ULTRAVIOLET: An Urban Decay-Inspired Makeup Look

Hello fellow makeup lovers, and if you’re in the UK, I hope you had a marvellous bank holiday!

Today I’m sharing with you something that… just sort of happened… one day when I was bored and watching Sherlock (okay, both of those things admittedly are a frequent occurrence). It’s typical isn’t it? On a day you’re not actually doing anything or going anywhere your makeup just decides to be sort of fantastical, and then when you want it to be amazing nothing decides to work out.

Well, maybe that doesn’t happen to a lot of you, but it certainly happens to me in this period of my life where I’m towing the line between being “normal” and “quite good” at makeup… I can’t guarantee that it will be mindblowing every day.

So anyway, I was sat at my desk watching Sherlock as background noise and scrolling tumblr and thought, ‘maybe I could do something marginally more productive?’… and I also wanted to play about a bit more with my new Vice palette, so just went for it.

This is the result.

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As you can see, the colours I was drawn to were the ones that are synonymous with Urban Decay as a brand; those duochrome purples and blues… and it’s no surprise that they work so well together and just from the one palette.

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This whole look took me pretty much the entirety of The Blind Banker to achieve… that’s an hour and a half for you non-BBC-Sherlockians 😛

One of the things that struck me when I did this (because I’ve never really done a look like this before) is that the overall look does not look as dark and panda-eyed as I was expecting it to be when working with the shadows. I just blended, blended, blended and blended some more and that technique seems to have worked out pretty well. So yeah, working on the blend is important!

As I mentioned, all the shadows used were from the newest Vice palette:

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I mainly used Asphyxia and Freakshow as a base for the colour I was trying to achieve, then blended in a fair amount of 501 to deepen the crease and give more of the blue colour to it. However the real star of the show that I think lifts this whole look is Roadstripe.

As I have spoken about in my review of this palette, Roadstripe appears in pan to be white, but has a petrol-y blue duochrome to it. I have used Roadstipe here patted onto the centre of my lids, on the inner corners of my eyes, and a little on the centre of my lips as well. I won’t continue to rave about it today, but I really do love this colour because it’s just so… ethereal.

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Here’s the products I used altogether:

Max Factor Facefinity Primer | Nyx Color Correcting Concealer Palette | Revlon Colorstay Concealer [Fair] | No7 Instant Radiance Foundation [Calico] | Max Factor Crème Puff PowderBarry M Get up & Glow Palette  | No7 Instant Radiance HighlighterMakeup Revolution Vivid Baked Highlighter [Golden Lights] | Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade [Medium Brown] | Billion Dollar Brows Duo Brow Pencil | L’Oreal Brow Artist Plumper [Dark] | Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion [Original] | Urban Decay XX Vice Ltd Reloaded [Asphyxia, Freakshow, 501, Roadstripe] | Maybelline Master Precise Liner [Black] | Icona Milano Waterproof Mascara | Avon Lipstick that I shouldn’t be using anymore because it’s very old! [This looks like a good dupe]


This feels like a step in the right direction on my makeup journey… what do you guys* think?

Kirsten xo

*I just wanna take a sec to point out that I use the term “guys” completely gender-neutrally. I’ve become aware that I use that phrase a lot and I have seen in other online spaces that it might offend some, but I never use it to specify gender. If any of you ever interact with me, I will do my upmost to make sure I am using the correct pronouns for you, and please let me know if I fuck up and call me out! ❤

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