Black and Gold (Using Urban Decay XX Vice Ltd Reloaded Palette)










I wanted to do something different in terms of eyeshadow placement and colour combinations and came up with this look.  I used bright gold and black from the Urban Decay Vice XX Ltd Reloaded Palette to create a strong, contrasting effect on the eyes.  The black is meant to be very defined in this look, which is why I haven’t blended it out or softened the edges. 

To complement the look: I used The Balm Greatest Hits Volume 2 In The Balm of Your Hand Palette for bronzer, brusher and highlighter.  I finished off the look with MAC Syrup on the lips.

You can see more looks using the Urban Decay XX Vice Ltd Reloaded Palette here.

You can read more about the Urban Decay XX Vice Ltd Reloaded 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: Smashbox Photo Finish Lid Primer in White (matte white)
Outer Lid/Outer v: Urban Decay Oil Slick eyeshadow (deep satin black with silver sparkles)
Lid: Urban Decay Goldmine eyeshadow (medium metallic bright gold)
Crease: Urban Decay Laced eyeshadow (light matte pink-beige)
Highlight: Urban Decay Anonymous eyeshadow (pale matte white-beige)
Outer Edges: Concealer (for a sharper line)
Middle-Outer Lower Lashline: Urban Decay Oil Slick eyeshadow (as above)
Inner Lower Lashline: Urban Decay Goldmine eyeshadow (as above)
Black mascara (upper and lower lashes)


1. Apply Smashbox Photo Finish Lid Primer 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 flat shader brush (I used the MAC 227, which has a slight angle) and apply Oil Slick to the outer lid.  Sweep the colour up just to meet the crease of the eye.  Start to ‘pull’ the colour out to the outer edge to create a winged shape.  Build up Oil Slick in this area until you reach your desired intensity of colour.

3. Take a flat shader brush (e.g. MAC 239) and pat Goldmine on the lid.  Take the colour just up to the crease of the eye so that the colour stays concentrated to the lid.

4. Take a crease/blender brush (e.g. MAC 217) and lightly sweep Laced into the crease.  This step adds some depth and shape to the eyes.

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

6. Take a concealer (I used a liquid undereye concealer) and lightly pat the product in a straight line along the very outer edge of Oil Slick.  This is the section between the end of your eyebrows and the outer corner of your eyes.  This step helps to sharpen up the edge of Oil Slick and make it look more defined.

7. Take a pencil brush (e.g. MAC 219) and apply Oil Slick along the outer to middle part of the lower lashline.  Join the outer part of the lower lashline to the edge of the outer winged part of Oil Slick so that this comes together.

8. Take the same pencil brush (e.g. MAC 219) and apply Goldmine to the inner to middle part of the lower lashline.

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

Here’s one more picture of the look:






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