The chill of the later months may seem off-putting to some but, to me, it’s a welcome sign that I can get a little more creative with my makeup. The swelter of the summer doesn’t tend to mix well with my face – smudged mascara and faded eyeliner become my biggest downfalls in the hotter months, and I always look forward to a time when I can finally achieve the perfect smoky eye.
When it comes to shadow, I’d say Urban Decay have it covered with their iconic Naked palettes. Many people regard the Naked 3 as the ideal spring palette, thanks to its rosy tones, but I think it has some great smoky shades that work beautifully for this time of year. Nooner is a lovely, dusky pink matte, perfect to use as a transition shade, while Mugshot and Factory look gorgeous packed over the entire lid with a damp shader brush. I also like to use Darkside to deepen the crease and outer V – it’s a stunning, almost purple-grey and, in my opinion, is the perfect shade for autumn.
If you’re looking to keep things matte, then the Naked 2 Basics palette has your back. Consisting of five taupey, cool-toned shades and one ivory satin, ideal for highlighting the brow bone and inner corners, it’s a great compact palette and can be used to create a myriad of suitably smoky looks. Cover toes the line between neutral and cool perfectly, making it an excellent crease shade (and also my favourite shade in this palette, aside from Skimp). To make things a little more dramatic, I like to pack Undone on my outer corners, blending the edges with a fluffy brush to diffuse and soften the colour.
This palette pairs wonderfully with the latter six shades from the Naked 3, and is a staple in my collection. If you have a deeper skintone and are worried about these shades looking ashy against your complexion, I’d recommend checking out Jackie Aina’s tutorials (here and here) featuring the Naked 2 Basics palette, to help you decide if it’s worth it for you.
On the budget-friendly side of things sits this lovely L’Oréal Colour Riche Quad in Nude Lingerie. This little cutie houses four soft and super blendable satin shades that work wonders at creating a subtle, smoky look. As with the Naked 2 Basics, I like to create a gradient, packing the deepest shade on my outer corner and the lightest shade on the inner part of my eye, sandwiching the warm, nude-y shade on my lid.
This little palette is also ideal for quick, out-the-door looks – the shades aren’t too intensely pigmented, and provide a soft (but buildable) wash of colour of the lids, perfect for brightening up the eyes on those dark winter mornings. The warm greys in this quad also pair really nicely with berry-toned lipsticks – stay tuned to the rest of my Blogtober series, as I’ll be sharing some of my favourite lipstick picks for this season!
Eyeliners are great for intensifying the smoky look, and two of my favourites come from NYX Cosmetics. Their Gel Liner & Smudger in 02 Charlotte (Brown) is a stunning, warm chocolate brown, and looks beautiful smudged close to the top lash line, or winged out in a smoky flick. As for tightlining, my go-to is their Tres Jolie Gel Pencil in Brown – it stays put (even on my watery eyes) packs good pigmentation and doesn’t tug at the waterline. I love browns and plums for this time of year. They make a statement without being too overbearing, and strike a gorgeous contrast with every eye colour.
While I adore the earthy catwalk look of brown shadows and bare lashes, I don’t find it particularly flattering on myself, so mascara is a must. The Benefit They’re Real mascara is one of my all time favourites for length and volume, and one that I keep coming back to. It goes so well with dramatic, smoky looks and the intense black shade makes it stand out amongst dark shadows. The shape of the spikey, ball-tipped wand helps you coat every lash, so it’s optimal for anyone with sparse or short lashes.
There we have it, my first post of Blogtober! I’m aiming for around 3 – 4 posts a week, and all will be featured in the Blogtober category at the top of the site, so you can scroll through to your heart’s content! What autumn eye looks have you been loving for this time of year? Have you tried any of these products? Let me know!