The Eyeshadow Palette That's Also Secretly a Brow and Contouring Palette

These six shades do everything but the dishes!
Publish date:
April 23, 2015
Urban Decay, palettes, contour, no makeup makeup, highlight, naked, neutral

Just last week, in the comment section here at xoVain, I mentioned my love affair with the Urban Decay Naked Basics palette. A reader promptly requested a tutorial that detailed the various ways in which I use this cosmetic godsend.

While their other Naked palettes get a lot of attention, Urban Decay's Naked Basics version flies under the radar. It's appreciated, for sure, but I don't think people know just how versatile this bad boy is, especially for those of us with fair skin.


Because there are a variety of matte brown shades in this palette, you can mix and match to create the perfect brow color for you. I mostly use Faint and then use the Artis brush pictured to define my brows.

I love the soft effect that the matte powder creates, and it blends really nicely into my natural brows, as well.

Contouring & Highlighting

So it took me a little bit of time to figure out that this palette really lent itself to contouring and highlighting. And again, because the shades are versatile enough, you can mix and match them to contour your own complexion.

The tricky part, of course, is dealing with the narrow pan. Fear not, for I've devised a super-fancypants way of averting said dilemma: scrunch your brush.

I apply the Naked 2 shade just under my cheekbones, really making sure to blend out, and then apply Venus, the only shimmery color in the palette, on top of my cheekbones.

BUT WAIT. The contour game doesn't stop there. I sometimes go all out and lightly contour my nose. Using the same colors as above, I apply contour on either side of my nose, in a V-shape at the tip, and then apply highlighter on the bridge.

A Neutral Eye

Of course, you can also use Naked Basics for various eye looks. Because of the colors and the fact that we're dealing with almost all mattes, this palette really leans itself toward a natural eye look.

For my natural eye look, a go-to for most days, I apply W.O.S. to my eyelid all the way up to the crease. From there, I use a crease brush and apply a mixture of Naked 2 and Faint in order to create some depth and dimension. From there, I apply eyeliner (you could also use Crave, the darkest color in the palette for this) across the upper lash line and outer third of my bottom lash line. Apply some mascara and badabing, you're a neutral-eye-wearing-hot-babe.

A Smoky Eye

If you're in the mood for something a little more night-time-ready, try on a smoky eye.

For this, I followed the same steps as above using different colors. For this I used a combination of Naked 2 and Faint on my lid. Then I used Crave on the outer corners and across the crease. I also used black eyeliner on the upper and lower water line, and really smudged it out for that smokey effect.

  • What's your favorite versatile product?
  • Does anyone own the Naked Basics 2? How does it compare?
  • Any other suggestions for ways to use this palette?