Smokey Cranberry Makeup Tutorial - Elf Burnt Plum Baked Eyeshadow

Since party season is in the air, I thought I would share with you a look that I wear on nights out, especially during the fall and winter time.  It’s a colorful, glam eyeshadow look inspired by Kristen Steward’s makeup - this makeup would look amazing on hazel, blue and brown eyes as it either contrasts or brings up golden tones in your eye color.

Ball Beauty, a beauty supply store located in Los Angeles, was kind enough to send us some Sigma brushes perfect for this glammed up look.  The Sigma F82 Round Kabuki brush (c/o) is densely packed and applies foundation to achieve a flawless complexion.  The Sigma E35 (c/o) is a fluffy blending crease brush that smokes out eye shadows and builds up color nicely - I seriously use this everyday so thank you Ball Beauty!  I’ve always wanted to try Sigma brushes but didn’t feel confident ordering them online without seeing them in person first (call me old fashioned).  Ball Beauty is a store that carries Sigma brushes and a wide array of OPI and Essie polishes (which are on sale!), and a ton of other beauty and hair products - you can visit the store in LA or go to! Ball Beauty also has a blog to share tips and tricks using products they sell, which is a nice and friendly online beauty source.

I hope you enjoy this tutorial and try it out yourself.  I’m thinking of planning ahead for some New Year’s Eve make up looks, so let me know of any ideas I should try.  What makeup look are you planning to wear this Christmas?


1.  Since this is a smokey dark look (and things can easily get out of control), I applied tape to create a defined cat shape for the eyeshadow.  Applying a transition color (something skin toned under your brow bone and above your crease) will ensure your dark crease color will blend seamlessly with your brow highlight.
2.  Next, I applied the Elf Baked eyeshadow in Burnt Plum all over the lid and under the eye lid.  Dipping your brush in water and then tapping it in the product will intensify the pigmentation; also using your finger to apply the eyeshadow will give you more color and metallic shine pay off.
3.  Using a matte dark brown shadow, I darkened up the outside corner to lift the eye and intensify that cat eye we created by placing the tape.
4.  I applied black eyeliner on the top lid and waterline to really darken things up and emphasize the eyes.  Using a brush and dark eyeshadow I “smoked it out”, as in fuzzied up the edge so the eye shadows look effortlessly blended into each other.
5.  Once I removed the tape, I used the Sigma blending brush to blend the cat eye edge, and applied some golden eyeshadow in the inner eye corner and on the middle of eyelid to brighten the look up.
6.  I left applying my concealer last so I could clean up any fall out in the meantime.  Last step was to apply mascara and Voila - a rich and smokey elegant eyeshadow look! Cranberries not included.

Stay pretty, Mackenzie M.
  • SheerBeauty (Kayla)

    This is so beautiful!!!


    • Pretty Squared

      You’re so sweet thank you!! xo

  • Izz Bizz

    this is gorgeous! i think the colours go really nicely with your eyes :)

    • Pretty Squared

      Thank you! :)

  • Katy

    I love Elf baked eyeshadows! They’re incredibly pigmented for such an awesome price.

    • Mackenzie M.

      Yes! And I looove their baked blushes too! I highly recommend them - I think they’re more appropriate for summer but they are so glowy and pigmented. I love Elf’s baked products

  • Grace

    You look stunning! I’m going to try and re-create this look :) xxx

    Grace | Glitter and Carousels

    • Mackenzie M.

      aww that’s so sweet of you! I hope you love it!!

  • Mihaela Pojogu

    You are invited on my International Giveaway

    • Mackenzie M.

      Thank you!!

  • Glazed Over

    Very pretty!

    • Mackenzie M.

      Thank you so much :) Happy you like it

  • Arielle Thibodeaux

    Gorgeous look! I will have to try the tape trick.

    • Mackenzie M.

      Thank you! Yeah the tape works really well to keep things precise. Just make sure you stick it down on your hand once or twice so it’s not that sticky when you place it by your eye :)