I’ve had several requests for an eye shadow tutorial with Urban Decay Naked3 Eye Shadow Palette so I put this post together to show you how I’m doing my eye shadow these days.
By way of disclaimer, I am not a makeup expert or beauty guru or any sort of authority on the subject, but I can show you what I do and some of the tips I’ve learned over the years.
One question I’ve been getting a lot lately is: “Is the Urban Decay eye shadow worth it?”
I get it, it’s a bit of an investment, but I’ve had my Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette for 3 years, I use it almost daily, and I’m nowhere near at the bottom of any of the colors. So on a cost per wear basis, yes, I most definitely think it’s worth it.
Also, Urban Decay eye shadow has a ton of pigment, so a little goes a long way, and it goes on smoothly and lasts all day if you wear an eye shadow primer underneath. The quality is definitely on par with the price tag, in my opinion.
As I mentioned, my Smoky Palette is 3 years old, and while it’s still going strong, I was beginning to feel the need for a change. Because I’ve been so happy with Urban Decay eye makeup, I decided to give the Naked3 palette a try. I was drawn to all the pinks and greys and cool neutrals.
That said, if you want to try an Urban Decay palette but don’t want to shell out the $54, try the Naked Smoky Palette — it’s half off at Nordstrom Rack, and even though it’s called Smoky, you don’t have to do a smoky eye with it. There are some pretty lighter shades in there as well.
Alright, let’s get started!
Eye Shadow Tutorial with Urban Decay Naked3
Before starting this tutorial, I applied Dior Backstage Eye Prime Longwear Eye Primer and penciled in my eyebrows with my holy grail Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz Mechanical Brow Pencil in Dark Brown. I also did one coat of Lancôme Hypnôse Drama Instant Full Volume Mascara.
Here’s a look at the Urban Decay Naked3 Eye Shadow Palette. It’s a gorgeous assortment of rose-hued neutrals that create a fresh and pretty look as we head into springtime.
First of all, I definitely recommend using eye shadow primer so the eye shadow doesn’t crease or wear off during the day. My current favorite is the Dior Backstage Eye Prime Longwear Eye Primer, but there are lots of other good ones out there. The Urban Decay Eye Shadow Primer Potion is very popular.
I usually start with Dust (a pale metallic pink shimmer w/ iridescent micro-glitter) and apply it primarily on the inner half of my eyelid, but I do sweep it across my entire lid. I use the brush that came with the palette — usually the smaller end for this step.
Then I go to Buzz (a metallic rose shimmer w/silver micro-glitter) and apply that on the outer half of my lid. It’s a little more of a saturated color than Dust. If I’m in a rush, I skip it — or I sometimes put it on the middle of my lid at the end of the process to help blend the dark and light colors.
Here’s how it looks at this point. As you can see, it’s very neutral and pretty, and you could really just wear these two colors and be done.
Also, before you ask, I’m 46, and I still use eye shadows with a little bit of shimmer/glitter. I’ve heard it said that glitter eye shadows can be aging, but this is a good quality product, and I like a little shimmer. If you prefer a matte look, there are 3 mattes and 3 satins in this palette.
Next, I take Nooner (medium pinky-brown matte) and apply that to the crease. For this step, I use the thicker end of the brush that came with the palette. I use that in the crease and up into the brow bone but not all the way up to my brows.
Eye Shadow Application Tip: When applying a new color, start where you want it to be the darkest and then blend into the area where you don’t want it to look as saturated.
Also, one of my biggest takeaways from having my makeup done by professionals is to blend a lot — and usually after each color. I’m lazy and usually just blend it all together at the end, but I always blend. If I don’t take the time to use a blending brush, I will at least use my finger.
For daytime, that’s probably enough, but I prefer to wear some darker color, so I almost always go back in and apply Darkside (deep taupe-mauve satin) to the outer corner of my lid and into the crease, but I don’t take it all the way across the crease; I keep it in the outer half.
Sometimes I also take the brush up onto my lower brown bone after most of the eye shadow has been applied to the lid. My eyes are slightly deep set, and if I don’t make sure to get some color up towards the brown bone, it doesn’t show when my eyes are open.
For this, I switch to a different brush — this Laura Mercier eye crease brush. I’ve had this brush for probably 10 years, no joke. In fact, it looks like they’ve updated the design, but it’s my favorite brush for applying eye shadow to the outer corner and crease.
Then if I want more drama, which is usually when I’m going out at night, I take Darkheart (smoky black matte w/rosy red micro-sparkle) and apply to the outer corner of my lid to add more color and dimension.
This color is dark and highly pigmented, so a little goes a loooong way. I barely tap my brush into the color, and it gives me plenty.
I have a blending brush, and you’re supposed to keep it clean so every time you use it, it just blends and doesn’t introduce any new colors to your makeup.
I’m lazy and wash my brushes maybe 2x a year, so it’s usually got leftover color in it, but since I almost always do my makeup the same way, I figure it doesn’t really matter.
After I do all that, I apply Lancôme Le Stylo Waterproof Long Lasting Eyeliner in Noir to my upper lash line and in my waterline.
Eye Makeup Application Tip: You never want to see skin between your eye liner and your lashes, and I find eye liner always leaves a harsh line and some skin showing, so I like to apply a deep eye shadow color over top and push it into the lash line for a more natural look. This also makes your eyelashes look longer.
I also like to take the smudge brush and whatever eye shadow is leftover, and apply that under my lower lashes, starting at the outer corner and working in. I try to keep that subtle; I don’t want a lot of color under my eyes, just enough to define them. When I forget that step, I usually notice that my eyes look a bit unfinished.
Another eye shadow tip is to apply a light color (Dust is perfect) to the inner corner of the eye to give it some sparkle and shine. Every makeup tutorial I watch seems to do that, but I usually forget.
Finally, mascara! A girl’s best friend.
I love and swear by Lancôme Hypnôse Drama Instant Full Volume Mascara. I’ve been using Lancôme mascara since high school, and over the years I’ve tried others, but I always come back to this.
The key is to apply it in thin layers and let it dry slightly (but not all the way) between coats. I do two or three coats, depending on how it is applying and how much drama I want to create. Obviously, for a nighttime smoky eye, I apply a little more.
And this is the finished look!
I can see that I could have blended a little more in the outer corners… but you know how it is. You never see yourself with your eyes closed!
Also, I rarely put any eye shadow on my brown bone, but when I’m feeling like going the extra mile, or if I get a dark color too high up and want to blend it in a bit, I will apply Strange (pale neutral pink matte-satin) — the lightest color in the palette — to that area right up near my eyebrows.
You can also see here with my eyes open, that you don’t see much of the color from my crease. I probably should have extended that up into my lower brown bone better. Like I said, I have to be really intentional about that or it doesn’t show.
Anyway, that’s what I do!
If you’re wondering about any of the other colors and products I’m wearing, I’m planning to update my Makeup Routine and republish that very soon, so stay tuned for that!
photo credit: Alison Cornell
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