Before & After: Kim Kardashian Inspired Smokey Eyes

There seems to be an unhealthy dose of obsession with the Kardashians and the Jenners, isn't there? But you know what, I can't say I have contributed zilch to that, because I actually like the Kardashian and the Jenner girls. I can understand the obsession with them as I do think they're interesting characters. I try to see them as successful, excellent and beautiful businesswomen (we can agree to disagree) but more than anything, I regard them as my own personal source of makeup inspirations.

I don't really keep up with the Kardashians (and the Jenners) as much as when their reality show premiered eight years ago (EIGHT years, guys) but I love scouring for photos of themespecially the three eldest sistersjust because their makeup is always picture perfect. That being said, their makeup appears as if it might be a tad too heavy for someone who prefers a more natural path when it comes to making up her face, but that still doesn't hinder my fascination with their makeup.

On the occasion that I do catch them on tv, my eyes would immediately focus straight onto their eyes, cheek and lips; it's usually Kourtney for the blush on her cheeks, Kim for her eye makeup and Khloe for her bright lipsticks.

Let's not pretend that you don't do that, too.

I have always loved this kind of eye makeup on Kim because the darker eyeshadow on the outer corner of the eyes makes the eyes appear more feline than they actually are, plus the placement of the different eyeshadow shades open up the eyes, too, making them look bigger and brighter.

The refined eye makeup on Kim isn't the simplest makeup look to do or to pull off but, hey, a girl can try!
I actually do this kind of eye makeup a lot but it never comes off as effortless as I hope it to.

Here are the 16 steps (sincerely hoping you're a patient reader!) and the many products I used to try emulate her makeup:

1. Apply Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua in 44 Beige Ambre all over my skin using No7 Foundation brush
2. Pat Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion on my lids and below the eyes with my ring finger
3. Use the flat MAC 239 brush to pick up Schitzo, a shimmery golden-brown eyeshadow from The Balm Nude'tude and packed the colour all over the lids up to the crease
4. Use the thin MAC 209 to apply the shimmery white Sassy eyeshadow from The Balm Nude'tude in the corner of my eyes, then extending the colour onto the upper lid a little bit and onto the lower lid, stopping where my lashes start (hence forming sort of a V-shape with Sassy)
5. With MAC 239, pat Sleek, a super dark brown eyeshadow in Nude'tude, onto the farthest corner of the eyes
6. Line underneath the eye thickly with Sleek using MAC 219, the pencil brush
7. With the fluffy MAC 217, pick up Sultry, a warm brown shade from Nude'tude and contour the crease of the eyes, while buffing out the eyeshadows I put ealier on
8. Buff out the Sleek shadow under the eye a tiny bit using the same brush and shadow
9. Line above the lid using Betty Boop Queen's Key black liquid liner
10. Get rid of undereye circle using Real Techniques Domed Shadow Brush and MAC Studio Finish Concealer in NW35
11. Powder face by gently patting and brushing Rimmel Stay Matte Long Lasting Pressed Powder in 005 Silky Beige all over face, concentrating on my T-zone, with Real Techniques Multi Task Brush
12. Curl eyelashes using Shu Uemura eyelash curler and apply a hefty amount of Maybelline The Rocket Volum'
13. Shape my eyebrows using K-Palette Lating 2way Eyebrow Pencil in Dark Brown
14. Fill in gaps in eyebrows with a thin or angled brush with Matt Ramirez eyeshadow on The Balm Meet Matte
15. Instead of contouring, apply a golden bronzer along the higher part of cheekbones with Bourjois Bronzing Powder in 52 using Real Techniques Contour Brush
16. Apply Revlon Super Lustrous in Fleshtone on the lips


Do you like the look? This looks isn't the exact replica of Kim's look but I hope you like it regardlesslet me know your thoughts in the comment box down below!
Thanks for reading, guys xxoo

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p.p.s. I love doing before and after photos because I honestly believe in the power of makeupbut perhaps more on that in a future post?


  1. Very well done! Your eyebrows look fantastic too!

    1. Hi Carey,

      Oh my goodness, thank you so much! I'm always stoked when someone compliments my drawn eyebrows, because I'm the worst at doing them! xxoo

  2. Beautiful! I'm such a fan of smokey eyes :)

    1. Thank you! Me too, I lust after smokey eyes on Pinterest all the time.


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I'm a style & lifestyle blogger based in sunny (and ever humid) Malaysia. On The Good Weekender, you can find typed journals of my evolving modest personal style, travel adventures, skincare/beauty updates, home decor things, and stories of other bits and pieces of my everyday life. I hope you'll enjoy flipping through these pages of my virtual book!