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There’s no way you could have missed it. If you’re a die hard beauty addict, you probably already have it. You know what I’m talking about. Yes, it’s the latest addition to the Urban Decay palette line up – Naked Smoky. We all know the mega hype that accompanies a Naked palette launch. And for good reason, 12 quality eyeshadows for €46 is quite the bargain. But how could Urban Decay possibly release ANOTHER palette full of neutrals you say? Well this Naked Palette incarnation is a little different, cleverly focusing on dark, sooty, smudgy, smoky shades. Check out my post for full pics and swatches – http://www.sophistikat.ie/urban-decay-naked-smoky-first-look-swatches-and-first-thoughts/. Today I bring you two looks from the palette: one to see you through your daytime, the other to spice it up for playtime! First, the subtle, work-appropriate look.
Day time look
1. Prime your eyelids with Urban Decay Primer Potion (or your primer of choice). With a flat shader brush, apply Dirtysweet to the inner two thirds of the lid.
2. Apply Radar to the outer third of the lid.
3. Take Combust onto a blending brush (like a MAC 217) and gently blend out the crease.
4. Using a pencil brush, apply whiskey to the outer corner, bringing it down to the outer lower lashline, blending towards the centre.
5. On a clean pencil brush, apply Thirteen to the inner tear duct, and under the brows.
6. Apply your favourite black or brown kohl pencil along the upper lashline, and smudge for a softened effect.
Finish the rest of your makeup, and you’re done! Next, let’s create a dramatic look for night time.
Night time look
1. Apply a dark cream eyeshadow (like NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Black Bean) to the outer corner of the eyelid, and gently blend with your fingers.
2. Apply a white cream eyeshadow (like NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Milk) to the centre of the eyelid, and blend with your fingers.
Now we have a dark base at the outer corners where we want depth of colour, and a light centre where we want a brighter pop. When you apply eyeshadow over these, you’ll see a lovely gradient effect.
3. Apply Armor all over the lid using a flat shader brush, covering the areas where we applied the cream eyeshadow.
4. Taking Password on a blending brush, gently smoke out the crease. You’ll need to work slowly and carefully with this, repeatedly going back in to Password to build up and blend the colour and create that seamless smoky effect. Take your time.
5. Using a pencil brush, take Smoulder and apply to the outer V, blending into the crease slightly. This will add some extra definition to the outer corners.
6. With a clean pencil brush, apply Thirteen to the inner tear duct area. If you like a really bright highlight, and aren’t afraid of sparkle, follow that by also applying High to the same area.
7. Smoke Password under the lower lashline with a pencil brush, blending from the outer V towards the centre of the eye.
8. Apply your favourite black kohl pencil to the upper and lower lashline, and blend out using a little Black Market on a small smudge brush.
9. Keep the rest of your makeup simple. A flawless matte/velvet base, a nude lip, and subtle blush and contour will let the smoky sparkle of the eye take centre stage.
If you already have Naked Smoky I hope this helps you achieve the perfect smoky eye, whether subtle for day, or sultry for night. If you don’t have the palette yet, will this make you cave?