Urban Decay Smoky Palette Tutorial Final Look

I don’t know if you’ve heard, but Urban Decay just released a new Naked palette. Naked Smoky is the latest addition to the Naked family, and dare I say that it’s my second favorite palette in the collection (Naked2 Basics, you + me forever). One of my favorite looks as we begin to slide into fall (don’t blame me, blame the calendar) is a worn-in, grungy eye. These looks don’t have any hard lines, are generally smoky in tone, neutral in color, and if you use a light hand, can be totally appropriate for daytime. Since I first opened the palette, the colors Armor, a chunky taupe-silver, and Smolder, a mid purple, spoke the most to me so I created an easy eye look using only three colors.

Step one:

Naked Smoky Eyeshadow Tutorial Step One Thirteen

The brush that is included in the palette is actually perfect for blending and smudging, so I used the fluffy end to apply the color Thirteen all over my eyes, from lashes to browbone.

Step two:

Urban Decay Smoky Palette Tutorial - Step Two

Next, take a large, dense fluffy brush like the Real Techniques Domed Shadow Brush and lightly dip it into the shade Armor. The shape & density of this brush is perfect for creating a really diffused eye look, so you won’t have any harsh lines or intense pigment deposits to worry about.

Urban Decay Smoky Eyeshadow Tutorial Armor

Step three:

Urban Decay Smoky Palette Tutorial Step Three

Take the end of the brush included in the Smoky palette with shorter bristles and lightly dip it into Smolder. We’re going to use this to create some dimension to our eyes by adding it to the crease. Don’t know where your crease is? Let the brush do the work for you! Between your browbone and eyelid, there’s a natural curvature around your eye socket, and this brush should fit in there nicely. Run the brush back and forth but stopping before your inner corner, adding as much of the Smolder color or as little as you’d like.

Urban Decay Smoky Palette Eyeshadow Tutorial Smolder


Step four:

Urban Decay Smokey Palette Tutorial - Step Four

Take the fluffy end of the brush and use it to soften the edges of the Smolder you just applied. Be sure there isn’t a hard line between your crease and your brow bone. If you feel like there isn’t enough definition, you can also add a bit more Smolder to the brush to amp up your crease.

Step five:

Urban Decay Smokey Palette Tutorial - Step Five

Time to smoke it out! Take the shorter end of the included brush and dip it into Armor. Run the brush along your lower lash line and into the outer edges of your crease. For an even sultrier look, add Smolder onto the same brush along the outer edges. To intensify the look for evening, you could run a black kohl liner along your waterline and use this same brush to smudge it out.

To keep the look balanced, I used NARS Enthralled Blush, a dusty pink, NARS Audacious Lipstick in Barbara, a beige pink nude, and Kevyn Aucoin The Flesh Tone Lip Pencil in Medium.

Many, many thanks to Kristin Booker & Ella Ceron for helping me produce these photos!

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