Kitty Blackadder

A Scottish blog about anxiety, minimalism and eyeshadow.

Monday, 11 August 2014

Favourite Faces: Naked Basics Palette


It's time for the second installment in my Favourite Faces series, and today I'm going to be showing you the kind of looks I do using the Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette (£22). This may just be a six shade eyeshadow palette, but there is no shortage of fun to be had with it and looks to be created!

LOOK ONE; "What Eyeshadow?"

The Naked Basics Palette is perfect for making very tame no-makeup-makeup looks for school, or work, or church - any situation where less is definitely more. In this look, the eyeshadow doesn't draw a lot of direct attention (in fact the whole look doesn't), but the velvety matte shades provide some subtle emphasis and shadow to enhance my natural eyeshape.

   
Photos taken before my hair chop a couple of weeks ago!

So I started off by using my fingers to apply my Rimmel Match Perfection Foundation and just worked that into the skin - I like this foundation for no-makeup looks, it has a very fuss free finish. I then took my Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer (01) And applied that under my eyes and a little around the bottom of my nose too 'cos I have some mystery redness there. Onto brows and as ever, say it with me folks, I used the Maybelline Brow Shape Master Pencil (Soft Brown) to fill them in just a little. Finally, onto the shadow! I first used the shade Venus - a shimmery cream highlight - and applied it to my brow bone and inner, blending it in well as I don't want this to look too shimmery. I then applied Walk of Shame over the rest of my lid - it's a pale, pink toned matte nude - and again, took the time to blend it. Then, along the lower lash line and slightly into the crease I applied Faint - which is a kind of matte chocolatey brown. This shade is pretty dark, but thanks to the ultra creamy formula of these shadows, it can be blended out to give a really subtle look. 

That's it for the shadow, time for some finishing touches! I used the Makeup Revolution Liquid Liner to draw the most subtle of cat flicks - more for definition than to be an obvious winged liner look. Mascara was next and I'm still very much enjoying the Maybelline Rocket Mascara for days I don't need to use my waterproof stuff.

I decided to add a little colour to my cheeks using the Cider Cream Blush from The Balm's How 'Bout them Apples Palette (review) - it's a really subtle colour that can either be built up on the skin, or, as I chose to do today, blended right in to create the softest of glows. Lips, I wanted an everyday, girly shade, so I went for a beloved Revlon Lip Butter in the shade Cupcake.

LOOK TWO: "The everyday-I-can-be-bothered-to-play-with-eyeshadow look"


This has sort of been my everyday Summer look, well on days where it hasn't been so hot that the makeup would just melt off my face. Also, lol, please excuse the shower in the background; the bathroom has the best lighting in the whole house!! Typical!!

For this look I started off by applying my Rimmel Wake Me Up Foundation and just working it into the skin with my fingers and once again using the Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer to hide my massive and unattractive under eye bags. Brows were just my Maybelline Brow Shape Master Pencil (Soft Brown) once again - sorry that's so dull folks!

Onto the eyes! I started off by lining my water line with Urban Decay's 24/7 Glide On Eye Pencil (West), I also took it into my bottom lashes a little and smudged it with my finger (and poked myself in the eye in the process). I then took the Naked Basics Palette and used Venus - the shimmery highlighter on my brow bone and inner corner. I skipped the two paler shades in the palette this time and moved right on to Naked 2 - a matte grey/brown shade - which I covered my whole lid with, and then blended out. Then, in the crease I applied, quite liberally,  Faint - the matte chocolate brown shade. I took my time building this up and worked it in properly each time before adding some more. I then took a very small accent brush and applied Faint under my lower lashes, and again, smudged it with my finger. Last thing to add to the eyes was mascara and I'm actually using the Bourjois 1 Seconde Volume Mascara (waterproof) because it was pouring with rain the day I did this look!

Back onto the face and I decided to use my Urban Decay Naked Flushed Palette (Native). I applied highlighter pretty liberally to my cheek bones and added a little to my brow bones also. I then took the bronzer  and applied it as blusher, rather than as a contour - I feel like it gives me a nice Summery, almost sunkissed look (if such a thing were possible on my absurdly pale skin). Because the eyes are a little worked for an everyday/work look, I didn't want to push the lips and so just finished this with my Revlon Lip Butter (Creme Brulee) - a paler than pale brown toned nude.



LOOK THREE: "All dressed up with nowhere to go" 


As you can probably tell by the grubby PJ top I'm wearing, I wasn't actually heading out for a night on the town when I did this look (more like a day at the laptop) but if I was going out, this would be the look I'd go for. Also, sorry for the lack of smiles, think I was channeling 90's supermodels as that's what this look reminds me of a bit!

So because this look is "eye-centric" I'm starting there so I don't have to worry about fall-out ruining my foundation. So first off I'm actually applying some Urban Decay Primer Potion to my lids and blending it all over, up to the brow and out to the bottom of my brow. While I'm giving that a minute to dry, I take my Maybelline Shape Brow Master Pencil (Soft Brown) and fill in my brows slightly, nothing too much or it'll look over the top with the heavier eyes. Liner next and I'm using Urban Decay's 24/7 Glide On Eyeliner (West) again - I use it on my water line here. OK, so primer in place I'm taking the night highlight Venus and using it on my brow bone and inner corner, as always. And again, this time I'm skipping the lighter two shades and heading straight for Naked 2 - the mid grey/brown tone. This is going all over my lid and up, just over my crease too. I then take Faint - the chocolate brown shade and apply it on my lid along the lash line and also I work it into the crease and blend it out at the corner too - just taking my time and blending it out further and further. Then I take Crave - the black shade - and apply it in the outer corner and outer third of my crease. Once that's blended in I then start to wing it out at the corner of my eye and just take it further and further until I'm happy with it. I then switch to a tiny accent brush and go back and take Faint along my bottom lashes, right to the inner corner, followed by Crave just along the outer half. Mascara used is the Maybelline Rocket Masacara.

With eyes now fully done I wipe away any fallout and set to it applying my Rimmel Wake Me Up Foundation and Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer - I use a small concealer brush for applying this under the eye so I have more control and don't smudge it into my now finished eyeshadow. I once again crack out the Urban Decay Naked Flushed Palette (Native) and apply the gorgeous highlighter on cheekbones, brow bones and upper lip. I use the bronzer as a blush again, but also take some up onto my forehead this time too. And since this is an evening look, I decide to go for a bold lip too, I'm using the Maybelline Color Sensational (Coffee Craze) all over my lips and a random lipstick from Nivea (Chocolat Carat) that I picked up in Poundland - in the outer corners of my lip to give an ombre-d, fuller lip look.



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