When I went to Disneyland weekly — thanks to my SoCal Resident Annual Pass, the one thing I miss the most about California — I'd annoy my friends with the same game while waiting online for rides. It went something like this: If you were a ________, what would you be? For example, if you were a flavor of ice cream, what would you be (I'm dark chocolate cherry, obviously), or if you were a school supply, what would you be (clearly those awesome-smelling rainbow Mr. Sketch markers). This game was never about what you personally liked, but rather how your friends saw you and how you saw yourself.
My favorite question (that I would ask my more cosmetically inclined friends) was this: if you were a makeup brand, what would you be?
Without hesitation, I'd always claim Urban Decay. Between the glitter, the neons, the grittiness, and the rebel vibe, Urban Decay is my soulmate. I have more shadows from them than from any other brand. Their primer was the first product I ever picked up at a Sephora. My original Naked was the first full palette I'd ever owned, and I hit pan on pretty much every shade. The Electric Palette has been my right hand since its release in 2014.
And the new Moondust Palette is quickly becoming my latest bestie.
I loved the old individual Moondust eyeshadows. They're like glitter top coats for the eyes. Minimal pigment, but loads of lightweight, microscopic glitter that coat the lid with a sheer sheen that gives an almost a wet/glossy look.
The new formula, however, is a real force to be reckoned with.
Urban Decay Moondust Palette Swatches
The pigment load is fantastic! There are still some shades (like Specter) that work better as topcoats or highlights, but Lightyear, Lithium, and Galaxy are stars all on their own. Element, Granite, Vega and Magentic do have a good amount of base color, but they're not as saturated as their stellar sisters. I suggest laying these shadows on top of a liner or cream-shadow base to truly get as much pow and color payoff as possible.
Here are five fast and easy looks to get you started with the Moondust Palette.
Vega & Specter
As always, I started by priming my lids with my Urban Decay Original Eyeshadow Primer Potion. Lately, I've been super-inspired by Lisa Eldridge (even more so than usual; I've been watching her videos obsessively at every waking moment — as I do my makeup, eat my breakfast, brush my teeth, attempt to sleep, etc). I decided to use Vega to create a blue version of her Celebrity Kitten Eye.
I used my Sephora Collection Long-Lasting 12 HR Wear Eyeliner in Fancy Blue to create the wing, which I quickly tapered off as it reached the center of my eye, right above my pupil.
Using an angled eyeliner brush that I wet with Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Marine Boosting Mist, I picked up Vega continued the blue line all the way into my inner corner. Don't forget: always aim for little dashes between the lashes. It's easy to make the liner wider, but much harder to take it away once it's there. I also made sure to go over my liquid blue liner with Vega as well.
To prevent my look from appearing top-heavy, I used the same angled liner brush to smudge Vega onto my lower lash line, starting at the outer corner and ending right below my pupil. Because I have smaller eyes, I always put the bottom lash line weight mostly at the outer corner. However, if you have bigger eyes, you can most definitely smudge all the way across.
Because I'm a bit hooded, I used a fluffy brush and a matte, neutral taupe/contour shadow (I used Kat Von D's Samael and Solas) to give my eye a little lift. If you have a naturally defined crease, you can skip this step.
To make the look really sing, I tapped a little Specter into the innercorner of my eye as a highlight before applying mascara and lashes.
Lately, I've been trying to work smarter, not harder. with my makeup. Simplification has been key. For this purple-toned smoky eye, I used Sephora Collection's Colorful Shadow & Liner in Purple (which is probably my favorite easy-to-use product of all time). I applied the pencil from lash line to crease, blending out the has edges between the liner and skin with my finger. Because I have hooded eyes, I look straight ahead into a mirror multiple times during the process to make sure I can see a haze of smolder while my eyes are open as well. If you have trouble blending with your finger, use a dense, yet fluffy blending brush and small circular motions to bust any harsh lines.
What goes up must come down, so I smudged some liner onto my lower lashline as well.
[Using my finger, I tapped a light layer of Magnetic from lash to crease. I also smudge a bit along my lower lash line as well.
For extra drama, I used my Urban Decay eyeliner in Retrograde to create a cat eye. Again, because my eye is more hooded, I needed a little more lift. I finished up the look by applying mascara and lashes.
Granite I used as more of a top coat. I created a simple smoky eye starting with Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner in Black Ink as a base. I used a very sheer layer, which I buffed in from lash to crease using a fluffy brush.
I then used a shimmery taupe shadow to create a shimmering smoky effect. I blended the shadow from lash line to above the crease, tapering off a bit before the brow bone. I also smudged the shadow onto the lower lash line using a small brush.
Using my finger I applied Granite as a sheer layer on top of the gray smoky shape I had already created.
This look was the easiest of them all. I used my same Bobbi Brown Gel Liner to create the base for the Moondust shadow. I used a dense but fluffy brush to apply a thicker layer of liner to my lid, which I blended above my crease.
Using a flat brush to achieve more saturation, I applied a healthy layer of Galaxy, focusing mainly on the lid. I used a small brush to smudge Galaxy along my lower lash line as well.
To get that grunge-y look going, I rimmed my eyes with what was left of my Marc Jacobs Highliner in Blaquer before applying mascara and lashes.
This look took about two seconds (OK, two minutes) and is probably my favorite of them all.
Lithium, Lightyear & Element
At first, I was hesitant about using more that one of these shadows together. Metallics and shimmers tend to look a bit muddy when you start to layer the colors on top of each other. They can also have a tendency to make the plane of the eye look flat because they all reflect light. To maintain the balance of the eye, I used the colors in blocks rather than blending them together.
I started with Lithium on my lid, which I applied with a flat shadow brush. If you have hooded eyes like me, you can blend a matte contour shadow into the crease to lift the eye. If you're not hooded, you can just blend the harsh line out with a clean fluffy brush
Using a small smudge brush, I brought Lightyear into my lower lash line, smudging the shadow all the way across.
To create the ultimate contrast, I used Element in my inner corner. Because green and red are complementary, the colors pop like crazy. Lithium acts as a neutral to ground the look.
Because the colors and textures were so vibrant and attention-grabbing, I defined my eyes a bit more than usual using Lancome Artliner before applying mascara and lashes.
Just make sure to leave everything else pretty neutral to balance out the intense eye.
As you can see from most of these pictures, the Moondust shadows have a good amount of fallout, which I'm not surprised about. Make sure to do your eyes first before foundation and concealer! Work smarter, not harder.
- Which look is your favorite? Think you'll pick up the palette and try any?
- If your personality was a makeup brand, which would you be?
- Do you dig Urban Decay as much as I do?