netflix marathon) and some call for a smoky eye (Valentine’s Day). And while V-Day isn’t really my thing, I figure it’s a good excuse to help break me out of my beauty rut. I’m a makeup hoarder and love every type of beauty look but my daily go-to is pretty plain Jane, usually mascara and lip balm or maybe a bold lip. And while I’ve mastered the 3 must-have date night looks—bold lip, cat eye and smoky eye—over the last year or so I’ve gotten lazy with my makeup routine. So when a new palette came across my desk that I couldn’t wait to dive into, I got inspired to break out a smoky eye just in time for Valentine’s Day. Said palette is CoverGirl’s Trunaked Nudes and it’s my latest obsession. It’s super pigmented, blends like a dream and the colour selection is on point. While some palettes remain untouched treasures in my closet from collections that have come and gone, I’ll be using this little baby down to the last dust of pigment. Since for some reason people think doing a smoky eye is ridiculously complicated, here’s a super simple sultry eye you can do in just 3 quick steps (I swear!).

What You Need:

  • Art Deco Eyeshadow Base (or the eyeshadow primer of your choice)
  • CoverGirl Trunaked Nudes Palette
  • A dense eyeshadow brush
  • A fluffy blending eyeshadow brush
  • Mascara—lots of it

Step 1


After applying your shadow primer, use your dense eyeshadow brush to blend the dark brown shade all over your top lid, then buff into your bottom lash line. Layer the shadow to make it as dark or as natural as you want.

Step 2


With your fluffy brush, buff the middle matte light brown shade through the crease of your eye, blending the two colours together. You’re aiming for soft, buffed out lines so apply, re-apply and blend as much as necessary.

Step 3


With your dense brush, apply one of the lighter shades (which ever one works best with your skintone/you like the best) onto the inner corner of your eye and lightly under your browbone to add a bit of highlight. I’m loving the satiny beige hue as it’s nice and natural.

Add a few coats of mascara and if you want to bump it up a notch line your eyes with a black kohl pencil, but that’s all you need! Easy right?