Karina Giglio Dec 14, 2011
The neutral smoky eye at Cynthia Rowley’s Fall 2011 runway show was a gorgeous blend of browns and golds that looked as lavish as champagne and truffles. “The inspiration was a sexy, trendy girl going out for the night,” says Maybelline makeup artist Charlotte Willer, who created the dramatic look.

Start by applying dark brown liner all around the eye. Begin at the upper lid line and continue around the lower lash line. Once you finish, go back to line the inner rims too.

Next, brush dark brown eye shadow all over the upper lid, extending out to the outer edge of the brow. Then use a lighter brown shade to blend out the edges and soften the effect. To take the look from runway to real life, don’t apply the dark brown shadow above your upper lid crease, and stop at the outer corner of the eye instead of extending up toward the temple.

Add a touch of shimmery white shadow to the inner corners of eye. Finish by lining the lower lid with gold to bring just a hint of light to this otherwise dark look. Get all four colors in Maybelline Expert Wear Eyeshadow Quad in Chai Latte.

Finish by applying a black volumizing mascara like L’Oreal Hip High Drama Volumizing Mascara, using a side-to-side motion to create a spiky lash effect.

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About the Author:Karina Giglio is a lifestyle, beauty and health writer whose work has appeared in numerous national publications including Women’s Health, Washingtonian, Ladies Home Journal, OK!, Allure, Fitness, Marie Claire, Bride’s and The New York Post. She was a regular contributor to makeup.com, and her articles and blog posts can be found on prevention.com, dailyglow.com, yahoo.com and huffingtonpost.com. Karina has worked onstaff at Cosmopolitan and YM, as well as being part of the original Sephora.com launch team

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