Romantic Brown Smoky Eye Tutorial Featuring Esqido Mink False Lashes

I love a diffused brown smoky eye. It is sultry and sexy yet a little softer than a tradition grey/black smoky eye. It is also amazing for bringing out those baby blues for your hot Valentine’s date… or night in.

Romantic Brown Smoky Esqido Eye Tutorial

If you don’t have hooded lids as I do than you can probably just skip the two matte shades in the crease and just use Burberry Midnight Brown in your crease. I can do this with lovely results as well but when I have the time I like to try and sculpt my crease as best I can to create the illusion of what’s not there.


I used Ellis Faas Skin Veil Foundation in S101, Clarins Instant Concealer in 01, and the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette, and the Lancome Rose Ballerine Blush on my complexion. Lips are Rouge Bunny Rouge Long Lasting Lip Pencil in Roald topped with Rouge Bunny Rouge Glassy Gloss in Rahat Lokum.

Esqido Valentine Look15

Esqido Valentine Look14

While I use false lashes on my clients on a regular basis I’m not usually a fan of them for myself but I am so in love with the Esqido Mink Collection Lashes. They are made using hairs that are collected during the natural shedding/molting cycle of the mink so no animals are harmed.  These lashes can be worn up to 25 times vs. the usual 3-4 times you get out of synthetic lashes.


The white and rose gold packaging is beautiful and really adds to the feeling of luxury these lashes offer.


I have the two most natural looking lashes in the collection; Little Black Lash ($39.00 on sale for $34 CAD) and Unforgettable ($42.99 on sale for $36 CAD). The hairs are so fine and soft and they are placed on a ultra-light flexible cotton band that makes them so comfortable to wear, easy to apply, and incredibly natural looking. My eyes look so much more defined and impactful without the fact I’m wearing falsies even being detectable.


Esqido was founded right here in Toronto, ON Canada. You can learn more on the Esqido Mink Lashes website.


Esqido Mink Collection Unforgettable


Esqido Mink Collection Little Black Lash

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Plum Smoky Eye Tutorial with Laura Mercier and Lise Watier

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Here is a look using the Laura Mercier Artist’s Palette for Eyes for Holiday 2013. This was limited edition and sold out online but may still be available in stores. Luckily all the shades are part of the permanent lineup so you can easily recreate this look even without the Artist Palette with Laura Mercier single eyeshadows!

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  1. Apply eyeshadow primer or base, I used Lancôme Aquatique Waterproof Eyeshadow Base in Nude, then apply Vanilla Nuts from crease to brow.
  2. Apply African Violet heavily on the entire lid and on the centre of the lower lash line.
  3. Apply Plum Smoke into the crease.
  4. Apply the Kir Royale on the outer 3rd of the lid and into the crease. Also apply on outer third of lower lash liner. Blend lightly as this shade tends to blend away.
  5. Apply Violet Ink on the very outer corner of the eye and a bit onto the lower lash line. Blend into other shades.
  6. Apply Sparkling Dew to the brow bone and Primrose to the inner corner of the eye.
  7. Apply a deep smoky plum eyeliner to upper waterline and lash line and a bit on the outer part of your lower lash line. My favourite is the Lise Watier Intense Extra Smooth Eyeliner in Prune.
  8. Since African Violet has quite a bit of fallout I cleanup under the eyes and then apply my foundation, concealer and powder. Perfect brows and apply black mascara, I’ve used L’Oreal Butterfly Mascara, and your done.

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Dior Golden Flower Smoky Eye Tutorial for Holiday 2013

Dior Golden Flower Tutorial-page-001-2 One of my favourite ways to wear the Dior 634 Golden Flower quint is as a smoky eye. This palette really brings out blue eyes. Normally I would incorporate a matte warm brown in my crease but I wanted to show you the look created using just the palette.

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  1. Apply eyeshadow primer like Too Faced Shadow Insurance and apply a matte or demi matte skin toned colour from crease to brow.
  2. Apply the copper shade heavily on the entire lid.
  3. Apply the deep bronze shade on the outer corner of the eye and into the crease.
  4. Blend out the bronze into the crease.
  5. Apply the copper shade on the lower lash line and the deep bronze towards the outside of the lower lash line.
  6. Apply the champagne glitter shade in the centre of the palette to the inner corner of the eyes. You can really make this pop by using a sticky base. I did not do that here.
  7. Apply the ivory shade to the brow bone.
  8. Perfect brows, apply a deep brown eyeliner tightlined on upper waterline and close to upper lash line as well as on the outer part of you lower lash line.

I have been wearing variation of this look on a regular basis. I’ve really been loving this palette. Let me know if you’d like to see a similar tutorial with the other palette in the Dior Golden Winter Collection Golden Snow. You can find more from the Dior Golden Winter Holiday 2013 Collection here.

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