Do you love the look of a smoky bronze eye but think you have neither the skill or time to achieve it? Think again! A bronze smoky eye is an easy look to master, all you need is the right products and it’s a breeze.
Luckily, you don’t have to take my word for it, because the proof is in the pudding (or the pictures for that matter). I’ve created a simple, easy-to-follow get the look that uses 5 products to create a summer-inspired smoky bronze eye that will suit all skin tones, eye colours and even all occasion for that matter.
Whether a smoky bronze eye is your signature look or you usually steer away from eyeshadow all together, this look will appeal to everyone, at all skill levels. Let’s start…
An important step in any eye look is priming, no matter how rushed you are. Why? Well, your eyes move over 100,000 times a day so it’s an unrealistic expectation to think your eye makeup will stay put without a little help! The trick is to prime your eyes with something quick, easy but also enhancing, to make the extra step worthwhile.
I start all my looks with a MAKE UP FOR EVER Aqua XL Color Paint because they make an excellent base, are waterproof and also give the eyes a beautiful sheen (they can also be worn alone). For this look, I chose the shade I-42 Iridescent Copper Gold, a warm shimmering gold that looks amazing when worn alone or underneath other eyeshadows.
Apply all over the lid with the finger and blend out. Leave to dry and you’re ready for step 2!
This step is where things get smoky. It’s time to start adding depth to the crease. To achieve this, I used the MAKE UP FOR EVER Artist Shadow in M-650 Cookie, a cool-toned matte brown that will act as your transition colour.
Blend this shade into the crease and upward with the MAKE UP FOR EVER Precision Blender Brush Medium – 216, this fluffy, domed-tip synthetic brush will help you to create a seamlessly blended effect.
Now it’s time to intensify the look. To create the smoky bronze effect I chose the MAKE UP FOR EVER Artist Shadow in ME-654, a metallic finish chocolate brown with a golden hue. I applied this eyeshadow all over the lid with the MAKE UP FOR EVER Precision Blender Brush – 216, a densely packed dome-shaped brush that allows you to pack on the pigment.
Once you’re happy with the finish blend the edges with the MAKE UP FOR EVER Precision Blender Brush Medium – 216 and also apply to the bottom lash-line.
If you have quite small eyes it’s usually a good idea to highlight the inner corner of your eyes if you’re applying dark eyeshadow, as they can make your eyes look even smaller. That being said, highlighting your inner corner is a good idea whatever your eye size! My go-to is the MAKE UP FOR EVER Star Lit Powder in 13 – Ivory, a white-gold sparkling eyeshadow with an iridescent finish.
Apply to the inner corner and brow bone to highlight and round-off the eyeshadow look.
No makeup look is complete without a few coats of mascara. For this look, I chose the MAKE UP FOR EVER Smoky Stretch Mascara. No, I didn’t just choose this mascara for its name, it’s actually an excellent mascara for creating full, fluttery lashes that are never clumpy, thanks to an exclusive Flex Control complex.
Wiggle the brush at the root of lashes and brush upwards, repeat until your desired result is achieved.
The Finished Look
And there we have it, here’s an easy smoky bronze eye in 5 simple steps! Share your bronze smoky eye interpretations with us on Twitter!