Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Sexy, Smokey & NAKED 2!

Salut mes belles & Happy February!! Today, I'm ecstatic to present my first ever makeup look using the coveted Urban Decay Naked 2 palette. The look I'm featuring is a classic smokey eye and glossy nude lip ensemble, right on schedule with the upcoming Valentine's Day celebration. In this post, I'm reviewing the palette, comparing it to the original, and as always, showing off the makeup and providing instructions on how to achieve it. Hooray!!

Keep reading for pix, deets, reviews, & more!!

My new baby :D
I am a "self-respecting makeup junkie", so I proudly own both palettes, the original Naked and Naked 2. I've had the first palette for over a year and have used at least one eyeshadow virtually every day of that year, so I was well overdue for some variety and more Naked options. Naturally, I had to have the second palette, and after nearly 2 months of anticipation and waiting for it to be re-stocked, my new best friend finally showed up at my door... Le Sigh... 

Urban Decay never disappoints: their shadows are by far the best in the game of makeup! I love the consistency, the texture, the pigmentation and the color range; the shadows blend together seamlessly and result in flawless, professional looking makeup every time. The Naked 2 offers 12 greige and taupe neutral shades, ranging from matte to shimmery and light to dark. There are endless possibilities of looks to be achieved from the Naked 2, from classic to dramatic to every day to everything in between, and without hesitation, I would recommend this product to anyone! If that's not enough, Urban Decay is cruelty-free and good for our planet, so what more can you ask for?
PRICE: $50

INCLUDES: Naked 2, Lip Junkie Lip Gloss and Double-ended brush

WHERE TO BUY: The Naked 2 is currently available to purchase online at:

  • the quality, consistency, pigmentation, yadda yadda, the norm that's to be expected from UD
  • the shade TEASE is my favorite of the bunch, it is a plummy beige counterpart to NAKED from the original palette. I've used it in every look I've created so far and it is soooo flattering and gorgeous on the skin
  • the packaging is SUPERB. Not only is the tin pencil box really cute and sleek, it is super sturdy too. How do I know? Cuz silly me, I already dropped it along with my sinking heart, only to discover all 12 shades perfectly intact. That never happens! Usually, when a palette is dropped, it's all over for the shadows... I should know ::smh::

  1. TEASE -- gorgeous plummy taupe in a matte finish; perfect for contouring or adding color to the lid.
  2. PISTOL -- shimmery cool browned silver-gray; great on the lid and in the lower lash line
  3. SNAKEBITE -- shimmery antique bronze; very versatile shade
  4. VERVE -- cool pearly silver; great to use in the inner corner or as a highlighter under the brow
  5. FOXY -- eggshell cream in a matte finish; great as a neutral highlighter and perfect for blending

HATE: the double-ended brush. HUGE disappointment. The synthetic bristles pick up too much product and are too stiff for blending. The result is a very muddy, uneven application. You know those sponge applicators you want to burn after discovering makeup brushes for the first time? yeah. um, they work better than this piece of nothing brush. Seriously, if all UD brushes are gonna be like this, I'll be the first one to yell at them, I mean--c'mon, I expect better!! The only thing that stopped me from ceremoniously trashing this thing is that it looks good in the package. I guess I'm spoiled since my original Naked palette came with a double-ended 24/7 glide-on pencil that I absolutely adore. 

HAVING SAID THAT, the brush doesn't matter because the product is amazing and worth every penny!!! I will forever be a Naked fan and will keep purchasing the Naked 3, 4, 10, whatever, as long as UD keeps coming out with new palettes!

  • The NAKED 2 includes cooler shades than the original, but it doesn't matter what skin tone you have if you're only going to choose one. In my opinion, NAKED 2 has more options for blue or gray eyes; whereas for green, hazel or brown eyes, both palettes have complementary shades.
  • Half Baked is the only repeater shade, and Hustle (original palette) and Busted (N2) are close dupes. Virgin and Bootycall are similar highlight shades, but have different undertones, resulting in different looks when paired with the same eyeshadow like Suspect, for example. 
  • The N2 has 3 matte shades (Foxy, Tease & Blackout), 1 glitter (Chopper) and the rest are shimmery shades of varying intensities.
  • Do yourself a favor and get both palettes and if I haven't convinced you, I'll let the eyeshadows speak for themselves!!
On my EYES, I'm wearing:
  • Verve -- in the inner corner and inner third of the lid and bottom lash line
  • Pistol -- in the center of the lid and lower lash line
  • Busted -- in the outer third of the lid and lower lash line
  • Blackout -- in the outer "V' of the lid
  • Tease -- used to blend out the harsh edge of the previous shadows and contour the eye socket
  • Foxy -- used as a highlighter under the brow
  • Bootycall -- in the inner corner highlight and under the brow arch
  • Urban Decay 24/7 glide-on pencil in Zerosmudged in the outer part of the upper lash line and also used in the waterline
  • Elite false lashes in #6
  • On my LIPS, I'm wearing the included Lip Junkie Lipgloss in Naked--a dusty rose neutral tone great for Valentine's or every day
  • On my CHEEKS, I'm wearing the Afterglow Glide-on Cheek Tint--a pretty dolly pink blush sample included in the package. Thanks Urban Decay!
  1. As always, start off by priming your eye lid with Urban Decay primer potion. Unfortunately, this palette doesn't include one, but you should have one already anyway!!
  2. Using a flat natural fiber (!!!) brush, apply Verve, Pistol and Busted to the inner, center, and outer portion of your lid, respectively. Use patting motions to apply and swiping motions to blend the transitions.
  3. Taking the edge of the flat brush, apply the same shadows in the same order under the lower lash line.
  4. Using Tease on a natural fiber fluffy dome brush and windshield wiper motions, blend out the harsh edge of the three eye shadows right above your crease. Drag the color up and outward, in a cat eye shape, towards the edge of your eyebrow.
  5. Taking Blackout on the same dome brush, outline the outer "V" of your eye, (don't worry about being precise) and blend it with the rest of the shadows using small circular motions. Add more color for more depth and more smokiness.
  6. Using a stiff angled brush, apply Foxy directly under the brow and bring it down to blend with Tease.
  7. Use your pinky to apply a dot of Bootycall to the inner corner highlight and the high point under your brow.
  8. Line the waterline and smudge the outer corner of the top lash line with a black waterproof pencil (Zero).
  9. Apply your falsies and mascara. My falsies are very dramatic, so I skipped the mascara.
I really hope you enjoyed my tutorial and found my Naked review helpful. I have tons of new Naked material coming up: a plummy smokey eye for every day, a dramatic editorial shimmery cat eye, and an all matte look using both palettes. The next few posts will alternate between more looks from the NAKED 2 and Valentine's appropriate makeup and nail art, so stay tuned and tell your friends!!!

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    Maryam Maquillage


    Maryam Maquillage © 2012.


    1. thank you so much for sharing this smokey eye - looks so great!

      1. I really love your article and it is amazing to share

    2. lovely !
      what fake lashes are u using ?

    3. I love the creation darling! You are gorgeous!! <3

    4. think I'll make this my request for Valentine's day . I love the names of the colors hilarious!

    5. Love this! This is very similar to my go-to look :)


    6. Love it!!! My favorite is tease and blackout. What foundation are you wearing? Your skin looks great.

      1. thanks! I'm wearing my Bare Minerals matte foundation in Golden Medium on the jawline and forehead, and just the Tint I mentioned on my Cheeks :)

    7. The look you created is so gorgeous! I will def. be trying to recreate it. :)
      My favorite color in this palette is YDK.

    8. Gorgeous!!.. I love it!!!!!!... Always so pretty!


    9. You look beautiful hun..I love how you work on the UD Naked 2..Can't wait to see more from you..

    10. This smokey eye never fails! You look lovely!

    11. i knew you'll post beautiful pictures using your new palette.. another tip for me :)
      take care. xoxo, Haus of Gala

    12. Oh so amazing. love your eyes and your brows <3

    13. i'm not much a fan of their brushes :( gorgeous eye look girl! your brows are sooooo fabulous

    14. You always know how to make the eyes pop. Your makeup is absolutely flawless.

      With Class & Sass,

    15. This is my favorite look you've ever done! It's perfect with your pretty eyes :)

    16. Absolutely BEAUTIFUL!! I saw this in the store the other day, and sooooo wanted one :( But I passed on it. Looks gorge!

    17. OMG!! I swear, we must share the same brain wavelength or something?! I just got the Naked Palette 2 yesterday! I must have gone to Sephora on delivery day because they had full stock of both Nekeds.

      Love this look!

      Totally agree with you about the brushes. I was thinking maybe it needs some deep conditioning? Haha- I'll let you know if that makes them any better ;)

    18. your make up is great you look so beautiful
      all these colors are nice :) i'm lucky they don't ship to my country because I'm totally broke :D

    19. I have the naked original and love it so much :) you look great

    20. Now I have to go fix my face! Truly gorgeous smokey eye!

    21. looks beautiful on you. love TEASE! Also intrigued by BUSTED

    22. Fresh face, gorgeous smoky eyes...purrfection!!!
      Your so cute using the mini lip gloss from the naked2palette :D
      I just threw that lil thing in my makeup storage unopened probably never gonna use it so its good to see what it actually looks like on lips.

      1. thanks honey :)) yeah the lip gloss is nothing special, I'm not gonna go repurchasing it or anything... but, I thought it was cute for the look I was going for and it totally matched my earrings too haha

    23. Looking as hot as ever Maryam! I love reading your posts and seeing makeup done well on a pretty face. xx

    24. I love this look that you created, so beautiful!

    25. I remember your bunny ears!!! lol Great look M. I've been using mine every day since I got it. I don't care what anyone says...I love both my Naked babies and would recommend them both!! lol

    26. It's so pretty! I hate when they have really crappy brushes. Btw you're sooo beautiful

      Check out my blog ;)

    27. Gosh that's an amazing smokey eye! I've been oogling those Naked palettes and will definitely start saving up for one of 'em. I'll be in trouble if UD ever comes out with more - they both look great!

    28. Love it! It's my go to look for date nights with my hubby. You are always just so gorgeous, so jealous!! haha :) x

    29. Just.. stop.. being.. gorgeous!! I can't take it anymore! teeheeee

    30. This is such a gorgeous look on you! So classic! You look so stunning darling :)

    31. Soft suave splendid silky smooth sexy smoky super sensational look ! You are a rare phenomenon, exclusive,unique & unmatched !
      Love your look Ram

    32. Naked palettes... I love them! Your makeup is gorgeous :)

    33. I love the naked pallet! didnt know the was a second one out? your eyes look gorgeous ...
      follow me back :)

    34. Beautiful Maryam, in all photos and posts!!!

    35. All your looks are beautiful but this is so stunning!!! I am going to try and recreate it! :))

    36. really gorgeous look- you look so soft and pretty!!! love it!

    37. SO SO SO SO SO SO PRETTY! I wish I could wear this little makeup and still be a traffic stoppin hottie.

    38. So pretty. I agree with everyone, your look is always so beautiful. Love the eye make up.

      I am excited to tell you that I award you the Versatile blogger award. Check the award here-

    39. Yeeeowza woman!! Gorgeous look!!

    40. So freaking stunning! You blend with immaculate precision!

      Check out my blog, comment, and follow if you like!
      Confessions Of A City Girl

    41. i wish i could have this palette now!!! except they don't sell urban decay in australia!


      Loretta xx

    42. Beautiful photos and the eye shadow is lovely xx

    43. Lovely review, but what exactly is a griege color? O.o

      1. greige is gray and beige mixed. maybe it's best to call it Taupe :)

    44. Mine just came in the mail so i'll start stealing all your ideas now~

      1. absolutely!! it's not stealing, it's sharing lol

    45. i totes envy ur beauty! lol xoxo

    46. This is absolutely beautiful! <3
      It really just brings out your natural beauty!

    47. BEAUTIFUL smokey eye! I seriously love how intense the outer corner is. Thanks for the comparisons. I keep going back and forth, but I think I'll invest in the warmer Naked 1 palette when I eventually bite the bullet and buy one :)

    48. Awesome look, it's very classic and gorgeous! Thanks for putting the pictures of both palettes together, I've been looking for a good comparison photo! I think you're right, you kind of need both of them ;)

    49. I love it, do you have videos to show how you do it?

    50. Ive been trying to get a perfect smokey eye for ages and the Urban Decay products looks amazaing! But they don't sell them in the shops where I live in the UK. I will be getting them online for sure! The palettes have such a nice range of natural colours!

    51. -Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it.
      -Love of beauty is taste. The creation of beauty is art.
      -A woman whose smile is open and whose expression is glad has a kind of beauty no matter what she wears.

    52. i like you

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