Burgundy Smokey Eye | Recreating a Makeupthang Look

Surprise, it’s a mid-week post! The first one since last year. With two exams down and four more coming up, crammed in the space of two weeks, I have a feeling I may skip another weekend post at some point soon. But seeing as I create makeup looks for my Instagram on a regular basis, I decided writing up about this weekend’s look would make for a fun post!

Screenshot from @Makeupthang on Instagram

A couple of weeks ago, a good friend of mine sent me this stunning photo of a look by Makeupthang on Instagram, asking me if I would try to recreate it for her! This is only my second attempt at recreating someone’s look from a photo, and this was definitely a much tougher one. Before I gave it a go, I checked the description to see what products had been used, and as luck would have it, I already had the palette she listed: the Too Faced Chocolate Bon StarBons palette. So I was off to a good start!

For everything else that was used, I went over to Temptalia to see if I owned any dupes for them. Spoiler, I did not, so of course a Beauty Bay order followed! If you’re ever in the same situation, I really recommend Temptalia as a resource, as she has one of the best list of dupes – perfect for those times when something is just out of your budget.

So, want to find out how (and if!) I managed to recreate this look? Keep reading to find out!



Starting off with brows! I don’t know if I just suck at using Dipbrow, or if it’s the lighting when I do my makeup, but they always end up looking patchy in photos. I tried to go for a nice, rounded brow, just like Makeupthang’s (although mine are double the size!)


I then primed my lid and carved out my brow with the PLouise Base, using a Blank Canvas Cosmetics F17 brush. Without setting it, I packed Mocha into the crease with a fluffy brush, then blended it out using Almond Truffle, before deepening the crease with Bordeaux on a pencil brush. I went back and forth between the three shades until they were blended out evenly, and repeated these steps on the lower lashline. No spoilers on the PLouise base because I will be reviewing it, but I’ve never had this much pigmentation with this palette before!

In the original photo, it seemed like she had gone for a bit of halo eye. I packed Sensuous all over the lid, except in the centre, as well as on the lower lashline, then filled the space in with Luna. I kept layering and blending the two until I was happy with it, but in hindsight I wish I had added more of Luna. This was my first time trying MakeupGeek eyeshadows, and I am so impressed with them.


She used a Bobbi Brown highlighter for the inner corner and brow bone, but unfortunately I couldn’t find any affordable dupes available in the UK, so I went with my own mix! The two highlighter gave a really pretty rose gold finish, so I’ll definitely be using that again. I also lined lined my waterline, top and bottom.


Final step for the eyes: mascara and lashes! I was hoping these Morphe lashes would be a little more wispy like hers, but I suppose they were only £5. Looking back on the photos I really wish I had smoked out some liner on the lid too, just to hide the gap under the lashes. Even though I still can’t apply lashes correctly, I am really pleased with how the eyes turned out.



I really wanted the eyes to be the focus of the look, so I decided to keep the skin really simple. The Fast Base Foundation may have no staying power, but I can’t stop using it in photos because the finish is beautiful! I went with minimal contouring, pink blush, and topped my cheeks off with a light layer of my new favourite highlighter combo, for a very natural glow.



My first time using an LA Splash product! This pink is right up my alley, and it’s very comfortable. Confession time: Makeupthang actually used Anastasia’s Crush on her lips, but the only dupe listed on Temptalia was from Colorpop. I wasn’t about to spend £20 on an impromptu liquid lipstick purchase, so I went through all the different brands I could find on Beauty Bay until I found something affordable that looked vaguely similar. Lucky for me, I’m really pleased with this one and I think I’ll be going back for more.


That’s it for the final look! What do you think? Ok, they’re definitely not identical: mine came out a lot more red toned than the original. Considering I used three of the same shadows as her, I think that may be down to lighting, skin tone and editing. I’m just really pleased with the way it turned out, and I think it’s a really great smokey eye if you want something that isn’t too dramatic. Here they are side by side!

If you enjoyed this post then don’t forget to follow me on Instagram, I post makeup looks on there weekly. And let me know what you think of this look down in the comments!

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