I mention in my ‘About Me’ page that I don’t wear taupe eye shadows. I wasn’t lying the time I wrote it, but it’s officially no longer the case. I was dead-set against taupe, because I thought the majority of them are too cool-toned and it would never work, so why even bother swatching. I’ve been dabbling with brown-based taupe shades, but this look includes my first gray-based taupe. It’s Urban Decay’s Mushroom. The shade itself is very pretty. It still isn’t the best shade for my skintone, but I think I made it work; the shimmer in the shade helps too. This look also features L’Oreal’s Infallible shadow in Smoldering Plum.
|Eyebrows:||Mac Eyebrow Pencil – Spiked and Anastasia Brow Gel – Espresso|
|Primer:||Too Faced Shadow Insurance|
|Base:||Maybelline’s 24 Hour Color Tattoo – Tough As Taupe|
|Brow Highlighter:||Mac Vanilla|
|Inner Corner:||Mac Shroom|
|Lid:||Urban Decay – Mushroom|
|Outer Corner:||L’Oreal Infallible – Smoldering Plum|
|Crease:||Urban Decay – Cult|
|Upper Lash Line:||L’Oreal Infallible – Smoldering Plum|
|Lower Lash Line:||Urban Decay – Mushroom and L’Oreal Infallible – Smoldering Plum|
|Lower Waterline:||Urban Decay – Stray Dog|
|Mascara:||Maybelline Illegal Length Fiber – Black|
|Foundation:||Everyday Minerals – Toffee|
|Get This Look:|
I applied a taupe colored base on my lid up to the crease to help mask my warm undertone with a synthetic shader brush by Sigma. I used a Mac 239 to apply Mushroom on the inner two-thirds of my lid. I blended out the edges with a clean blending brush. Using a dampened (Mac’s Fix +) Mac 242 brush, I put Smoldering Plum on the outer corner, concentrating the color at the lash line and blended it up and over. I used a narrow crease brush (Louise Young LY38A) to apply Cult into my crease. The narrow crease brush helps to define my crease a bit more, which keeps the shade from creeping too close to my brow.
I used a dampened angled liner brush (Mac 263) and Smoldering Plum to line my upper lash line and the outer third of my lower lash line. I used a small shader brush to apply Mushroom to the inner two-thirds of my lower lash line. I lined my lower water line with Stray Dog, which is a dark grayed-taupe that goes well with the shadow.
Unfortunately, my lightening washes out his look a bit. Smoldering Plum added a lot of drama that isn’t being picked up in the photos.