One of my favorite palettes lately is the Urban Decay Gwen Stafani Palette. I’ll be posting a review soon but first I wanted to share this eyeshadow look I’ve been totally in love with focusing on the gold shade. This palette contains great matte shades & lots of neutrals that really go together well to create a variety of looks. Keep reading to see how I created my look from start to finish!
So what makes this palette special? The Urban Decay Gwen Staefani Eyeshadow Palette really works with my fair skin which is a pretty big deal. Most palettes are targeted towards the medium skintones because they’re more universal. Since Gwen is a fair lady like myself, I dared to dream of highlights that could actually highlight my browbone…& I finally got them! Yay! There’s 15 shades & most are neutral but there is also that reddish brown shade in the upper right (Punk), a sweet metallic pink (Harajuku), a fabulous metallic royal blue (Danger), & 1987 is the metallic yellow gold. The neutrals give you the base to make any of these shades work & also create beautiful neutral-based looks.
Top row: Blonde (pale beige w/pink iridescent shift), Bathwater (pale beige w/gold pearl), Skimp (pale nude satin), Steady (medium rose w/metallic gold shift), Punk (reddish brown matte).
Middle row: Baby (cool metallic rose), Anaheim (light taupe-brown matte), Stark (nude-pink matte), Zone (medium brown matte), Serious (smoky gray w/iridescent floating pearl).
Bottom row: Pop (pale coral w/iridescent sparkle), Harajuku (metallic blue-pink w/iridescent micro-shimmer), Danger (deep metallic royal blue w/blue micro-sparkle), 1987 (bright metallic yellow-gold), Blackout (blackest black matte).
To start out I always use an eye primer like the Urban Decay Primer Potion. This particular eyeshadow primer is neutral so it helps even out my veins & redness too. I applied Skimp as a base shade from the palette. In my crease I used a mix of Punk & Anaheim very lightly until I built up some depth. On my lid is a mix of Punk then Punk mixed with Pop which has a bit of warmth. Pop & Zone is above my crease a bit to blend out. To get the golden inner corner I took 1987 on a smaller, flat brush sprayed with a bit of Urban Decay Setting Spray. The dampened brush helps pick up more pigment & intensifies it. I then took my finger & dabbed a bit in the center of my eye as well. I took 1987 & a mixture of Punk & Anaheim under my eye as well but I didn’t spread it out too much. Under my browbone I used the matte highlight shade blonde.
There was some fallout so I cleaned up then used the Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Complete Coverage Concealer which I’m a huge fan of lately because it doesn’t accentuate dryness while actually covering my dark circles. I love the combo of setting with the Tarte Smooth Operator Clay Finishing Powder which completely smooths out my undereyes & sets with a translucent look so it doesn’t look cakey either.
I feel like the finishing 1-2 punch for me is always liner & mascara…which I actually tend to use two of each as well. For my inner rims I used the Stila Smudge Stick Water Proof Eyeliner in Stingray. It is super creamy, black, & lasts a nice, long time. For the wing I use my absolute favorite Stila product of life- the Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Eye Liner in Intense Black. I’ve tried lots of other liners to create my winged eye looks but this the only one so far that creates a sharp wing & doesn’t crumble thanks to my allergies. For mascara I used the Covergirl Clump Crusher Mascara in Waterproof as a base coat, for my lower lashes, & then again as a topper to help make it more water resistant. I’m a layering gal! For volume & thickness I used the Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara. My lashes have been kind of pathetic lately so this is a great mascara to build them up.
Have you picked up the Urban Decay Gwen Stefani Eyeshadow Palette yet? It is limited edition so if you’re interested you’ll have to pick it up soon! How have you been wearing the metallic eye trends?