Soft and Natural Eye Makeup Tutorial


Every once in awhile I like to lighten up my eye makeup and experiment more with fun lip colors (think coral, pink, etc). I’ve found a great mix of shadows that add definition and color to my eyes, without being to dark.
This is the first time I’ve purchased Urban Decay eyeshadows, and I have to say I’m quite impressed. There is absolutely no fall out during the application, and the colors are blend-able and smooth. Plus, the brand itself is cruelty-free (no animal testing), and a handful of their products are vegan (including both of the eyeshadows used in this tutorial), so I enjoy supporting a company that focuses on those things. 

I used Maybelline’s color tattoo as my lid primer. I’ve heard great things about it so I wanted to try it out. It’s fantastic either worn alone as a shadow, or used as a primer. 
*I have residual liner + mascara on since I had to squeeze this tutorial in after I had already done my makeup. So, if you are starting from the beginning, as you should, just follow the same steps but save liner + mascara for last.

Use your finger to apply lid primer/color tattoo.
Grab a fluffy eyeshadow brush and sweep Laced all over the lid.

Pick up an angled eyeshadow brush, or a less-fluffy brush, and press Tease into the outer corners and crease.

Grab a clean fluffy brush and sweep Alabaster across your brow bone, blending down towards your eyelid to soften the darker brown.

I like the tiny little brush that comes with Revlon’s Gel Liner since you hold it so close to you eye. Use that, or whatever brush you prefer, and line your upper lashes.

Swipe mascara on both the top and bottom lashes and you are finished!

questions about brushes? see this post 
questions about my daily makeup routine? see this post
Another nice thing about starting the day with lighter shadow is that it’s build-able if you are going out later that evening. All I would do to switch this look from day to night is add a little bit more liner to my lower lash line and swipe a darker charcoal shade across the lid (except for the inner corner). 

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Comments (74)

  1. Posted April 23, 2013

    I only use Urban Decay shadows. I have both of the Naked Palettes and I buy the single shades in fun colors to mix in with the Naked colors. The shade FREELOVE is an awesome color for spring/summer, especially for anyone with green/hazel eyes! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Kate says
      Posted April 23, 2013

      I’m dying for the Naked 2 palette!

    • Posted April 23, 2013

      After I bought Naked 2, I have not had to buy any other shadows! It’s all I use, and I love it.

  2. Posted April 23, 2013

    I’ve never used Urban Decay shadows before, but they sound great. I often wear a neautral shadow, so I love this look!

  3. Posted April 23, 2013

    beautiful, I love this and it’s so similar to my everyday make up ๐Ÿ™‚ Really perfect for spring x

  4. Posted April 23, 2013

    I am so going out and buying that primer! I have wanted a good eye primer for forever, but I never wanted to spend a ton on the MAC pots – which I know are fab! So glad you reviewed this Maybelline brand real quick! Must go get some!

  5. Nanna says
    Posted April 23, 2013

    Urban Decay shadows are new to me, where can they be purchased & will these shades work well with more of a chestnut hair color with hazel eyes?

    • Kate says
      Posted April 23, 2013

      I think so–they are both on the cool side and that tends to be more universally flattering than warm shades

  6. A. says
    Posted April 23, 2013

    Ah my gosh thank you so so much for this post!

  7. Posted April 23, 2013

    Lovely post, it’s nice to see someone who isn’t overly tanned (and I mean that as a complement). I am pale as well and I often find I look harsh when I try to recreate some of the make up looks I see. This looks soft and pretty ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. Posted April 23, 2013

    I love this look. Needing to update my everyday makeup routine and catapult it into spring. Thanks for the post!


  9. Posted April 23, 2013

    Great post, I use UD shadows and i’m always looking for a good picture tutorial, instead of a video. Thanks!

    • Erica says
      Posted April 23, 2013

      I appreciate a good picture tutorial, too!

  10. Posted April 23, 2013

    I have a naked 2 palette and being on a college budget I was super hesitant to spend the money, but it was worth every penny! The colors last forever and there is a ton of variety! I will be saving for the orginal naked palette!

  11. Erica says
    Posted April 23, 2013

    If anyone’s looking for another great lid primer, I use Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion. It comes in 4 colors, but I use original, as it is “color-less.” It’s $20, but it’s a decent-sized tube that will last a long time. (You only need a tiny bit for each lid.) I think they have travel size for $12. This stuff really works! My shadow stays all day and doesn’t crease.

    • sarcar says
      Posted April 24, 2013

      I agree w your review about the Urban Decay primer. I use it everyday & have had the same tube for about 9 months.

  12. Posted April 23, 2013

    I’m always looking for tips on how to do my eyes…properly. Easy, quick, and a not too expensive. I appreciate your tutorials. Thank you!

  13. Posted April 23, 2013

    Beautiful! And you are totally right – it is a perfect builder in case you want to add a more dramatic look for evening! : )


  14. Posted April 23, 2013

    Do you have any suggestions for different drug store brands/colors to accomplish this look for people on a budget?

    • Kate says
      Posted April 23, 2013

      Look for Revlon or Cover Girl shadows–I like those too

    • sarcar says
      Posted April 24, 2013

      NYX makes an eyeshadow palette that is almost identical to the Naked palette. I saw on Pinterest that the NYX shadows are the poor mans Urban Decay. I know Ulta sells NYX.

  15. Posted April 23, 2013

    So pretty! I’ve just gotten in to mac paint pots (where have I been, i know) so I’m intrigued about the color tattoos. Thanks love!

  16. Ginny says
    Posted April 23, 2013

    I would love to know your favorite palette. I am in the market for a new all-in-one palette and need a good recommendation! Maybe a future post?


  17. Alyssa says
    Posted April 23, 2013

    Awesome, and very pretty! I’ve got the Naked palette, but the colors you have are calling my name! Thanks!

  18. Cat says
    Posted April 23, 2013


  19. Kristen says
    Posted April 23, 2013

    I noticed that you’ve used Maybelline gel liner and the Revlon gel liner. Which one would you recommend? I’m in the market for a new liner… ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks!

    • Kate says
      Posted April 23, 2013

      both are great!

    • Kristen says
      Posted April 23, 2013

      Sorry for another question…does one have better staying power? thanks!

  20. Darcie says
    Posted April 23, 2013

    I really like this look! Would you recommend this neutral palette on someone with darker features (i.e. dark hair & eyes, darker complexion)?

  21. Aimee says
    Posted April 23, 2013

    Ok….this may be a stupid question, but here it anyway. By fall out do you mean flaking when you apply it to yours lids? I really have that problem with my shadows (Covergirl which I really like, but not flaking.). It really irritates my contacts sometimes. Thanks!

  22. vcaz says
    Posted April 23, 2013

    I love the tutorial!!! What nail polish are you wearing? I am looking for a pale opaque polish that doesn’t streak or have to use a gazillion coats. Thanks.

  23. Posted April 23, 2013

    Thank you so much for posting this! I just bought “laced” yesterday ironically enough and I was trying to figure out other colors that would compliment it. As always, you are awesome!!


  24. Posted April 23, 2013

    This is a very pretty and natural look. I love it!

  25. Posted April 23, 2013

    Beautiful and natural.

    Jillian –

  26. Posted April 24, 2013

    Very pretty, I love the natural look. Thank you for sharing.

  27. Posted April 24, 2013

    Love this look! So natural and perfect for everyday but sooooo pretty!

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  28. Posted April 24, 2013

    I have always been a natural make up girl. On days when i really want to “take it easy” I’ll dusy id bareMinerals shadow in “soft foucs pure.”

  29. Emily says
    Posted April 24, 2013

    I wore this look today! I used UD Anonymous from the Vice palette rather than Alabaster and then the rest of the shadows the same and it turned out beautifully. Thanks for the color combo recommendation!

  30. Posted April 24, 2013

    Gorgeous ๐Ÿ™‚

  31. Ang says
    Posted April 24, 2013

    Wow, you look great. I love the look ๐Ÿ™‚ Must try this out sometime! xx

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  32. SJ B says
    Posted April 24, 2013

    So simple and clean! Love this look!

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  36. Kate says
    Posted April 26, 2013

    I love UD shadows, especially the Naked Basics palette. Does the Color Tattoo work as primer beneath matte shadows, or does it look odd?

  37. Posted April 26, 2013

    What nail color are you wearing in this tutorial. Looking for pretty pale pink/nude nail polishes.

  38. Posted May 24, 2013

    Try these tips TOO!

  39. Tracy says
    Posted July 4, 2013

    I have never tried Urban Decay shadows, but I am also pale with dark circles so I gave this look a try without the alabaster. I love it! I never thought to do the cool shades with dark circles under my eyes, but warm ones do make me look sickly. I just went without eyeshadow or used the taupe tapestry by covergirl. Thank you for your tutorial! Will you be doing some tutorials with your Naked Palette you received for your birthday? All of your tutorials are actually achievable and I really appreciate that.

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