Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Urban Decay 15 Year Anniversary Look #2: Duo-color Purple and Brown Smoky Eye

This look was done using the below 2 shades, but feel free to use other shades that might be similar as these shades should be generally easy to substitute:
  • M.I.A.: Deep chocolate pearl (medium sheen)
  • Half Truth: Deep purple pearl (medium sheen)

The trick to choosing 2 shades for this type of look is to swatch them side by side on the back of your hand. If you can't easily tell which shade is darker, then they are a great pair for this type of look where you reverse the order on top and bottom lids. (If one shade is noticeably lighter, it will look less flattering either on the top of bottom lash line when you wear the darker shade on the inside.)

Step 1: Pack the rich chocolate brown onto the inner halves of the upper lids, and run along the outer halves of the lower lash line as well (opposite ends).

Step 2: With the purple shadow, pack onto the outer halves of your lid, and run along the inner halves of the lower lash line as well. (You can reverse the order of the shadows. I just recommend using the more "interesting" color on the outer halves of the upper lids as that section will draw more attention overall, but you'll have to be the judge as to which color is more interesting to you!)

Step 3: Bring the purple out past your socket line at the outer corners, but not into a dramatic wing.
Then smoke out the socket line with a fluffier brush so there are no hard edges, but do not blend on the center of the lid itself as you will muddy up the colors.

Step 4: I ran a matching purple and brown metallic pencil (Bourjois Metallise has great shades) lightly along the upper and lower lash lines (corresponding with the shadow shade in that section) just to intensify the color at the lash line. This step is actually optional.
Then I curled my lashes and applied black mascara to finish.

Blending to smoke out the edges takes just a bit of time, but otherwise, the whole look is extremely easy to create and more interesting than a basic smoky eye.

Other Products Used:

  • Foundation: Clinique Repairwear Laser Focus All Smooth Makeup #04 M-G for Dry skins (one of a list of foundations I'm currently reviewing)
  • Concealer: MAC Studio Finish Concealer NC25
  • Maybelline Eyestudio Brown Pencil

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