A Quickie: Smokey Eye With One Eye Shadow

I was debating whether to post this. The photos were taken end of last month, before I went out for a wedding dinner. In fact, photos were taken under unprepared settings – flash was harsh and I had to use photoshop to soften the glare, if it’s even possible. Then, there was one which was too dim, so I had to brighten it to a degree which was acceptable, marginally. Anyway, since this is not a blog about photography and I already admitted that I’m an amateur, I should post it without thinking too much. I hope you are OK with it.



I had to choose this hair eating photo because it showcases the eye shadow best. The fan was blowing straight at me so some hair in my face was inevitable. I’m not too fussed.

Basically, I wanted to show you how I did my eyes – with only 1 eye shadow. Yup, the smokey eye is done using only Giorgio Armani ETK #24 Smokey Copper. I outlined the shape I wanted, and you can see quite clearly how I shaped it in the photos. I then pat on the eye shadow within the area I outlined, and blended out the edges like crazy. The intensity softened after blending, so I repeat the whole step – pat and blend until I get the intensity I wanted. Easy, isn’t it? You can do this using any darker colour you have. I finish off by lining my eyes with black liquid liner, smudged out my lower lash line using the same eye shadowΒ and added a few coats of mascara. In this post, they are Diorshow Art Pen and Diorshow Iconic Overcurl respectively.Β Voila!Β Not too dark, still smokey but soft. I like it this way πŸ™‚




For the cheeks, I used NARS Deep Throat, and my lips are a light pink that is Dior Addict Extreme Spring Ball. It is part of the new collection by Dior, so go check it out. I will talk about Spring Ball more in another post.

That’s it. Just a quickie to update this simple smokey eye. Hope you didn’t mind the less than average quality photos >.<


xoxo Lily



  • Liz

    I am a HUGE fan of the one shadow look. This one is amazing! You look fabulous and I NEED THAT ETK SHADE. Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa.

    • Thank you and you NEED SMOKEY COPPER for sure. You can’t see it in the pictures, crappy ones that they are, but there are some golden khaki flecks of shimmer too. A lovely shade!

  • Charlotte

    Lovely look! and GA ETK!! I WANT! πŸ˜€

    • Thanks Charlotte. You have to try this shade!

  • Woah that’s one gorgeous smokey eye! I love the idea of using one shadow!

    • Thanks Annick. This look is so easy to do, you gotta try it!

  • Nice one! I love shadows that can be used on their own. Makes life so easy! πŸ™‚

    • Thanks Paris. It’s just so easy!

  • Tracy@Beauty Reflections

    LOVE it Lily!You look SMOKIN’! πŸ™‚ ETKs are THE BEST for doing smokey eyes! I have a few of them and LOVE them all. Only eyeshadow that stays put on my oily lids without a primer!

    • Thanks Tracy. The ETKs definitely stay on my lids too, and it’s amazing!

  • This is lovely, Lily! Like Liz, I love using one shadow on the eyes–it’s what I do most days. Sometimes just as a sheer wash or sometimes built up to a really simple smokey eye like you did above. Love this! And you look gorgeous, as always πŸ™‚

    • Aww, thanks Becca. A sheer wash of colour is all I need for a quick dash out the door πŸ™‚

  • Your photos in this post look great! πŸ™‚ (So dont worry). This is actually a look I do a lot on myself, a smokey eye with just 1 cream shadow. I’ll have to try these ETK. Do they last long,… well, on you anyway?

    • Yes, Sofia… these stay on my lids very well, even without a primer. In fact, it’s one of the very few eye shadows that do, actually! Depending on the day’s activity, they stay on 6 to 8 hours on me without primer.

  • Claire

    I really like those kinda looks, smokey with one eyeshaow and a quickie – what one would want more πŸ˜‰ I find the looks with one eyeshadow very hard to do actually, kudos for such a good job!

    • HAHA, thanks Claire. I think the trick is to blend like crazy!

  • Now that is really pretty!

    • Thanks Mariella!

  • LOVE it when I can get anything done with one product! ETK is excellent for this purpose! I don’t think the photos are bad either! I love how you paired the look with a soft pink instead of a really beige nude. I personally think it’s way more flattering πŸ™‚

    • I chose pink lips and cheeks because beige nude will really wash me out. It certainly gave a soft lift to the whole look. Glad you like it, Sunny πŸ™‚