Face of the Day: Cranberries and Champage (Using Urban Decay Vice 3 Palette)


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Valentine’s Day is coming up next week and so I thought this would be the perfect time to create a Valentine-inspired look.  For this look, I used cranberry, aubergine and champagne shades on the eyes.  I completed the look using a peachy-pink blusher on the cheeks and a rose-pink lipstick on the lips.

Tip: You can add extra definition to the eyes by adding a thin line of aubergine or black liner along the upper lashline.

Here’s how to re-create this look:

Click here to read my article ‘Parts of the Eye’ for help on where to place eyeshadow colours.


Base: Urban Decay Primer Potion in Original
Crease: Urban Decay Alchemy eyeshadow (medium satin hot magenta-plum)
Outer v: Urban Decay Bondage eyeshadow (dark satin smoked aubergine)
Lid: Urban Decay Last Sin eyeshadow (shimmery light champagne)
Highlight: Urban Decay Truth eyeshadow (pale matte pink-nude)
Inner-Middle Lower Lashline: Urban Decay Last Sin eyeshadow (as above)
Outer Lower Lashline: Urban Decay Alchemy eyeshadow (as above)
Black mascara (upper and lower lashes)
Cheeks: MAC Pinch O’Peach Blusher (satin peachy-pink)
Cheek Highlight: MAC Extra Dimension Skinfinish in Fairly Precious (shimmery peach with gold)
Lips: Bare Minerals Marvellous Moxie Lipstick in Get Ready (medium neutral rose-pink)


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 a crease/blender brush (e.g. MAC 217) and sweep Alchemy into the crease of the eye.  Use a windshield wiper motion to blend the colour evenly.

3. Using a crease/blender brush (e.g. MAC 217), apply Bondage to the outer v section of the eye.  Take the colour  slightly up into the crease to keep the overall effect very soft and blended.  These techniques help to add extra depth and dimension to the eye.

4. Take a flat shader brush (e.g. MAC 239) and pat Last Sin on to the lid.

5. Take a crease/blender brush (e.g. MAC 226, MAC 217) and sweep Truth on to the browbone to highlight.

6. Take a pencil brush (e.g. MAC 219) and apply Last Sin to the inner-lower lashline.  Take the same brush and apply Alchemy to the outer lower lashline.

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

8. Take an angled blusher brush (e.g. MAC 168) and apply Pinch O’Peach blusher to the cheeks.

9. Take a small contour or highlight brush (e.g. MAC 109) and dust Fairly Precious 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 Fairly Previous 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.

10. 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.

11. Apply a slick of Get Ready lipstick on the lips.  The neutral rose-pink tone helps to tie the whole look together.

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