Sunday, 24 January 2016

Smoky Eyes & Stony Lips.

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The Urban Decay Naked Smoky palette is one that I have been lusting after ever since first laying my eyes on it. After receiving it for Christmas, I couldn't wait to start playing with the beautiful array of cool-toned, smoky shades the palette has to offer to put together all different kinds of looks. This palette is perfect for putting together a look for a night out, an event or simply if you feel like channeling your inner grunger. Keep reading to find out how I put together a gorgeously grungy look using the Urban Decay Naked Smoky palette.

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THE BASE.

Being a dramatic, grungy look, this is definitely the kind of thing I would choose to wear on a night out. Because of that, I want my base to be absolutely fool-proof - it needs to last, and it needs to look good. I begin by prepping and priming my face. As mentioned in my previous get the look post, I've been using the Clinique Superprimer for dullness correction religiously as of late and I have been loving it. Nars Sheer Glow is my current go-to foundation after recently re-discovering how much I wholeheartedly love the stuff. If I could choose one holy-grail foundation, it would be Sheer Glow without any hesitation. The Zoeva Silk Finish brush is a match made in heaven for this foundation, as it gives such as a smooth, flawless application. As always, with my miracle complexion sponge, I'll apply Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer to hide any blemishes or redness.

Using the Zoeva Face Shape brush, I will sculpt out some definition in my cheekbones with my beloved Honey Bronze Bronzer from The Body Shop before adding a hint of blush with Sin from NARS. And of course, no complexion would be complete without (an excessive amount of) highlight. I use the Zoeva Luxe Sheer Cheek brush to dust MAC's Skinfinish in Lightscapade all over my cheekbones to give a beautifully radiant glow.

THE EYES.

As mentioned, I have been lusting after Urban Decay's Smoky palette for months. The palette is complete with twelve gorgeously smoky shades from shimmers to mattes. To achieve this look, I first dusted Combust all over my lids and crease which works perfectly as the transition shade in this look. Then, using the smaller end of the brush included in the Naked Smoky palette, I applied Armor, which is a beautiful grey shimmer, into both the inner and outer corners of my lids. I then took Black Market, a blue-toned grey with subtle shimmer, on the same brush and darkened up the outer corner. Using my Zoeva Luxe Petit Crease brush, I then applied Whiskey, a chocolate brown matte, from the outer corner up into my crease, blending along the way. I then reached for my Zoeva Luxe Soft Definer brush to make double sure it was beautifully blended to achieve that desired smoky look. To complete the shadows, I took the soft, cool-toned pink shade High and applied this right in the middle of my lid, between the darker inner and outer corners to give a gorgeous highlighting effect.

Once again using the smaller end of the brush included in the palette, I took Whiskey and applied this close to my lower lash-line about halfway across. I then reached for my Luxe Soft Definer brush to blend this out and down. After all, I'm trying to achieve a grungy look, so it doesn't necessarily matter too much if it begins to look messy. I'll then reach for High again and apply this to the inner half of my lower lash-line.

This dramatic, smoky look certainly calls for some winged liner and voluminous lashes. As always, I'll reach for my Rimmel Glam Eyes liquid liner and Benefit's Roller Lash for my lashes. Following that, I'll reach for my beloved Eylure Lengthening Lashes no.116. Without forgetting my brows, I'll use Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade with a small angled brush.

THE LIPS.

For this look, I wanted to go for something completely different with my lips that could still beautifully compliment the grungy vibe of my eyes. I recently purchased Gerard Cosmetics Hydra Matte liquid lipstick in Invasion which is a beautiful grey shade with subtle hints of purple tones throughout. In photos, the shade does tend to look particularly purple in comparison to looking more grey-toned in real life. Nonetheless, this beautiful matte lipstick is the perfect finish to this look.

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What are your thoughts on Urban Decay's Naked Smoky palette?

Katy Belle.
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