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.


Here is a second look featuring more of the shadows released in the Mac Me Over collection.  Satin Taupe is a permanent shade that was released in this collection.  Satin Taupe is a ridiculously popular shade (among makeup junkies).  Last year, I swatched this shade at a Mac counter and it looked like mud-purple, bird poop on my hand.  I figured it was too cool for my skintone, fell in love with Mac’s Sable and never looked back.  I swatched it again when this collection came out and it didn’t look half bad.  Maybe the first tester shadow I swatched had gone bad or maybe I was in a big makeup buzz, but I bought it.

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Products Used:
Eyebrows: Mac Eye brow Crayon – Spiked
Anastasia Tinted Brow Gel – Espresso
Primer: Urban Decay Primer Potion
Base: Mac Painterly Paint Pot
Highlighter: Mac Manilla Paper
Crease: Mac Blackberry
Lid: Mac Mythical
Mac Satin Taupe
Inner Corner: Mac Rice Paper
Outer Corner: Mac Carbonized
Upper Lash Line: Mac Fluidline – Dark Diversion
Lower Lash Line: Mac Fluidline – Dark Diversion
Lower Waterline: Urban Decay 24/7 Liner – Stray Dog
Mascara: Clinique High Definition – Black
Mac Prep and Prime – Lash
Foundation: Meow Cosmetics – Pampered Puss
Get This Look:

I smoothed a small amount of Primer Potion on to my lid and used a Sigma 239 brush to apply the paint pot.  I chose Blackberry for my crease color and used a Sigma 217 to apply the shade.  Using a Mac 239 brush, I applied Satin Taupe to my lower lid only and left the upper part of lid bare.  Using the other side of the 239 brush, I put Mythical above Satin Taupe and blended it into my crease color.

I used Carbonized and a Sigma 214 pencil brush to define my Outer V.  The Sigma pencil brush is softer than the Mac pencil brush, which allows for a bit of blending.  So, I used this brush to blend this color over to the lid shades.  If you missed out on the Mac Mega Metal shadow in Centre Stage…Carbonized is your color.  See my Swatch Bin for a side-by-side swatch. 

I applied Dark Diversion fluidline with a Mac 263 angled brush to my upper and lower lash line.  To my water line, I chose a shimmery taupe shade.

See The Swatch Bin (brown, dark brown and red) for swatches of the lid shadows used in this look.  Swatches of the two Mac fluidlines I picked up from this collection can be found in the Gorgeous Midnight Blues post.