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If there’s one product that causes us to drop our dignity and go potty it’s the Urban Decay Naked Palette. Nothing in the beauty world has caused such frenzy since Maybelline’s Great Lash Mascara (remember the one with the bright prink and green bottle that came over from the US?) and that was like war! Chaos has been known to reign on department stores everywhere when a new palette hits the shelf.
Well ladies, there’s a new one (cue the ear-piercing screams) and without sounding like a teenage girl who’s just seen a cute new guy at school, it’s the best palette ever!
There’s just a tinsy snag – our current history with palettes goes something like this: fall in love with one colour, use it to death and then ignore the rest. Then we keep the poor sod just in case we ever fancy those untouched shades (FYI, no one in the history of palette buyers has ever done this). The palette is then left to the beauty graveyard that is the bottom of our make-up bag, festering with the empty mascaras and solitary lip pencil. Throughout the years we’ll stumble across it and reminisce over how much we LOVED that nude brown, hopeful we’ll find a bit left – then we glance as the still untouched shades and resign it back to it’s fate for another couple of years.
Well, we’re aiming to raise awareness to end palette cruelty for good. Here’s how to get the most out of them (and trust us, you’ll love every single shade).
1. Work out where the colours look good. Not just the old faithful tactic of using each shade individually. Lighter colours look best as highlighters under the brows (Combust and Thirteen are great shades from the Urban Decay Smoky Palette). Use medium toned shadows over the lid and the darkest in the corners to smoke things up a bit.
2. If you want to get an intense look, don’t go for the deepest shade straight off the bat. Build them up and blend. It looks much softer on the eye if you go up the colour gradient with shades like Password and Dagger.
3. If you like a standard smoky eye (brown or black tones) add a pop of colour in the inner or outer corners of the eyes to jazz it up a bit. It looks great at a party (particularly with a cocktail in hand).
4. If you find liner too fiddly, wet the nib of a thin brush and use the darkest shadow (Black Market worked well or Armor if you want something a bit shimmery) as a liner. It’s much easier to blend out mistakes than a wax kohl or liquid.
Spread the word – there are too many neglected palettes out there that need our love.
We'll be racing over to Urban Decay to snap up the latest palette before they're gone!