Sonja Says You Can Have A Smokey Eye And An Up-Do Too!

Being a busy working single mom, I have mastered the up-do and smoky eye combo so I can be out the door quickly and still spend time with my daughter after school. Since a lot of you have asked, I decided to do an instructional blog for the smokey eye. This is all so simple and it takes under 20 minutes!

Here’s what you need. These are the products that I prefer, you can use different brands and colors if you like.

  • Tru Renewal Ultra Repair Telemore Cream with Algae Enzymes
  • Bobbi Brown cover up
  • Chantecaille Foundation
  • Chanel (les 4 ombres-Dunes) Eye Shadow Palette
  • Chanel (les 4 ombres) perfect Eye Brows
  • L’Oreal voluminous mascara Black/Brown
  • MAC dazzleglass Lip Shimmer Gloss (Sugarrimed)
  • Bare Minerals Original (Medium C25)
  • Duo Eyelash Adhesive
  • Elite Lashes Individual lashes (Flair Short Black)
  • Duralash Eyelashes (Medium Black)
  • Makeup Brushes from Sephora professionals collection
  • Tweezerman tweezers

Before I start on my eyes, I usually cover up with some more foundation in spots where I have redness or any blemishes. I also use some mineral powder around my face and on my neck area to make its more natural looking. The base makeup gives me a bit of a glow and makes the eyes pop a lot more.


I usually start by smoothing cream on my face to refresh my face, give it some glow, and to make sure all of the makeup goes on smoothly. I LOVE Ramona’s TruRenewal face cream.

I also like to use a little bit of foundation. I prefer Bobbi Brown and Chantecaille, but you can use CoverGirl, Maybelline, or anything you want.

The smokey eye is my favorite – especially when I have a long day and I’m tired! I don’t like to use a very dark palette because I have blonde hair, but you need a palette with at least four colors. I start with a thin line of the darkest color and bring it out just past my eye. I also do a small line underneath my eye. Never make the ends of the line meet – it takes away the shape of your eye!

Next, I take the second lightest color and bring out the upper corners of my eyes – just under the eyebrows. Then, I take the highlighting colors and apply them right under the brow. This makes you look more awake and will even accentuate your brows. Some people use the highlighting base around their entire eye before they start the process – I just use it right under the brow.

My favorite mascara to use is the L’Oreal Voluminous mascara. I use this first on the bottom lashes. You can’t forget the bottom lashes! Don’t get lazy! Then, I use the mascara just on the end of my upper eyelashes. You don’t need very much when you do the smokey eye… Using less saves time!

Usually, I’ll use fake eyelashes as well as mascara. I start with the shorter lashes on the inside, and move to the medium lashes towards the outside. I don’t get too close to my nose with the fake lashes because they tend to make them look closer set. I also don’t use the longest lashes because I find them to be way too big!

When I’m done with my mascara, I take the thicker brush and smudge out the corners of my eye. The eyebrows are also very important… they frame the face! It’s important to have them shaped by a professional, if you can afford to do so, but if not there are videos online to show you how! I take the eyebrow pencil and start from the highest point – right above my pupil. Then I fill the color in and bring it out. Not down, but out! Be careful not to go too far.

I finish off the look with a sparkly, sheer lip gloss. I prefer MAC, but any brand or color works!

You can see an instructional video for this look that I did with the Learning Annex here.

See? Looking red carpet ready is very simple and the whole look can be done in less than 20 minutes!

xo – Sonja