By Laura Medina
Three months ago, while Nancy O' Dell was promoting RUSK Haircare at an Ulta (Entertainment Tonight's Nancy O' Dell, from being a Charleston crime reporter to being a Rusk Haircare fan girl. http://luxurist.blogspot.com/2014/08/entertainment-tonights-nancy-o-dell.html), she commented to her makeup artist that she wants this scribe's Urban Decay makeover.
Since we're both ambitious, whip-smart Charleston girls, we know good beauty products when we see them. Second, having a sharp blonde, like Nancy, saying she wants that same exact Urban Decay look on this olive-toned brunette is a good deal.
Now, this scribe will list the Urban Decay look that both blondes and brunettes can share...
First and foremost, the Ulta artist started on this scribe's dark brown eyes with the rosy-gold Naked 3 Eye Palette. It's evenly split in half. Soft, matte pinks, lilac, and mauve that subtly enhance that everyday look for running errands. Then, the palette runs the gamut to the smoky red-violet with golden specks for that mysterious dusky evening look, rimmed as eyeliner for both blondes and brunettes or smudged over the lower lid for smoldering brunettes. This eye palette is the "dusk to dawn" sunset look, what film professionals call "that magic hour."
There is a reason why Urban Decay's Naked Line is named "Naked." It's all about subtly yet universal for all skin tones and all preferences.
Normally, a mauve-y blush would appear muddy a.k.a. "dirty" on a fair blonde, such as Nancy while a lilac pink would appear chalky on an olive-tanned woman, such as this scribe.
Here's a mauve blush palette that both blondes and brunettes can agree on, especially for blondes who yearn for that sultry mauve and brunettes who want that pinch of wholesome peach, here's Urban Decay's Naked Flush in Strip where bronze is a deep shimmer; the highlighter is a golden shimmer and the blush is a deep mauve, not a bold purple.
Despite being allured by mysterious noirish red Vamp or the come-hither bold red, most blondes tend to shy away from such statement lip colors unless they have the edgy confidence to pull them off. Yet, they're bored to death with the same ole beige-pink.
All-natural Brunettes, on the other hand, are disappointed flesh-toned pinks melted right into their olive-skinned background.
Urban Decay's fleshed-toned mauve, Beso Naked Ultra Nourishing Lipgloss, meets right in the middle. Fleshed-tone natural enough to give brunettes well-moisturized puckers in Hyaluronic Filling Spheres™, vitamin E, avocado oil, and shea butter to hydrate and condition lips. Rosehip seed oil provides an extra hit of vitamins, including vitamins A and C.
Deep mauve-y enough to give blondes that hint of allure that doesn't overwhelm them.
If we can't share skin tones, we can, at least, share the same collage-supportive, protective foundation formula to improve our complexions.
For Nancy, Urban Decay's Naked Skin Illuminating Beauty Balm Broad Spectrum SPF 20 gives that illuminating glow for warmth, without the orange-y fake tan or the muddiness of too dark a foundation.
For duskier tones, they can handle the bronze-y Naked Skin Bronzing Beauty Balm Broad Spectrum SPF 20 to enhance existing olive complexions.
Other than necessary SPF of 20, anyone can benefit from watermelon-derived Pepha® for protecting skin cells against daily stress. Plus, watermelon forties collagen. Vitasource™ and dGlyage®: firm the appearance of skin, support elasticity, and fight wrinkles. Light-diffusing Spheres provide a professionally retouched look..sans Photoshop.
What's good about Urban Decay, underneath the edgy, rebellious appearance, it's a vegan cosmetic line stock full of healthy skin ingredients. It's Naked Line proves that being audacious doesn't necessarily mean being artificial or theaterical; nor does being "natural" means being boring and routine.
The Naked Line plays on chiaroscuro, a play on shadow and light, for the sharpen contoured, a "bold natural" works on anyone. No more Seventies' "Disco Rogue."