How To Do the Ultimate Shimmery Brown Smoky Eyes, as Seen on Amber Heard

A pro-quality look that's always in style, and always flattering.
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A pro-quality look that's always in style, and always flattering.

A few weeks ago, at a makeup event, I had my eyes done by Amal Clooney's makeup artist. 

(No, seriously. He did her wedding makeup. For real!)

What he chose to do on me was a shimmery, smoky eye that had that ultra-glamorous, "professional makeup artist" look, in the best possible way—so good you'd only dream of being able to recreate it at home.

It was pretty much the same eye makeup as Amber Heard is sporting here, at the New York premiere of her new movie, 'The Adderall Diaries':

Amber Heard, The Adderall Diaries premiere, 2015

Amber Heard at the 2015 premiere of 'The Adderall Diaries'.

Love, love, love.

And actually, now we CAN recreate this, because I've got the exact steps and products from Amber's makeup artist, Melanie Inglessis, by way of Glamour. (Melanie is one of the best red carpet makeup artists around, and you can read my interview with her right here.)

First, the outfit context:

Amber Heard, The Adderall Diaries premiere, 2015

Amber Heard in Stella McCartney.

Few people can look this seksi wearing an actual black suit on the red carpet. A Stella McCartney one, mind you.

Here's the beauty close-up:

Amber Heard, The Adderall Diaries premiere, 2015

Amber Heard's smoky eyes and fresh skin.

Those eyes are mesmerizing, aren't they? And even though we're not specifically talking about her skin... gah! It's so fresh, like she just came from a really good facial.

So here's how you copy this eye makeup. First you want to line the eyes with a smudgy brown eyeshadow pencil. Melanie used the Make Up For Ever Aqua Matic eyeshadow pencil in Satiny Warm Brown S-60. "It's super-easy to smudge!" says Melanie. "I draw a thick line by the top and bottom lashes, not really worrying about being precise."

Next, smudge those lines up to the crease and along the bottom lashes with a bronze gel liner. Melanie pulled out the Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Sparkle (a hybrid shadow/liner in a pot) in Sunlit Bronze, a shimmering chocolate bronze. She used it to "blend the line to the crease of the eyes and smudge the line on bottom lashes with a back and forth movement."

Next comes a shimmery mauve shadow in the crease to create depth. Melanie chose Yves Saint Laurent Couture Mono Eyeshadow in 05 Modele. "I also use it in the bottom lashes to create smoky eyes," she says.

Here's a (slightly blurry) closed-eye shot so you can see the lid drama:

Amber Heard, The Adderall Diaries premiere, 2015

Amber Heard's shimmery smoky eyes.

To amp it up even further, finish with a bit of smoky sparkle. Melanie dabbed just a touch of Make Up For Ever Diamond Powder in Smoky 15, a taupe-grey shimmer, in the middle of the eyelids "for that sparkly effect."

With a final slick of mascara, eyes are all ready to take on the night:

Amber Heard, The Adderall Diaries premiere, 2015

Amber Heard's dramatic evening eyes.

Voilà, a pro-quality, universally flattering smoky eye look that's made modern with the mono colour and the shimmer. 

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What do you think of Amber's look here? Would you wear this? Have you tried any of the products Melanie used on her?