Brown Eyes for NYE | The Body Shop 4-Step Smokey Eyes Palette

Keeping it low-key for New Year's Eve was something I didn't plan. I was hoping I could go all glittery and bright welcoming 2012. But all's good, this look was way more appropriate for an intimate celebration that we had during New Year's Eve. It was also a chance to use again my 4-Step Smokey Eyes Palette from The Body Shop.

I've always like The Body Shop's eyeshadows. They are easy to pack on, blend and gives good color pay-off. For girls with less than oily skin, you don't even need a primer as this barely creases on a well-prep lids.

The Body Shop 4-Step Smokey Palette in Gold Brown 02

Getting the Gold Brown Palette was a very good choice because it's just not for creating smokey eyes, this is also great for every look, just tone down the use of the brown shade a bit. Speaking of the brown shade, girls with tan skin or those with morena skin could probably use this as an eyebrow powder.


I got to record this look for a video tutorial. I hope this helps you achieve this look on your own. It's pretty simple to do, so enjoy!

  1. Apply a primer to avoid creasing of eye shadows.
  2. Make eye shadows more vibrant with base. If you don't have a cream shadow base, use a pencil liner.
  3. Creating smoky eyes is easier when you start with the darkest shade in the palette.
  4. Balance out and blend the eye shadow with the midtone shade on the palette to create gradient and reduce harsh line.
  5. Blend well.
  6. Highlight the brow bone with the lightest shade in the palette. This defines it and attract more light to eliminate you looking washed out or punched.
  7. Apply your liner, mascara as usual. Do double coats.
  8. Clean fall out with a makeup remover.
  9. Foundation is best done after completing your eye makeup look.
  10. Add dimension to the face by contouring and highlighting.
  11. Apply the blush on the apply of your cheeks to liven up your face.
  12. Keep the lips nude or neutral and gloss up to complete the look.
  13. Define your brows to frame the face.

For the eyes:

Benefit Stay Don't Stray Eye Primer (fingers)
The Body Shop 4-Step Smokey Palette in Gold Brown 02 
(elianto eyeshadow brush, MAC 217 brush,\)
Fanny Serrano Long-Last Waterproof Liquid Liner 
Majolica Major Lash Enamel Glamour Volume On Mascara
The Body Shop Brow and Liner Kit 02 (Charm Dream Brow Duo Brush)
MAC Brow Gel in Girl Boy
Revlon ColorStay Aqua Minerals

For the face:

Shu Uemura Face Architect Sheer Refining Mousse Foundation ( Ellana Flat Top Brush)
Clinique Superbalanced Powder Makeup (Charm Flat Top Brush)
The Body Shop Matte Bronzer in 04 Charm Vegan Angled Blush Brush)
PureGlow Venus and Mars Mineral Blush in Hot Pinch (Ellana Blush Brush, from a set)
Venus and Mars Finishing Powder in Elusive (Coastal Scents Blending Brush)

For the Lips:

MAC Lipstick in Faerie Glen
MAC Cremesheen Lipgloss in Melt Your Mouth

For a spontaneous makeup look, I'm very pleased with this one. It's a very polished smokey eyes. I actually think it's a bit elegant even... great to use for any sort of event.

So what about you? What look did you do to welcome 2012? :)

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  1. Bongga, ganda mo on NYE! oh well, maganda ka naman pala everyday! :) See you soon

  2. ang ganda Miss Shen!  I love the look you did!  Great way to start the year!

  3. Fresh look!.. i like it...

  4. Hi Ms Shen, 
    you look fab! and btw, could you do a tut on how to draw natural-looking eyebrows on barely-there/almost-none eyebrows? 

  5. I love how the peachy shade blush complimented the brown lids! The shades used are very well coordinated. I will visit The Body Shop soon and definitely check this out.. Thank you!

  6. csingson936/1/12 7:26 PM

    love that color on you;)

  7. Kim Gacita7/1/12 2:37 AM

    Hi Ms. Shen! What type of lighting do you use? or where do you usually take your shots? Or is it because of your camera? Ang ganda kasi ng lighting, pantay na pantay. 

  8. perfect for everyday look. and i absolutely love your lashes!  :D


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