3 Great MAC Eyeshadow Combos for Work

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What are some of your favorite MAC eyeshadow combinations for work or play? Are there any you find yourself reaching for all the time? — partnerships that work so well for you that you wear them over and over again?

Here are a few of the MAC eyeshadow combos I wear A LOT (click for the video). πŸ™‚

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  1. Katherine says:

    Hi Karen!

    I’m pretty pale, so I reach for Nylon and Bronze a lot – Nylon as highlight just under the arch, Bronze all over lid and on lower lash line with an eyeliner brush. It’s my easy, no-thinking-required combo that goes with anything! Great for Mondays. πŸ™‚

    Hope you’re having a good Saturday!


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  2. Emily says:

    Karen, I love your blog. Thanks for the suggestions! I must try Club!

  3. Audrey says:

    I love these kind of posts! Great tips… I never thought to wear Shroom with Woodwinked. I usually pair Woodwinked with Ricepaper so I definitely want to try your suggestion. What are the differences between saddle and soft brown? Do you think one could work with both sable and club? I have Texture which is more orange so I don’t know if that would work. And you totally have me interested in Club now! I must run and get it! πŸ™‚

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  4. Holly says:

    Do you find that the green in Club actually shows up on your lids? Mine looks amazing in the pan, and when I first apply it, but later in the day it’s just brown. Sob.

  5. RetroRiotGrrrl says:

    I have very light skin with some pink undertones but I dye my hair black so I don’t really like to wear brown shadows (I just feel like they clash with my hair I know its stupid lol) so I love to put a light layer of Yogurt down on my entire eye upper and lower lids and then I put Da Bling all over my lower lid. I finish it off with dark black liner on my upper lid only a couple coats of mascara and I’m good to go!

  6. Dao says:

    You are so CUTE! I love your videos, they are not long but very informative. You’ve seen my quad and notice Amber Lights and Warm Chill, right? That is my go-to combo: Warm Chill on the lid and as a highlighter plus Amber Lights on the crease. It is a very simple but elegant look, thanks to Amber Lights.

    I need to check Club e/s out after all of your raves. And you need to get Amber Lights, I promise you will fall in love with it!

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  7. Janet says:

    Kid + Cork for a subtle matte look!

  8. Karen says:

    Hi Katherine,

    Your look sounds really pretty. I love those “Monday” looks that never let you down!

    I don’t have either of those shades (I wonder if they’ll work for me, hmmm) so next time I’m at MAC I’ll check ’em out.

    So far my Saturday has been chill. I haven’t been sleeping well, and I woke up early again this morning, so I think I’m gonna spend some quality time napping.

    How’s your day been?

  9. Karen says:

    Hi Emily,

    Thanks! I really hope you check Club out. It’s one of my MAC musts. πŸ™‚

    Are you a MAC fan, too?

  10. Karen says:

    Hi Audrey,

    I do the Woodwinked/Ricepaper combo, too!

    Saddle is darker than Soft Brown, and a little more intense. I like it for when I want more definition in the crease. I think both either would totally work with Sable or Club. πŸ™‚

    Oh, I don’t have Texture! How do you like it?

  11. Karen says:

    Hi Holly,

    Yup, the green shows up in certain angles. Hmm, have you tried layering it beneath a green cream shadow? How about Delft Paint Pot?

  12. Karen says:

    Hi RetroRiotGrrrl,

    I love the dramatic look of dark hair against pale skin. Gorgeous!

    I don’t have Da Bling… I just looked it up on the MAC site and it looks like a beautiful shade. I got a thing for pinks so this might have to come home with me when I visit the MAC counter next.

  13. Karen says:

    Hi Dao,

    Your ELF palette is totally cute. I love that you added a pop of blue in there, too.

    Now Amber Lights is calling me, LOL!

    I am thinking Amber Lights just might work with Club, too. πŸ˜‰

  14. Nicole says:

    I loved Woodwinked! It’s such a versatile color. For work when I’m in a hurry, I usually use it with Arena. They’re my two first Mac shadows. I put Arena on my lid and Woodwinked in on my outer V and a little on the outer crease. I also do the same thing with Arena and Sketch if I want a purply dark color on my outer V and outer crease (at least that’s how Sketch shows up for me).

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  15. nancy says:

    Hi Karen! I love reading your blog and watching your videos…you are so much fun. My next MAC eyeshadow purchase will definitely have to be Club!

    Lately I’ve been using Phloof! and Satin Taupe eyeshadows.

  16. Amber says:

    My base is always Mylar, and I usually fluff a little Cork into the crease. I seldom use real eyeliner anymore — I usually use a small angle brush and a darker color like Mystery. The line is a little softer, gets down into the lashline nicely, and I can quickly blend it into something else if I screw up or change my mind. πŸ˜‰

    My favorite cool combo is Copperplate and Vex. I never thought I could wear blue (blue eyes), but I picked up Meet the Fleet and LOVE it as a liner, especially with Copperplate and Vex.

  17. Fie says:

    I looovee my Shroom! Favourite “work” combo would be: Shroom, Satin Taupe and Showstopper AKA MAC Smoking Eyes Quad! πŸ˜€

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  18. Amber says:

    Hi Karen, this is my first time commenting, but I have to say how much I LOVE your blog. Your videos are my favorite, I’ve already started using so many techniques you’ve shared with us and have found them to be a big help.

    My favorite MAC shade by far is Bronze. I am addicted to that one. I love to pair it with Amber Lights (a little goes a long way) for more of a dramatic look.

  19. Tara says:

    My go-to has been Shroom & Woodwink. I am going to try the other ones though.

  20. Audrey says:

    I like Texture a lot! I discovered it on this blog – a MAC MUA recommended using Texture to blend out Contrast for a more natural effect. My eyelid is kind of hooded so I don’t get quite the same effect but I still like it.

    OK, now I might have to get Amber Lights too, darn it.

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  21. Katherine says:

    Hey Karen,

    Your Saturday sounds like mine – I didn’t leave the house at all today except to go eat dinner, ha ha! I’m sorry you haven’t been sleeping well – that’s a terrible feeling. Hopefully you got a nap or two in today!

    Nylon and Bronze are two of my staples. Nylon looks almost neutral on me because I’m so pale and freckled, but it’s actually a really pretty light shimmery gold. It’s actually my most-used MAC shadow out of my two 15-shadow palettes. It’s multi-purpose; looks great as a highlight on brows and inner corners, but also looks fab as an all over wash with fierce black liquid liner.

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  22. Heather says:

    Hi Karen!

    I love this video blog…I really love the neutral and brown shadows, mainly because I am scared to try color! I have been using sable and phloof, they are both frost, so they have quite a bit of shimmer to them. I have been wanting to try something more matte so this was very helpful. Also, I was wondering if anyone has tried the NYX brand shadows? I hear they are really cheap, have a lot of pigment, and are comparable to Mac shadows. Just curious, in this economy a cheaper alternative would be awesome!

  23. Michelle says:

    Hi Karen! This is one of my favorite videos πŸ™‚ I’m a new MAC fan and only have a few of their shadows. One of the combos I like to use for work is Woodwinked and Club, based on a past FOTD you did. I can’t wait to add to my collection and try these other looks you recommend πŸ™‚

    Oh, and I totally agree with you on Club. It’s such a unique and pretty shade. You must find yours! lol, hope you find it soon.

  24. Vina says:

    Hi Karen..Have you tried Shale & Sketch or Satin Taupe & Twinks..They’re pretty for work or simple daily look.. πŸ™‚ Club?? Luuuvv it..Will definitely get another one..

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  26. Sarah says:

    Oh, my comment is so late, but:

    1. Blanc Type (lid and brow) and Omega (crease)
    2. Nanogold (lid and brow) and Remotely Grey (aaaah LE)

    I love these two in particular because I prefer a big lip.

  27. Danielle says:

    I love posts like this, they are awesome!

    1) Naked Lunch and Satin Taupe
    2) Patina and Bronze
    3) Jest and Twinks
    4) Ricepaper and Satin Taupe
    5) Jest and Sable
    6) Grain and Woodwinked
    7) Shroom + All that glitters and Mulch
    8) Motif and Soft Brown

    I need to get omega!

  28. Karen says:

    Hi Nicole,

    I don’t have Arena or Sketch. I will add those two to my list, because I’m always looking for good colors to pair with Woodwinked.

  29. Karen says:

    Hi Nancy,

    Thanks! I hope you like Club. πŸ™‚

    Satin Taupe is a pretty shade! What other colors do you like to combine it with?

  30. Karen says:

    Hi Amber,

    Vex is amazing! It was one of those colors that I would’ve never picked out by myself, and I’m so glad to have it. I think I might have Copperplate (gotta check) so I’ll try that combo next. πŸ™‚

  31. Karen says:

    Hi Fie,

    Sounds pretty! How do you work your colors? I have those three and want to try that combo next. πŸ™‚

  32. Karen says:

    Hi Amber,

    Yay! It’s nice to meet you! πŸ™‚ I’m glad that you are liking the videos. Let me know if there’s ever a topic that you want me to cover, and I’ll do my best to get the answer for ya.

    It seems like I am late on the Amber Lights train. I might pick it up today. πŸ™‚

  33. Hey Karen!

    I am always reaching for Naked Lunch, Satin Taupe, Woodwinked and Mulch! Love this quad palette – brings out bronze flecks in my green eyes! Good for brown smoky eye too!

  34. Marisol says:

    I’ve never tried Club with Soft Brown. I will have to try it sometime this week.

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  35. lexi says:

    Hi karen,
    Cute video and yes love me some Club too! I like this trio bare study paint pot on lid – arena shadow on top of that and sketch in the corner ‘v’ of my eye and i just top off with black liner on my top lid and lots of plush lash!

    also, i’ve been using soba lots as my crease when i just use bare study/rubenesque/birthday suit as my lid color!

  36. Amy says:

    Ok,so it’s not really a duo, but a trio…I wear it to work and get tons of compliments. I apply Jest all over lid and all the way up to the brow. Then, I apply Parfait Amour on lid only and then Shadowy Lady in the crease. I also line the top and bottom with liquid black liner, but I soften the bottom liner with Plum pencil over top. Looks great and professional too! ps: don’t forget black mascara!

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