Tutorial: A Pink Smoky Eye For Hooded Lids Like Mine

This look is delicate. But it will also cut a b*tch.
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This look is delicate. But it will also cut a b*tch.

Disclaimer: I am not that into Valentine's Day. That said, I've been waiting for a reason to try a pink smoky eye

Reason number one: Tomorrow is Valentine's Day. Reason number two: I just got my hands on the Urban Decay's Naked 3 Palette, which is full of pink shades. The universe has spoken, yes? 

pink smokey eye products

The supplies: MUFE Aqua Eyes Eyeliner, Ulta Super Stretch Fiber Mascara, Urban Decay Naked 3. 

You can recreate this look using any pink eye shadow, plus a soft pencil eyeliner and some mascara, natch. 

I used five shades from the Naked 3 palette--Blackheart, Buzz, Burnout, Dust, and Strange--swatched below for your viewing pleasure. 

naked 3 swatches

From left to right: Blackheart, Buzz, Burnout, Dust, and Strange.

First I applied primer, a must if you have oily, creased eyelids like mine. Then I tight-lined all the way around my eyes. 

make up for ever aqua eyes eyeliner

After MUFE eyeliner.

I used Make Up For Ever Aqua Eyes Eyeliner in black, which goes on very smoothly and doesn't budge. I don't usually use this much eyeliner but this look calls for it. 

I swept a shimmery light pink (Burnout) over my mobile lid and added a bit sparkly pale pink (Dust) to my inner corners. 

naked 3 burnout on lid

Warning: There is a lot of shimmery fallout from Dust. 

I'm pretty pale, so you can't really see it, but I highlighted my brow bone with a matte off-white (Strange). By the way, don't worry too much about fallout creating pink dust on your lashes. Mascara will fix that. 

To really enhance the pink, I went over my lid again with a vibrant, shimmery hot pink (Buzz). 

naked 3 buzz

P.S. Buzz looks lighter on your lids than it does in the pan. 

TIP: Since I have hooded lids, I blended a little above the crease so you can see the color when my eyes are fully open.  

Then I blended a deep, micro-glittered Black (Blackheart), from the outer corners to a third of the way across my lids. 

naked 3 blackheart closed

After blending. 

Again, blend above the crease if you have hooded lids like me. 

With a small, stiff brush and that same black shadow, I drew a thin line from my outer corners to the center of my lids. 

naked 3 blackheart

This tutorial required a lot of bedroom eyes. 

All that's left is mascara! Apply it to the top and bottom lashes. 

pink smokey eyes closed

The final look with eyes closed.

I like Ulta Super Stretch Fiber Mascara because it's dramatic but not messy. I also had some cleanup to do so I grabbed my e.l.f. Makeup Remover Pen, which always saves my butt when I need to erase mistakes or define messy lines.  

I think this would look especially striking on someone with green eyes. Mine are blue, but I think the pink helps bring out the small amount of green in them. 

pink smokey eye closeup

The final look with eyes open.

I paired my pink smoky eye with a nude lip--Wet 'n' Wild Fergie Creme Lipstick in Fergie Daily. My natural lip color is so pink it would have been too much with the eye shadow, so a nude lip was absolutely required.

pink smokey eye final look 2

The final look.

Want options? You could use a more vibrant hot pink, or tone down the eyeliner if you want, or even do different shades of pink from light to dark. The possibilities are endless (and wearable far beyond just Valentine's Day). 

  • What do you think? Will you try this out?
  • Do you use Valentine's Day as an excuse to break out your pink and red makeup? I'd love to see pics in the comments.

Photos by Joshua Kirby