I used neutral shades from the Urban Decay Smoky Palette (and the brush which comes with it) to create this neutral, highlighted effect on the eyes. This combination shows that even when a palette is catered towards smoky looks, you can still create more wearable combinations when you use the lighter shades.
Click on the link if you want to read more detail on how to create the ‘Highlighted Style’ of eyeshadow application.
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 (clear)
Crease: Urban Decay Radar eyeshadow (medium-dark frosted warm brown)
Inner and Outer Lids: Urban Decay Dirty Sweet eyeshadow (medium metallic golden-bronze)
Middle Lid: 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)
1. Apply Urban Decay Primer Potion all over the lid as a base.
2. Take the fluffy crease end of the brush (or a crease/blender brush) and sweep Radar into the crease of the eye. Use a windshield wiper motion to blend the colour evenly.
3. Take the fluffy crease end of the brush (or a crease/blender brush) and pat Dirty Sweet onto the inner and outer sections of the lid. Keep the middle of the lid free of colour.
4. Pat High onto the middle of the lid using the fluffy crease end of the brush (or a crease/blender brush).
5. Take the fluffy crease end of the brush (or a crease/blender brush) and use Combust to blend out the edges of Radar. This step helps to diffuse Radar and creates a gradient blend between the crease and highlight shades.
6. Using the fluffy crease end of the brush (or a crease/blender brush), sweep Thirteen on to the browbone to highlight. Take this down into the inner corner as well to brighten the eye.
7. Take the pencil end of the brush (or a pencil brush) and apply Radar to the inner and lower lashline. Take the same brush and apply High to the middle of the lower lashline. This step mirrors the application of colours on the eyelid and helps to bring the whole look together.
8. Apply mascara to the top and bottom lashes.
Here’s one more picture of the finished look: