Eye Spy a Palette

Updated: Jun 19, 2018


Confession: I want all the palettes.

I don’t care if the colors inside compliment my skin tone or not, I just want them. I have an irrational, Cookie Monster-esque approach to all palettes...I don’t even know how to use them properly, but ME WANT! Jenn, resident eyeshadow artist and watcher of all the YouTube tutorials (and she actually did go to makeup school!), has called me out on more than one occasion for my palette hoarding ways. The truth is I suffer from palette paralysis...I’ve nearly hit pan with one shade, and completely ignored the other 11 colors. If there’s anything Jenn hates, it’s an unused palette, so she decided to show me what my Urban Decay Naked 2 could do for my tired ol’ peepers with this day to night look.

Put Some Base on that Face:

Jenn started by smoothing some moisturizer (Glossier’s Priming Moisturizer to prep her “canvas” (i.e. my blotchy mug). She covered up any indication that I am a living zombie by evening out my skin tone with a layer of foundation (Milk Blur foundation), and used a small brush to apply a brightening concealer to the suitcases under my eyes. She dabbed the concealer into a triangle shape underneath my eyes and then lightly blended so I looked a little less Corpse Bride.


Prime Time:

Did you know you’re supposed to use a seperate primer just for your eyelids? I always thought eye primer was a gimmick by Big Shadow to add one more product to my routine, but this is actually a must. The NYX Proof It! really lived up to its’ name and kept my makeup from migrating all around my face.


Eye Spy a Palette

Slay All Day:

Using the fluffy brush that came with the Urban Decay palette, Jenn used the creamy pale brown matte color “Tease” along the crease of my lid. I have hooded eyes, so she placed Tease slightly above my actual crease, to crease an illusion of depth and widen up the window to my soul. After she saw what was in there, she applied more concealer! Jk. Jk. Then she used the cream matte shade “Foxy” under my brow bone and across the lid as a base color to even things out and make the darker shades really pop.


After tapping the fluffy shadow brush clean, she swept “Half Baked”, a golden bronze shimmer, in a wash across the whole lid. This was a revelation to me. I didn’t really understand how to blend different shades together, and the paint-by-numbers inserts that came with shadow set never really worked for me. What Jenn showed me was that “blending” is really layering different shadows over each other to smooth out the transitions between colors. Taking an angled, short brush, she brushed “Snakebite”, a dark bronze shimmer, across the top and lower lash lines. She then highlighted the inner corners of my eyes and brow bone with a ivory shimmer with the cringe-worthy name, “Booty Call”. (Sidenote: time to apply for a job writing makeup product names. In today’s concerning political climate do we really need to paint our faces with products named “Lolita”, “Barely Legal”, or “Looking for Approval from a Father Figure”?)


Get it Right for Night:

To transition this look into an evening look, Jenn just layered a darker shade onto my crease and lash line. Taking the deep brown shimmer “Busted”, she went over my crease and lash lines, using the color to darken the daytime look. This simple addition just amped up the drama.




Finishing Touches:

Using Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara (see what I mean? Where is my $28 tube of Better Than Closing the Wage Gap?), she gave me lashes to rival Snuffalupagus. A wash of Glossier’s Cloud Paint (in Puff) and cleaning up my wild brows (letting them grow out for summer, or totally forgot to get threaded in the past few months...who’s to say?) with Glossier’s Boy Brow and my daytime look was ready. Apparently the colors in the eye palette are meant to be used together. The new shadow techniques she taught me have given me more confidence to explore new palette options. Gone are the days of using 1/12 of my Urban Decay shadow bounty!

School Supplies:


The palette we used for this look:

Urban Decay Naked 2










A low budget dupe for the palette for just $20:

Coastal Scents Revealed Eye Shadow Palette (PL-036)




This concealer is on the more expensive side but a little goes a long way so it'll last you FOR-EV-VER.

IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye Illumination Full Coverage Anti-Aging Concealer: Light








Again, a little goes a long way, but this stuff will make any shadow stay where you put it.

NYX Proof It! Waterproof Eye Shadow Primer Base Hydrofuge PIES01










Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara 0.27 Ounce Full Size


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