Today I want to share with you one of my favourite looks from the Naked Palette by Urban Decay.
As you can see, black and gold isn’t just a good song title it’s also a gorgeous eyeshadow combination. Smokey eyes are my favourite, I work them into almost every look and this is a great way to escape the classic black/grey combo.
Luckily, the Naked Palette has multiple gold shades to choose from and this look only requires one black shadow. Always begin by prepping the lid with a good eyeshadow primer – mine is from Avon. I started by working the black shadow into the outer corner of the lid in a triangular shape. To avoid shadow falling below the eye, which I HATE, use a small amount of shadow on the brush and begin by dabbing the shadow into the crease rather than brushing straight across.
Build up the colour slowly, don’t expect a jet black finish as soon as you apply. Choose a gold shade that is quite dull and can be blended into the crease easily. To achieve a perfect blend, again take a minimal amount of shadow and dab into the crease and moving the brush back and forth working in a circular motion to blend the gold into the black outer edge.
The brightest colour should always be used in the centre of the lid for a smokey eye and here I chose a shimmery gold from the palette. The centre of the eye is the easiest section to achieve. Again dab the majority of the shadow and then blend softly up toward the crease and across to the black outer corner. The inner corner should be the palest shade, or even white.
To complete the eye, bring the outer shade (black, in this case) under the eye. To achieve this I gently stab the point of the brush into the shadow rather than brushing it across. Then simply dab the shadow across the lower lashline – be careful, using the point of the brush can cause a few bristles to poke your eye.
For a darker, more sultry finish (as pictured above) use a kohl liner on the inner lashline and outer corner of the upper lashline. On the upper lashline, blend the liner up softly to deepen the colour on the outer corner. The picture below shows the look without the additional heavy liner.