Recreating My Old Makeup Look: Smokey eye, or is it?



A long, long time ago I uploaded a makeup tutorial called ‘Smokey eye, or is it?’ (Dutch: Smokey eye, of toch niet?). Since I have gotten a lot better at doing makeup since then, I thought it would be fun to recreate this look. So I tried this look again using a different technique, my new skills, and my current makeup. In this article I’ll give you an entirely updated version of this fun little look. Let’s get into it.

To start, let’s first take a look at the original makeup. If you want to read the article, you can find it over here. Warning: these pictures are atrocious!

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For some reason I thought these blurry, low-quality pictures were good. LOL. I also thought I had some decent makeup skills and that I did not need to do my eyebrows. I most definitely did. However, the general idea of the look is cute, the execution just not so much. Now, let’s see if I have improved a bit in the last 4 years.


I started this look by putting on an eyeprimer, so the colours will look nicer. Then I went in with the colour Cola from the James Charles x Morphe palette along the lash line. This is just so I have a base to work with.


Next I took the colour Playground from the same palette and started working this outwards from the lash line.


I kept on doing this with both Playground and Cola, blending Playground more outwards and keeping Cola more on the lid. When I was happy with the blending, I put both colours on my lower lashline, keeping the darker one towards the outer corner and the lighter towards the inner corner.


I then applied a nice, thick wing using eyeliner that connects the upper and lower lashline. I’m not too fond of this, because it doesn’t fit my eyeshape very well, but since I want this look to resemble the old look, I kept the liner this way.

To finish the look I applied black eyepencil to the upper waterline and I applied mascara.


And this is the final look. I kept the rest of my face neutral, just like in the old version. I applied some contour and highlight and finished the look with a nude lipstick.

I do think I have improved a lot. Especially my photography skills have gone up since the first article. I am also starting to get okay at blending makeup, but eyeliner is still not my strongest suit. I do quite like the look like this, because it’s quite simple, but it does stand out. Maybe I’ll make another updated version in 4 years, to see how far I’ve come by then.

If you liked this article and if you want to see more like this, please let me know. I may have some other old makeup looks that I can improve. I hope you have a nice day, and I’ll see you soon!


Products used:

  • HEMA Ready To Go Foundation Stick in 01 Pure Natural
  • Catrice Allround Coverstick in 010 Nude
  • NYX Can’t Stop Won’t Stop Contour Concealer in Alabaster
  • Essence All About Matt! Fixing Compact Powder
  • Essence My Musthaves Eyeshadow in 20 Black is Back
  • James Charles x Morphe palette
  • Essence Liquid Ink Eyeliner
  • Max&More EyePencil in 201 Black
  • L’oréal Paris Megavolume Collagene 24 Mascara in Extra Black
  • Max&More Bronzing Powder Matt in 150 LA Heat
  • Catrice GLOW Mineral Highlighting Powder in 010 Light Infusion
  • Max&More Lipstick in 301 Naked Nude

One thought on “Recreating My Old Makeup Look: Smokey eye, or is it?

  1. Great post! I really enjoyed reading it, I love your Instagram account as well! I found you from there.
    I will definitely follow for future posts! Feel free to check out my blog as I post about beauty and skincare too!
    And feel free to follow my IG: r.gravityblog



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