27 February 2016

Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette My Favourite looks!

I have loved Urban Decay ever since I started watching Promise Phan's make up tutorials on Youtube in which she used their products to create such beautiful looks! I love make up but I rarely can afford high end products (I'm a bit of a tight ass, ok!) but the Naked palettes are something I've always sought after, especially after loving their Naked "On The Run" set, so you can imagine my excitement when I finally received one for my birthday in December! I got their newest palette, "Naked Smoky". I've been using it for a couple of months now and I want to share with you my favourite looks! I've got a couple of every day looks and a couple of going out looks to give you inspiration for any occasion! I only used the brush that comes with the palette so you don't have to worry about needing anything else for these looks.

1) Every Day Minimalist

This look is great for going to school, work or just chilling at home when you don't have much time or don't want to look too fancy. Start out by using the fluffy side of the brush and sweep a couple of layers of "Thirteen" (the whitest colour) over your eye lid. I then take a tiny bit of "Combust" and brush that over the top to create a really nice colour. Then, using the other side of the brush, take "Whiskey" and put it in your crease. Be careful though! This colour comes out WAY darker than you think so only use a little bit! Blend it in, either with your finger or the fluffy brush (I find it easier to use my finger) and that's it! Add a little bit of mascara and you're done. 

If you have a bit more time or want to glam this look up a bit more then go ahead and add some eyeliner too. 


2) Shimmer All Day 

This next look is really similar to the first one but more shimmery. I start out by using "High" as a base, focusing mostly on the inner corners of the eyes. Next I put "Dirt Sweet" over the top, starting at the outer corners and gradually working my way in until my eyes look very gold! Next I use the smaller side of the brush and apply "Radar" to the crease. I then go back in with "High" in the inner corners again to create a really bright, shimmery look. 

I think this look is best with eyeliner, but it's up to you how you want to wear it! Gold eyes always go really well with dark berry lips but you could use a more pinky shade in these spring months. 

3) Blue Moon

Moving on to the evening looks, this one is my absolute favourite for a night out! I wore it on my birthday and also wore something similar for my Valentine's weekend away with Tom (you can read about that here). 

I start out with "Slated" as the base for my lids and build it up quite a bit. I then apply a layer of "Armor" to give my lids an even more glam, sparkly look. Still using the fluffy brush, I start to apply "Dagger" to the outer corners of my eye, blending after every layer and gradually moving across my lid and upwards towards my crease. It's at this point that my eyelid feels really soft which always amuses me (it's the little things.) I keep going until my eyes are looking quite dark. Once I'm happy with the amount I brush some of "Dagger" on my waterline and smudge that out with my finger. I then go back in with "Black Market" in my crease, waterline and also under my lash line. Just don't do what I do and use the same finger you blended with to pull down your eye because you WILL get blue all over your face! 

This look requires quite a lot of eyeliner, I would probably usually wear a lot more than I am in these pictures. I like to do a small flick along where the eyeshadow ends and also underneath to make it look more dramatic. 

4) Smoky and Dramatic 

This is the darkest and most dramatic of the looks and can kind of make you resemble a 90s goth if you're not careful! This would be great for a night out on the town or if you're really posh it would look good on a red carpet. 

You start out with "Password" as the base. Like "Whiskey" it comes out darker than you think it will but it doesn't matter too much this time as dark is what we're going for. I like to build this up so it's quite dark, I use it on my lid and crease. I then go in with "Smoulder" over the top. I like to make it quite big, almost reaching the end of my eyebrow (don't go up that far though because that would look silly.) If you want to you could use sellotape to create as a kind of template and create a really dramatic line. To do this just put a little bit each side from the outer corners of your eyes. Keep going with "Smoulder" until you reach the tape, then when you're done, rip it off and VIOLA! Sexy af. I didn't do this because I am lazy and the sellotape was downstairs at the time. Now you're probably thinking this looks dark enough but guess what! We're gonna go in with "Black Market"! Similar to the look before hand, I put it in my crease, lash line and waterline. I then use liquid eyeliner just like before, creating a flick in the same place your eyeshadow ends. I would also suggest fake lashes with this look but I didn't have any on hand at the time!

I hope you've managed to draw some inspiration from this post! Even if you don't have this palette you could easily recreate these looks with similar colours. I'd love to see if you try out any of these looks so comment below or send me a picture! (all the links to my social media is in the sidebar). I'd also like to know what your favourite Naked palette is as I hope to collect them all. Maybe if you have any reviews or similar posts on your own blog I'd love to read them!

See you soon, 

Beth x


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