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.


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Products Used:
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.

2 comments on “Smoked

  1. shelley w says:

    It looks great!!! I guess now you will be further exploring the world of taupe.

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