Face of the Day: Subtle Silver Smoke (Using Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette)

 

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For today’s look, I used silver, grey and taupe shades to create a soft and smokey effect on the eyes.  I used the Urban Decay Smoky palette and the brush which comes with it to create the whole eye look.

Hot Product: The Urban Decay Smoky palette contains beautiful beige, gold, brown, grey and black eyeshadows which can be combined to create both smokey or more natural eye looks.  The double-ended brush is also fantastic, making it easy to create beautiful eye looks without having to use lots of different brushes.

Here’s how to re-create this look:

Products

Base: Urban Decay Primer Potion in Original
Crease: Urban Decay Password eyeshadow (medium matte taupe-grey)
Deepen Crease/Outer v: Urban Decay Dagger eyeshadow (deep satin charcoal)
Lid: Urban Decay Armor eyeshadow (medium shimmery silver-taupe)
Inner Corner: Urban Decay High eyeshadow (light shimmery cream-gold)
Blend out Crease: Urban Decay Combust eyeshadow (light matte pink-taupe)
Highlight: Urban Decay Thirteen eyeshadow (light matte white-beige)
Middle-Outer Lower Lashline: Urban Decay Dagger eyeshadow (as above)
Middle Lower lashline: Urban Decay Armor eyeshadow (as above)
Inner Lower Lashline: Urban Decay High eyeshadow (as above)
Black mascara (upper and lower lashes)

Cheeks: Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blusher in Luminous Flush (medium warm pink)
Cheek Highlight: Laura Gellar Baked Highlighter in Dulce de Leche (light shimmery beige-gold)
Lips: Revlon Colourburst Lip Butter in Macaroon (cream muted medium pink-peach)

Steps

1. Apply Primer Potion all over the lid as a base. You can either use your fingers or a flat synthetic brush (e.g. MAC 242).

2. Take the fluffy crease end of the brush (or a crease/blender brush) and sweep Password into the crease of the eye.  Use a windshield wiper motion to blend the colour evenly.

3. Take Dagger onto the small domed end of the brush  (or a pencil brush) and deepen the crease.  Take some Dagger down into the outer v as well.  These techniques help to add extra depth and dimension to the eye.

4. Use the fluffy crease end of the brush (or a flat shader brush) and pat Amor on to the lid.

5. Use the  small domed end of the brush (or a pencil brush) and pat High into the inner corners of the eye.  This step helps add extra brightness to the eyes.

6. Take Combust onto the fluffy end of the brush (or a crease/blender brush) and blend out the edges of the crease colours applied in steps 2 and 3.

7. Using the fluffy end of the brush (or a crease/blender brush), sweep Thirteen on to the browbone to highlight.

8. Take the small domed end of the brush (or a pencil brush) and apply Dagger to the middle-outer lower lashline, Armor to the middle lower lashline and High to the inner lower lashline.  Applying the eyeshadows in this way mirrors the application on the eyelid and helps to shape the eye

9. Apply black mascara to the top and bottom lashes.

10. Take an angled blusher brush (e.g. MAC 168) and apply Luminous Flush blusher to the cheeks.

11. Take a small contour or highlight brush (e.g. MAC 109) and dust Dulce De Leche on to the top of the cheekbones.  This step helps to highlight the cheekbones and make them look more pronounced.  You can also apply a little of Dulce De Leche lightly at the top of the cupid’s bow (on your lips), lightly across the forehead and down the centre of the nose to further brighten the face.

12. Line the outside of the lips with Ozone lip liner.  Using a lip liner gives the lips extra definition and prevents lipsticks from ‘bleeding’ outside the lip line.  You can fill in the lip area as well, if you like, as this can help the lipstick adhere better.

13. Apply a slick of Macaroon lipstick on the lips.  The neutral pink-peach tone of this lipstick helps to balance out the smokier, dark tones on the eyes.

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