Quick Smokey Eye Challenge Accepted with Tarte smolderEYES Collector’s Set!

Hey everyone!

Yesterday when I reviewed the Tarte Eye Catchers 6-Piece SmolderEYES And Skinny SmolderEYES Collector’s Set, I promised to show you a look in a separate post. Well here it is! It’s a quick smokey eye done with four Tarte pencils and no brush.

Here’s the step-by-step:

1) I started out by lining my upper and lower lash line with Onyx. Because I have monolids, I made the line on my upper lash line relatively thick before I smudged it out with the smudger (also into my waterline). I also blended the line on the outer half a bit higher up, just to emphasize the almond shape when my eyes are open. Do note that because the pencil is very creamy and soft, you might need less than what you think you do!

2) Next, I put Ash Violet all over my lids before blending the edges out. I also went over my lower lash line with it. Again, because of how smudgable the pencil is, I’d advise you add bit by bit as you go instead of going overboard right from the start!

3) I layered a bit of Gold on the center of my lids just to give it a bit more depth.

4) I highlighted my inner corners with Champagne, dabbing my pinky on it a little just so that it wouldn’t seem too frosty or metallic.

Some mascara later the smokey eye was done! I didn’t line my eyes again with a gel eyeliner. I normally feel quite naked without my winged-out eyeliner, but for me personally the is enough intensity, and you do already see the almond shape very well. You definitely can if you want to though!

For the rest of my face, I had Estee Lauder Peach Passion Pure Color Blush (review coming up soon) on my cheeks, Diorskin Nude Shimmer on the top of my cheekbones, and Dior Incognito Addict Extreme on my lips (this is definitely going from “something that washes me out” to “a lot of the times only this will do”).

Some more pictures!

You can definitely use the same idea with other mid-to-dark-toned pencils in the set, and I bet it’d look smashing! Onyx makes a great base like this, as it is so intense and easy to smudge out, but once it sets it wears like iron!

Special shout-out to my monolidded sisters: whether you buy this set or not, try a look like this to see how it works for you. It might take some practice, as for me personally if I blend the eyeshadow on my inner half too high, it can easily look too much. However, once you get the hang of it this will add so much intensity and shape to your eyes!

What do you think? Have you tried a similar look? Will you be picking this Tarte set up?

Sunny, your beauty culture translator xx



  • http://www.chloeash.com Lily (@ChloeAsh)

    Too bad I can’t get my hands on Tarte. This set looks lovely :-)

    • Sunny

      I know. So sorry Lily! I think availability is really the only problem with this set.

  • http://beautiesatwork.wordpress.com/ beauties

    subtle but good :)

    • Sunny

      Thanks! I could have blended it higher, but I think for my particular eye shape it’s easy to go overboard so I kept it subtle ;)

  • http://memoiselle.com/ Memoiselle

    This set looks great! Can be used for both eyeliner and eyeshadow :) I like your 1st picture, I can see the color gradation very well!

    • Sunny

      Thanks! I think I’ll use the chubby ones more as eyeshadow, but on my lower lash line I could definitely use them as eyeliners!

  • http://followmarla.blogspot.com/ Marla

    Very pretty. I like it because it is subtle.

    • Sunny

      Thanks Marla! You can totally blend it higher for more drama, but for me this is pretty enough :)

  • http://www.lenallure.com L e n a

    eeeh pretty!
    i’ve been using these liners as my eyeshadow colors lately as well.
    my favorite is the ash violet and the gun metal shades! so versatile gotta love this set! :)

    • Sunny

      They’re just so easy to use! I bet this is the kind of stuff I can work with in a car (OK, maybe not the black base part. Also that obviously implies when I’m not driving haha). I knew you’d love those two the most! To be honest I can’t really pick my favorites just yet. I think I’ll use Black Rainforest a bit less than the others just because it’s really intense, but all the colors are equally adorable to me!

  • http://eyemasq.wordpress.com/ Shannon @ Eyemasq

    I love that you got this set too! These shades look great on you, very pretty!!!

    • Sunny

      Yay I just read your review! They’re amazing eh :)

  • http://www.beauty-reflections.com Tracy@Beauty Reflections

    So pretty Sunny! This set looks amazing for sure!

    • Sunny

      Thanks so much Tracy! You should give these a second chance!

  • http://beautycabby.com lyn

    Lovely! Do you normally use an eye primer? I tend to have creasing issues when I try using eye pencils as a shadow.

    • Sunny

      Hey Lyn, I normally do, but for testing purposes I tested these without and they hold up well! If you’re worried still use a primer underneath them. I know I can wear these without, especially if I don’t need them to stretch 12 hours.

  • http://buyingcrueltyfree.com Catherine (@bcrueltyfree)

    Lovely! Dark but still soft and sophisticated – I love it. I actually find pencils can make the best eye primers, too, powders really stick to them.

    • Sunny

      Thanks Catherine! These are great because they really don’t crease or disappear on me!

  • http://www.sprinklesonacupcake.com petra

    You look great, pretty make-up and I love the bird top!

    • Sunny

      Thanks Petra!

  • http://myfashiontrendencies.blogspot.com Chris El

    I LOVE Tarte’s SmolderEyes pencils. The collection was one of my best investments this season as I’ve used them every single day. Love the bird top!

    • Sunny

      Thanks girl! I totally agree! It’s excellent value, and I love the liners!

  • http://miaka-mylife.blogspot.com Ruby

    Sunny, thanks for the tip on eye makeup application for monolids. I hav to try it because I hav monolids and they are still droopy too :(

    • Sunny

      Aww no pouty face! You just have to keep experimenting till you find the technique that works the best for you! Hope this helps :)

  • http://bronzerbunny.com Joyce (bronzerbunny)

    Good job on this look! :) I’m glad you are liking the set!

    • Sunny

      Thanks Joyce! The set has amazing value. It’s hard not to love it!

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