A few weeks ago, I attended a lovely dinner with Urban Decay Cosmetics at Asa Meza in Hollywood and was given the opportunity to try a variety of their products. They have so many beautiful colors I honestly didn’t even know which one to play with first. The blushes and eye shadows range from earthy tones to shocking pops of color … Decisions, decisions.
Natural Summer Makeup Look
After much contemplating, I decided to go with a natural look for this post. It’s how I usually wear my makeup during the day so why not start with the more everyday me.
For my eyes, I used Urban Decay’s Smokey palette. Oh my. The possibilities are endless. Here’s what I did:
- Eyeshadow Primer Potion – Anti-Aging. I used the ‘please don’t age me’ version because shimmer shadows can make eyes look older by enhancing every little nook and cranny. The primer did a great job smoothening out the lid.
- Radar on the crease. Radar is a beautiful shimmery dark copper. I used a thick square edge brush and softly stroked the crease of my eye to create a shadow effect.
- Dirty Sweet between the crease and brow bone. For a natural transition from the crease to the brow bone, I went up a shade and softly blended Dirty Sweet with my crease color.
- High on the eye lid. I gently dabbed High on my lid before grabbing a clean soft round brush to blend all the colors to remove any defined lines. I wanted the colors to transition from one shade to the next seamlessly. I also added a swipe of it to the lower lid.
- Smolder in the corners. To give my eye a bit more drama, I added this shadow to the outer edge of my crease and blended it toward the middle of my eye.
- Blend, blend, blend.
- Thirteen on the tear ducts. To create a more 3-dimensional (but subtle) finish, I added the lightest shade in the palette on to my tear ducts. This simple touch gives your eye a clean, fresh finish.
- Fast, Easy, Sexy partial lashes. I don’t usually wear false lashes. I’m always rushing out the door, and never seem to make it to this step. But if I do have a few minutes to spare, I either use individual lashes or partial. Unless I’m going out at night, I find the full ones a bit overwhelming for my face for day.
- L’Oreal Paris Infallible eye crayon in Impressive Brown (not a UD product but worked perfectly). I added this to my water line and upper lid as a liner to create a subtle cat eye. The pencil is a bit chunky so I used a thin angle brush to define the edges.
- Perversion mascara. I curl my natural lashes before applying the faux ones. Then I add my mascara to blend the lashes together. I also apply mascara to my lower lashes and comb the hairs all out for a more natural look.
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The colors combined created a really delicate, shimmery champagne blend that’s perfect for a lunch date or an afternoon occasion. The colors also go very well with a variety of lip shades.
On my cheeks, I added Video After Glow, which held its promise in lasting up 8 hours. That made me very happy because I swear my skin has some sort of evaporating effect when it comes to makeup. I used the blush more like a bronzer and swiped my brush up and down from my temples to my jaw line, and inward under my cheekbone (kind of in a #3 motion). To give my skin a shimmery, dewy glow, I dabbed a bit of the Naked Illuminated in Aura on my cheekbones. My concealer, foundation and powder are all part of the L’Oreal Paris Visible Lift collection.