The Brown Smoky Eye. AKA a Fabulous Office-to-Out Makeup Idea for Party Season
Tue, 27 November 2012 12:21PM
Granted, brown eye shadow might not sound so festive (like, say, glitter dust and red lipstick do). But bear with me on this one for a bit, okay?
You might remember, Katy Perry took the brown smoky eye out one night recently. And she looked so sophisticated yet sexy (a tricky balance to achieve, really) that I’ve been considering copying her ever since.
But as of today I’m most definitely going to give the look a go. And it’s all because I’ve spotted these photos of Cara Delevingne …
… and Jourdan Dunn …
Now, if these beauties don’t have you immediately reaching for your nearest brown shadow, I will hang up my beauty editor hat (I’d rather not though, it’s really pretty, it stops sun damage, and I don’t even get dreaded hat-hair).
As you can see from the above two photos, there’s a brown for every tone of skin – from Cara’s toffee shadow to Jourdan’s mocha take.
And while brown sounds boring in theory, in reality it can make a major makeup statement. Without being as heavy (nor as predictable) as the usual smoky black or grey. In fact, you could even wear a smoky brown eye in the daytime and look entirely appropriate.
Which all adds up to one thing: the brown smoky eye is an ideal makeup look for those days when you have to run direct from your desk to a party (or dinner or date, for that matter). With perhaps a quick pit-stop at the bathroom to oomph up the old mascara.
And possibly also use your dark brown shadow to fill in and amp up your brows, which Cara and Jourdan both appear to have done, to stunning effect.
Sold on the smoky brown idea? Then I just have one more thing to say: if you don’t already have your perfect hue back at home, you must buy yourself The Balm Nude’tude, $49.95, from selected David Jones stores. This fabulous palette features a brown for every girl, along with some lovely highlighting shades and a black cake liner.
Tell me, Primpers, are you sold on the smoky brown eye?
Do you already have a favourite brown shadow shade? Do share!