Embracing Smokey Eyes Part 1: Matte Brown

I’m not one for smokey eyes much, but after your love on a few of my videos where I cracked out my Naked 1 Palette, I’ve been playing around with things a little more behind the scenes. I’ll talk about the shimmers and jazzy shades in my collection another time, but today I really wanted to focus on the beauties that are matte brown shades.

After a little messing around (messing being the key word when it comes to this – it’s better the less perfect you make it) I found that a matte brown smokey eye really does add a dose of definition without the OTT oomph that bronzey shimmers bring. Making it perfect for day time. I’ve been loving warmer browns over the lid, with more mid/cool toned browns through my crease and underneath my eye. I used Naked and Buck from my Naked 1 palette on a MAC 217 and the fail safe charcoal brown through my crease and along my lower lash line with a 227 angled brush – then blended out with the 266.

Paired with a pinky peach blush and brown-nude lip, it’s perfect for most day time occasions, and I find it’s one of the few non-monochrome looks that is flattering on my eye colour (the photo above is my eye colour at it’s lightest – they look black sometimes!). But I think it’s one of those looks that any eye colour would suit. Anyway, stay tuned for next week when I crack out the shimmer. It’s gonna be like a party on your eyelids…


  1. Katy English
    01 May 2014 / 8:13 am

    Gorgeous everyday day-time look. I can't wait for my Naked palette to arrive so I can experiment! x

    Katy | Little Miss Katy

  2. Becky
    01 May 2014 / 8:24 am

    Gorgeous! I always shied away from Browns because I have blue eyes but recently I've been trying it out and it looks nice and effortless.

  3. Sara Chergui
    01 May 2014 / 8:37 am

    You look gorgeous !

  4. Mira
    01 May 2014 / 8:52 am

    It looks so pretty 🙂

    xx Mira


  5. Kitty Blackadder
    01 May 2014 / 9:07 am

    I do love a matte smokey eye – my go to look for work. 🙂


  6. Becca
    01 May 2014 / 9:14 am

    I love a matte brown shadow, its pretty tricky to find them sometimes. I love the Urban Decay basics palette and Mac's Omega. As far as warm tones go, I haven't found anything better than just using Benefit's Hoola bronzer as a eyeshadow, but I am always on the look out!


  7. Amelia
    01 May 2014 / 9:43 am

    SO gorgeous. I love a brown smokey eye.

    Amelia Rose | Beauty Blogger

  8. jasmincharlotte.com
    01 May 2014 / 9:47 am

    I really like it! I only have the naked 1 so it's great to get some ideas 🙂

    Jasmin Charlotte

  9. Anna Blush
    01 May 2014 / 10:18 am

    I love a matte brown smokey eye. So subtle but adds heaps of definition!


  10. Sarah morethanadored
    01 May 2014 / 10:24 am

    That lip colour is perfect on you! I love a matte eye look for during the day 🙂

    Sarah | More Than Adored

  11. Conny
    01 May 2014 / 11:09 am

    Gorgeous look, the Naked one looks so good! 🙂 xx

  12. Harriet Russell
    01 May 2014 / 12:15 pm

    I love a little matte brown eyeshadow – so simplistic yet elegant and chic 🙂 x


  13. Sofika G
    01 May 2014 / 12:27 pm


  14. Aerie Berrie
    01 May 2014 / 2:05 pm

    Love this makeup look ! x

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  15. Genevie Michelle Sevilla
    01 May 2014 / 2:22 pm

    OMG so gorgeous!! I love it!! <3


  16. Ana Leote
    01 May 2014 / 2:56 pm

    Really love this makeup! So simple and beautiful


  17. Janamarie
    01 May 2014 / 3:27 pm

    Looks great on you! Think you could even go a bit darker if you want.

  18. Asha Stenzel
    01 May 2014 / 3:39 pm

    I'm inspired by this look! Thanks!

  19. Tara Green
    01 May 2014 / 4:49 pm

    You look so pretty Suzie!! xo

  20. Maddy
    01 May 2014 / 4:57 pm

    Looks so pretty, I love the colour combination! x

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  21. sara iqbal
    01 May 2014 / 5:15 pm

    its such a lovely look for everyday!

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    01 May 2014 / 5:24 pm


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  23. Sybil Mae
    01 May 2014 / 6:36 pm

    This is such a gorgeous everyday look! 🙂


  24. Grace Denny
    01 May 2014 / 7:51 pm

    You've literally just nailed my everyday makeup look – love all the matte brown tones from the Naked palettes!

    XO, G from grace'd

  25. Mel Davies
    01 May 2014 / 11:14 pm

    I love a matte brown smokey eye, its my go-to daily eye makeup! x

    lillies and lipbalm

  26. Aissa Carmela
    01 May 2014 / 11:15 pm

    Looks lovely! 😀

    Aissa || aissa carmela

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    01 May 2014 / 11:28 pm


  28. Amber Hunter
    02 May 2014 / 1:28 am

    I love seeing that you're experimenting with different looks–you pull off a smokey eye beautifully! I love mattes myself but tend to use them in the crease mostly because I'm a shimmer lover as well haha.
    Lovely Notions

  29. Janeese Brown
    02 May 2014 / 4:07 am

    Beautiful Suzie! I'm all about the matte shadows, so much so that I have to twist my arm to venture out to the land of the shimmers and glitters. I don't know there's just something so chic and classic about matte shadows. c:

    xo.Janiecy.xo|A Beauty, Fashion & Lifestyle Blog

  30. Blushing Biddies
    02 May 2014 / 6:39 am

    A really beautiful look! Your eyeliner and eyebrows def steal the show though 😀

  31. B Ruhamania
    02 May 2014 / 11:05 am

    Very nice make up!:) x

  32. Zazie Bibi
    02 May 2014 / 12:03 pm

    Such a pretty look x

    A Little Treat | Beauty & Lifestyle Blog

  33. Diva In Me
    02 May 2014 / 4:28 pm

    You did a great job in using the Naked 1 colors! A subtle smokey eyes are great for the day. You look fresh indeed =)

  34. Sofika G
    02 May 2014 / 4:43 pm


  35. Taslima Rahman
    02 May 2014 / 4:45 pm

    Lovely look! x

    Taslima | The little things in life

  36. Ciara Pollock
    02 May 2014 / 5:26 pm

    gorgeous makeup look 🙂

    http://ciarapocket.blogspot.ie x

  37. Megan Lillie
    02 May 2014 / 8:35 pm

    This looks gorgeous on you! So simple too 🙂

    Megan xxx
    Thumbelina Lillie | UK Beauty Blog

  38. Siham Hamdan
    02 May 2014 / 9:08 pm

    You always look so fresh and natural, love the way you do your makeup <3 X


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  40. Beauty by Berrymix
    04 May 2014 / 9:53 pm

    Inglot also does a lot of good matte eyeshadows!


  41. Gladys
    05 May 2014 / 10:00 am

    I like this look, it's very natural and suit you very well!

    Gladys | French Beauty Blogger | www.hey-glad.com

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