How To: Summer Dusk Smokey Eyes (Inspired by Hayden Panetierre)

In yesterday's post, I asked what look you wanted to see today, and an eye look won by a landslide (don't worry--I'm getting to every suggestion in future posts!). I decided to do a smokey eye using the L'Oreal Summer Dusk palette. It's a soft, smokey mauve-purple (aubergine) that looks good on all eye colors and can be worn year-round. I was influenced by makeup worn by Hayden Panetierre:

You'll need:

Sexy Curves Mascara by Rimmel (no particular reason for using this mascara...um it's a purple tube?)
 Rimmel blush in Santa Rose
Revlon Scented Polish in Peach Smoothie
NYX Kohl Liner (not pictured bc I forgot)

How To:
The Handy Dandy, Quick & Dirty Reference Guide

  • Begin by putting eye lid primer all over the lid, to promote a longer-lasting color.
  • Next, pat the soft pink shade all over the lid. I used a flat brush, but using your ring finger will work just as well.
  • Using the 2 shade (a soft gold), highlight under the eyebrows and the inner corner to brighten the eyes.

  • Take a crease brush and sweep the 3 shade in the crease, in a windshield wiper motion.
  • Go ahead and paint your nails! I just threw this step in. Continuing with the tutorial...

  • Take the darkest shade and line the upper lash line and, using a smudge brush, smudge under the lower lash line.
  • Using a black kohl liner, line the tight line, water line, upper and lower lash lines. Note how the liner will line the entire eye. Gently smudge the upper/lower lash lines using a smudge brush or a cosmetic cotton swab.
  • Apply foundation and concealer of your choice.
  • Using a fluffy powder blush, brush the bronzer on the temples, cheeks, and lower jaw line.
  • Curl lashes and coat lashes in mascara. In the inspiration photos, Hayden is wearing false lashes (see my false lash tutorial here) but I chose not to.
  • Dust the apples of the cheeks with blush.
  • Put on lipstick (gloss is optional) and that's it!

Have a great weekend! Be safe, behave, and be well. Love, Elle


  1. Ahh, I adore the smoky eyes look. Love to see it on others too.

  2. Love that look. I hope you have a great weekend too!!

  3. Wow! Love the eye look! Great job done... Will surely bookmark this post for future reference...

  4. Love this look, so pretty! I adore the smokey eye, but it feels too heavy for summer. This is perfect! I also like to do one with warm, golden browns & a touch of apricot.

  5. I love it! I used to do this very eye look until I lost/dropped and broke/ran out of the colours...I love it on me and now I am inspired to create this look again. It is super nice for summer!

  6. I like that you did a more subtle and wearable take on the usual smokey eye, looks beautiful. In reply- I've actually been collecting magazine cut-outs over the years on beauty, hair and fashion tips.
    Happy Friday dear!

  7. Such a gorgeous look! And perfect for this time of year.

    Have a great weekend, Elle! :) xoxo

  8. Nice look! You did a great job on this

    xoxo Sootjeelina <3

  9. I love smoky eyes and I like how yours came out.:D

    ***** Marie *****

  10. Fantastic! You have got that eyeliner down pat - steady hand!

  11. Haven't seen Hayden in a while, but she looks so great. You have awesome eyes that work really well with the smokey look.

  12. Gorgeous! You always have great tutorials. Hope you have a great weekend!

  13. Another great look, my dear:) This is a great smokey-eye for the day!

  14. Looks great! Thanks for sharing!

  15. Smokey eyes is my favourite eye trend. I still haven't mastered it, so I'll be trying out your tutorial. Your eyes came out great. Especially love the eyeliner.

  16. I love the look. Your eye shadow tutorials are always my favorite, because I am so clueless.


  17. aah, yay! this looks great and i need to try this! :D

    <3, Mimi

  18. smokey eye always confuses me and this was super helpful! thanks

  19. Love this look! It's not too much, but just enough.

  20. WOW. Very pretty. It especially looks great on you, Elle!

    You have a great weekend too! Thanks for your sweet wishes for me on my birthday and my Dad's election. :)


  21. The eyes - so gorgeous! You are a master, Elle! :)

  22. So pretty! I love the eyeshadow pallettes that come with instructions for which colors go where...exactly for this reason. :p

  23. I like this look - I'm bookmarketing your post for later use!


  24. Gorgeous eye look.
    Thanks for sharing.

  25. Ooh I love that plummy purple shade. I'm giving this look a try! Thanks for another great look!

  26. You did it so perfect!! Looks amazing :)

  27. I luuuuuuurve a good smokey eye--I wear that look almost every day, toned up or down based on the occasion :) This one is gorgeous. I love the pink and gold look.

  28. Love this eye look! Is soft but dramatic a the same time!!

    Jayme & Mendi @ Her Late Night Cravings


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