When thinking Summer you think about wearing colorful pops of blush, lipsticks, and eyeshadows. You’d never think of dark infused smokey eyes to ever so much as being a part of your everyday makeup routine for any other time than the evenings on the weekend. Well, I’m here to advocate for the much underrated sultry smokey eyes as daytime appropriate during the weekdays throughout Summer. See, I’m not a fan of colorful makeup in any sense of the word. For Summer I tend to teeter between a neutral smokey eye which I always get by way of the Lorac PRO Palette ($42) using mainly the Lt. Bronze and Champagne shades as focal points. However, after conjuring up 500 ways to make a neutral smokey eye look fresh and new, I do tend to get rather bored with the same tone of shades that I play with on repeat. I definitely did not expect to find my biggest eyeshadow booster in a trusted favorite that had been kind of shoved to the back of my collection over the recent months, I’m talking about the Urban Decay Naked palette ($54).
Yep, the good ole Naked.
See, a bold eye makeup look can be pulled off even during the day in the Summer if at least 1 metallic shade is used because a metallic color provides an easy gateway into being bold. And that is the secret to wearing a smokey eye in the Summer. There’s nothing to it. My go-to look is my signature interpretation of the Victoria’s Secret “bronzy” eye look that involves multiple shades from the Naked palette, with the main focus surrounding Smog. Smog is an incredible medium dark bronze with a gilded bronze sheen, and paired with like colors makes for an ultra sexy, sultry smokey eye. Plus, it’s really easy!
Starting with a freshly applied coat of the Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion ($20), I lay down a base of color using the color Naked as it will help blend the other colors easier as well as help transition them better. Next, I blend Buck into the crease before moving on to sweeping Smog all over the lid. To define the outer corner I apply Darkhorse (deep chocolate brown with flecks of bronze), taking the color slightly into the crease to create more depth while blending using a fluffy brush. Since I do want more of an emphasis on the outer corner to alter my eye shape to be slightly pulled upwards, I will add the NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Black Bean ($4.49) to the very outer V, blending it out using the blending side from the Naked 2 Palette brush. Once again, I slightly take this into the crease to add more depth. To make the black seem more seamless, I will dust Darkhorse onto it. Since I have the Naked 2 ($54) in front of me, I will take the matte black shade and an angled liner brush to draw a smudged-looking cat eye to enhance the smokiness. Next up, using a small brush, or your pinkie, dab Half Baked right onto the very center of your lid, this will add more light to the look as well as open up your eyes making them seem bigger. Applying Sin to the outer corners and Foxy to the brow bones, I move on to the lower lash line which is where I will use both a combination of Smog and Darkhorse mixed together, focusing on blending out those areas with a dry q-tip for a more diffused finish.
Before lacquering my lashes twice in the Smashbox Full Exposure Mascara ($20) after I used the Lancome Cils CILS BOOSTER XL Super-Enhancing Mascara Base ($25-review here) to add an extra oomph to the batters, I will sweep Smog one more time over the creases of my lids to act as a transition shade. After I waterline with the Nars Rue Bonaparte ($25) I move on to finish the rest of my face!
Urban Decay Naked 1 Palette Dupes
Coastal Scents Warm Palette (88), $16.95
Maybelline – The Nudes palette, $9.99
e.l.f. – Neutral Eyeshadow Palette, $15