Smoky Matte Orange and Brown Makeup Tutorial | Ashley Riley

January 18, 2016

Smoky Matte Orange and Brown Makeup Tutorial

This warm tone sugar and spice makeup tutorial involves a color that I have been trying to add more into my makeup looks: orange.  It was easy enough around Thanksgiving and during the fall, but now, in the dead of winter, it's a little more difficult.  Let's infuse some COLOR into this time of year.  I love rich browns and they compliment this spicy shade of orange in a wonderful way.

Let's get started!

The Face

Primer, Foundation and Concealer

1. I moisturize my face with Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Cream and my under eye area with Origins GinZing Refreshing Eye Cream.

2. I prime my skin with NYX Angel Veil Skin Perfecting Primer and prime my under eye area with ELF Studio Hydrating Under Eye Primer.

3. Using a Beauty Blender, I apply Kat Von D Lock-It Tattoo Foundation in Light 49 to my entire face.

4. To highlight and conceal I use the Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Concealer in Light Warm in a V-shape beneath my eyes, in the middle of my forehead, down the bridge of my nose, on my chin, and on my eye lids.

Powder Setting, Contour and Blush

1. To set everything I take the Real Techniques Setting Brush and place a mixture of the highlight shades Lucid and Lyric from the Kat Von D Shade and Light Contour Palette and place a generous amount over the areas that I highlighted with concealer.

2. I also add a generous amount to my jaw directly below my contour line.  I allow the extra powder to sit on my skin for a few minutes to "bake" before brushing off with a Morphe Brushes G23 Soft Fan Brush.

3. With the Real Techniques Sculpting Brush I take the contour shade Sombre from the Kat Von D palette and contour beneath my cheekbones, underneath my jaw bone, along the hairline on my forehead, down my temples, and alone the parallel sides of the bridge of my nose.

4 After blending I apply the Wet 'n Wild Icon Blusher in Perfectly Pink, a rosy shimmer pink, using the BH Cosmetics Blush Brush.


1. Using the same fan brush as earlier, I then apply the Jaclyn Hill and Becca Highlight in Champagne Pop to the tops of my cheekbones, my forehead just above my brows, and the bridge of my nose.

2. I highlight over this with the first highlight shade from the Lorac Tantalizer Highlight and Matte Bronzer Duo, an apricot highlight.


1. I shape my brows with the Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz in Ebony.

3. Finally, I set my brows into place with the Anastasia Beverly Hills Clear Brow Gel.

Smoky Matte Orange and Brown Makeup Tutorial

The Eyes

Primer and Transition Shade

1. First, I prime my eyes with the Urban Decay 24 Hour Eyeshadow Primer Potion in Eden.

2. I take the shade Deep Skin from Morphe Brushes, a light soft gold peach, with a fluffy blending brush into the crease of my eye and start blending upward.  This is going to be our transition shade.

Crease, Lid and Outer Corner

1. I then apply the shade Creme Brulee by Morphe Brushes, a muted matte brown, directly into my crease with a small tapered blending brush using windshield wiper motions.  I reapply this color a couple times to build the color, making sure it blends into my transition shade but stays directly within the crease.

2. Staring in my inner corner and using a flat shadow brush I take the shade Spice by Morphe Brushes, a vivid matte orange, and apply it across my lid from corner to corner.  I do not take this shade any higher than my crease shade.

3. Staring in my outer corner and using a tapered crease brush, I apply the shade Whiskey from the Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette, a rich matte brown. I apply this to the outer 1/3 of my lid and softly blend this into Spice to eliminate any harshness.

4. I also take Whiskey outward slightly to where I will be drawing my wing line, and then very carefully into my crease about 2/3 across my lid.

Wing and Highlight

1. I take a small angled brush to draw on my eye liner using NYX Gel Eyeliner in the color Jet Black. I get as close to the lash line as possible and press down on the lid to create a thin and even line.  I wing this out when I reach the outer corner of my eye.

2. I then use the shade High from the Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette, a champagne shimmer with micro-glitter, to highlight the inner tear duct with a fluffy blending brush.

3. I also take the shade High on a small flat shadow brush and highlight my brow bone just below my eyebrow.

Lower Lash Line, Mascara and Falsies

1. Using a small flat shadow brush I take our crease shade, Creme Brulee, and place this under my entire lower lash line as close to the line as I can.

2. I then go in with our outer corner shade, Whiskey, and concentrate this color on the outer 1/3 of my lower lash line.  This gives the entire eye look a nice and rounded smoky effect.
3. Finally, I take the original transition color, Deep Skin, and use this to blend out the bottom of my lower lash line to ease any harshness or rough edges.
4. I apply Benefit Roller Lash mascara to my upper and lower lashes.

5. For falsies I choose Huda Beauty lashes in Giselle and apply them using the Vegas Nay by Eylure Waterproof Lash Glue.

Smoky Matte Orange and Brown Makeup Tutorial

The Lips

For this look I wanted a deep brown lip that would compliment the brown eyeshadows and play well off the bright and vibrant orange lid shade.

1. I line my lips with NYX Slim Lip Pencil in Natural, a medium brown nude, and then go ahead and fill in the rest of my lips with this pencil.

2. I apply Lorac TANtalizer Lips with Benefits gloss, a shimmer copper bronze, over where I have drawn and filled in with the lip pencil.

3. I set the entire makeup look with Mario Badescu Facial Setting Spray.

Smoky Matte Orange and Brown Makeup Tutorial

I Want To Know...

Have you tried the Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette yet?  If so, what do you think of it? Make sure to tag @ashleyebeauty and #ashleybeauty in your favorite smoky makeup looks and any recreations you do of this makeup look, I would love to see and share! 

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