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How to: Smoky Eyes by MAC’s Mickey Contractor team

August 2, 2011

Smoked out MAC shadows

Bollywood pretty much has the smoky eye down on lock. So of course, when I sat down with one of their biggest makeup artists, M.A.C’s Mickey Contractor, I made sure I’d ask him about how to get the smoky eye look so many of us are still trying to perfect (that includes me). Instead of telling me, he asked one of his assistants, Donnie Hsiao, to show me! Donnie went right to work, telling me exactly what he was using to achieve the look while he worked:

M.A.C Paint Pot in Bare Study
M.A.C Smolder liner
M.A.C Carbon eyeshadow
M.A.C Folie eyeshadow
M.A.C Ricepaper eyeshadow
M.A.C Zoom Lash mascara
MA.C 219 pencil brush
M.A.C 217 blending brush
For the rest: M.A.C Lust tinted lip gloss, M.A.C Mocha blush

1. First, apply the paint pot all over the lid. This will ensure that there is not creasing and allows you to start on a neutral base.

Apply base

2. Next, apply the Smolder liner to your top lashline with the 219 brush. Smudge out.

Apply black liner

Smudge liner

Extend smudging up to the crease

3. Then apply a little of the Folie shadow, topping it with Carbon on the lid and blending with the fluffy 217 brush.

Apply a dark shadow like Carbon to lid

4. Go back to the liner brush and line the bottom inner lid. Smudge out.

Add liner to the lower lash line

Smudge lower liner

Halfway done!

5. Using the same brush, add Folie to the crease. BLEND.

Add Folie to the crease

6. To finish, add Ricepaper to highlight your brow bone. Finish it off with lots of Zoom Lash mascara!

Add Ricepaper to browbone

7. Clean up the surrounding area in case any shadow pigments fell under your eyes by using a powder foundation like M.A.C Studio Fix Powder. To finish up my look, Donnie also used Lust tinted lip gloss and Mocha blush.


Finished look with makeup extraordinaire, Donnie

Below is a snippet of Donnie doing my eyes — it’s not quite a tutorial in itself but I figure it’s easier to see it done if you want to imitate the look yourself!

What do you guys think? Will any of you try it at home?


Related Posts
Part I – Q&A with Mickey Contractor
Part II – Q&A with Mickey Contractor
Your ultimate smoky eye step-by-step tutorial
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8 thoughts on “How to: Smoky Eyes by MAC’s Mickey Contractor team

  1. Saadia Irem


    AWESOME!! I’m always looking for different smokey eyes and makeup tricks… Never thought to use Folie & Carbon. Thanks for the pix and video, once again 🙂

    PS- I can come along and be your personal paparazzo anytime, just ask Samira ;-p she can tell you how obsessed I am behind the lens ;-p

  2. shyema Post author

    Thanks Saadia, and you’re a legend with your photography! I would totally exploit you for your talent if you were here 🙂

  3. Brianna

    Thanks a lot:)!I’m doing this for the first day of school,and if you can get more tutorials from Mickey Contractor,that would be great!

  4. Asma

    Lovely. Thank you for the video, it made it very easy to understand. I watched it a couple of times to memorize. Xo

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