Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Urban Decay Naked Palette Photo Tutorial

Yep! I'm doing my first photo tutorial. I'd love to do a video one but A) I don't have the setup, B) Don't have proper lighting, C) Don't have a memory card big enough to record in high quality and D) Don't have the video editing capability to put one up.

So I thought I'd do the next best thing and try out a photo tutorial... let me know what you guys think! Be brutal if you have to. This is my first time experimenting with this and I wasn't sure how to attack it. I'd love to hear your thoughts.

What You'll Need:
- Highlighter close to your skintone
- Shimmering champagne
- Caramel-like shade
- Red toned brown
- Soft black (not a harsh one)
Matte brown eyeliner
- Plum or black eyeliner
- Mascara of your choice
Glitter colour of your choice

For this look, I used Virgin, Sin, Sidecar, Hustle, Creep and Whiskey eyeliner from the Urban Decay Naked Palette set along with Bourjois Smokey Effet eyeliner in Dark Purple and Maybelline Define A Lash.

Feel free to use what you have!

Step 1:
Prep your eyelid for colour using an eye base of your choice. Apply the champagne shade all over the lids using a flat shading brush.

Step 2: Begin placing the caramel shade into the crease with a fluffy blending brush, bringing the colour about 2/3 of the way in towards the inner point of your eye.

Step 3: Keep building the caramel shade to your desired intensity.

Step 4: Using a stiffer blending brush, place the red-toned brown into the outer crease. Apply by adding the desired amount of colour first.

Step 5:
Blend all 3 colours together, adding more of the darker brown if necessary.

Step 6:
Blend the darker brown into the lower lash line with a pencil brush, and do the same with the champagne shade towards the inner tear duct. Place the matte brown eyeliner on the waterline.

Step 7
: With the same pencil brush, begin dabbing the black onto the outer edges of your lid/crease. Use a diagonal pattern to bring it inwards and also blend the black into where your eyelid folds.

Step 8:
Apply the plum or black eyeliner to the top lash line, only creating a slight cat eye shape. Apply mascara. Finish off with glitter eyeliner on your inner corners and eyelashes for a fun nighttime look (I used a dark gold).

Step 9: Clean up any fall out and complete the rest of your face! Keep your face subtle -- go for a peachy pink blush with shimmer and a natural or pink lip. I used Maybelline's SuperStay concealer in Cream, Sleek's Rose Gold blush and CoverGirl's Lip Perfection in Sweetheart. Here is the finished look! You're ready for a night out on the town or a Christmas party. :)


  1. Very pretty look :) I like photo tutorials, I tried one myself but didn't like how pictures came out so I gave up lol You did a great job though!

  2. Great tutorial Wendy!!! You have the prettiest eyes!!! Can't wait to try this look with my palette!!! :) XOXO!

  3. Great job dude! The pics are nice and clear... I'm too scared to do a pic tut.

    Also... got your package. You're awesome... I LOVE everything -esp the NYX gloss! - and the snowman was nommy :) I'll post about everything soon, I'm sure.

  4. @Ebru: I had to take 1 million photos and even then, some of them are still blurry! Macro function helps but yeah... if you do try it (which you should!!), make sure to write down the steps for your pictures. I totally forgot some of mine and had to stare at them for a while to remember! lol

    @Priscilla: Thanks, doll! You neeeeed to get it. It's so wonderful.

    @Pammy: If you do try it, put it on your blog! I'd love to see this on someone else's eyeshape.

    @Robyn: You should, I'd like to see how you do some of your looks, they're awesome!
    :) :) regarding the package.

  5. I like photo tutorials, often more than I like video ones. Mainly because the photos are usually a lot closer than the video shots, and so you have a much more detailed view of where it was applied.

    It's a beautiful look, thanks so much for taking the time and effort to share this tutorial :)

  6. Thanks for the tut, I love the photos... haven't done a neutral look for so long lol, but neutrals always look so nice

  7. ooh so pretty! & great photo tutorial, very easy to follow & the pictures came out great!

  8. i loveeee it! :) please post more photo tutorials! haha i've tried to do osmething like this (photo tutorial) before but i really suck at it.. lol but yours looks great! simple and easy to follow :) going to try this with my naked palette!