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Fall into Sephora’s COLOR VISION for the season’s hottest hues
I heard the early rumblings of the Urban Decay Smoked palette ($49) being the new “must have” palette. But after succumbing to both Naked palettes, I thought maybe I could skip this one. Thought being the operative word!
I should have known better – a smoky eye is the ying to a natural eye’s yang. Both are essential in the makeup lover’s bag of tricks. Leave it to Urban Decay to provide the tools necessary to create beautiful ones. All you need to add is some quality brushes and fabulous mascara.
I used these brushes for the look, plus my favorite mascara Urban Decay Lush Lash Mascara.
There are 10 of their newly formulated, richly shaded matte and shimmer shadows within the sleek zippered case (five are exclusive to this palette). You also get a full size Perversion eyeliner (one of the richest blacks around), a mini original formula Primer Potion and an AMAZING Look Book with 12 well-explained tutorials on various degrees of smoked eyes in a range of shades.
This book is so helpful, it’s like taking a class with a makeup artist. I was in a bit of a smoky eye rut – same shades, same techniques. So I learned a lot from this book (here’s a hint, it’s all in the blending and layering!)
Here’s a look at the shadows
Kinky – matte soft cream (Smoked exclusive)
Freestyle – matte warm nude (Smoked exclusive)
Mushroom – shimmery warm grey leaning taupe
Back Door – matte dark chocolate brown (Smoked exclusive)
Blackout – matte blackest black
Barlust – shimmery dark golden chocolate (Smoked exclusive)
Rockstar – shimmery dark grape/aubergine
Evidence – shimmery dark navy blue
Loaded – shimmery blackened emerald
Asphalt – shimmery dark gunmetal with silver micro glitter; the only shade with glitter! (Smoked exclusive)
Sephora’s promoting nouveau purples for fall, so I happily choose to test the Rockstar tutorial from the Look Book, starring their popular shadow of the same name.
Step 1: Apply Freestyle from crease to brow.
Step 2: Highlight brow bone with Kinky, tracing just along brow arch. Blend with Freestyle.
Step 3: Using Perversion Pencil, line upper lash line about halfway across, from the outer corner toward the inner. Smudge.
Step 4: Sweep Rockstar all the way across upper lash line blending it into the pencil. The shadow should be thick and smudgy. Make sure the edges look soft and fuzzy.
Step 5: Repeat step #3 and #4 for lower lash line (note: I did this for the intro image, but not the full face shot shown below. Generally, I don’t like anything on my lower lash line).
Step 6: Apply Rockstar all the way across upper lid, winging it out a little at the outer corner.
Step 7: Join the Rockstar shadow from the upper and lower lash line at the outer corner.
Step 8: Blend Asphalt into Rockstar on upper lid, then work Asphalt into and out of the crease.
Step 9: Apply just a little bit of Blackout right into the crease line. Blend seamlessly into Asphalt.
Step 10: Downblend (UD explains this very well in the book, but it’s basically using a lighter shadow over a darker shadow’s edge to make it seamlessly blend.)
Step 11: Trace a thin line of Blackout tightly along upper and lower lash lines. Go from outer corner about halfway across.
Step 12: Reline outer 1/3 of eye with Perversion Pencil. With a brush, fuse it into the shadow along the lash line. Seamlessly blend pencil with shadow.
Step 13: Line the lower waterline all the way across with Perversion Pencil.
Step 14: Line the upper waterline all the way across and into the inner corner with Perversion. Make sure the upper and lower lines meet.
Voilà – a smoky purple eye and you’re ready for fall!
we heartsters, are you feeling the heat of the Smoked palette?
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