Tuesday, May 6, 2014

6 Simple Looks Using Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette

Hello, gorgeous ones! Today's post will be on how to create 6 simple looks using the legendary Naked3 palette. I'm not going to do a full review on it (unless you request it in the comments :) ), as there are soooo many of them on the web that I feel like it'll just be a waste of time. Instead, I decided to share some of the looks using all the shadows from the palette (not all at once but in different looks).

First, let me just share a few thoughts on the palette. As to the colors themselves, I think they're very very beautiful. To me this is the best of the Urban Decay Naked palettes. It's got the most romantic sweet neutrals that will look great on all skin tones unlike many people believe. Those who don't believe just have to try them, because they're indeed very flattering, especially for green- and blue-eyed ladies, but frankly on all eye colors. I like the packaging as well. Hands down beautiful, solid, durable and practical package.

The thing I don't like about this palette, however, is the quality. I really expected more for the price. Mostly, I don't like the quality of 3 particular shadows: Dust (almost impossible to work with, very flaky), Buzz (quite flaky too but not as bad as Dust), Trick (not very pigmented, you have to build it up quite a bit to get the color you see in the pan). The rest are ok and are quite nicely pigmented. The shadows produce a fair amount of fallout (I do always tap off the excess), so they simply NEED a primer. They're not as creamy as, say, theBalm or Laura Mercier shadows, the formula is on the drier side. So I'd say they are ok, not my favorite but not bad at all either. So, with this being said, I'm kinda double-minded about this palette. I do love the colors and overall I'm happy with the purchase, but I expected a better and more consistent quality. Nevertheless, it's a lovely palette if you're looking for very soft neutral palette with an interesting twist to it, or what I call the non-boring neutrals. If so and if you're willing to deal with the cons I listed above, than go for it. 

So, let's get on to the looks.

Look #1. Soft and pretty any occasion look

Neutral soft and pretty any occasion look

Going to meet your boyfriend's parents? Getting for a party, but unsure how to dress up and what makeup to wear? Want a day-to-night type of look to go out with friends after work? Having a date? Or maybe just don't want to think too much and want to look sweet and pretty wherever you go? Then, this look is for you. It's soft and appropriate enough for daytime, yet has enough definition for evening. Just swap the lip color for anything of your choice and enjoy. Since it's neutral it won't mess with any of your outfits too.

To re-create this eye-look use:
- Liar in the inner half of the lid and lower lash line
Mugshot in the outer half of the lid and just slightly blended out into the crease, and outer part of the lower lash line
Strange as a highlighter under the brow bone and in the inner corner, and
Blackheart as a liner on top and bottom lash line slightly winging it out
- put on mascara and "Boom!" You're ready!

Look #2. One eye-shadow pinkish-mauve look

One eye-shadow pinkish-mauve look

These types of one eye-shadow looks are my favorite as they require hardly any skills, time or effort at all. They come especially handy on those busy mornings before work after a sleepless night.

To re-create:
- use Buzz all over the lid and blended out into the crease slightly (be sure to use a primer), and on the lower lash line
- use your favorite eye-liner in any neutral color on top and bottom lash line, I used a dark graphite grey color
- put on mascara. Done.

Look #3. One eye-shadow taupe look

One eye-shadow taupe look

Very similar look to look #2, but using the shade Mugshot and the same eye-liner but slightly smudged for a more smokey effect. Same technique but different effect with a different color. See, why I love this technique so much? You can do it with any mid-tone color really and it will look different. Too bad the pictures don't do enough justice...

Look #4. Matte almost nude eye

Matte almost nude eye

This is the look for those of you who love mattes and nude yet defined eyes.

To re-create:
- use Limit all over the lid
- Nooner in the crease, outer V and lower lash line
- Strange as a highlighter under the brow bone and in the inner corner
- use the black eye-liner and dot between the roots of the lashes on top and bottom lash line to create a tight-lined effect
- apply mascara. Done.

Look #5. Shimmery eye with a winged eye-liner

Shimmery eye with a winged eye-liner

This is for the lovers of winged liquid eye-liner and a light shimmery eye. This could be a sort of pin-up inspired party look if you change the lip color to red.

To re-create use a primer for sure, otherwise you'll end up with a mess all over the place:
- apply Dust to the inner half of the lid
- Burnout to the outer half of the lid just slightly blending out into the crease
- Liar on the lower lash line
- Strange as a highlighter in the inner corner and under the brow bone, tap Dust in the center of the lid with your finger
- apply your favorite liquid eye-liner winging it out for cat-eye effect
- apply mascara. Done.

Look #6. Full glamour party look: smokey eye + bright lip

Full glamour party look: smokey eye + bright lip

As the name implies this is a "Bring on the glamour!" look. I deliberately decided to pair it with a bright lip to show that you don't always have to wear a smokey eye with a neutral or nude lip. You can rock the bright lip color with it. Plus, an orange lip is a trend, so this is a trendy glamorous look :).

To re-create:
- use Factory all over the lid and on the inner half of the lower lash line
- Darkside in the outer V and slightly blended into the crease, and on the outer half of the lower lash line
- Strange as a highlighter in the inner corner and under the brow bone
- apply black eye-liner on top and bottom lash lines and in the inner rims of the eye
- smudge the eye-liner with Blackheart eye-shadow
- tap Trick on the lid with your finger and apply gently on the inner part of the lower lash line
- apply mascara. Done.

Hope you liked the looks. Please, let me know in the comments which look is your favorite or which one you would re-create. And thank you for reading.

Disclaimer: all the products I used were purchased by me and I wasn't paid for a review.


  1. Hey Irene, all these looks are awesome. I'd like to use it, but I havegot a trouble, coz few years ago I've become allergic to decorative cosmetics. Is this pallete hypoallergenic? :)

    1. Yuliatko, thank you for commenting. It doesn't say anywhere on the palette that it is hypoallergenic, so I don't know about that. I guess you should try it for yourself maybe from one of your friends that has this palette if you don't own one. However, since it does produce some fallout and some tiny eye-shadow particles may accidentally get in your eye, that alone might potentially irritate you.
      If you are looking for some brands that make hypoallergenic makeup you can check out Bare Minerals. It's a company that makes mineral makeup and I think they claim to be hypoallergenic.
      Hope this was helpful :). And thank you for stopping by to read my blog.