Monday, December 21, 2009

EOTD: Urban Decay Book of Shadows Vol 2

This year for the holidays Urban Decay revisted their incredibly popular Book of Shadows with all new colours (save for one) and the addition of two 24/7 Glide On Eye Pencils.  At $58.00 CA/48.00 US for 16 eye shadows, 2 eyeliners and a mini bottle of Primer Potion, it's a fantastic deal.

I created the following look using this palette, it was darker and more intense in real life - please excuse the slight shift in lighting in the photos, that day I was having trouble with my camera!

Products used (all Urban Decay products listed in palette):

MAC Select Cover Concealer NW 20/NW30
MAC Eye Shadow in Espresso & Cork (for brows)
MAC Brow Set in Show Off

Urban Decay Primer Potion
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide on Eye Pencil in Zero
Urban Decay Book of Shadows Vol II
      - Mushroom (metallic taupe)
      - Gunmetal (metallic gunmetal)
      - Home Grown (bright grassy metallic green)
      - Sellout (pale pinky beige frost)

Maybelline Great Lash Waterproof Mascara in Very Black

Begin by concealing the undereye area and set with loose powder. Using your ring finger, gently tap to blend Primer Potion all over the eye lid.  Tapping the product on keeps you from tugging at your skin while also helping to keep your concealer in place.

Apply eye liner to your tightline, making sure to wedge liner in between your lashes.  Then draw a thicker line above your lashes and using your ring finger, pencil brush or q-tip, smudge the eyeliner up and out. 

Using a flat oval brush (MAC 242) apply Mushroom all over the lid and up into the crease.  Make sure the shadow covers the liner you just applied. Also apply Mushroom to the lower lash line, about 3/4 of the way in.

Using the same brush, Apply Gunmetal to the outer 1/3 of your eyelid, blending it into the crease and winging it down along your lower lash line, 1/3 of the way in.

Using a fluffy blending brush (MAC 224) apply Home Grown on top of Gunmetal using wind shield wiping motions. Also wing some of the green onto your lower lash line.  Repeat this step 2 times to gradually build the green colour.


Apply Sell Out using a small flat oval brush to the inside 1/3 of your upper eyelid as well as around your tear duct. Using the fluffy blending brush, blend out your whole eye.

As a final step re-line your upper lash line. Curl your eyelashes and coat liberally with mascara.

General Comments

What I like about this look is it uses colour in a subtle and sophisticated way.  By layering bright colours over neutrals, you can wear almost any colour out there, regardless of how garish it looks in the pot.  The photographs don't fully capture how this look beautifully shifts from gunmetal to green as you turn your head. 


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