This post is in collaboration with Urban Decay through Condé Nast #NakedSmoky.
I have to admit, I don’t wear a ton of makeup on a daily basis in the summer months… it’s hot. We like to start our days slowly, find water at some point during the day (did I mention it’s hot?) and then end our days rather slowly as well, usually with the faint scents of sunscreen and a salty-aired shore still lingering on our skin.
Even with all that summer-lovin’ and beach basking, I still like to glam it up for a night out with either a bright pop of lip color or a simple, sultry smokey eye. I love having amazing palettes on hand to pull the complete look together, and a golden smoke (instead of the dreaded raccoon look) pairs perfectly with a bronzed summer complexion. I was smitten at first sight of the new Urban Decay Naked Smoky palette that will hit stores this month! Some texts with one of my besties may have even been exchanged to show off all the amazing colors and comments like, “Love the new packaging,” and, “We can share it!” may have ensued.
After I couldn’t keep my fingers out of the dozen glittery and matte shades of bronze, dimensional grays, chocolatey browns and taupes splashed with a little black and plum in nine never-before-seen shadows and three exclusives, I put together a simple smokey eye tutorial using some of my favorites. Being a mom of three littles and not one that can spend a ton of time on beauty every day, I’m all about keeping it simple…and this really is a smokey eye anyone can do!
1// After priming your eyelids, sweep a light matte color like THIRTEEN over your eyelid from lash line to brow bone, creating a sheer matte foundation for the smokey look.
2// Use a fluffy eye shadow brush (like the one that comes in the Naked Smoky palette), begin to build a little color in your crease and lower lid with COMBUST.
3// Time to bring on the glam and layer DIRTYSWEET onto your eyelid.
4// Line your upper and lower lash line with an eye liner brush and the color DAGGER. You can get an even more dramatic look by using a black eye pencil, and make sure to line your tightline and waterline if you’re going for the drama.
5// Blend the gunmetal glitter shade ARMOR into the outer corners, crease and lower lash line using a fluffy shadow brush. Sweep the brush on your lid in circular motions to give a softer look.
6// Use the smudger brush in the Naked Smoky palette to apply RADAR over the eyeliner on both the top and bottom. Use just the tip of the brush to press product under the lower lash line, avoiding a sweeping motion you won’t have fallout later on. Go ahead and layer to get as heavy as you’d like and create that smokey effect!
To finish off your look, add a few coats of your favorite black mascara!
This is just one simple look I’m loving right now for summer, but Naked Smoky has everything you need in one palette including the perfect brushes and even detailed tutorials for creating your own inspired looks.
The Urban Decay Naked Smoky palette will be available this month at your local Ulta, Sephora, and select Macy’s stores ($54), and you can get on the list here. I’d love to hear if you pick one up and have fun perfecting your custom smokey-eye!