Date Night Makeup Look: Smokey Eye Attempt

You may have noticed that the vast majority of the photos I post of myself here and elsewhere on the web are bare-faced. This is not by accident. I am not a makeup person. It’s just not something I wear on a regular basis. With the exception of lipstick, I can count on both hands the number of time I’ve worn makeup in the last 5 years. So when Walmart asked me to share a date night makeup look, I admit I was worried. Thankfully, we live in the age of YouTube, and you can find a tutorial for anything.

First, the obligatory “before” photo:


This time, I was asked to work with Flower cosmetics. I’ve used their products before, but I never really tried to do anything glamorous. Just the basics. This time, I decided that not only would I put on a full face of makeup — I’d attempt something dramatic: A smokey eye.


I started with the following products:

I also used some makeup I already had on hand: an eyeshadow palette, black mineral eyeshadow and matte lipstick and iridescent gloss. I just said I don’t wear makeup, right? Well, thanks to years of blogging, I have a robust makeup collection that I never use. I know. It’s ridiculous.

I started with the liquid foundation, because I have some blemishes and redness that I wanted to cover up. One of these days, I’ll learn all about contouring and making my nose and cheekbones pop. This time though, I just applied a light layer of liquid foundation, followed by a dusting of the powder foundation to better match my skin tone and give my skin a shimmery, bronzed finish. I honestly should have gone a shade or two darker on the liquid foundation.


The different isn’t drastic, but it covered up what I wanted to cover up.

This is when I stepped out of my element and attempted to create a smokey eye. I’m not even going to attempt to give you a tutorial of my own, because I had to follow someone else’s. So here’s the video I used, which is relatively easy to follow.

I didn’t have all the products on hand, but I had some good substitutes. For example, I used a tiny bit of the tinted moisturizer in place of primer, and I just used the brushes I had. My favorite part of this, though, was the Flower creme eyeshadow. I used mineral shadow for the black at the bottom of my lids, but I used the bronze creme eyeshadow for my upper lids and blending. Let me tell you — this stuff applies like a dream. It is smooth and silky, and I had no problem blending it with the darker colors below and highlight above. I finished the look off with the Flower mascara, to make my give my near non-existent lashes a bit of life.


I have no idea how “good” this is, but I’m pretty proud of myself considering it’s the first time I’ve ever attempted a smokey eye.

Finally, I wanted a bold lip. This is a date night look, after all. I did have Flower’s lip butter on hand, but it wasn’t pigmented enough for the look I wanted. So I used Ruby Kisses matte lipstick, topped by an iridescent lip gloss.

I’ll admit that it took a minute to get used to my own reflection. I never do all this, remember? But I really love the bold final look, and I’m hopeful the hubby will feel the same.



Now I just have to wash and style my hair. Don’t judge me.

Do you have any tips for a makeup newbie? Feel free to drop them in the comments below!


By jennae

Hi! I'm Jennae Petersen and I'm the eco diva who had the bright idea to share my journey toward green living with the blogosphere. Some of you may know me as the founder of Green Your Decor, my blog about eco-friendly home decor, as a Walmart Mom, from Twitter or from my organic cotton t-shirt line Differently Clothing. Stick around for a while!

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