This week the Makeup Wars team is sharing looks from the amazing Urban Decay Naked Ultimate Basics Palette ($54 US/$68 CAD). I have not put this palette down since I received it. It has all the shades you find yourself reaching for to complete an eye look. The palette includes 12 shadows. 11 are matte and one (Blow) has a soft sheen. There are all over base shades, a variety of crease and transition shades, and deep, dark shadows for contouring and lining the eyes. I find myself partnering this palette with other more shimmery palettes and shadows on a daily basis. For this post I wanted to create a look using only shadows from the Naked Ultimate Basics Palette. The beautiful creamy mattes this palette contains, with their easy to blend texture, makes it the perfect palette for creating a matte smoky eye look.
Be sure to check out my full review of the Urban Decay Naked Ultimate Basics Palette.
The following look includes shades from only the top row of the palette. The shades on the top row are:
- Blow – light nude demi-matte
- Nudie – soft pink-nude matte
- Commando – light taupe-brown matte
- Tempted – pale brown matte
- Instinct – medium pink-taupe matte
- Lethal – reddish brown matte
Used in this look are Blow, Tempted, Instinct, and Lethal.
And now on to the tutorial. This look is really quick and easy to create. There is no complicated placement of shades and all you really need to do is apply the shadows and blend, blend, blend.
- Apply an eye primer like Urban Decay Primer Potion or MAC Painterly Paint Pot (shown).
- Apply Blow from crease to brow.
- Apply Tempted as a transition shade in the crease with a fluffy blending brush. I’ve gone quite high with it due to my hooded lids.
- Apply Lethal along the lash line and about 2/3rds of the way up the lid with a dense shadow brush or detail brush. Also apply it into the lower lashline going about 2/3rds of the way in.
- Apply Instinct above Lethal with a fluffy blending brush taking care to really blend out the edge of Lethal and blend it up into your crease. Also blend out the lower lash line with Instict.
- Apply a little Blow in the inner corner, apply black liner and lots of mascara and your done!
I really love how this smoky eye looks. The all matte finish, and the beautiful way these shadows blend out, gives it a really soft focus smoky effect that is incredibly sexy. And it’s so easy!
What’s your favorite look to create with this palette? If you haven’t picked up the Urban Decay Naked Ultimate Basics Palette yet I highly recommend it. You can’t go wrong with this “basic”, yet incredibly necessary and versatile, palette in your life.