How to apply almost every single shade from Urban Decay's Naked 3 Palette. Almost.

The palette in question

The palette in question

Urban Dacay's Naked 3 palette happens to be my most-loved and used eyeshadow palette ever and I have no qualms about recommending it to others. But what do you do whence confronted by all twelve shades; some might tuck it away, curl up in a ball and call it a day. Others, like myself, will rise to the challenge and find a way to use them all.

Mersaedes, this one's for you.

Let's get started.

Tools of the trade

Tools of the trade

Here's what you need:

  • Primer, preferably one without shimmer
    • NARS Smudge Proof Primer - appears white, dries clear
    • Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion (Original) - beige in colour
    • Too Faced Shadow Insurance Primer - beige in colour
  • A foundation brush and Q-tips for post-application clean up
  • Spooly brush to rid your lashes of any mascara clumps
  • Eyelash curler
  • Mascara
  • Brown Eyeliner - I'm in love with Marc Jacob's Highliner Gel in Ro(Cocoa)
  • A blending brush or you can use the double-ended brush that comes with the Naked 3 Palette. I used UD's brush to prove that it's possible to execute these looks with a mediocre brush.

Steps 1 & 2:

  • Grab your brown liner to tightline. I can't evenly apply eyeliner to save my soul, so I prefer to do this method as a cheat for fuller lashes.
  • Apply Limit on your eyelid and blend out any harsh edges just above your crease.

Steps 3 & 4:

  • Highlight your brow bone with Strange.
  • Next, apply Burnout to the outer corners.

Steps 5, 6 & 7:

  • Highlight the inner corners of your eyes with Dust
  • Apply Mascara
  • Clean up any fallout

Now, you can stop here or skip steps 6 and 7 to take this look a bit further.

Step 8:

  • Contour your outer crease with Factory to add a bit of dimension
    • Be sure to blend like it's your job

Steps 9 & 10:

  • Lightly dab Trick on the centre of your eyelid for a pop shimmer.
  • Starting from the outside and working your way in, line your lower lash line with Darkside and blend into Dust. 

Steps 11 & 12:

  • Load the smaller end of the brush with Blackheart to define the outer v.
  • Smoke things out some more by layering Mugshot over Blackheart and Trick

Steps 13 & 14:

  • Build up the shimmer factor at the centre of the eye lid by layering Buzz over Trick.
  • Finally, paint on a healthy helping of mascara and be sure to clean up eyeshadow spillage from the under eye area.
Close up of the final look

Close up of the final look

Jush your hair, pucker your pout and grab your dancing shoes because it's a three day weekend.

What sort of eye looks have you put together with UD's Naked 3?

Strip off your inhibitions with Urban Decay's Naked 3

Urban Decay's Naked 3

Urban Decay's Naked 3

Naked gave us 12 Bronze Neutral eyeshadows, albeit enclosed in a velour-ish compact -- my OCD tendencies go into overdrive at the sight of dust sprinkled atop the case, thereby making it [the case] appear less than appetising and a pain to keep dust-free. 

Then came Naked 2, which features 12 Taupe Neutral eyeshadows tucked away in a metallic compact. I don't own Naked 2, so I can't attest to its taupe-abilities.

Finally, in late November Urban Decay released Naked 3, 12 new rose hued eyeshadows to drool over. Everything looks better through rose coloured glasses, am I right?

Naked 3 swatches from left to right: Strange, Dust, Burnout, Limit, Buzz, Trick, Nooner, Liar, Factory, Mugshot, Darkside and Blackheart

Naked 3 swatches from left to right: Strange, Dust, Burnout, Limit, Buzz, Trick, Nooner, Liar, Factory, Mugshot, Darkside and Blackheart

I know the interwebs are overflowing with reviews of Naked 3, so I'll do my best to keep this short and sweet.

My thoughts in general:

  • I love the spectrum of colours and formulas -- mattes, satins and glitters, oh my!
  • Strange, while subdued, makes for the perfect base.
  • Some of the textured shades have a tendency to ball up. Just be sure to tap off excess shadow before applying in order to prevent fallout.
  • This particular collection is comparable to several different Burberry palettes. Making UD's Naked 3 a better bang for your buck.
  • Your options are endless.
  • The dual ended brush is a miss. Chuck it in the bin.
Wearing Naked 3 on my eyes

Wearing Naked 3 on my eyes


To answer the question of the week. Yes, I did get my haircut and coloured. Let's just say my ends were looking pretty ratty and tired.

Emma and Brent of Xiang salon transformed my locks last Saturday. Thanks for all the compliments you sent via Instagram:)

The Bagful breakdown:

Total amount for Urban Decay's Naked 3:

  • $52.00 USD. If you do the math, that's less than $4.50 per shade.

Value for money spent (performance and quality):

  • 9 out of 10 bags — I had to take off a point, because a couple of the colours have a powdery finish.

Would another purchase be on the horizon?: