I don’t know… Today I feel very indifferent about my makeup, very noncommittal, like I don’t really have a strong opinion one way or another.
There’s a word for it, the way I’m feeling, but dang if I can’t recall what it is.
Neuter? No — that’s not it.
(Whoops, sorry Tabs! It had to be done.)
I think it has something to do with Switzerland in World War II?
Oh, shoot. It’s on the tip of my tongue…
Neutral! The word is neutral.
Today I thought I’d share one of my favorite everyday eye looks, a brown, bronze and black neutral eye that I wear sometimes when I want to look polished and put-together.
Like many of my favorite looks, it’s an easy one that doesn’t require a lot of blending, and we should be able to knock it out in less than 15 minutes.
I’ll be using a mix products from MAC and L’Oréal, but you know how we roll here — feel free to use any other brands and similar colors you happen to have around.
What’s that you say? You noticed my watch, and now you’d like to ask me what time it is? Well…
It’s prime time!
Let’s start by applying a base for our powder eyeshadows. How about creamy bronze MAC Paint Pot in Indianwood? We’ll apply that all over our lids with a finger and buff it out with a fluffy domed brush like the MAC 217.
That should really intensify the colors of the powder eyeshadows we’re about to layer on top.
The shape of things to come
Next, let’s start giving some shape to our look by taking that same 217 brush (or one like it) and applying MAC Eyeshadow in Saddle, a matte golden orangey brown, from our lash line to just beneath our brow bone.
Try to concentrate more of the color closer to your lashes and lower lids.
Did I mention dimension?
Pat that on the outer half of your lids (the side closer to your ear), and blend out the edges with your blending brush.
The definition of soft
Since we’re aiming for wearable with this look, let’s add a soft, blended eyeliner by layering gray eyeshadow and black gel liner along our upper lash lines to define the eyes.
For that, we’ll start by applying a shimmery gray eyeshadow along our upper lash lines (maybe MAC Eyeshadow in Print?) with an angled eye brush like the MAC 266. Then, blur the edge with the flat eyeshadow brush you used a minute ago (in my case, the 239).
Let’s slightly darken the line by adding a very thin line of black gel liner along our upper lash lines with a pointed eyeliner brush. I used L’Oreal Lacquer Liner in Blackest Black with Sonia Kashuk’s Bent Eyeliner Brush.
Once again, let’s blend out that edge with our flat eyeshadow brush.
Now, we could stop right here, but if you want even more/better definition, you could take the same pointed eyeliner brush we already used, and your black gel liner, and line your upper and lower water lines, too.
That’s what I usually do.
Do you know the way to Brighton/brighten?
Welcome to the finals!
Good job. Now I think I’ll fill in my brows and apply a little mascara to my upper and lower lashes.
The finished look
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,