Urban Decay UD The Feminine Palette and Pre-Friday Fun

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urban decay ud the feminine palette

Tonight is all about the ladies, y’all, at Club Urban Decay (aka MBB Headquarters), and girls and gatos get in free — that’s cruelty-free — with the new Urban Decay UD The Feminine Palette ($34). πŸ™‚


From the stylish clothes it wears, to the shimmery shades it bears (browns, pinks, purples and teal), this palette’s guaranteed to turn heads and put all eyes on you. The colors feel so lighthearted, girlie and fun that I believe it’s my favorite of the latest batch of spring palettes from Urban Decay.

karen of makeup and beauty blog wearing the urban decay ud the feminine palette

As you might be able to tell from these snapshots, I was feelin’ mighty Feminine today. For my eye look, I started with a thin layer of Urban Decay Primer Potion in Eden applied with my fingers from my lash line to the brow bone, which I followed up by sweeping Midnight Cowboy Eyeshadow directly on top with a flat eyeshadow brush. Since Midnight Cowboy has gargantuan gobs o’ glitter, I used a makeup wipe to clean the fallout.

Then, with the very same eyeshadow brush, I patted Dark Horse Eyeshadow on my inner lid, and Ecstacy Eyeshadow on the outer, to give the eyes extra depth and color. After that, I blended the edges of both shades with a domed blending brush, drawing both slightly into the crease.

Next, to draw even MORE attention to my eyes, I lined my waterlines using the 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Zero that comes with the set, following up with Aquarius Eyeshadow, applied with an angled eye brush, for a light dash of color along my lower lash line.

To finish the eyes, I curled my lashes and applied two layers of Urban Decay Skyscraper Multi-Benefit Mascara on my upper and lower lashes.

Continuing the same soft theme for the cheeks and lips, I swept Hookup Blush from the Urban Decay Face Case on my apples, and wrapped it all up by applying a mix of Urban Decay’s Midnight Cowboy and Naked Lipsticks on my pucker with a lip brush.

urban decay ud feminine palette swatches with the flash
Swatches of The Feminine Palette with the flash from the left: Stray Dog, SWF, Midnight Cowboy, Aquarius, Darkhorse, Ecstacy, Glide-On Eye Pencil in Zero and Eyeshadow Primer Potion in Eden

urban decay ud the feminine palette eye closeup

karen of makeup and beauty blog wearing the urban decay ud the feminine palette

Tada! The whole look takes only about 15 minutes, and I like how it turned out. I might even try it again on Valentine’s Day.


Will you be my Valentine?

Speaking of the big V, are you pairing up this year or flying solo? I’ve done a lot of both in my time. This year El Hub and I don’t have big plans. Maybe just dinner and a movie. We might even bring Tabs on our date, LOL!

Just kidding. πŸ™‚

Onward to Friday! Sleep well, and I’ll see you soon (the Jersey Shore is calling).

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



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  1. Sam says:

    Stunning! I love how relatively subtle the eye look is while still making your eyes the focus, and your cheeks look amazingly glowy/healthy! A beauty, as always, Karen.

  2. Tracy says:

    Love the look! It’s very pretty just like the model!
    Nah, The Big V is not a huge deal with us-usually my hubby is out of town since he travels a lot with work. So when he is here we just enjoy spending quality time together.
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  3. all the shadows look gorgeous! also, love your earrings and your scarf.

    as for valentines, i’m flying solo this year. i’d love to have dinner with all my single friends though :).
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  4. Kaelin Chan says:

    Your eyes look fantastic, oh how I wish to have lashes like those :/. For V-day this year the boyfriends planned out a whole medley of surprises for us he won’t let me in on. Our anniversary is the following week, but unfortunately I’ll be in Mexico. That boy is such a romantic.

  5. Dijana says:

    I love your scarf! Is it a recent purchase, and where is it from

  6. mkdallas says:

    That’s a super pretty look on you, Karen! It doesn’t look over-the-top frosty, either. I may have to take a closer look at this palette.

  7. Agnes says:

    thanks for the swatches and the gorgeous look! this palette is definitely something to look forward to! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ i hope you have an amazing valentines day πŸ™‚

    btw.. your earrings are beeeautiful! <3
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  8. Allegra says:

    I am loving this palette!

  9. Paris B says:

    This one looks beautiful and so do you! πŸ˜€ Definitely do it for V-day

  10. Instant Karma (formerly L) says:

    Ooh, so pretty! I think your husband (and Tabs) will appreciate it for Valentine’s Day :D.

    Sadly, I’m flying solo this V-Day. My boyfriend is overseas for another month with the State Department >:o. He’s not even anywhere I can visit! πŸ™

    • Karen says:

      Well, you guys will have to celebrate when he comes back then. πŸ™‚

      What are you up to this weekend?

      • Instant Karma (formerly L) says:

        One my best friends has his birthday this weekend, so the two of us are getting brunch and going to a play to celebrate. After that, we’re going to meet another friend and his new girlfriend for dinner. It should be fun! πŸ™‚

        • Karen says:

          That sounds like fun. What play are you watching?

          Been meaning to tell you I saw a movie about John Lennon called Nowhere Boy last week and thought of you. The kid who plays the young Paul is too cute!

          • Instant Karma (formerly L) says:

            I saw your comment on an old post! The notification was hiding somewhere in my inbox. I’m so jealous! I’ve wanted to see it, but it only played at one theater for a week or two in DC :(. How was it?

            I can’t remember the name of the play, but it’s something about the life of some film critic. It sounds like it could be interesting!

            Tomorrow will be spent setting up my new iPhone πŸ˜€ :D. I’ll need to save the photo I took of Aisha that’s my phone background right now. It’s cute, but it’s stretched to fit the screen, so she looks even fatter than usual, lol.

            Any weekend excitement for you? What’s Tabs doing? Any new modeling jobs?

  11. Jen says:

    Very pretty! I have all of these colors except Aquarius (which I may need to correct because that’s my sign, yo!), so I think I’ll try this tomorrow and maybe swap Aquarius out for… Shattered?

    This year (as I have for the past 4 years), I’ll be flying solo. I think I might actually be working that night. Ha.

    • Karen says:

      GURL, it is only right that you get an eyeshadow named after your sign! πŸ™‚

      • Jen says:

        I know! It’s a little silly, but I picked up an eyeshadow from the Body Shop because it was called Amethyst, my birth stone. Hehe.

        • Karen says:

          It’s not silly at all. I would buy an eyeshadow if it was named Gemini. πŸ™‚ Speaking of the stars, do you read Susan Miller’s Astrologyzone? Her horoscopes are THE BEST!

          • Jen says:

            Hehe, thanks for being an enabler. I’m on yet another cosmetics ban (it’s because I have really limited storage space… heh), but when it’s done I just might pick up Aquarius. And it’s by Urban Decay, my favorite brand! No brainer.

            Reading my horoscope now! Haha!

  12. gio says:

    That’s a gorgeous look! Love the scarf as well. πŸ™‚
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  13. Vonvon says:

    Karen, you look great!

    And the palette is pretty, I like the Aquarius shade the most!
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  14. Fieran says:

    You have some leet eyelining skills Karen πŸ™‚ This palette suits you really well. It feels like Spring-in-a-box and I could definitely use some spring. It’s been snowing since yesterday in freezy-cold Oslo (-3 C isn’t too bad, but with wind + snow, it’s not fun).
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  15. Van says:

    I absolutely love this look on you Karen! It goes really well with your hair and outfit, super cute! Sooooo excites it’s Fri πŸ™‚ it’s going to be a great day!

  16. Tiffany says:

    you look amazing! love the makeup.scarf.shirt combo!

    for v-day my hubby is gonna make me dinner and I’ll make dessert – he’s requested cheesecake πŸ™‚

    TGIF girlie!!!

  17. I really like this look! I might try it tonight!
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  18. Ruchita says:

    What a gorgeous look! I love the blush and lip colors as well.

  19. Alka says:

    Very pretty! Seriously loving the pink/brown combo – so warm and soft. Reminds me of chocolate dipped strawberries. Yum.

    We are staying in for Vday – asked hubs to order my favorite takeout and the kids promised to make brownies! I have a Vday Bday so the fam is strictly forbidden from buying flowers (at ridiculously inflated prices) or trying to get reservations on the actual day.

  20. Amber says:

    This is a beautiful look. I love Darkhorse — it’s a great liner when I don’t want to use black.
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  21. Nika says:

    Awww I love this. πŸ™‚
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  22. Nina says:

    thats a lovely look – subtle but very pretty! πŸ™‚

  23. Patty says:

    Lovely! This is the only one of the new palettes I want, so I might buy it for myself as a V-day gift. As for me, my dog Zoey is my valentine. I know she’ll always love me, which is more than I can say for the dudes I’ve encountered! πŸ˜‰
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  24. Ariel says:

    That palette is very flattering on you, Karen!

  25. Vijaya says:

    You look totally gorgeous! I’ll probably be passing on the feminine palette, though. I like the shades, but I doubt I’d use them.

    BTW, your earrings are to die for!
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  26. Rachael says:

    You look amazing!! Love this palette even more now. But I still think I would switch out midnight cowboy for MAC’s All that glitters, the fall out on cowboy is too much for me to handle.

  27. Meghan says:

    Very beautiful!!! Thanks Karen!
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  28. Connie says:

    Great range of colors and you wear them well! I personally have not had much luck with UD shadows. I always end up buying the wrong kit *sighs*
    Anyway, my v-day is gonna be the same as yours and that’s good enough for me πŸ™‚ Though I really wish I could bring my kitty with us!
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  29. Stef says:

    Those colors look amazing on you Lady! And the whole soft look looks perfect with your soft waves. Pretty, pretty!

    I actually won’t even be with my hubby on Valentine’s. I’m part of a big animal rescue event in LA the night before, so we’re skipping this year. I figured that was more important. I am going to try to finagle some flowers out of him though!

  30. Lulle says:

    Very pretty, subtle, and indeed feminine!
    (Love your scarf by the way).

    I can’t wait to see your looks with the other two!

  31. Chris25 says:

    I love your blush, Karen! Is it sold individually? My V-Day look will be gold and red eyeshadows. I have to attend a dinner on Saturday, and I want to make people say “Is that chick crazy?”. LOL.
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  32. Katrina says:

    I love this pallet, but I probably won’t get it sinceI already own a few of those shades from Naked.

    I’ll be spending Valentines with hubby, though doesn’t look like we’ll be doing anything special. Figures, first time in many years he doesn’t have to work on Valentines and I’m stuck in rehab (I broke my leg. Gloriously.)

  33. Phyrra says:

    I’m taking my guys out for V day πŸ™‚ Love the swatches!
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  34. Sarah says:

    I loved this look so much that I decided to try it myself this morning. It turned out so well I think it might be the best eyes I’ve ever done.

    I dug out all my UD makeup – I have the Naked pallete, the UD Face Case, and the UD Sephora Beauty in a Box set.

    I started with UDPP in Sin. Then I used Midnight Cowboy Rides Again from the Face Case from lash to brow. Then I used Romp from the Beauty Box on my outer lid, and Darkhorse from the Naked palette on the inner lid. I patted them on and then blended. Then I used Skimp from the Beauty Box to highlight from my inner corner to my brow bone. Then I pressed Grifter from the Face Case into my lash line. I lined my waterline with 24/7 in Zero. I used the Hookup blush and the Naked lipgloss from the Face Case.

    I finished by using Tarte Lights Camera Lashes mascara, Benefit Erase Paste under my eyes, Benefit Bright Eye on the inner corners, and Clinique Instant Brow Lift on my brows.

    For once, I remembered to do my eyes first – thanks for the reminder Karen. And I even put loose powder on my cheeks to help with fall out removal. And I used all freshly cleaned brushes and used four brushes for my eyes. I think that reusing brushes may have been my problem in the past. So while it took me forever and was much more complex than my normal makeup, the payoff was huge – my eyes turned out great.

    Thanks for doing this awesome look Karen. Mine wasn’t quite as good, but a big improvement from my usual. I’m going to keep trying combinations this weekend and see what else I can come up with. I’m loving the look.

  35. Lori says:


    I might just have to pick that one up!!!! We have very similar coloring..

    PS. Kiss the Tabbers for me!!!!


  36. Advah says:

    Loving the blue on the lower lash line!! I really need to start doing that trick. How do you avoid the dreaded undereye smudging though? Do you use primer beforehand?

    And solo Valentine’s Day here, Cupid can kiss my ass. πŸ™‚

  37. Rozae says:

    Forget the makeup, Karen, I love your earrings, where did you get them? The make is nice too!

  38. Karen, those colours look amazing on you!!
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  39. Mandy says:

    Your skin looks phenomenal in these pictures… what are you wearing???

  40. Olga says:

    Looks great! One more product for my wishlist πŸ™‚

    xx Olga
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