I’ve been away too long! Apologies, I’ve been so busy with work lately I haven’t had much of a chance to experiment or shop for that matter! But I’m back with a tutorial on achieving a gorgeous Smokey eye using Urban Decay’s Naked Palette 3.
The look I’m about to show is a real daytime look, but it could be built up for a night out. The thing I love about the Naked Palette 3 is how daytime oriented it is, the others have much darker smokey colours.
Step 1: I primed my eyes with Sin, one of the samples that handily comes with this palette. It’s so important to prime when attempting a smokey eye, you don’t want all those pigments sliding down your eye throughout the day. Sin is a gorgeous golden colour and blends so smoothly across the eye, and trust me those colours will not budge. 9 hours later and my make-up looked almost freshly applied.
Step 2: Using a flat brush (the one which comes with the palette is perfect) I applied Buzz to the outer corner of the eye – the V of the outer corner and about 3/4 of the way into the lid.
Step 3: Then, give the brush a quick wipe on a dry cloth and apply Trick onto the inner section of the lid. Apply both of these in a dabbing motion, because they’re lighter colours the dabbing motion helps the pigments to cling better building a deeper colour.
Step 4: Next, use a thick brush, the other end of the brush in the palette will do for this, and apply Nooner into the crease. Do this in a sweeping motion, back and forth to blend right in with the other shades. Use this brush to lightly blend all colours together, try to blur any harsh lines.
Step 5: For this step you’ll need a different brush, although if you’re stuck the flat end of the brush will do. Using a stiff, domed brush apply Darkside to the outer V of the lid – start with the edge of the crease and meet on the outer edge by following the lashline upwards. This is vital for creating the smoked effect. Begin blending lightly into the crease. I always line the lower lashline with the darker shade for a true smoked look. Do this with the domed brush for precision.
Step 6: The final step using the palette should be done with the fluffy thick end used in step 3. Dab a small amount of Limit onto the brush and blend lightly across each eye to blend all colours into one another and seal the shadows.
Step 7: This step is optional, but I always use a liquid liner on a smokey eye to pull the look together. For this, I used a Ted Baker liquid liner. Lightly draw a thin line across each lid and extend the flick at the outer corner. You can slowly build the line if you desire a thicker effect. Then, using Estee Lauder Pure Colour Intense Kajal Liner in 01 Blackened Black I drew a thin line along the waterline – I’ve found the liquid liners can run into the eyeball when used along the waterline – uncomfortable and not a good look.
I finished with a slick of Maybelline Rocket Volum Express mascara.
Et voila, a daytime appropriate smokey eye with hints of pink and rose gold. One of my new favourites. Stay tuned for more experimental looks over the coming weeks!