Today I want to do a quick smoky eye tutorial using the Naked Palette 3 by Urban Decay. As you all know, I love these palettes, I collect palettes from all different brands as if there’s no tomorrow but if you want just one for your make-up bag any of these will do the trick. Naked 3 is the softest of all the palettes, with dusky pinks and holds, perfect for a more natural and understated look.
I created this look last night; subtle, quick and easy but you can build the intensity to make it as dramatic as you like. I find the eyeshadows in this palette very pale so it is important to apply thin coats and dab more on as you need it. Slightly wetting the brush will help build intensity too, making the most of the pigments in the shadow.
Although smoky eyes usually look like there’s only two or three colours at play there are usually a few more involved that might not be picked up in pictures. These are usually just neatening and blending shadows to help pull everything together.
To start I always apply Urban Decay’s eyeshadow primer in Sin (a lovely shimmery golden colour, perfect for smoky eyes). This really helps the eyeshadow last all day, no more awful creasing!
First, I applied the highlighting shadow Strange on the upper lid below the eyebrow down as far as the crease. Don’t use too much product here, this should just leave a subtle shimmer. My second step was to apply a small bit of Dust to the tear ducts (the inner most corner of your eye). Then, I applied Buzz all over the lid. I dampened the brush to bring out the intense pink tones and dabbed until I had the colour I wanted.
Now comes some of the blending steps, I applied Nooner into the crease of the lid. It’s important to blend using small circular movements with the brush. Dab the shadow into the crease and blend, blend, blend so there are no visible lines between the two shades. Focus the attention on the inner crease here. For the outer crease I used Darkside. Same steps here, just dab into the outer crease and using circular movements blend inwards. To finish the crease I blended Limit all the way across just above the crease to smudge the highlighter and crease colours together.
For the final step I applied Blackheart to the outer V. This shade is quite dark so only apply a small amount at a time, you can build if required. Apply in a V shape to the outer corner of the eye and blend inwards softly. Don’t blend this too much, it should look darker than the rest of the lid to create the smoky effect. Apply this shade underneath the eye too and connect with the wing created on the upper lid. You can finish with a cat eye for a more dramatic look if desired but lashings of mascara usually do the trick for something slightly more toned down.
I’ll upload more tutorials from each palette over the coming weeks!