It’s week three of the #mbbinstachallenge! I was really excited about this one because it’s totally in my wheelhouse. The theme: smoky taupe.
Funny… When I was digging through my makeup drawers looking for makeup to use for this look, I grabbed a whole bunch of golden taupe powder eyeshadows that I thought might work with it, like Urban Decay Dark Horse and Secret Service. And Mushroom, in particular, was one I thought would totally work.
Oh, and I also tried this old MAC Starflash shadow called Smoke & Diamonds from 2009’s Love That Look collection, which is golden taupe perfection incarnate.
I tried all of them in various combos, but they just didn’t read quite like the inspiration picture below…
The gal in the picture has a hint of glossiness on her eyes, and I couldn’t get that same effect with those shimmery powder shadows I grabbed, so I ended up going with some cream shadows, like this one from Tom Ford called “Spring 2015” (yes, that’s its actual name, and I love it so much that I stocked up on it). It’s a fan-friggin-tastic dark golden taupe. And another TF shade called Platinum.
I used the dark golden taupe all over my lids, hit the outer V with dark matte brown MAC Brun (a powder eyeshadow), and then I smoked out the lower lash line and the edges with satiny golden brown MAC Soba.
So I did end up using some powder shadows for depth and to transition, but the glossy effect was thanks to the cream shadows.
Oh! — one last thing. I tried to get the spiky lash effect but ended up with super separated lashes, which was the best I could do. I used Urban Decay Cannonball Waterproof Mascara, which is fantastic for length, separation and curl hold. I use it all the time (and sometimes as a primer for other mascaras).
I can’t wait to see what you whip up! 🙂 Don’t forget to use hashtag #mbbinstachallenge, and tag me @karenmbb. Or, if you’re not on Instagram and you’d rather just send me a pic, you can do that too. Fran (what’s up, Fran!) did that for the first challenge, and I love that I can now picture her face whenever I chat with her in the comments. I’d love to be able to picture you too!
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,