Work Appropriate Smokey Eye using Naked 2

Worried that wearing sultry smokey eyes to work is inappropriate? As a young professional woman, it can be tough gauging what makeup looks are appropriate and what aren’t. Below I’ve demonstrated in pictorial form, my version of the “wearable smokey” using Urban Decay’s Naked2 palette (the perfect starting palette to create a number of wearable looks). I’m still debating on whether or not I want to start making YouTube tutorials, so if you’d rather see videos vs. pictorials, let me know! Let’s get started! :D

1. Start with filling in your brows (if you’re into that sort of thing) and applying eye primer to your lids (a MUST for creating long-lasting, vibrant eye shadow looks). My go to is Urban Decay’s Eye Shadow Primer Potion!

2. Follow up by applying a light base to your lids using your fingers. One of my go to bases is NYX Cosmetics Jumbo Pencil in “Milk”. I ran out of my pencil so I used an old Revlon trio I had lying around (will be going to grab another pencil tomorrow!).


3. Next you want to take a semi fluffy brush and apply “Snakebite” from the Naked 2 palette to your crease. The brush I’m using is a Sigma E25 blending brush (a great and cheaper alternative to Mac’s 217 blending brush). Oh and don’t forget your Shadow Shields (these things are a god send, haha)! If you don’t want to spend the money on them (yet), you can use paper towel or tissue and hold it under your eye while you apply your makeup, or tape!

4. Now for the most important part of any eye shadow application process, blending! Using a nice big (somewhat dense) fluffy brush, blend out Snakebite (our blender color) up toward just under your brow highlight area. NOTE: I actually like to apply my blender color in the crease and slightly above because I’ve found that it helps everything blend (and smoke out) even better!

5. Take “Snakebite” and a pencil brush like my Sigma E30 Pencil brush and smoke the color out under your lash line.

6. Now for our lid color! Take a flat shader brush and apply “Suspect” all over your lid. The brush I’m using is Eco Tool’s Bamboo Eye Shading brush (softest brush ever, and it picks up eye shadow colors so well, oh and the best part, it’s rather cheap ranging from 5-7 bucks!).

7. Next, take a clean pencil brush (or just wipe off the one used under your lash line on a paper towel) and apply “Bootycall” to your inner corner.

8. Next you want to take the same shader brush on the other side and apply “Bootycall” to your brown bone as your highlight color (this has to be one of my favorite highlighting colors).

9. Last but not least, for a more toned down look, instead of using a black eyeliner, take a brown liner like Maybelline’s Eye Studio Lasting Drama Gel Liner in “Brown” and apply it on your water line. Follow up with a matte brown eye shadow to place over the liner (helps it stay in place for hours!) and apply the shadow as your liner on your top lash line.

And voila! You’re ready for work with appropriate, sassy smokey eyes :)!

Thank you and I hope you enjoyed this pictorial! If you have any suggestions, requests or comments, let me know!

Nailah Ali

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