Simple Smoky Eyes with Smink Nancy Oh!

Creating a smoky eye doesn’t need to have a million steps to achieve a nicely blended, polished look.  Today I raised a challenge on Twitter.

THE CHALLENGE:  You have to create a smoky eye.  You’re allowed to use one eyeshadow colour for lid/crease and one for highlight. No coloured bases.  Eyeliner is extra.  What would you use?

  • @BNBMakeupArt: MAC Satin Taupe
  • @macbella2: Dark Horse from the UD Naked palette or KvD Ace of Spade e/s, and MARK whisper e/s for brow highlight (its matte and perfect!) LOL
  • @ettuandyou: Buxom Samantha’s Smoky Eye Kit
  • @polishfiend: MAC Smoke ‘n Diamonds
  • @rachlyon: MACs ‘Vanilla’ pigment as highlighter and ‘Club’ eyeshadow for lid/crease, no liner.  Dreamy!
  • @jillojello: hmm mac carbon…but really I would just smudge mac greasepaint stick in black to make it a nice smokey look without a shadow
  • @HelenNiceThings: Ok. It’d have to be Illamasqua Matter. Whew – that was tough! With Nars Albatross as a highlighter. Best highlighter ever.

Great picks, eh?  I picked something that’s been kicking around in my vanity that is totally untouched: Smink Mineral Eyeshadow in Nancy Oh! from the set I reviewed before.

Smink Mineral Eyeshadow in Nancy Oh!

Now before you cry out “boring brown”, wait ’til you see it swatched:

Smink Nancy Oh! Swatches Dry / Wet

Nancy Oh! is a beautiful duochrome with a plummy brown base, and turns aqua depending on the light.  It appears more aqua when swatched wet.  So, do you think you’re ready (for this jelly LOL!)?  Here’s how I achieve my smoky eye look.

Get the Look

For the eyes, roughly line the top lashes with a creamy black pencil (Annabelle Smudgeliner in Ohmygoth!) and smudge along the lash line.  Pat on your plum/aqua eyeshadow (Smink Eyeshadow in Nancy Oh!) all over the lid and just past the crease.  Blend out the edges.  Using the same eyeshadow, wet your brush with a mixing medium or fixing spray (MAC Fix+ Rose), and pat on the middle of the lid only.  Take the same wet brush and smudge along the lower lash line.   Highlight under the brow and inner corners with a shimmery light beige (MAC Eyeshadow in All That Glitters).  Finish off by lining your waterline and mascara (MAC Studio Fix Lash Mascara).

For the cheeks, apply bronzer (Annabelle Zebra Bronzer in Haute Gold) down the sides of the face and temples.  Then apply a natural finish rose blush (Chanel Joues Contraste Blush in Rose Temptation) on the apples of your cheeks.

For the lips, apply a glossy pink lipstick (Chanel Rouge Allure Laque in Ming).

More Pictures!

What’s are Your Eyeshadow Picks for a Simple Smoky Eye?

Let’s inspire each other.  Leave your picks in the comments. :)

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  • dani@callitbeauty

    GORGEOUS! the eyeshadow looks gorgeous both wet & dry and i love how versatile it is :)

    • Arianne

      It really is a special eyeshadow. I hope to find a dupe that isn’t a loose shadow. MAC Club might work, but it doesn’t turn plum.

  • Jen W

    Love duochromes for it’s ability to create a seemingly complex look with just one colour!

    I like MAC Club, Smashbox Minx, and MAC Coco pigment for a one shadow smokey :)

    • Arianne

      I need that MAC Club stat! I quite love MAC Satin Taupe although it doesn’t count as “duochrome”, but love the way the colour looks in a smoky eye.

  • Makeup Morsels

    ohh love that color when it’s swatched wet! btw Ming looks great on you, as always. I’m not quite sure which shadow I’d pick, probably some sort of taupe! For the highlight, I’d definitely go with Urban Decay Foxy, love that eyeshadow.

    • Arianne

      It is really pretty, no? I think duochromes are going to be my next new obsession. :)

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  • FaceFixers

    I got such a surprise when I saw it swatched!
    The lip colour is really nice too. :)

    • Arianne

      The lipstick is my holy grail! :)

  • macnunu

    Auntie Glitter Geek has very purrty eyes.
    Seriously lady, you do the most gorgeous smokey eyes!

    • Arianne

      Aww Auntie Glitter Geek blushes. 😛

  • marisol

    That’s just hawt!

    • Arianne

      LOL. Yep. Right. 😛

  • http://Website jowina

    so pretty!!

    • Arianne

      It’s a great colour no? :)

  • blepharisma

    OK, LOOOVE this one! I’m a sucker for duochromes…

    • Arianne

      Surely you have MAC Club right? Any other favourites?

      • blepharisma

        Yes, I love Club! Also Blue Brown, Old Gold pigment, Vanilla pigment… lots of pigments. I went crazy buying stuff up a few years ago. Heh.

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