Behold friends; today we are going to dissect the easiest and most versatile eye look. For this look I used the Urban Decay Naked Palette. I used this palette since this is one of the most popular ones out there. It really is one of the best. If you don’t have this, use any like colors that you have. Also, don’t forget to fill in those brows! This is a long post but it is very detailed. So? Let’s get into it!
(Naked Palette by Urban Decay, Painterly Paint Pot by M.A.C, They’re Real by Benefit, 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Demolition by Urban Decay, Various Brushes.)
- Prime your eyes! This is important as it helps your shadow last longer and not crease if you have oily lids.
- Primers come in all shades, not all are skin toned. A white or black primer can really make your shadows pop on another level and make the color you are applying really bright. Test out all kinds!
- You can get eye shadow primers anywhere (drugstore or higher end brands all make them); I always use painterly paint pot by M.A.C.
- Using the color Buck (or any medium brown color), use a fluffy brush to put this in your crease.
- Start on the outer portion of your lid and blend inward using windshield wiper motions. On the outer edge use small circular motions to blend out the line.
- Go back and forth and back and forth to blend this in.
- When applying colors, apply with a light hand. You can always add more!
- When building your shadows keep a visual, an invisible line so-to-speak, that follows you bottom lash line’s curve up to your brow. Some people also use scotch tape for this (be sure you stick to your hands a few times so the tape doesn’t hurt when you take it off). This lifts your eye.
- Take your C-shaped brush, or any eye shadow brush, with Half Baked (or any gold color) all over the lid.
- Take the time to tap this color on, do not wipe. You want your shadows to be placed there, not wiped all over. This helps with fall out as well.
- Once you have the color added to your liking, go back in with your fluffy brush from step two and use windshield wiper motions to blend the colors together.
- Pick up a more dense brush with a darker brown; in this case we used Smog. I know, I always think of The Hobbit when I hear that color name, too.
- Create a V shape using your brush. Tap down that V shape on the outer edge of the eye, the corner. Blend that out a tad, but do not pull the color in. We are looking to create a shadow.
- Now pick up more Smog and add that color to the outer third of the lid. Add more as needed.
- Blend this up into crease.
- Again, once you have the color added to your liking, go back in with your fluffy brush from step two and use windshield wiper motions to blend the colors together.
- Take a smaller detail brush or flat definer brush and pick up Sin or any light color.
- We are looking to POP open the eyes here, so add this light color to the inner corner.
- Use almost a fan motion when putting this down, tapping down then fan the brush up. This blends itself.
- Put any eyeliner on the upper lash line. Tight line the top lid, meaning put the liner on the inner most portion of the upper lash line. This helps your eyelashes look crazy full.
- Smudge some the same eyeliner on the outer portion of the lower lash line.
- Take the same brush you used in step four with Smog and smudge that out. Just use back and forth motions to soften that line.
- Wipe away any fall out with a powder brush. Sweep it away!
- Add mascara.
What is great about this basic eye technique is that you can modify it in so many ways. You can change out the colors; see this purple look I did here. You can do an all-matte smoky eye with this technique, using all darker colors. You can add a big wing with a deep green liquid liner as shown in the picture below. You can switch up so many details in this look and the possibilities are endless!
Just play around with this! It’s only makeup…it wipes right off!
What’s your go-to eye look? Share your tips below in the comments!
Until next time, plant nothing but love.