Face of the Day: Smokey Eyes with MAC Concrete

MAC’s Concrete eyeshadow is one of those that has challenged me for a WHILE now. So I wanted to sit down this weekend and play around with it to see what looks I could come up with; afterall, I DO love a challenge! As this is one of those gray-leaning browns, I find it pairs beautifully with other gray eyeshadows and neutrals. Surprisingly, this was the first look I came up with (that so RARELY happens!) and it was love at first sight!

How do you wear MAC’s Concrete?

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How You Can Get the Look:


  • NARS eyeshadow primer
  • MAC Concrete (inner and outer third of lid)
  • MAC Electra (middle of lid)
  • MAC Kid (crease – with a fluffy brush)
  • MAC Omega (deepen crease with a defined brush)
  • MAC Blanc Type (blend out harsh edges of Kid)
  • Smashbox Gel Eyeliner in ‘Black’
  • Jordana Best Lash Xtreme Mascara in ‘Black’
  • Laura Mercier Brow Defining Gel in ‘Fair’
  • “Key to His Heart” false eyelashes from InkyMinky.com


  • Benefit Fake Up Concealer in ‘Light’
  • Lancôme Teint Idole Ultra 24H Foundation in ‘100 ivoire N’
  • L’Oreal Visible Lift Blush in ‘Coral Lift’


  • Jordana Lip Liner in ‘Tawny’
  • ELF Mineral Lipstick in ‘Natural Nymph’
  • MAC Filament eyeshadow on middle of bottom and top lip for dimension
  • (You can use any sparkly silver eyeshadow in place of Filament here!)

11 thoughts on “Face of the Day: Smokey Eyes with MAC Concrete

    1. Hi Ashley! It’s pretty good! I’m quite impressed by their range of lipsticks, moreso than I thought I’d be! I don’t think they’re as good as MAC, but for the price, they’re great!

  1. Concrete is one of the first MAC shadows I ever purchased and I really love it. After getting the TF Boudoir palette, I realized how beautifully it worked with some of the colours in that palette – Lap Dance, Sugar Walls and Birthday Suit especially. And since getting a new Inglot shadow (I can never remember the # – 434, maybe), Concrete pairs so beautifully as a crease colour against the pearly lavender/taupe of the Inglot shadow. I find it really versatile, since I can use it as a smudgey, smokey liner as well.

    1. Ooops, just checked and the shadow I’m talking about is Inglot 420 Pearl-beautiful shade and works well with Concrete and also any matte dark purple or grey.

  2. This looks gorgeous on you 🙂 Of course, possessing green/hazel eyes myself, grey is really NOT my colour (alas)!

    1. Hi Michelle! Isn’t that a complete downer?! What are they thinking?! Unfortunately no exact dupe in MAC’s line; I’d say Wedge comes the absolute closest, but still, it’s a little darker in comparison. The closest dupe I’ve found is actually in the Physician’s Formula ‘Classic Nudes’ Quad, I actually like the PF version a little better if you can believe it! UD’s Naked is also close, but not exactly dead on. Hope some of these helps!

  3. Hey Z! Lovely look you have for us as usual. I have Concrete but not Electra. Any suggestions for a suitable alternative?

    I keep wanting to ask you – I noticed that you’ve been using Benefit’s Fake Up a lot lately. Are there any plans to do a tutorial for it or can you offer any tips? I cannot use concealer to save my life, whether it is for under eye circles, a zit that needs covering, redness, or whatever. The thing that gets me is concealer before or after foundation? Because if I use it first, it gets rubbed away when I put my foundation on, but if I put it on after it’s obvious. Well, it’s obvious anyway because it just looks like I was trying unsuccessfully to cover a blemish – doesn’t stay on top of it but definitely shows around it. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

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