Olivia Palermo smokey eyes

When I saw this picture of Olivia Palermo rocking this intense eye makeup, it inspired me to create my own look using the Urban Decay Nocturnal eyeshadow palette. While her look is more focused on sharp black eyeliner that wraps beautifully around her eyes, I wanted to smoke mine out just a little because I feel it suits my eye shape better. 

Below you'll find the steps to recreate this Olivia Palermo inspired smokey eye along with the shades I used.

While this look is a bit too sexy for everyday wear, I would definitely rock it for a night out with the hubs or for an event. 

I hope you have fun recreating this look. Let me know how it works out for you! Also if you want a review on the Urban Decay Nocturnal collection, make sure you check out my post! I've included swatches for you as always! 




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Start by priming your eyes and sweep ABC GUM (a nude matte shade) from your lashes to brow bone.


Use the shade RIFF (a shimmery brown-orange) on the crease and lower lash line using a windshield wiper method with a fluffy crease brush and blend.


With the shade DELETE (matte chocolate brown), apply it to the crease with a small fluffy brush and blend. 


Using a flat eyeshadow brush, take HALF BAKED (a golden shimmery shade) and pat it onto your eyelids.


Now take BABY (a shimmery rose shade) and apply it to the corners of your eyes and give your eyelashes a good curl.


Draw a winged line using liquid liner. Stila and Kat Von D make some of my faves. Then, take a black kohl pencil and line the upper and lower waterline.


Use the small brush from the Nocturnal palette and apply BLACKOUT (matte black) to the lower waterline and smudge it a bit.


Coat your lashes with mascara. I used Cover Girl's Total Tease Waterproof to hold my curl and one coat of Marc Jacob's Velvet Noir for volume.


Finish the look with a sheer brown lipstick like Urban Decay's LAWBREAKER.


Photography by Geoff and Nathalie Martin.  
Makeup by Nathalie Martin. 

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