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.

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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

Urban Decay – Naked 2 Review and Swatches

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I love the packaging of the Naked 2 palette. It is very sleek (I would say it is about 6 inches in length and about 1/2 in depth), made from a sturdy metal and is a beautiful matte taupe color with metallic bronze lettering. I also appreciate that it snaps shut so I know that it is completely closed and the eye shadows are protected.

You could say that I am late to the game on the Naked palettes from Urban Decay…very late. I just couldn’t justify purchasing one since unlike the other 99% of the makeup wearing population, I don’t wear a lot of neutrals on my eyes. I am a total color girl. However, there were a few eye shadows I was hitting pan on from other Urban Decay palettes that I own. Upon further investigation I found four of them were included in the Naked 2 palette (Half Baked, YDK, Verve, and Blackout) and decided for the price I should just opt for buying the Naked 2 palette ($54 vs. $18 for their individual pans of eye shadow).

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The palette comes with 12 generous sized eye shadows and an excellent quality double sided brush.

When I received the palette I was very pleased. I love the packaging, it is very sleek and sturdy and would be ideal for travel. While I thought this was going to be a more cool toned eye shadow palette, I was pleasantly surprised to see both cool and warm tones. There was also a nice mix of matte, satin, shimmer, and metallic finishes. One thing I really enjoy about this palette is I have noticed far less fall out from these shadows than I normally experience from Urban Decay or other brands.

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A close-up shot of all these beautiful eye shadows . My favorites are Half Baked, Chopper, Pistol, Verve and YDK….who am I kidding? They are all my favorite!

The shadows have a buttery texture, are very highly pigmented and blend like a dream. Which is no surprise coming from Urban Decay. I do recommend using an eye shadow primer (I love Urban Decay’s Primer Potion in Eden or NARS Pro-Prime) before you apply the shadows to make them more intense and longer lasting. I love the look of Half Baked and Chopper when applied with a damp brush. It really intensifies the metallic look of the shadow.

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I apologize for the poor quality of these pictures, they definitely do not give these swatches justice! These swatches were applied without eye shadow primer. From left to right: Foxy, Half Baked, Bootycall, Chopper, Tease, and Snakebite

 

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Swatches from left to right: Suspect, Pistol, Verve, YDK, Busted, and Blackout

Overall, I don’t think this palette is a “necessity”, but I definitely think you get a lot of bang for your buck. If you are a neutral eye shadow kind of person, I think you would get a ton of use from this palette. It is very easy to transition this palette from day to night. A favorite combination of mine to wear for day is Verve on the inner third of my eyelid, Pistol on the outer 2/3 of my eyelid and blended up into the crease,  I then do the same with my lower lash line. Next, I blend Tease into my crease to transition the eye shadow from my eyelid to my eyebrow bone. The last step I do is to add Bootycall to my eyebrow bone and inner eye area to brighten the whole look. For night, I just use a small detail brush and add Blackout to the outer corners of my eyes and softly diffuse it. I also add it to the outer third of my lower lash line and blend it out. This is just one look I have enjoyed wearing, I feel that with this palette their are tons of different combinations you could use, or better yet just use one color as a wash over your entire eyelid…beautiful. If you are in the market for a neutral eye shadow palette I would highly recommend that you give the Urban Decay Naked 2 a go. You won’t be disappointed.