Last week I set myself an Instagram challenge to come up with five different looks using the Urban Decay Naked 3 palette. It took a little longer than a week but I am really happy with all of the looks and wanted to share them with you in today’s post. I am the sort who can get really complacent with a palette and just stick to the same colour combinations so I felt a little pressure to try and make them different and it gave me a great opportunity to really test the palette. For any of you who already have it in your possession, I hope this is a little inspiration for how to use it and for those who don’t, maybe it will prove to you that you actually need it. Like, right now.
The majority of my makeup in these photos is my usual so I am really just going to focus on my eyes. I also used a different Urban Decay Revolution lipstick and 24/7 Glide On Eye Pencil every day to carry the theme through.
I began by pressing ‘Liar’, a light goldy brown, all over the lid with a flat brush, then blended out the edge with ‘Nooner’, a matte taupe, and used ‘Limit’, a very light matte taupe, to blend out the edge of that. I applied ‘Strange’, a matte cream, under the brow and then used ‘Darkside’, a deep silvery-grey, on the outer corner and underneath the eye for definition. I used ‘Smoke’ pencil on the waterline which is a dark matte charcoal shade.
I then added F-Bomb lipstick which is the most stunning shade of red!
For look two, I really wanted to play with the pinks in the palette so started by using ‘Buzz’, a shimmery pink-taupe, all over the lid. I then used ‘Blackheart’, a black with pink glitter flecks on the outer corner and underneath the eye for a very smokey look. I used ‘Dust’, a very shimmery pale pink on the inner corner, ‘Limit’, a pale matte taupe to blend out the crease and ‘Strange’, a matte cream underneath the brow. I used ‘Perversion’ pencil on the waterline. It is the blackest black of all time and really intensified the whole look.
I then added ‘Naked’ lipstick on the lips so as not to take away from the smokiness of the eyes.
For my third look, I wanted to use all matte shadows so I packed ‘Strange’, a cream, all over the eyelid and underneath the brow. I then used a blending brush to define my crease with ‘Limit’, a light taupe and then used ‘Nooner’, a darker taupe, to define the outer corner and underneath the eye. It is a very simple and almost pin-up type look but I decided to spice it up by adding ‘Tornado’ pencil to the waterline which is a dark purple and just gave it that little something extra.
As the eyes were pretty neutral, I went for a strong lip, using ‘Jilted’ lipstick. It is a gorgeous dark fuschia with a blue sheen that makes it really unusual.
I wanted to experiment with some of the colours I hadn’t used yet in the palette as I knew I already had favourites which were recurring. I also tried a different shape than how I usually do my eyeshadow. I began by placing ‘Factory’, a shimmering brown on both the inner and outer corners of the eye. I used ‘Mugshot’, a shimmery goldy-brown in the centre of the lid, sandwiched between where I put ‘Factory’. Through the crease and underneath the eye I used ‘Darkside’ which is a shimmery deep silver-grey and used ‘Limit’, the light matte taupe to buff out the edges of this. Under my brow I used ‘Strange’, the matte cream and on the very centre of the eyelid I pressed ‘Dust’, a light shimmery pink. ‘Dust’ is a little flaky and doesn’t show up too well on its own so this just added a pop of light when the eye moved. As it was a pretty neutral look, I popped ‘Ultraviolet’ pencil on the waterline, the most stunning dark blue shade.
I then applied ‘Obsessed’ lipstick which is a very wearable pink that I don’t think clashed too much with the blue on the waterline.
For my final look, I wanted to go back to the reason everybody wants this palette – the rosy tones – and really focus on them. I cheated and used a base (Benefit’s Creaseless Cream Shadow/Liner in ‘Gossip’) as I really wanted the pinks to pop. I applied ‘Buzz’, a shimmery pink all over the lid and added ‘Dust’, that flaky light pink shimmer to the inner corner as a highlight. I then applied ‘Factory’, a shimmery brown into the crease and used ‘Limit’, the light matte taupe to buff out the edges. I used ‘Strange’, the matte cream under the brow. I then applied ‘Darkside’, the shimmery deep silver-grey to the outer corner and underneath my eye but not content with that, added ‘Blackheart’, the black with pink glitter to the very outer crease for some real definition. I then used ‘Twice Baked’ pencil on the waterline which is a dark brown that added warmth to the eye.
I finished by adding ‘Anarchy’ lipstick, a hot pink.
So, in case you haven’t realised, the moral of this story is you NEED the Naked 3 palette. It is versatile and wearable and you can create dozens of looks with it really easily. The colours all go so well together that I really don’t think you can go wrong. If I still haven’t changed your mind on it, I will have a full review of the palette itself up over the next few weeks, alongside the 24/7 Glide On Eye Pencils and the Revolution Lipsticks too.
So what do you think? Have you got it yet? Do you need it? Did I give you ideas on how to use it? And most of all, let me know what you think of this type of post. Would you like to see more of these multiple-look posts using different palettes?