Elemental (Using Urban Decay Moondust Palette)











This is the first of my looks using the new Urban Decay Moondust Palette.  I really wanted to create a smokier look using one of the Moondust eyeshadows and so I used a deep metallic cranberry paintpot as a base.   This particular paint pot adds a really pretty plum hue to Element eyeshadow.

Tip: Experimenting with different colours of eyeshadow base can bring out different tones in whatever eyeshadow you choose to use.

You can read more about this palette, see photos and view swatches here.

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 Idyllic Paint Pot (deep metallic cranberry)
Crease: MAC Sketch eyeshadow (dark velvet burgundy)
Lid: Urban Decay Element eyeshadow (medium glittery copper-red with pink hue)
Highlight: MAC Creamy Bisque eyeshadow (light satin cream)
Lower Lashline: Urban Decay Element eyeshadow (as above)
Outer Lower Lashline: MAC Sketch eyeshadow (as above)
Black mascara (upper and lower lashes)


1. Apply Idyllic paint pot all over the lid as a base.  Apply a little along the lower lashline as well.  You can either use your fingers or a flat synthetic brush (e.g. MAC 242).  I used a paintpot for this step, as glitter eyeshadows adhere slightly better when applied over a creamier base.  The metallic cranberry tone of this particular paint pot also adds a really pretty plum hue to the eyeshadow applied in step 3.

2. Sweep Sketch into the crease using a windshield wiper motion (e.g. MAC 217).

3. Take a flat shader brush (e.g. MAC 239) and load it with some Element eyeshadow.  Spritz the brush with All-Nighter Setting Spray and apply Element to the lid.  Repeat this stage (load the brush with eyeshadow, spritz with spray, pat on the lid) for the other eye.  Applying the eyeshadow with a spritz of setting spray (or water, if you prefer this option) makes the eyeshadow look more intense and shimmery on the eye.  It also further helps the glitter particles to adhere to the lid.  Be careful not to get water on to the eyeshadow itself, as this may cause the product to harden.  

4. Using a crease/blender brush (e.g. MAC 217) or a pointed crease brush (e.g. MAC 226), sweep Creamy Bisque on to the browbone to highlight.

5. Take a pencil brush (e.g. MAC 219) and apply Element along the lower lashline.  Take the same pencil brush and lightly sweep Sketch along the outer lower lashline.  You can lightly sweep the brush (or a clean finger) along the lower lashline to help the shades blend together more.

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

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