Smoky Brown Makeup

I don’t know about you guys, but I tend to go through phases with my makeup. One month, I’m wearing a lot of bold red lips with minimal eye makeup; the next, a smoky eye with nude gloss. Sometimes mattes, sometimes glitter; either way, I love to play around with my look! The only rule I tend to always stick by is to play up either the eyes or the lips; not both at the same time. This is because it’s very easy to fall into the territory of looking overly ‘made up’ or even worse, a bit like a clown!

However, this month I’ve been breaking my own cardinal rule *gasp!* and it’s all down to one recently discovered beauty product; the Topshop Lipstick in Sashay Away. This little beauty was featured in my January Favourites and is the first chocolate brown lipstick I’ve ever tried. At first, I was worried it would look far too dark with my fair skin and blonde hair, or that it would look like I’d just been gorging myself on chocolate fudge cake, however, I’ve actually completely fallen in love with it! I should have guessed really, when have I ever disliked anything which resembles chocolate?… I either wear it on it’s own with nude eyes, which really adds a bit of sophistication to an outfit, or I pair it with smoky brown eyes. Brown is much less harsh than black so this is a great look for when you want to look vampish and sultry, but without overpowering your face. DSC02172-001

I’ll leave the brows and base makeup up to you guys, as I know everyone has their own favourite way of doing this, and I’ll focus on my eyes and lips. If you are interested though, below are the base products I used:

(Primer: Clarins Beauty Flash Balm; Foundation: Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup in 1W2 Sand (although this shade is a little too light for me!); Concealer: Clinique Airbrush Concealer in Neutral Fair; Contouring: Daniel Sandler Watercolor Creme Bronzer in Riviera; Blush: Liz Earle Healthy Glow Cream Blush in Rose; Setting Powder: Bare Minerals Mineral Veil; Bronzer: Bare Minerals Warmth; Highlighter: NARS Highlighting Blush in Alabatross. Brows: Dark brown shade from my Dior Palette.



The first thing to do is prime the lids, and for that I used my MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pot in Soft Ochre, taking it right up to under the brows. Next, I took out my Dior 3 Couleurs Smoky Eyeshadow Palette in Smoky Brown which is amazing as it has everything you need to create the perfect look. Although this palette is expensive, it’s honestly worth every penny! The shades are beautiful and highly pigmented and it’s perfect for travelling when you don’t want to take an entire large palette.

Step 1: Smooth the pale, creamy colour over the entire lid to serve as a base.

Step 2: Next, using a pointed brush, apply the matte, dark brown colour to the outer corner of the eye and outwards slightly. Also apply it into the crease for definition.

Step 3: Use a smudging or pointed brush to smudge the dark brown colour under the bottom eyeline, bringing it up to join the outer corner. It helps to use a tissue or some sticky tape to keep the shadow looking neat and tidy.

Step 4: Using a finger, press some of the glittery brown colour into the centre of the eyelid. Or use a different colour of your choosing! I also like to apply a glittery copper or cream shadow.

Step 5: Use a liquid or gel eyeliner across the top lid to form a very subtle cat-eye. I used my L’Oreal Super Liner.

Step 6: Curl lashes and apply lots of mascara!

Now, all you need is a slick of the Topshop Sashay Away Lipstick, and you’re good to go!


I hope you like the finished look! Let me know what you think in the comments below!

What is your go-to makeup look right now? Do you tend to prefer smoky eyes, bold lips or barely-there makeup? 

Thanks for reading, have a good weekend everybody!

Joanna xxxxx


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28 thoughts on “Smoky Brown Makeup

      1. I’m sure you’ve got nice skin to work with in the first place, but it does look flawless in the photo. Oh my goodness!! I need that setting on my camera!xx

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  1. I love this! It looks stunning on you 🙂 Your complexion is soo similar to mine!! I love brown lipsticks – my darkest is Mac Half n Half but this looks darker and I really like it!

    I too am always changing up my look – loving brown lipsticks now (got excited when I saw this post) hehe – I’m into this Kylie Jenner type of lipstick too – the matte grey/purple one (know which I’m referring to?) Then in summer, I’ll be back to my light pinks, oranges and corals!


    1. Thank you so much! Then this will probably look great on you, and it’s really long lasting. I’m loving brown and nudes right now too. I think it’s the Velvet Teddy which Kylie Jenner uses and I’ve been wanting it for ageeees. I agree though, I tend to prefer my nudes and dark tones in Winter and then by April I start leaning towards the pinks and corals. Thanks so much for reading! xx

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      1. Thanks! I’ll definitely be trying it out 🙂 I’ll take a look at Velvet Teddy – got me curious! I’ve heard she used MAC Stone lip liner with Limecrime Velvetines in Cashmere – the two are always sold out! Enjoyed reading this 🙂 Have a good weekend! xx

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  2. Lovely post! The brown lipstick is very nice on you. I feel that it is a hard color to pull off but if you find the right shade, you’re golden! Also, I was surprised that you also use Soft Ochre. I thought you’d use Painterly.

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    1. Thank you! I agree, brown lipstick can be quite tricky. I think this is a really good colour as it has a slight berry tone to it. I bought soft ochre quite a while ago, maybe 2 years ago now! I quite like that it’s so light. I’ve got my eye on painterly too though! Xx

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