Warning: this post is going to be loaded with Gwen Stefani puns, so buckle up.
|Magic's in the makeup|
|From left to right: Blonde, Bathwater, Skimp, Steady, Punk|
|From left to right: Baby, Anaheim, Stark, Zone, Serious|
|From left to right: Pop, Harajuku, Danger, 1987, Blackout|
The most easy-breezy of the looks, perfect for palling around on Sundays. For this one I used Blonde as a highlight right beneath the brow, and Anaheim as the base, all over the lids up to the brow highlight. Anaheim is a perfect matte taupe so I dare to say it will be my most-used color of the palette. I used Bathwater on the inner corners of the eyes, and Baby as a pop in the center of the lid. I used Serious as a liner, a smokey grey with a little bit of iridescent pearl shimmer, because it's a lot less severe than using a black for a daytime look.
As I said before, Danger is such an amazing color, so I had to use it for a nighttime look. For this look I just used Danger on the lower part of the lid, winging out at the sides for an exaggerated cat-eye style, and then used 1987 on the upper part of the lid. A situation like this is the perfect time to keep a clean, fluffy blending brush handy to blend the colors. I pretty much always have a clean brush on hand for blending, but it's especially important if you have dramatic, highly-pigmented colors like this that you're working with.
(AIN'T NO) HOLLABACK GIRL:
This is the kind of thing you can wear to work or on a date without looking too severe. It's a little bit smokey, but not aggressive. Normally I'd say make sure to have a nice, sculpted brow here, a la Gwen. You can use shades from the palette to fill in brow hairs, but I just got mine tinted yesterday so I didn't have to. Anaheim and Zone are great brow colors for my complexion.
Anyhoo, what I did use for this look was Skimp as a brow bone highlight, and then Zone all over the lid, up to the brow bone highlight, as a base. Next, I used Punk very lightly on the outer corners of my lids and up into the crease. Use a gentle hand with this, buffing as you go, because you can always put more on, but it's hard to take it off if you start with too much product. These are Urban Decay shadows we're talking about here, so the color pay-off is amazing and you only need a little to start with. Next, I did just a little pop of Steady in the middle of the lid, and a touch of Pop on the inner corners of the eye. I lined the eyes with Blackout, and voila!