Saturday, 1 February 2014

How To: Urban Decay Vice 2 Dramatic Neutral Eye

Hey guys! After my review of the Urban Decay Vice 2 palette, I've had a few requests to do some tutorials using it. I've decided to turn it into a mini series because I love the colours in this palette so much and will be posting more in the future! This is my slightly dramatic neutral eye. Great for going out! Click 'read more' to see the full tutorial!

Products used:
  • Urban Decay Vice 2 palette (Review here)
  • Elf Mineral Eyeshadow Primer
  • Ben Nye White Cream Base
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills Lavish palette*
  • Illamasqua Gel Liner (Review here)
  • Anastasia Eye Covet Liner Pencil in 'Noir'
  • Essence Maximum Definition Mascara
*I tried to do this tutorial using ONLY the shadows from the Vice 2 but alas, it just doesn't have enough matte shades for blending. The Anastasia Beverly Hills Lavish palette has the perfect shades for these purposes and then some! You can use any shades that you see fit the steps throughout the tutorial.

  • Coastal Scents Pro Blending Fluff
  • Coastal Scents Natural Angled Liner brush
  • No Name Fine Liner brush
  • Urban Decay Vice 2 brush
  • Elf Eye Crease brush
  • Real Techniques Base Shadow brush
  • No Name Flat Shadow brush
Now for the good part!

1. Starting with a primed eye, we're going to take a white base of some kind (Nyx Jumbo Pencil is a popular one but I like to use a Ben Nye cream colour in White) on a fluffy synthetic brush and apply it all over the lid and up to the brow bone. This will help all of your colours stick to the skin and stand out more! 

I'm using the Real Techniques Base Shadow brush. Press the white base onto the middle of the lid and begin to buff it out all over. We don't want a huge build up of this colour because it will begin to crease if we've packed too much on.

Ta da!

2. Now we're going to start applying our transition shades into and around the crease area. I used a mixture of Orange Soda and Cream from the Anastasia Beverly Hills Lavish palette for this. 

 Using a fluffy brush and a light hand, take a warm based nude shade and start to work it into the crease. Using back and forth and circular motions will achieve a well blended result. Remember, it takes time! Keep at it. No amount of Youtube Tutorials will help you improve your blending skills unless you practice!

3.  Now we're going to add a darker colour to the crease. Taking 'Rewind' from the Vice 2 on a fluffy brush, start to deposit the colour into the deepest part of the crease. Don't blend it out as far as you did for the last step.

Build up the colour making sure it's even across the eye. You should have something that looks like this!

4. It's time to map out the darkest part of our crease. On a thin angled brush, take 'Lovesick' from the Vice 2 palette and map out a triangle shape on the outer corner of the eye. This will look messy at first but we're going to blend it out. The key to keeping your makeup looking well blended and staying on for a long time is sandwiching your products. With this part of the look you'll be plotting your shape, blending, adding more and blending again.

Blend blend blend. Pay close attention to the outer wing of the triangle shape as we want to keep this sharp. Although, we'll be cleaning it up with a bit of concealer in the next step.

5. Clean up. Taking a small, flat concealer brush and a small amount of concealer, place your brush at the base of the wing and slowly drag it up, cleaning away any messy edges. You can also use a baby wipe for this step. I just find using a concealer brush more convenient as I can see what i'm cleaning away easily!

6. We're going to refresh our white base and prepare it for our shimmery shades. Taking the same synthetic brush and white base as we used in step 1, pat the product onto the inner corner and all the way to the outer third of your eye lid.

7. Now it's time to fill in the lid! I used three colours for this step, although the flash on my camera made them all look like the same colour :(

Taking 'Radar' from the Vice 2 palette and a small pencil brush, pat this onto the outer third of your eye and blend it into the black.

Now wipe that same brush off, take 'Toxic' and pat it onto the middle of the lid. Make sure you blend these colours together smoothly so you can't see where one colour stops and the other begins.

Again, clean your brush off and apply 'Strike' to the inner corner. Be careful with all of these shimmery shades. We don't want the shimmer to creep too high into the crease.

You should have something like this!

8. Liner time! I wanted something slightly thin for this look as I didn't want to cover all of the shadows with a thick liner. Using a thin liner brush, start from the inner corner and work your way out. You have a pretty good guide of where to take your liner with this look because of the wing that we made with our black shadow.

Don't forget to tight line if you're comfortable with it!

9. Bottom lash line! Taking a black liner, fill your bottom water line and line your lower lash line. Be sure to get in between your lashes!

Now we're going to smudge that out. Taking 'Lovesick' on a flat eyeshadow brush, dab that onto the black liner and then smudge.

To further smoke out the bottom lash line, we're going to take 'Radar' on the blending side of the brush that comes in the Vice 2 palette and buff out the black shadow we just applied.

10.  Almost done. Time to apply your mascara and false lashes if you choose to wear them!

The false lashes I chose are the Cherry Blossom #74s.

That's it guys! I hope you enjoyed it. If you'd like a particular look from the Urban Decay Vice 2 palette let me know in a comment!

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