Daytime Smokey Eye Look Featuring Urban Decay’s Naked 2 Palette

Now that I work in a more conservative environment, I have had to tone down my makeup (boo!). That is why I am so thankful that I bit the bullet and bought my Naked 2 palette. It has come in very handy for the more neutral makeup looks that I have been wearing. I thought I would share what I consider to be a soft, work appropriate, daytime smokey eye look that I definitely have on rotation.

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My go to “work appropriate” daytime smokey eye and neutral lip.

 

Step 1:

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I began my eye look by priming my eyelids with my Urban Decay Primer Potion in Eden. I love using this primer because it has color neutralizing properties that counteract any discoloration that my eyelids might have. I then used a shimmery champagne eye pencil all over my mobile lid as an eye shadow base.

Step 2:

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Next, I placed a cool toned mauve eye shadow right above my crease and blended it out and upwards. This color created a nice transition for the other shadows I would be using.

Step 3:

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I then placed Suspect, a shimmery cool toned light bronze, from the Naked 2 Palette onto my mobile eye lid and blended it out into the mauve transition shade. I also ran it along my outer lower lashline (about 3/4 of the way in). I also filled in my eyebrows using an eye pencil, eyebrow powder and set them with a brown tinted eyebrow gel.

Step 4

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I placed Pistol (also from the Naked 2) a shimmery, cool toned dark brown into the outer V of my upper eyelid and along the outer quarter of my lower lash line. I then blended out the color, adding more Pistol until I reached my desired intensity. I then took Bootycall a satin finish champagne color from the Naked 2 palette and applied it to my brow bone for a subtle highlight.

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To complete my eye look I added a metallic taupe-pewter eyeliner to add definition to my upper lash line. I used this color instead of black eyeliner to create a softer eye look. To make my upper lashes appear fuller I tight lined my upper lash line with a long-wearing black eye liner. I then placed Verve (Naked 2) a light silver-bronze shade into my inner eye area. This just opens up my eyes and makes me look more awake.

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To complete the look I added 2 coats of black mascara to my top lashes and 1 coat of a plum colored mascara to my lower lashes (I like using mascara in shades of purple on my lower lashes to emphasize my green eyes). I then added a matte mauve blush to my cheeks and mauve lip gloss to my lips. I also lightly highlighted and contoured my face.

Products Used:

On Face: YBF Perfect Prep Face Primer, Boscia B.B. Cream Oil Free SPF 27 PA++ mixed with NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer in Alaska, NYX Above and Beyond Full Coverage Concealer in Light/Pale (used to counteract the darkness under my eyes), Maybelline Fit Me Concealer in #20 Sand (used to conceal blemishes), Rimmel Stay Matte Powder in Transparent, MAC Sheertone Blush in Coygirl, Sephora Bronzer in 3 Los Cabos (used to contour my cheekbones and nose), Revlon PhotoReady Bronzer andBecca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Opal

On Eyebrows: essence eyebrow pencil in 02 Brown and 04 Blonde, Lorac Take a Brow in Brunette, L’Oreal Brow Stylist Plumper in 380 Medium to Dark Brown

On Eyes: Urban Decay Primer Potion in Eden, Wet n’ Wild Idol Eyes Creme Shadow Pencil in 130 Pixie (used as an eye shadow base), Lancome Color Design Sensational Effects Eye Shadow in Sultry Mauve (used as transition shade), Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette in Bootycall (used to highlight my browbone), Suspect, Pistol and Verve, Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Mushroom, Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Eye Pencil in Jet (used to tightline my upper lash line). Make Up For Ever Smokey Extravagant Mascara in Black (on upper lashes) and Benefit BADgal Plum mascara.

On Lips: Buxom Full-On Lip Polish in Dolly

The beautyblender: Worth the Price?

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I have heard/known about the beauty blender for roughly three years now. Most reviews for this beauty tool have been very favorable. However, I just could not fathom spending $20 on a sponge. I ended up buying a similar, much more affordable version at Walgreens and was very disappointed with the results; it just seemed to rub my foundation away. After this, I seemed to write off using a sponge to apply my makeup. Forward ahead a couple of years, I continued to see my favorite YouTubers using the beautyblender and singing it’s praises. While I have been happy with the results I have, when applying my foundation with a brush, I decided to bite the bullet and give the real deal, beautyblender a try (I made sure to purchase mine from Sephora, so I could return it, if I wasn’t thrilled with the results).

The beautyblender in it's original size and state (left) and after it has been expanded by saturating with water  and ready to use (right)

The beautyblender in it’s original size and state (left) and after it has been expanded by saturating with water and ready to use (right)

Right off the bat, I could tell this sponge was different than the previous one I had tried. It was soft and buoyant. It easily expanded once I added water to it. So far so good. On to the makeup application…oh my gosh! Why didn’t I try this thing sooner?!! It applied my foundation like a dream, blending it seamlessly with my skin. I didn’t have to go over the same area numerous times to blend in the product. Just a couple stipples with the beauty blender and I was able to move on to the next section. I love using the full bottom side to apply my foundation and the pointy tip is perfect for applying concealer to my under eye and inner eye area and around my nose. It also helps prevent my under eye concealer from looking the least bit cakey…a problem I encountered every time I applied my makeup, previous to using the beautyblender. I have also used it to blend in my cream blush with the same favorable results.

Pros:

  • Blends and applies makeup like a dream.
  • Can use with both cream and powder products.
  • Easy to use, does not take as much skill as applying products with a brush.

Cons:

  • Price
  • Easily becomes stained with foundation, even after cleaning.

Bottom Line:

I love this product! Even at the steep $20 price tag, I will no doubt repurchase. Not only does it make my makeup look awesome, it is a definite time saver. My foundation and concealer application takes half the time it used to. Since purchasing my beautyblender, I have not reached for a brush to apply my foundation. I highly recommend you give this product a try!