exciting news + 5 minute brown smolder eye

Goodness gracious this has been a busy month! It’s been a while since I left you hanging with my post about the “exciting news” I had for you. Today is the day I’ll be sharing what most of my friends and family already know! So, without further adieu, I’ll clue everyone in to what I’ve been up to! It all started with a wedding. The first weekend of April, my sweet friend, Cortney, married her long time love, JP, and I had the privilege of doing makeup for a couple of her bridesmaids. SO exciting and so much fun to be my first “professional” job. I’ve been doing hair and makeup for my friends and family for years, but to actually get paid to do something that I love and comes second nature to me was everything I thought it would be and more! Thanks to Cortney and her bridesmaids for allowing me to be a part of that special day! The following Saturday I had two appointments  for prom hair and makeup. The fact that I’ve already been out of high school for five years blows my mind. I felt like I should have been getting ready for prom with those sweet girls!

This past weekend was SO totally exciting for me. One of the fabulous four {MELK}, partner in crime, and long time BFF got married on the 20th! Her wedding was everything I knew it would be: romantic, vintage chic, and gorgeous! I had the honors of doing her makeup for her engagement and bridal photos, so of course, I had to do makeup for her wedding! Megan has trusted me to do her makeup since middle school/high school {bless her heart} and I love her for it! I also got to do makeup for her bridesmaids {myself included} and her sweet mother. My makeup brushes were just a-flyin’ and I was worn out by the end of the day, but I LOVED IT! How many people get to do what they love and get paid for it? I am so blessed!

So that’s about it! I guess I’m a “makeup artist.” I really don’t care for that word because, honestly, anyone can be a “makeup artist.” I will be calling my little “business” Kelsey Lange Makeup Artistry and I may start a new blog, strictly dedicated to all things beauty. Right now, I’m working on furthering my portfolio and {God willing} continuing to book clients. I post a lot of makeup related photos on Instagram, so if you’re not following me on there {@kelseyleigh879} you’re missing out! There should be a little Instagram icon at the bottom of my blog.

Below, I’ll be posting the tutorial to the 5 minute brown smolder eye that I posted a picture of on Instagram yesterday. Enjoy!


Use what you have. Seriously. You do not need to go out and buy a ton of special products for this look. My grandmother gives me free samples of Clinique makeup (gift with purchase type items) and that’s what I started playing with before I was even old enough to wear makeup. It’s fun to create something out of “nothing” and feels good to get compliments from something that was FREE!

You’ll need:

  • an eye primer
  • a light, shimmery color
  • a medium brown
  • a matte, dark crease color
  • eyeliner pencil
  • mascara
  • pencil or eyeshadow to match eyebrows
  • makeup brushes: basic eyeshadow brush, blending brush, shader brush (or Q-tip)

Clinique Trio


Ulta Plum Smoke {I’ve used this eyeshadow since before I could drive! Love it!}

1.) Start with some sort of eye primer. I applied Maybelline Color Tattoo in 05 Too Cool all over my lid up to my brow bone.

2.) Like I said, use what you have! I used colors from a Clinique Color Surge eyeshadow trio. Apply the light, shimmery color {mine was Day Break} all over. Apply your medium brown color on the lid. I used a green {sparkling sage} because that’s what was in the compact I was using.

3.) Apply a matte, dark crease color to the outer V. The color I used was Sable Stay Matte. I love my Sigma E45 blending brush because it really gets right in the crease and gives so much dimension to your eyes. You could also use a MAC 217 brush or whatever you are comfortable using.

4.) Line all around the eyes. I used Sinful Colors Metal Eyes in Copper Wire {from Walgreens}. This step does not have to be perfect. Just get that eyeliner all the way around your eye up against your lash line. If you’d like, tight-line your eyes, and apply to your waterline.

5.) Take a short shader brush {I used my Sigma E20} or a Q-tip and blend out your eyeliner with either brown shadow from earlier. I used a different shadow {Ulta Plum Smoke}. Just blend the eyeshadow into the liner really well, on the top lash line, blend up toward the middle of your lid. Curl lashes if desired and apply a few coats of mascara to top and bottom lashes. I used L’Oreal Voluminous Carbon Black. See how much softer and prettier the eyeliner looks now? No harsh lines is the key for this look. I zoomed in on the bottom middle picture so you can see how much of a difference this blending step makes.

6.) Fill in your brows with either an eyeshadow or  pencil that matches your eyebrows. I love to use Cork, a Satin finish MAC shadow. It’s the perfect neutral, slightly warm brown and is so flattering on all skin tones. I’m not saying it will match your brows, but it really is a great eyeshadow to have in your beauty arsenal!

If you’re in the market for some inexpensive, but still really nice makeup brushes, or if you’re just starting out with makeup, I highly suggest mark. makeup products. You can check out the website here. Just click on “Shop Entire Collection” to see what the company has to offer! This brush is my absolute favorite all-over eyeshadow brush compared to all of my MAC and Sigma brushes. I’ve had it for years and it is so dense–great for packing color onto the lid. This brush does not shed. I’ve washed it so many times and it still holds its shape wonderfully. Hands down, the best $8 you’ll ever spend on a brush.

**If you’re in the East Texas area, you can email me for booking and pricing information at klangeartistry[at]gmail[dot]com. Serious inquiries only.

I hope you’ve learned something today and I can’t wait to share more with you!

Always remember, pretty comes from the personality, not the makeup!

Until next time,


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