Burgundy Hues (Using Urban Decay Vice 3 Palette)


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Sonic is a beautiful, metallic cranberry shade and one of my favourite colours from the Urban Decay Vice 3 Palette.  I combined Sonic with brown, aubergine and black shades from the palette to create a soft, smoky burgundy effect on the eyes.

Note: I used the Urban Decay Vice 3 palette and the brush that comes with it to create this look.  You can use any brand of eyeshadow you like which has similar shades to re-create this look (if you don’t have the Vice 3 palette), along with any similar brushes in your kit.

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: MAC Paint Pot in Idyllic (deep metallic cranberry)
Crease : Urban Decay Downfall eyeshadow (medium matte neutral brown)
Lid: Urban Decay Sonic eyeshadow (shimmery medium bright cranberry)
Outer Lid/Outer V: Urban Decay Bondage eyeshadow (dark satin smoked aubergine)
Inner Corner: Urban Decay Last Sin eyeshadow (shimmery light champagne)
Highlight: Urban Decay Truth eyeshadow (pale matte pink-nude)
Lower Lashline: Urban Decay Sonic eyeshadow (as above)
Outer Lower Lashline: Urban Decay Bondage eyeshadow (as above)
Inner Lower Lashline: Urban Decay Last Sin eyeshadow (as above)
Upper Lashline: Urban Decay Revolver eyeshadow (dark pearl-finish black)
Black mascara (upper and lower lashes)


1. Apply Idyllic paint pot all over the lid as a base. You can either use your fingers or a flat synthetic brush (e.g. MAC 242).  I used a coloured paint pot for this step, as I wanted to bring out the cranberry hues in Sonic eyeshadow.

2. Sweep Downfall into the crease using a windshield wiper motion (use the fluffy crease end of the brush or a crease/blender brush like the MAC 217).  This step helps Sonic blend out more effectively.

3. Use the flat end of the brush (or another flat shader brush, like the MAC 239) and pat Sonic on to the eyelid.

4. Take the flat end of the brush (or another flat shader brush, like the MAC 239) and pat Bondage on to the outer lid.  Take some of Bondage up into the outer v to help shape the eye.  This step adds some smokiness into the look.

5. Using the fluffy crease end of the brush (or a crease/blender brush like the MAC 217 or MAC 226), sweep Truth on to the browbone to highlight and further blend out the edges of the crease colour.

6. Take a pencil brush (e.g. MAC 219) and apply Sonic along the outer part of the lower lashline.  Take the same pencil brush and lightly sweep Bondage along the outer lower lashline and Last Sin along the inner lower lashline.  You can lightly sweep the brush (or a clean finger) along the lower lashline to help the shades blend together more.

7. Take an angled eyeliner brush (e.g. MAC 266) and use Revolver to draw a thin line along the upper lashline.  I used an eyeshadow as an eyeliner, as I wanted to give the eyes very soft definition.  You can use a pencil eyeliner for this step if you want to a stronger effect.

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

Here’s one more picture of the finished look:

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