Bronze Smoky Eye Tutorial


bronze smoky eye tutorial

Here’s the deal – I can’t rock a smoky eye. At least, I can’t rock most smoky eye looks. Anything involving black or plum or dark navy instantly transforms me into a brothel inhabitant, so I steer very clear. However, I’ve been experimenting with metallics lately, and have found a really pretty (and fairly subtle) bronze look that suits my day-to-day grind. Wanna see? Let’s do this thing!

First, be sure to prep your face for the day (or night) by using your foundation, tinted moisturizer, and/or concealer. I usually apply foundation sparingly to certain areas and concealer underneath my eyes.


Apply bronze eye shadow to your lid and your crease. I am using CoverGirl Flamed Out Shadow Pot in Melted Caramel #330.
Inspired by fire, the CoverGirl flaming femme color palette ranges from flames to ashes. I love this shadow because you can build up the intensity easily to really pack a punch or keep it subtle for day.


I always move my brush back and forth in a half-moon shape in my crease to create definition on my eyelids.


Here’s a look at both bronzed lids.


Using a smaller brush, apply the same bronze color to the base of the lashes.


After you’ve finished adding the bronze to both eyes (top and bottom), apply a little bit of black or dark brown liner to the waterline.


Just that little bit of liner adds such intensity right?


Mascara time. Don’t forget to curl the lashes!


Okay, you guys. I am seriously impressed with the Flamed Out Mascara. The unique wire brush (it’s kind of twisty) coats your lashes for some serious volume. I used the Very Black Blaze shade.


Take a look for yourself.


WHOAH, am I right? That stuff makes your lashes go up, up, up.

After applying mascara, there’s one more secret step. I apply a little bit of shimmery shadow in the inner corners of my eyes. I swear it instantly makes you look more awake and well rested. I used the CoverGirl Flamed Out Shadow Pencil in Crystal Flame #305 – it’s really creamy and goes on smoothly.


After finishing the eyes, I applied a bit of bronzer on my cheeks, a pinkish-nude lip gloss on my lips, gave my hair a little spritz of beach spray, and voilá! Easy breezy.


So, here’s the best part. Giveaway time! I’m giving away a collection of 6 CoverGirl Flamed Out products, as well as a $100 gift card to ULTA Beauty. If you aren’t familiar, ULTA Beauty is the largest beauty retailer that provides one-stop shopping for prestige, mass and salon products and salon services in the United States.



Also, if you feel the need to purchase Flamed Out products ASAP (I understand, it happens…), for a limited time, CoverGirl Eye is Buy One Get One 50% Off at ULTA Beauty. This offer is valid from Sunday, June 9 through Friday, June 28th. Suh-weet.

Enter below to win. Good luck!

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This post is sponsored by P&G Beauty. Find the new CoverGirl Flamed Out products and get the Flaming Femme look at ULTA Beauty.



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  2. This is a great tutorial, thanks for taking the time to do it and photo it so well! I am not great at eye makeup but am going to try this.

    Question…is the Shadow Pot eyeshadow loose (like bare minerals) or more like a cake?

    • The shadow pot is cake/pressed. :)

      • Thanks!

      • tadpoledrain says:

        Good to know. I want to love loose eyeshadow so much, but in reality it just spills all over my counter tops and makeup bags…

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  3. Meghan O. says:

    I’ve been loving Cover Girl lately, especially their mascara.

  4. Eye shadow primer is going to be my best friend this summer. I have a lot of trouble with my eyelids getting greasy and having my shadow crease when it’s hot, but when I use a proper eye shadow primer, it stays put. MAGIC.
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  5. Favorite summer make-up product is probably lip gloss. All kinds of it, too.

  6. Kristen says:

    You look gorgeous! Love the colors!

  7. I want that shadow pencil NOW!! Ulta here I come!!

  8. This is great! I hardly ever do anything spectacular with my eye makeup but this seems easy enough that I might try it.

  9. Kristin says:

    I like the idea of bronze smoky eye instead. I’m not into darkness around my eyes. I don’t want to look like I got punched in the face! Excited for the giveaway! I love Ulta.

  10. Jillian says:

    With my fair features and the fact I can barely draw a straight line, I rarely do anything different with my eyes but I may have to give this a whirl. :)

  11. Favorite this summer: Maybelline Baby Lips Lip Balm. It’s so cute–a perfect lip balm for summer!

  12. I may be a little too excited about this giveaway!

  13. I finally ventured into bronzer this summer and I’m loving it!
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  14. My favorite is a lip balm called Sugar. I LOVE it.
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  15. Makeup? Yes please. Covergirl? Even better. Have you tried their natureluxe gloss balm with SPF 15 and their jumbo gloss sticks.
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  16. My fav summer make-up product is translucent powder.

  17. Christina says:

    Favorite summer makeup product is anything with shimmer :) I’m loving the white shimmer pencil for the inner corner of the eye!

  18. Another mascara to try. You’ve never led me astray, so I’m excited to check it out. What brand eyelash curler do you use? I’ve broken two this year and need a new one.
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  19. I love the bronze color!

  20. My favorite product for summer is Tarte’s blush in dollface!
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  21. Love this giveaway. My favorite summer product is YoungBlood mattifying balm.
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  22. Beverly says:

    I recently bought the Urban decay Naked Palette and am LOVING it! I am tempted to throw out all my other shadows because this palette outshines them all!

  23. I do the bright-white stuff on the inner corner of the eye and I swear by that, too!

  24. Rachel Shaeffer says:

    Looks great! Can’t wait to try it!

  25. Love the tutorial! And the giveaway.
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  26. I love this. I am not a big fan of the grey/black/purple smoky eye, but I feel like this would be great for everyday,even.

  27. Love it!

  28. Omg. That mascara! I’m going to buy it right now!!! ;)

  29. Sarah Roman says:

    My favorite make up product for the summer is bronzer- I am lily white and it is the only way I can create a somewhat tan looking glow. My overall favorite product ever is an eyelash curler- I feel naked if I don’t have curled eyelashes with mascara!

  30. Gotta go with lip gloss

  31. Jacquelyn says:

    For the summer I absolutely love tinted moisturizer. It helps keep my oily skin at bay and with light coverage so I don’t feel like I’m melting in the humid, hot Houston weather. :)

  32. Currently, I am loving tinted moisturizer for the summer- I am having pregnancy acne to the max so anything to limit the amount of product on my face but some coverage is wonderful!

  33. I’m rediscovering bronzer this summer!
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  34. I love a little bronzer in the summer.

    I’ve got a little post-it note with these products on it…heading out on my lunch break. =)
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  35. This is such a great giveaway! Can’t wait to try that mascara.

    My favorite summertime makeup is Burt’s Bee’s Lip Shimmer in Watermelon.

  36. Bronzer is a must!

  37. My favorite summer make up product is the Becca Beach Tint in Pearl that you introduced me to last year.

  38. I love Bumble and Bumble’s Sea Spray in the summer. Tangle free beach waves!

  39. Great tutorial!

  40. Melissa says:

    I am behind the times, but I just discovered BB Cream. I like the light coverage for summer!

  41. Jessica J. says:

    A nice bronzer during the summertime is amazing :)

  42. I’m loving lip glosses now – for whatever reason I don’t use them as much in the winter months but they just feel summery to me.

  43. So excited!

  44. Bronzer is a must in the summer for pale girls!

  45. a shimmery eye pencil since it goes on quick and then I can spend more time outside enjoying the sun!

  46. Tinted moisturizer is my favorite summer makeup product.

  47. Bronzer is an absolute must!

  48. Christina says:

    Your eyes look great with the bronze shadow! I think anyone can rock any look as long you have the confidence to do it. Thanks for doing this giveaway.

  49. Gorgeous! Hope I win. :)

  50. Looks lovely!

  51. Tinted moisturizer is one of my favorite summer products!

  52. I can’t do the smoky eye either :( But I’ve been doing this bronzy one for awhile too. Love it!
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  53. This looks so quick & easy. I don’t wear makeup but I’m thinking I should start.

  54. Kelly Schmucker says:

    This is awesome! I can’t pull off dark colors on my eyes at all, so I would definitely like to try this.

    I bought a new bright pink blush this summer and I LOVE it!

  55. Oh, eye makeup, how do I love thee? Way more than I should because I never know how to use thee. Thanks for the help, Whoorl :)

  56. love. This Year randomly forgot to put on makeup a time or two, and i looked SO run down. I’m using this summer to re-think my approach so that it’s not so glaringly obvious when i don’t. mascara is a MUST though. i lov clinique, and haven’t found a drugstore one love

  57. My favorite summer makeup is e.l.f. cream blush and jouer lip enhancer.

  58. I just started using Cover Girl’s Color Whisper Lip Balm. I got it in “One Size Fits Pearl”.
    It’s great for summer. I may try and snag it in another shade soon!

  59. Would love to win- I can’t do the dark smokey either this would be prefect!

  60. DeeDee V. says:

    I tend to look like a hooker-racoon with ‘smokey’ eye makeup. I’m definitley going to try with the metalics!

    I’m loving the Aveeno BB cream right now. Tinted, sunscreen, subtle shimmer. Great all-around!

  61. GreenInOC says:

    Just found TerraTints by Alba Botanica (it’s a colored gloss in a chapstick tube w/spf 15), that I am in LOVE with that is already my summer make-up staple! ($2.99 at Mother’s right now – I got it in “bloom”)

  62. Cover Girl was one of the first makeup brands I ever used, I’m so glad to see this! I do love the Diorshow Extase which I thought was way too expensive but now I love it for summer and all seasons, really.
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  63. I love your look! Beautiful.
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  64. I love NARS tinted moisturizer and Cover Girl really has great and lasting under eye concealer.
    Also, just to add to the tutorial–I follow this routine on a daily basis but add liner to just the very corner of my top lid, it really adds a subtle but sexy finish to the eye.

  65. I need this! As someone who owns only a few essentials (mascara, eye shadow, and lip balm), I definitely need to stock my makeup supply. I’m about to go into the workforce after graduating with my degree, and I want to look fresh & professional!

  66. I love cream blush! It’s the best!

  67. What lip gloss did you use in that photo? So pretty!!

    I worry about using bronze with blonde hair/fair complexion…I feel like it would make me look orange/yellow? Or am I just clueless?

    My must-have for the summer is a good primer to smooth my complexion and make my pores disappear!

  68. I love my Vapour Organic Beauty Aura blush in crush! Great tutorial!!

  69. Love it! An Ulta just opened near me, yes!
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  70. Courtney says:

    I could do so much damage with $100 at Ulta! And I love CoverGirl mascara–I have two or three for different occasions.

  71. I am usually not a CG eyeshadow fan (an Urban Decay lover) but I love the look on you!

  72. You make this look so easy…I think even I might be able to pull it off!

  73. I’m horrible in the eye makeup department, but you make it look so easy!

  74. Such a pretty, subtle look!

  75. Thank you for tacking the smokey eye challenge! I’ve not done well with it myself. My eyes just look sunken and messy…maybe user error, plus my age? I think this is a very do-able, and I just appreciate that you took on such a popular look, and tweaked it to make it more wearable. Bravo!!

  76. Laura S says:

    great giveaway!

  77. I was just at Ulta yesterday. Guess I will have to get back there today for some of that mascara!
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  78. great tutorial for lovely eye make up!
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  79. I’m going to try this look – love it!

  80. My favorite is BareMinerals mineral veil. Need so much powder during hot months!

  81. I’m sold on that mascara. it looks like it works some serious magic.

  82. My must-have summer product is my Benefit mascara. I don’t wear much make up during the summer, but I always love having mascara on.
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  83. My favourite summer product is waterproof mascara! I think I need that Flamed Out mascara in my life – my puny lashes need all the help they can get!

  84. This is perfect for the summer! I, too, cannot get away with the traditional smoky eye, since I rarely wear much makeup to begin with. The only thing I don’t leave home without is my mascara (usually Neutrogena brand).

  85. Great tutorial! Thanks for sharing your tips!

  86. my fave summer makeup product is bronzer! I stay outta the sun (no thanks, skin cancer) so bronzer is necessary in the summer months to give me that healthy glow!

  87. Summer and all year round I am addicted to my NARS Orgasm blush…perfect for a summery dewy look :)

  88. Paige W says:

    My BB cream is my favorite summer product! But I’m gonna have to try that flamed mascara…WOW!

  89. Chasity says:

    Cream blush! Great giveaway.

  90. Melissa says:

    Bronzes for my pale, pasty skin!! :)

  91. Sunscreen is my #1 summer beauty product. Bronzed is #2!!

  92. Kristen M. says:

    I love the Josie Maran sunscreen moisturizer with a bit of highlighting cream mixed in.

  93. Ahh, favorite summer makeup? Saltwater from the beach.

    Also, I have to admit, I love the summery corals, reds and turquoises that always seem to be part of the summer special edition makeup lines. I look forward to them, every season.

  94. I love a bright pink lip in the summer! SO excited about this giveaway!

  95. Michelle Baxter says:

    My favorite summer staples are the Chanel “Glossimer” line!

  96. I’m loving BB cream this summer! Easy, gives me a glow, and I think it really is helping my skin :D
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  97. Awesome tutorial. I have wedding in a few weeks, this will be perfect.

    I am loving my Nars illuminatot

  98. I’m a big fan of tinted moisturizer for the summer.

  99. I love this. I look like a freakin’ panda if I try to do smoky eyes with dark shadow, so this will actually kinda sorta change my life [on days I wear makeup]. Straight to the front of the class with you, Sarah!
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  100. Elizabeth says:

    Love this! And oh, that “light-colored shadow in the corner of your eye” trick is my favorite. I have a 10-month old, and I swear it looks like I got at least 7 hours of sleep at night when I do that trick.

  101. christine says:

    Nice, but you might want to exfoliate your lips a bit. In the pics before you put on your gloss, your lips look a little dry and flaky. You can do a sugar scrub with olive oil and sugar, super easy and cheap.

  102. Great info , going to give this a try!

  103. My favorite summer product is Covergirl lip stains. I have 4 or 5 colors and it just instantly makes you look more polished!

  104. Michele says:

    Fresh Sugar tinted lip balm is my favorite!

  105. I just recently saw these shadows and the colors really popped and I like that they are space friendly! I hope I can win the giveaway!!

  106. I’d love to try all the products. The pencil looks awesome!

  107. Love that pencil! What is the brush you are using? It looks way better than the brush I have!

  108. Going to go get that mascara tonight!

  109. i love this!

  110. love it – can’t wait to try this eyeshadow!! My favorite summer make-up is vanilla flavored lip gloss from Bath and Body Works, coupled with Bobbie Brown lip liner in raisin. Plus bronzer, of course! Thanks for the tutorial!
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  111. I needed this post! I have trouble with the smoky eye too. I often look dirty or bruised. Sad instead of sultry. Thank you for this tutorial. My favorite summer goody is La Roche Posay Anthelios 50 Mineral Ultra Light Sunscreen Fluid. The formula has a beautiful matte finish and makes my skin look flawless and feel smooth. A perfect “primer” before makeup!

  112. Lisa Brown says:

    I love bronzer in the summer

  113. courtney b says:

    love my too faced chocolate bronzer

  114. I need to branch out with makeup.but I need reasonable prices! :) I must have tinted moisturizer with sunscreen. Everyday!
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  115. I am a new reader to your blog and already enjoying it. I love this look and the giveaway is amazing. Hope to find lots of other stuff I love about this blog!

  116. Monica Ranck says:

    “Brothel inhabitant”- YES! That is exactly how most smoky eyes make me look! Thanks for this tutorial!

  117. Monica Ranck says:

    This tutorial is fabulous! Thank you!

  118. Love this! What kind of lip gloss do you use?

  119. I’m a MN girl living in Colorado this summer and I find myself only wearing all my makeup only when I “go out on the town” my day to day consists of cover girl mascara (each time I buy I think I get a different kind). I also used a tinted Clinique face sunscreen and call it good!

  120. Debbie A says:

    Sweet! I just went out to try one! I would love to try out the whole line! I’m loving my Clinic Chubby Lipstick at the moment!

  121. For the summer, I just use mascara and some moisturizer! I like to keep it light.

  122. Gosh I love Ulta. I used to be strictly about Sephora but I love that Ulta sells drugstore brands as well! One stop shopping!

  123. I’ve never found a smoky eye technique that worked for me, but this looks like just the ticket.
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  124. Water proof mascara!

  125. I’ve never been able to pull of a smoky eye look successfully, but this one, I’m really into. I’d love to try it out!

  126. Oh…and my favorite summer product (or really all season) is a good cheek stain. Looking rosy without sweating everything off is a must.

  127. I wear very little make-up so I would have to say my favorite summer product is some clear lipgloss I bought a trip to Arizona.

  128. I wear very little make-up so I would have to say my favorite summer product is some clear lipgloss I bought on a trip to Arizona.

  129. claudia098 says:

    I really like the Body Shop’s tea tree pore minimizer for the summer. It hides pores and has a nice matte texture to stop the greasies.

  130. Elizabeth A says:

    I love this look! I’m another who stays away from the dark smoky eye — I look like I (barely) survived a fight. But this is beautiful!

  131. I love love a powder bronzer and my fav super cheap go to is the Elf highlighting cream!! Love them!

  132. Rachel D. says:

    For the summer, I feel like bronzer really helps. Otherwise I try to lighten it up. It’s just gonna melt off anyway, amiright?

  133. Natalie Smedegard says:

    My favorite product in the summer is bronzer, since my face never tans as well as everything else.

  134. For summer I always use my SPF mineral powder foundation. I’m very fair and burn really easily. Gives me natural coverage and that extra protection.
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  135. Amy Orvin says:

    My favorite summer make-up product is lipgloss and sunscreen.

  136. I’ve recently learned to LOVE BB and CC creams. I can roll out of bed, slather some one, a little mascara, and I am out the door!

  137. Samantha says:

    I love some peach blush in the summer

  138. Woohoo!!! I always love your tutorials. Gorgeous & simple!

  139. The summer is the one time of the year I’m finally tan enough that I enjoy opting for the lighter pink lipstick colors – the rest of the year I’m so fair that with my dark hair it just makes me look washed out.
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  140. Tinted moisturizer!

  141. My favorite summer product is tinted moisturizer.

  142. Very pretty Sarah. I’m interested in checking out the mascara especially.

  143. Christina says:

    Great giveaway! I’m interested in trying the mascara!

  144. Trish mcavoy bb cream!

  145. Call me crazy, but I’m really digging electric blue eyeliner this summer!

  146. Great post! What are you wearing on your lips in the final pic? Thanks!

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