Urban Decay Naked 2 palette tutorial for a bronze smokey eye!
There’s no denying that a bronze smokey eye is both sexy and timeless and can enhance a set of peepers in a flash. There’s also no denying that Urban Decay Naked Palette 2 may just be the best thing ever invented (after Furbys and Tamagotchi’s of course). Pair these two variables together and we have ourselves a seriously slick evening makeup look.
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After a friend returned from America bearing the gift of Urban Decay, I knew I had to make use of these gorgeous bronze, copper and golden hues somehow. And so I sought out the insanely talented Georgia Walsh, renowned Australian makeup artist, to teach me — and all you beauty loving dames out there — how to get a sexy bronze smokey eye, the easy way. Let’s get smookkiiiinn’!
– Urban Decay Naked Palette 2 (Unfortunately, this is not yet available for shipping to Australia but you can get the Naked Palette 1 or use Stila In The Light Eyeshadow Palette as they’re almost identical!)
-flat eyeshadow brush
-blending eyeshadow brush
1. Start by prepping the eyelids with foundation, concealer or a lid primer to make sure your shadow doesn’t slide off (FYI the eyelids are the oiliest parts of the face!). Then, with your Urban Decay eyeshadow, apply ‘Booty Call’ (or a light champagne shade) all over the lid, stopping just above the crease and blend. This will help set your lid primer.
2. Using ‘Suspect’ or a bronzey-latte shade, press the powder onto the lid up to just below the crease and then blend to help create soft depth and dimension. To prevent any shadow fall out, put a tissue just below the lash line. Using a flat brush, bring the colour just under the lower lash line and all the away across to make the eyes appear softer and not so dramatic on top.
3. Apply ‘Snakebite’ (or a dark bronzey-gold hue) in the crease of the eye with a blending brush to create depth by following the line across the socket and then blending. Go in as far as you like to the centre of the eye or stick to the outer edge if you want more of a cat’s eye look. Take a flat brush and using ‘Snakebite’, dust shadow on the the outer third of the under eye to balance out the upper eyelid. Sweep it upwards and join with the upper eye makeup.
4. Take ‘Chopper’ (or a copper bronze shade) and using a flat brush, press onto the lid, keeping within the inner 2/3 of the lid. Take your blending brush and blend up towards the crease line.
5. Using your blending brush, press ‘Blackout’ (or a black charcoal colour) in the outer corner of the upper eye. Push the black into the crease where your previous dark brown shade sits and blend in a little mini ‘C’ to create your subtle, smokey shape. You can also press a teensy bit of black in the lower outer corner of the eye for a night time look.
6. Using a liquid liner or black pencil, draw a line from the outer corner of the upper eye line all the way across and blend in really close to the lash line. You can blend a little thicker on the outer end to accentuate the eye shape. Get a little bit of black shadow on your flat brush and press in over the liner to set it and create a smokey effect in the same little ‘C’ shape you created earlier.
#TIP 1: Grab a bullet brush and using a light shimmery shade e.g. ‘Foxy’ or ‘Verve’, apply the colour to the brow bone to create a highlight and blend subtly with your bronze shadow below. You can also press a little in the inner corner of the eye to brighten.
TIP #2: Do your base after you complete your smokey eye to avoid any fall out. Press a little bit of concealer on the inner corner underneath the eye where any eye bags begin to brighten everything up, blend in and then set with translucent powder.
Don’t forget to add a set of false lashes over the top for the party-perfect finish!