If you saw a girl all dressed in black with a gunmetal grayish purple cat eye fondling the asparagus at Whole Foods in Novato last night, yup, that was me.
It’s been a long week, so last night I decided to reward myself with makeup for dessert. Before I left to hunt and gather at Whole Foods, I opened Urban Decay’s Book of Shadows Volume IV, scanned a few of the included QR codes with my phone and watched the corresponding tutorials.
One of the videos is for a dramatic purple-ish cat eye look (it’s actually called the “Purple Cat Eye”), and that’s the one I chose.
The Urban Decay Book of Shadows Vol. IV kit/palette comes with five very sci-fi QR codes, which work a little like bar codes. After installing a free iPhone app to read QR codes, I held the phone’s camera up to the code. The phone scanned it and then opened a link to the video. Each tutorial features Urban Decay’s Executive Creative Director Wende Zomnir and a model, on whom Wende completes the look while describing each step in the process, including which products and brushes to use.
The look is a sultry twist on a classic cat eye using products from the palette — perfect for an evening out, or for any time you’re in the mood for something a little naughtier than a simple smokey eye. It involves makeup for eyes and lips, but the cheeks are bare.
Unfortunately, these pics don’t convey one of the coolest, most unusual things about the cat eye part of the look — how the colors subtly flash from gray to purple and back. I think it looks more gray than purple in these pictures than it does in real life.
Like that NARS Outremer cat eye look from earlier this summer, this look relies heavily on eyeshadow — rather than eyeliner — to create the shape of the cat eye, and because it utilizes four eyeshadows instead of one, which means a healthy dose of blending, it takes a good chunk of time. If you have some experience blending and feel comfy with eye looks using three or four colors, you should be able to bang it out pretty quickly.
All the products I used on my eyes are from the palette, but I filled in my brows with MAC Concrete Eyeshadow. The sole lip product I used in the look, Lip Junkie Gloss in Midnight Cowboy, lives in Urban Decay’s permanent line.
A breakdown of the look…
- Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion all over the lids and along my lower lash line
- Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Zephyr on the brow bone
- Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Sin below the brow bone
- Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Gunmetal on the lids and along my lower lash lines
- Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Gravity on the lids
- Urban Decay Eyeshadow 24/7 Liquid Eyeliner in Perversion on the upper lash line
- Urban Decay Supercurl Curling Mascara on the upper and lower lashes
- MAC Eyeshadow in Concrete used to fill in my brows
- Urban Decay Lip Junkie Lip Gloss in Midnight Cowboy (not part of Book of Shadows, Vol. IV)
- Chanel Mat Lumiere Soft Matte Makeup Soft Honey all over the face
- MAC Strobe Cream, also all over the face
- MAC Pro Longwear Concealer in NW25 beneath my eyes
- MAC Studio Careblend Powder in Light Plus, also beneath the eyes
- MAC Studio Careblend Powder in Medium Dark, also all over the face
Next time I try this look, I plan to do it before I go somewhere other than the grocery store.
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,