Sunset Smokey Eye Look

I decided to break out of my comfort zone and rock a Sunset Smokey Eye inspired by Jaclyn Hill’s Morphe 35o Palette tutorial. I didn’t copy every detail of Jaclyn’s tutorial, but it’s very similar. I’m going to write about all of the products used to create this look. If you have any questions, be sure to let me know in the comments and I’ll be happy to answer them!Morphe 35O Palette Sunset Smokey Eye Tutorial

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The most important key to any flawless look is the prep:

I started off by moisturizing my face with my Neutrogena moisturizer.

I used my L’Oreal Light Infusing Lumi Primer next, as I was having an extra dry skin day and wanted the dewy finish. This is hands down one of my favorite primers I have come across. (I’m dying to get the Smashbox Hydrating Primer, but ya girl can’t afford to drop $42.00 on JUST a hydrating primer.)

I also prepped my eyes with the Urban Decay Original Primer Potion. This is a sample size I received when I bought my Naked Palette.

I taped my eyes with clear tape to help give me a super defined edge to my shadow and wing. I recommend sticking the tape to your shirt and pulling it off so it’s not SUPER sticky on your delicate under eye skin. It will still stay long enough to aid in perfecting your winged liner.

I broke out the lovely Morphe 35o Palette – I’m working on overcoming my fear of this palette… the colors are just SO bold. You can read my review on the 35o here! I used the colors in the order of the numbers indicated in the photo. I definitely pulled a Jaclyn and used as many colors in the palette that I could. Sorry, not sorry.

Morphe 35O Sunset Smokey Steps

  • I mixed shades 1 & 2 and lightly buffed them into my crease starting in the outer corner and moving into the inner corner using a fluffy blending brush.
  • I used the same fluffy brush to blend shades 3 & 4 into the same areas gradually building the color and intensity. This is how the makeup pros get the dimensional effect with their look. I pulled these shades down from the crease towards the outer corners of my lid, leaving the middle of the lid blank.
  • I used shade 5 to blend out some of the darker shades up toward the brow bone.
  • I used shades 6 & 7 together to darken the outer corner of my eye building the smokey look. Don’t be afraid to get the shadow on your tape! That’s what it’s there for.
  • My crease wasn’t blended to my satisfaction so I grabbed shade 8 and followed the wise words of the amazing Jaclyn Hill… “BLEND UNTIL YOU BLEED.” figuratively, of course.
  • This is where the real fun begins. Grab a flat brush and spritz it with your favorite setting mist (don’t over do it… we want damp, not dripping) and get your shade 9 on. Gently pat this fierce shade in the center of your eye and slightly blend it out, with a patting motion rather than your normal blending. I got a little carried away and my foiled shade ended up on my entire lid… WOOPS!
  • I grabbed a little of shade 7 again on my fluffy brush and added a hint more of darkness to my outer corner.
  • I popped a little of shade 10 on the inner corners of the eye and brow bone.
  • Then I went in with my Elf black gel liner and Luxie angled eye brush and drew in my wing. I started in the middle of my eye and pulled the liner straight out until I was on the tape. I went back to the inner corner and filled my line into the middle, and then shaded the full wing. This was my first time using the liner, and I was only moderately impressed with it. It was very light and I had to add to it a few times to get it to darken to a true jet black. It’ll do for now since I don’t wear my wings every day.
  • I removed the tape and took a little of shade 7 to my lower lash line, and my eyes are complete!
Up close view of Sunset Smokey Eye from Morphe 35o

Close up of my finished eyes. Note the sharp edge and wing from the tape. This is great for those in a hurry and or if you don’t have steady hands. If you want a softer edge, blend out the outside corner of your shadow a little after your liner dries.

You can finish off your foundation and the rest of your face using your own preferences. Here’s the list of products I used to complete my look.

Elf Brow Kit in Light
Real Techniques brow brush
L’Oreal True Match Lumi Foundation
Morphe m439 brush (which is also in my Morphe Review)
NYX HD Photogenic concealer in the shade fair
Elf HD Translucent powder (I can’t get enough of this powder!)
Benefit Hoola bronzer
Tarte Amazonian Clay blush in the shade Glisten
Becca’s Pressed Skin Perfector in the shade Opal
L’Oreal Voluminous Mascara in Carbon Black
NYX Matte Lip Cream in Stockholm


Sunset Smokey Eye using Morphe 35o Palette

Even though this is a bolder look for me, it’s still not over the top at a distance. I’m really loving these coppery, fall tones. And peep the Becca highlighter. #fleek

Sunset Smokey Eye using Morphe 35o Palette

If you have super hooded lids like mine, this doesn’t show much when your eyes are open but looks so glam when you blink (or aren’t looking up).

Sunset Smokey Eye using Morphe 35o Palette

Look how sharp that wing is y’all. The tape tip and the highlighter are slaying today!

Sunset Smokey Eye using Morphe 35o Palette

I got carried away with photos, but this bold eye pairs well with a simple look for the rest of your face.

Sunset Smokey Eye using Morphe 35o Palette

Bonus shot of my adorable pup who demanded attention while I was in the middle of this!

Let me know what you think of this look! Sometimes it’s fun to break out of your comfort zone and go a little brighter, darker, or bolder than what you normally choose. You might find yourself surprised with the results!

5 Comments

  1. September 9, 2016 / 9:23 am

    Yasss!!!!!
    That looks super pretty!!

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