Newsflash! I'm pale. I've spent my life being compared to Snow White and creepy porcelain dolls. For the most part, I enjoy my ghostly pallor. I think it sets off my green eyes and dark hair, and when I add red lipstick the combination is pretty winning.
Summer, however, is one time that I don’t want to stand out like a neon sign, so I slather my body with tanners and tint my face in an attempt to look "healthier." But what looks seemingly right in the light of my bathroom can end up looking ghastly and orange elsewhere. Enter Urban Decay Naked Makeup.
Their Naked Flushed powder compacts have been released in three new colorways. Each case contains a bronzer, highlighter, and blush for all of your skin warming needs. The pigments--ranging from natural flush to glimmering bronze--are gorgeous, and the formulas are silky and blend like a dream. The three new shades are Native, Streak, and Stripped.
I love the shimmer of the bronzer in Stripped. And its highlighter, a yellow-based gold, is quite sparkly, while the blush is deep mauve. Streak has my favorite colors of the bunch, though. There’s a pale matte bronzer (which mimicked natural light on my skin), a peachy/rose-gold highlighter, and a coral blush. Native is the Malibu Barbie of the bunch, with a medium bronzer with a dash of shimmer, a pale pink highlighter similar in tone to Benefit's High Beam illuminator, and a bright, cool-toned pink matte blush.
Also great for summer are the new Naked Skin BB Creams in both Illuminating and Bronzing formulas. They're oil-free and they have SPF 20. I love the way the Illuminating formula makes my skin look in photos, but it’s quite shimmery. I think if you use it under your foundation or blend it with your base it will thin out the shimmer and you won't look so sparkly.
The Bronzing formula lends a medium tan shade for a bit of oomph. You can apply it along the cheekbones or your entire face. For a lighter glow, add a little to your foundation.
I like to apply the Illuminating BB formula under my foundation to give my skin a refreshed and lively appearance. Then I open up the Streak compact and lightly dust the bronzer along my cheekbones, temples, the creases of my eyelids, and the tip of my nose. I apply the peachy blush shade to the apples of my cheeks and use the illuminator along my collarbone, eyelids, and brow bones. At this point my face looks pretty much done.
For something more dramatic, I blended the Bronzing BB all over my face. It gives me that just-back-from-vacation look; a vacation where I actually let the murderous rays of the sun touch my skin. (I also like to imagine it makes me look like Helena Christensen in Chris Isaak’s “Wicked Game” video, which was shot in black-and-white, but I just KNOW Helena had the perfect tan.)
Then I went in with the palette in Strip, which has the darkest bronzer of the bunch. I brushed it along my cheekbones, down the sides of my nose, along my jawline, and wherever I wanted more definition, or where the sun would naturally hit. A bit of the golden shimmer was added to the tops of my cheekbones and the inner corners of my eyes, and the mauve blush went on the apples of my cheeks.
So there you have it. My two summer looks created with Urban Decay's new Naked colorways. What do you think? Illuminated or bronzed?