a close up of brown grunge smokey eye makeup

I draw a lot of my makeup inspiration from various corners of the Internet, fashion iconic, and music videos. Particularly, I'm inspired by one of the most iconic fashion movements - grunge. All of those soiled smokey eye looks, messy hair, and suburban apparel bring up the best memories in my mind. In this post, I would like to share with you my love and excitement for grungy makeup looks and create three pretty simple, yet so appealing smokey eye tutorials. One is a classic brown smokey eye look, the second has a dramatic under-eye accent and the third was inspired by Avril Lavigne's music video Smile.

a step by step pictorial of brown smokey eye makeup with instructions

Messy, Brown Smokey Eyes

So let me start with a pretty classic, yet a bit messier brown smokey eye look, that features two basic matte eyeshadow colors - kohled black and chocolate brown.

1. Start your brown grunge look with the eyeshadow primer, put it all over your lids, and blend it with your fingers. Then line your upper and lower lash line with the black eye pencil. 

2. Go over your pencil line with black eyeshadow, bringing them further out, closer to the brow tail.

3. Fill your eyelids with the same black eyeshadow, up to the brow bone. Blend it with a fluffy blending brush.

4. Put warm chocolate-brown eyeshadow on your crease with a pointy pencil brush. Blend the transition between black and brown with a clean blending brush. Highlight the brow bone with white eyeshadow.

5. Finish the brown grunge makeup look with mascara and tightlining your upper and lower waterline.


a step by step pictorial of under eye accent eye makeup with instructions

Purple Under Eye Wing

The next grunge makeup look is a little bit different. It looks more original, and, by the way, it is easier to recreate this under-eye wing look. You'll need a black eye pencil,  purple eyeshadow, and white eye pencil for waterline for the eye enlarging effect.

1. Underline your eye shape with a black pencil, creating a little black wing on the outer corner of your eye.

2. Gently blend the pencil with a synthetic brush.

3. Put purple eyeshadow over the pencil and ideally blend it under your eyes.

4. Apply a white eye pencil on the inner corner of your eye and waterline.

5. On the upper waterline apply black eye kohl. Swipe away any fallouts.

6. Curl your lashes and apply a generous coat of your favorite mascara.


a step by step pictorial of Avril Lavigne eye makeup from video Smile with instructions

Avril Lavigne Green & Black Makeup From Smile

I bet everyone remembers and loves this iconic makeup look! I'm talking about a green and black grungy eye look from the music video Smile by Avril Lavigne. She has bold cat eyeliner and a bit of shimmery eyeshadow on the center of the lids. Here is how you can recreate this rebel makeup look.

a step by step pictorial of Avril Lavigne eye makeup from video Smile with instructions

1. Start the look by drawing a very thick line with a black pencil, creating a bold wing in the corner of your eyes.

2. Now it is time to put lime-green shimmering eyeshadow on the center of the lids, right on the top of the pencil. You can opt for matte or glittery colors if you have them.

3. Blend your raccoon pencil with the brush, it should still remain a bit messy and very blurry.

4. Line your upper and lower waterline with black eye kohl and put on the blackest mascara you own.

What do you think of these makeup looks, lovelies? I hope my tutorials and instructions were somehow useful to all of you and someone will actually try at least one of these grunge looks. Please, let me know in the comments if you do! Talk to you soon, lovelies.

Lots of love,
Liz