By now you’ve probably seen the new Naked Heat eyeshadow palette from Urban Decay. It’s all over Instagram and blogs, and launched here about three weeks ago. While some are saying that this palette isn’t as versatile as the other Urban Decay palettes, it’s probably my favourite – I love the warmer shades, and I’m actually inspired – and trying – to spend a few more minutes most mornings applying eyeshadow.
I first saw this palette on Instagram a few months ago, and heard about it on my fave beauty podcast Fat Mascara (if you love beauty, you should listen it). Because I’m so patient (hardly), I was about to order it from overseas, but then realised that the product would probably be here anyway before my shipped parcel arrived.
The palette (R850) consists of 12 eyeshadows in a mix of mattes and shimmers, and the colours can best be described as warm, brown and reddish. The set also includes a dual brush (blending brush on one side, and crease brush on the other).
If you don’t know where to start with the palette, or want to master these sensational colours, then head to YouTube or the Urban Decay website – there are dozens of tutorials for Naked Heat.
You’ll see how the palette suits all eye shades, and how it’s fairly easy to create a more subtle daytime look, and transition to a nighttime or smokier look.
The palette is available from Urban Decay in Joburg, Pretoria and Cape Town, or online from Foschini.
For those looking for some basic eyeshadow tips, here’s what I’ve picked up:
- Start with eye primer all over the eye area up to the brow bone, which creates a smooth surface for the eye makeup, and prevents “bunching”. If you don’t have a primer, you can also use concealer or foundation.
- Generally, the lightest colour should be applied over the eyelid first. Place it over your entire lid, using a flat brush. Whenever you place a brush in eyeshadow, tap the excess off, so that it doesn’t land up in other places.
- Your eyeshadow base colour should be a bit darker than the colour you started with, which will make your lids appear bigger and brighter. Brush it over your lid from your upper lash line to the crease, or if you’re only using three colours in total, apply it to the crease.
- Apply the darkest colour in the outer corner of your eye. Try to diffuse the colour up and out, which will be the most flattering.
- Use a fluffy brush to blend. Use a light hand and gently sweep the brush along the lid, blending any harsh lines together.
- Take the eyeshadow that you’ve used the most on your lid, and blend it along the lower lash line.