Rose Gold Smoky Eye Makeup Tutorial

Rose Gold Smoky Eye Makeup Tutorial

posted on: 12.05.2014

For well over a year now, rose gold has stepped into the spotlight and shows no sign of backing out of the "it" color running. It has definitely become one of my favorite colors to use in my makeup (the Urban Decay Naked 3 palette probably has something to do with that) because it has such a glowy, romantic feel to it. So today I'm going to show you how to achieve the most gorgeous rose gold smoky eye using a really easy technique that makes smoky eyes SUPER easy.
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  1. First, I am using the Bobbi Brown Shadow Stick in Bark to draw out the shape of the smoky eye. This serves as the base of the smoky eye. Don't worry about being too precise here.
  2. Using your finger, blend out the shadow stick. You don't want any harsh lines.
  3. Using the Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette, use the shade "Buzz" and pat it all over the lid and over the shadow stick applied in step 1. As you can see, applying the shadow over the bare lid and the shadow stick makes it seem like you've used more than one eyeshadow! 
  4. To add even more dimension, use a pure rose gold color (I'm using "Trick") and pat onto the center of your lid.
  5. Add a light, shimmery color on the inner corners of your eyes to open your eyes up. I'm using "Dust".
  6. To help blend the edges a bit, I'm using "Limit" as a transition color. Any mid-tone taupe/brown color would work for this part.
  7. Apply black pencil eyeliner on your top lashline. I'm using this one by It Cosmetics.
  8. Using an angled brush, smudge the eyeliner for a smokier effect.
  9. Apply mascara. This is the mascara I've been using a lot lately.
  10. Apply the blush color of your choice. I'm keeping it in the rose gold family, and I'm using NARS Deep Throat
  11. Keep your lips a neutral color. I'm using a pinky nude color, Urban Decay's Naked Revolution Lipstick
And that's it! The little trick of applying a dark cream eyeshadow as a base makes doing a smoky eye incredibly easy, and adds so much great dimension to the look. It truly is foolproof! PS- the brushes I'm using in this tutorial are by Soho Naturals. They are REALLY awesome, incredibly soft, synthetic and cruelty-free with bamboo handles. I'm using the brushes from their 3 Piece Smoky Eye Set.

Also, you can apply this technique using any color of your choice- it doesn't have to be rose gold! Give it a try and be prepared to have your mind blown. What's your favorite way to do a smoky eye?

Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links. Soho Naturals brushes were provided by PR. 


  1. Wow, what a gorgeous look, and such a clear and easy to follow tutorial! Thank you!

  2. I don't own Naked 3, but I have a number of rose gold shadow. The look you created is absolutely gorgeous! You look beautiful. Definitely inspired me to break out the rose gold shadows and try it myself :)

  3. This is such a beautiful look! And so easy to do!

  4. Love this! I haven't reached for Naked 3 in awhile, but I'm so going to have to recreate this.

  5. Great tutorial! That look is so great for your skintone. All the colors are so understated and lovely.


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