Easy on the Eyes: Try This Shimmery Peach, Brown and Black Look With Your Favorite Neutral Palette

Published in: Eyes, Makeup Tips/How To

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Urban Decay’s Naked Palette shocked the beauty world back in 2010, not with bodacious primary colors and sparkly gobs of gorgeous glitter, but with elemental earth tones and wearable neutral shades.


Since then, many brands have joined the basics bandwagon, coming out with neutral eye palettes of their own.

I love neutrals almost as much as I love bolds — well, maybe even more (although it’s hard to resist a pair of pigmented purple cat eyes).

If you have a neutral eye palette waiting patiently in your makeup bag, give it some love today. Here’s an easy (always important) neutral eye look featuring matte black and brown shades and a shimmery, peachy gold.

I’ll be using eyeshadows from Anastasia’s new She Wears It Well Palette ($34), specifically Sunset (a shimmery, peachy gold), Onyx (a matte black matte) and Toffee (a matte brown).

anastasia she wears it well palette

Before we jump in, let’s go over the recipe…

Bear in mind that these are only suggestions. You don’t have to use the exact same colors or brushes to follow this tutorial.

Right! With that out of the way, are you ready to get neutral-ized? 🙂

1. Bringin’ it back to basics

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First things first. We want to give our shadows a good start with a good base, so let’s coat our lids with a thin layer of something to help our shadows adhere to them better. Today I’m using Artdeco’s Eyeshadow Base.

artdeco base

It’s been a little tough to find here in the States, but if you can snag a pot from one of the online shops that ship internationally, DO IT! Shadows stick to the lightweight formula like glue, and — maybe I’m the only person who notices this — it kinda smells like ginger ale, which I love.

2. Go for the glow!

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As my inner drag queen likes to say, “Gurl, it’s time to get yo’ glow on!”

Yeah, she’s been very chatty these days… 🙂

Now, if I could just get her to pass me that flat eyeshadow brush over there, I could use it for our next step, applying our shimmery, peachy gold right on top of our base.

Since the spot the brush touches first tends to get most of the color, I like to place the brush head on my lash lines and lids, and then use lighter pressure to pat the brush up toward my brows (great for gradients).

Before moving to the next step, let’s grab our fluffy domed blending brush, and sweep it beneath our brows and along the outer corners of our eyes to soften the edges.

3. KMBB, The Blogosphere’s Soft Rock Station

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Okay, I admit it. I kindasorta love soft rock radio stations. I also like softly defined lash lines.

Sometimes, I listen to soft rock radio while lining my upper lash lines with an angled brush. #truth

So take a look at me nowwww!

Here, let’s mix the brown and black matte shades together (combined, they aren’t as harsh as the black eyeshadow alone, making the mix great for daytime eye makeup looks) with our angled brush, and apply the magical brew to our upper lash lines to softly define them.

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Next, blend out the edge of the line with your fluffy domed brush, and repeat until you’re happy with the intensity.

Wait! — don’t put that angled brush down yet. While it’s still in your hand, with the remaining product on the brush, run it along your lower lash lines to further soften and define them.

4. Tame that tight line!

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Now for a quick break. Let’s set aside our brushes for a moment, and grab our eyeliner.

I think that black along my upper water lines makes my lashes look thicker, so I’ll do that, and then apply brown along my lower water lines.

Sure, you could wear the same color on both. I just feel like mixing it up.

5. Race to the finish!

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Now, all we have to do is fill in our brows and add a few coats of mascara.

6. The finished look

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Guess what? You’re done. 🙂

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,


Additional makeup worn in this look…


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  1. Nivedita says:

    Sultry and subtle! I am going shopping today and I’m gonna wear this look!

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  2. Love it! I really like Anastasia eyeshadows! Will have to check this one out!
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  3. What a lovely wearable look! You’ve used some of my favorite products here – Sunbasque and Crosswires!
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  4. Richa says:

    Great look…I might try it someday!
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  5. LOL I’m literally finishing up a review where I state that my absolute favorite color combo on the eyes is a peachy-pink and brown with a dark brown/black shadow used as a liner. Then I take a break and stop by your site and lo and behold–it’s my favorite look! Of course, you always do a much better job than I do, but I LOVE it! You pull it off really, really well
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  6. Jenny says:


    I just found the Artdeco eyeshadow base on CLEARANCE at HSN. Check it out here, at $9.75!


    Happy Saturday!


  7. Sft and pretttty! I’m pretty sure I’ve tried something like this, but with my eye shape I seem to need MORE definition than eyeshadows can offer as an eyeliner. I have been using some hybrid formula wet for the purpose and that does work well 🙂

  8. Maomao says:

    I love it when you do picture tutorials like in the old days of beauty blogging. Keep ’em coming!

  9. Heather says:

    Love the look, but whenever I tightline my upper lashes, the liner ends up gravitating down below my eyes a bit – I’ve tried this with MAC’s Blacktrack eyeliner and Urban Decay’s Zero eyeliner. Any tips for how to prevent this from happening? I love how my eyes look when I tightline, but I hate how I look vaguely raccoon-ish within an hour! : )

  10. I really like how you’ve done your eyes here. Thanks for the step-by-step photos, Karen! It’s fun to see the progress.
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  11. Eden-Avalon says:

    I love watching your eye tutorials. xD They give me so much more confidence when trying to do my own eyeshadow. Thanks for sharing, this is a very wearable palette – I must say!
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  12. Nina says:

    Im currently head over heels in love w/ the Lorac Pro Palette – I might try this look out using that!

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