Three Simple Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette Tutorials

I have a love affair going on with my Naked Basics palette –  I literally love it to death! When I set out to find the best matte palette for everyday work makeup, I tried out almost near everything that was out on the market. Now I can wholeheartedly say that Naked Basics is the best for matte earth tones. Ever since I bought it, I have been using it every single day, and if you gave me a chance I would probably wear it during my sleep too!

Since this product is very popular, I knew that I would not have any issues finding a tutorial or two on how to use it. However, I did not expect to find such an abundance of videos, articles and pictures that are dedicated to this palette. I, of course, did the due diligence and researched various tutorials that help you figure out this palette and best ways of wearing it. Now, I will admit that after watching about five you kind of realize that the basics are all pretty much the same and it becomes all about the details. I have selected three tutorials below to help you get started. I chose these because they were simple, detailed and most importantly provided you with more than just one way of wearing your Naked Basics. So take a look and see what all of the fuss is about!


Written by Angela Melero for, this tutorial gives you four ways on how to use your Naked Basics. I really like this tutorial because it is very simple, gives you different looks, uses only the palette without any additional products, and you can build on these different application techniques. I also like the fact that there is no need for an eye liner, all of the colors of the palette are incorporated and this tutorial shows you ways of how to use this palette for everyday looks and then transform those to night time.


Put together by the beautiful Phyrra at this is a traditional Naked Basics tutorial for every day incorporating most of the colors. I like this one because it is very simple without any additional buzz. Phyrra gives you step by step directions along with illustrations that are very easy to follow. You can definitely build on this basic look, whether you want to add some eyeliner, or go a little heavy in the outer crease. I have tried this one out and it has been my go to daytime eye makeup. Thanks Phyrra!


One of my favorite video tutorials by the talented Ariel Hope! She gives you three looks, first “Basic Eye”, next “Soft Smokey” that is built on the “Basic Eye”, and next the “Dramatic Smokey.” This tutorial is very easy to  follow,  perfectly detailed down to which brushes to use and Ariel Hope gives an awesome overview of each look and how to make it work! She does use eye liner, which personally I would forego for work, but hey that is just me!

Now here is what I learned – it is not where you apply, it is how you apply it! Terms like “blending down” or “blending upward” actually make a big difference! Sweeping shadow into your crease with a back and forth motion will not produce the same results as rotating your brush in a circular motion in and upward of your crease. Trust me, I learned the hard way!

I also found it very interesting how each brush works very different on each person. For example, I use my flat shadow brush for blending, and my blending brush for allover shadow application, my precision brush for outer crease, and I use my angled brush to sweep that brow bone with some highlighter. So go figure.

All I am saying is, watch tutorials, but adapt it to your eyes, technique and what looks good on YOU.

Hope you enjoyed these tutorials and I am looking forward to hearing your feedback 🙂

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