Today, for my first-ever makeup post, I decided to do a tutorial on my favourite eyeshadow single, Urban Decay Lounge. Lounge is a Duochrome shade, a deep brown that shifts green. It’s really complex, but really flattering – and super easy to apply and wear.
Urban Decay Lounge looks just a little edgy, but it’s still wearable on a day to day basis. Plus, it goes great with flannel, which is mandatory this time of year.
Here’s a before and after of the whole look – bare face to follow!
My makeup application requisites:
Everyone has a style when it comes to makeup application. I lean toward a smudgier, blurred style (as opposed to using lots of sharp lines).
I don’t like looking like I have a lot of makeup on. Clearly I did a full face here, but I used a light hand with foundation (some imperfections peek through), and I keep my brows very soft and natural. That way, all the attention is drawn to the eyes and eye makeup – because really, Lounge deserves the spotlight.
I use a mix of products but generally they are mid-range – I don’t use a ton of drugstore items. With the exception of a couple products I’m still using up, everything I use is cruelty-free.
So let’s start with a bare-faced template!
As you can see, I mainly deal with large pores (thanks genetics), have a normal-combo skin type, some dark circles and an uneven complexion.
My face has been prepped beforehand – I washed and moisturized it well, a good half hour before starting my makeup. This gives time for the skin to absorb some of that moisture, which makes foundation glide on nicely.
Revlon’s Colorstay has a great finish – not too dewy, not too matte (at least on me). It can look a little “makeup-y” if you’re heavy-handed, so that’s something to watch out for.
The Fit Me concealer has a been a trooper and I’m sad that it’s nearing the end of its life cycle. It works great for both spot concealing and undereye brightening.
When I don’t apply foundation with my fingers or a beauty blender, I like to use this good ol’ fashioned foundation brush (Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics). This time, I painted my face quickly, not worrying about having everything look smooth and even just yet, because I’ll be smoothing everything down with a beauty blender.
I love my beauty blender. Yes, it is expensive for a sponge. But it’s a good sponge! Sometimes I use it in lieu of a makeup brush – just depends on the coverage and finish I’m going for. If I use a brush and smooth everything out with a beauty blender, I can get away with using a little extra foundation without things looking cakey.
I live for the Tarte CC undereye corrector. I’ve already hit pan on this thing and I’m gonna use it up right until the bitter end. And then I’ll buy more. If you have any discolouration under your eyes, the peachy tone in this cancels it out. I like to put this color corrector under my eyes, and then do a very light amount of concealer on top, right in the crevice of my undereye circles to brighten things up.
I applied the loose powder very lightly down my t-zone and under my eyes (otherwise it’s crease city), bronzed the perimeter of my face, and highlighted the tops of my cheeks and the bridge of my nose. On me, this highlighter is really subtle, and I’ve fallen in love with it for that reason. My face doesn’t take well to intense glittery light.
The effect is subtle in real life (and even more subtle in the photo!), but it makes my face look way more alive.
This is the Anastasia Beverly Hills brow powder duo, which I applied with the (rather large) real techniques angled brush. The eyebrow primer is by Urban Decay – this is new to me so I’m still trying to decide if I like it. So far, it seems just okay.
I use eyebrow powder for a very natural can’t-even-tell-it’s-there look, but for more precision I alternate this with my Annabelle skinny eyebrow pencil in taupe.
And now it’s party time!
Urban Decay Lounge
I started by applying Urban Decay Lounge with my finger, for more intense color payoff. I did this all over my lid, and then touched up the inner corner and edges with my Real Techniques small smudging brush.
There’s no need to be really neat about it – just get the eyeshadow roughly in place and then blend it out. I applied the eyeshadow just slightly above my crease, so I’d actually have something to blend out.
A close-up with all the eyeshadow blended out. It’s not as pale as this image appears, I promise.
As you can see, the shape of my eyeshadow follows the shape of the corner of my eye, up at an angle. When I blended the eyeshadow out, I made sure not to cross this boundary with my brush – blend in toward the center of your face, instead of outward, and I find that helps a lot.
I also took “Lounge” under my lashline with the small Real Techniques smudging brush, until I got close to the inner corner of my eye.
This Lancome eyeliner is really nice and soft and blendy, which is exactly what I wanted – a smudgy, almost smoky line (on the top of my eye only) as opposed a clean, harsh line. I used Better Than Sex mascara by Too Faced, because it’s the closest thing to falsies that I’ve tried. It gives crazy volume.
What a difference that makes! The eyes are smoky-ish, but still daytime appropriate.
I wanted to pair this rather cool-toned eye look with a warmer pink lipstick. Brigitte by Nars is so beautiful and unique – just a little peachy, just a little pink, just a little muted – and very opaque and comfortable on the lips.
Even though this blush looks frighteningly pink in the pan, it’s really pretty and wearable on the face. If I had to pick just one blush to wear everyday forever, this would be it.
And that’s my full face! But to get the true effect, better hair, lighting and clothing is necessary.
Thanks for hanging out for this makeup adventure today! Do check out Urban Decay Lounge next time you’re in Sephora (or wherever you go) – I’m sure you’ll love it!