Dark Neutrals Tutorial


Hi everyone, how are you all today?

Today I found an old photo of me from uni where my makeup was… well a bit to be desired. This was back when I began using a few tools and used a bit more makeup than I had at the start of sixth form. At this point I had a Lancome Foundation and a few Clinique Eyeshadow quads. Oh and who can forget my trusty Baby Baby pink lipstick.

No blending whatsoever!

I got inspired by this makeup look and update it slightly based on my current tastes. I don’t really wear pale pink glossy lipsticks anymore, so I did change the colours.

And this is the look that I came up with.


For primer, I have started using the Benefit Porefessional again. I blended this out around my nose and cheeks with my hands.

As for foundation, I used my current favourite one; the Bare Minerals Bare Pro Liquid. This gives such a lovely coverage and looks so flawless. This is one of the few that I can trust to last all day. Under my eyes I added a touch of the Maybelline Erase Eye Concealer, blending it out with a dampened sponge. I set everything with the Maybelline Master Fix Powder. I can’t decide if this is what is making my blush and bronzer go on patchy. I’m not sure why, but I thought I’d give it another go here. Has anyone else noticed if this powder causes patchiness in their face products?

To contour, I used a touch of the Smashbox Contour stick, applying this under my jawline, along my cheek bones and on my temples. This blended out really softly with a kabuki blending brush. I set this again with the Master Fix powder.

As for bronzer, I used the Bare Minerals Invisble Bronzer, bronzer my cheeks and down my neck slightly. I still love a touch of pinky blush, so I dusted a touch of the Benefit Galifornia blush to the apples of my cheeks. As for highlighter, I used the dusty rose coloured highlighter from Sophie’s Highlighter palette that she created with Makeup revolution.


Although I haven’t really been filling in my eyebrows properly lately, today I decided to do it. Since I do like my eyebrows slightly darker than their natural colour, I used the medium shade from Tanya Burr’s Selfie Brows collection. I made them look a bit more natural using the very well loved Eyelure Brow Gel.

To create the mauve-brown smoky eye (or whatever I thought I was doing back then), I used Jaclyn Hill’s Morphe palette. In the crease I used a mixture of MFEO and Pooter. I kept this really soft and blended to the point that you could hardly see it. Just under this I took the shade buns, adding this to the crease and keeping things really soft again.

On the outer corner, I then added the shade Chip, which has quite a nice reddish undertone, and softened the outer edge into Buns. I also added these matte shades along my lower lash line, keeping this nice and soft. With Chip being a really dark colour, I kept this to the outer edge of my lower eye.

To add some shimmer to the main part of my eye, I used the shade Little Lady, blending this into Chip on the outer corner to create a soft smoky eye. To smoke out the lash line slightly, I added Soda Pop to my lash line with a liner brush, softening this into the lid shades. To highlight my inner corner slightly I added a tiny amount of Beam.

For mascara I used Maybelline’s Gigi Hadid Fibre Mascara and the Total temptations mascara to create a really long, natural looking lash effect. I never thought that I would enjoy using a fibre mascara but this one actually feels quite nice and doesn’t irritate my eyes.


For lipstick, I used two old favourites. To line my lips I used the Bare Minerals Gen Nude Lip Liner in Attitude, followed by Charlotte Tilbury’s Matte revolution Lipstick in Burkin Brown. I haven’t worn this shade in ages, so it was nice to whip it out the drawer again.

What sort of looks have you been rediscovering lately? I haven’t done a brown smoky eye in quite a while so it was nice trying out a look that brought me back to my uni days, whilst giving it a modern update.

Have a lovely day guys, and take care.



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