EOTD: Basic smoky eye makeup with Urban Decay Smog and Darkhorse shadows

Basic smoky eye makeup with Urban Decay Smog and Darkhorse shadows
At long last, my first smoky eye look! While I firmly maintain that theBalm's N*de'Tude (see here) is the more versatile neutral eye palette (I find that the Urban Decay N@ked palettes - both one and two - have either too many darker crease shades or too many lighter lid shades and not enough medium shades), here is a very basic smoky eye look I've done with Urban Decay's N@ked palette 1, using the eyeshadow shades Smog and Darkhorse. Smog and Darkhorse are my favourite combination from this palette and can be worn in the daytime, even to work, without your eye makeup looking over the top.
Basic smoky eye makeup with Urban Decay Smog and Darkhorse shadows
While I still haven't gathered enough courage to do an out-and-out dark smoky eye or wear khol owing to a traumatic panda-eye incident two years ago, I have been growing into neutral eyeshadow of late, over my usual blues, greens, pinks and oranges, despite fears of dark brown shadows overwhelming my dark eyes. So this is only a "sort of" smoky eye and not a proper, traditional smoky look. All photos in natural light.
Basic smoky eye makeup with Urban Decay Smog and Darkhorse shadowsBasic smoky eye makeup with Urban Decay Smog and Darkhorse shadows
I first hit the crease - lightly - with Darkhorse using theBalm's Crease, Love And Happiness brush (reviewed here). I didn't do an outer "v" or darken it much on purpose. One step at a time! And then I hit the lid with Smog - my favourite shadow from the Urban Decay N@ked palette 1. Finally, I added a spot of Sin to the inner corner. I used theBalm's Give Crease A Chance for blending the lot.
The eyeliner used is Make Up Forever Aqua Liner in shade 11 (see here for swatches and review). And I used my favourite mascara - Lancome Hypnose Doll Eyes (reviewed here), which is the only mascara that makes me look like I have eyelashes. No eyelash curler, I'm afraid. I have used theBalm's Time Balm concealer and their Put A Lid On It as the eyeshadow primer.
Basic smoky eye makeup with Urban Decay Smog and Darkhorse shadowsBasic smoky eye makeup with Urban Decay Smog and Darkhorse shadows
Smog and Darkhorse are the seventh and eighth eyeshadows from left in the palette. This photograph was taken with the flash, so the colours look a tad different. Sin is the second eyeshadow from left. Oh, and the scar on the bridge of my nose is from when I went to look too closely at a classmate sharpening her pencil with a pen-knife, in the kindergarten....
Basic smoky eye makeup with Urban Decay Smog and Darkhorse shadows
This is my submission to the ongoing Smoky Eye Friday series run by Leticia of Cosmetics Aficionado. You can get the InLinkz code for this post here and add your own between Thursday and Friday midnight!

  1. super nice... love the choice of shades and the blend together beautifully..

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    1. Thank you!! *Much gratified* I'm always jealous of you lovely ladies who can carry off a smoky look well without looking like endangered species of bamboo-eating carnivores from China...

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    1. Thank you! I didn't except the difference to come out when I started lol!

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  3. Very pretty! I have the same palette and love those colors. :)

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    1. Thank you! They're the shades that get the most love in this palette!

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  4. what a gorgeous look! so natural with a little extra :) I absolutely adore Urban Decays palette!

    Andrea xx
    SavingSimplicity13.blogspot.co.uk

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  5. smokey eyes does not always mean going dark & I m a fan of soft & light smokey eyes! Good job here (y)

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    1. The dark thing doesn't work with me either! That's why I've been skiving off smoky eyes till date lol.

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  6. really pretty Renu :)

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    1. Thank you :( I'm liking it less each time I see this picture. Argh!

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    2. have gone through same phase :) dont you feel this way dear

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  8. Both of those shades are great ones! :D

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    1. They go very well together. It's fun to find combos within a palette that work together, isn't it? I'm thinking of Toasted and Hustle, or Hustle and Sidecar... they should work well.

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  9. I like this "less is more" kinda look. It's wearable and gives definition to the eyes without looking too much. Smokey doesnt always have to mean "thick, dark smoke from a bakery chimney"....it can also mean "soft, wispy smoke from a candle/diya"...what say ;)

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    1. Bakery chimney wouldn't work for me. My face can pull off bright blue, neon green and pink eyeshadow but not the former. I envy all those sultry looks I keep seeing.

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  10. Aprajita TrivediApril 02, 2014

    lovely !!
    i always wanna try something like this on my eyes but it becomes something disastrous .

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