Pink Champagne

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urbandecaymakeupA few weeks ago, I attended a lovely dinner with Urban Decay Cosmetics at Asa Meza in Hollywood and was given the opportunity to try a variety of their products. They have so many beautiful colors I honestly didn't even know which one to play with first. The blushes and eye shadows range from earthy tones to shocking pops of color ... Decisions, decisions.

Natural Summer Makeup Look

After much contemplating, I decided to go with a natural look for this post. It's how I usually wear my makeup during the day so why not start with the more everyday me.

For my eyes, I used Urban Decay's Smokey palette. Oh my. The possibilities are endless. Here's what I did:

  • Eyeshadow Primer Potion - Anti-Aging. I used the 'please don't age me' version because shimmer shadows can make eyes look older by enhancing every little nook and cranny. The primer did a great job smoothening out the lid.
  • Radar on the crease. Radar is a beautiful shimmery dark copper. I used a thick square edge brush and softly stroked the crease of my eye to create a shadow effect.
  • Dirty Sweet between the crease and brow bone. For a natural transition from the crease to the brow bone, I went up a shade and softly blended Dirty Sweet with my crease color.
  • High on the eye lid. I gently dabbed High on my lid before grabbing a clean soft round brush to blend all the colors to remove any defined lines. I wanted the colors to transition from one shade to the next seamlessly. I also added a swipe of it to the lower lid.
  • Smolder in the corners. To give my eye a bit more drama, I added this shadow to the outer edge of my crease and blended it toward the middle of my eye.
  • Blend, blend, blend.
  • Thirteen on the tear ducts. To create a more 3-dimensional (but subtle) finish, I added the lightest shade in the palette on to my tear ducts. This simple touch gives your eye a clean, fresh finish.

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  • Fast, Easy, Sexy partial lashes. I don't usually wear false lashes. I'm always rushing out the door, and never seem to make it to this step. But if I do have a few minutes to spare, I either use individual lashes or partial. Unless I'm going out at night, I find the full ones a bit overwhelming for my face for day.
  • L'Oreal Paris Infallible eye crayon in Impressive Brown (not a UD product but worked perfectly). I added this to my water line and upper lid as a liner to create a subtle cat eye. The pencil is a bit chunky so I used a thin angle brush to define the edges.
  • Perversion mascara. I curl my natural lashes before applying the faux ones. Then I add my mascara to blend the lashes together. I also apply mascara to my lower lashes and comb the hairs all out for a more natural look.
Related: Naked2 Basics Eyeshadow Palette

The colors combined created a really delicate, shimmery champagne blend that's perfect for a lunch date or an afternoon occasion. The colors also go very well with a variety of lip shades.

urban decay assassin lip gloss and liar lip glossOn my cheeks, I added Video After Glow, which held its promise in lasting up 8 hours. That made me very happy because I swear my skin has some sort of evaporating effect when it comes to makeup. I used the blush more like a bronzer and swiped my brush up and down from my temples to my jaw line, and inward under my cheekbone (kind of in a #3 motion). To give my skin a shimmery, dewy glow, I dabbed a bit of the Naked Illuminated in Aura on my cheekbones. My concealer, foundation and powder are all part of the L'Oreal Paris Visible Lift collection.

To finish the look, I combined Liar lip gloss with a touch of Assassin. 

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