I have been building this neutral M.A.C eyeshadow palette for quite some time and I would like to showcase it to you and let you know which colours I recommend for purchase for your collection (these are all in the permanent line).
- Satin Taupe
With these five colours you can create a variety of eye looks from day to night.
Satin Taupe is a taupe with silver shimmer that is universally gorgeous on all skin types, it applies like a dream and is easy to work with and blend due to it’s frost finish. You can apply it as a soft wash all over the lid for a daytime sheen on the lid or build the colour for a smokey evening eye, worked back with Espresso or Smut in the outer V, and Brule or Shroom for a highlight.
Woodwinked is a warm antique gold shade which like Satin Taupe can be applied as a golden sheer wash or packed on for a dramatic gold eye. It looks very nice as an inner eye pop of colour and just as nice smudged under the bottom lash line. Application is very smooth as it is a Veluxe Pearl. Works well with Texture or Antiqued in the crease, Amber Lights or Wedge on the brow bone and Shroom or Brule as a highlight. Or for a quick out the door look, keep it real simple with just Woodwinked all over lid and Brule/Shroom all over the brow bone.
Woodwinked would be a perfect addition to your kit if you’re entering the summer months like me (and all those south of the equator) as it makes for a very pretty golden/bronze, understated eye which pairs with so easily with a bright pink, coral, orange or red lip or bold or bronzed cheek. However for the colour shy, it works just as well with a neutral lip and cheek for everyday wear and in the conservative workplace.
Brule is a soft-creamy beige (Satin) is best for applying all over the brow bone and using as a highlight colour. I use it almost everyday to work back just about every shadow colour in my collection. Brule joins Ricepaper, Shroom and Nylon in the highlighting shadow category for people with skin tones under NC40. You can wear Brule on it’s own however I don’t tend to do this as I prefer to rock a warmer shaded lid colour, I steer clear of that darker skin contrastingly light eyeshadow look.
Wedge is a soft muted beige taupe (Matte) and Cork is a muted golden brown and both work brilliantly as crease colours. They aren’t as easy to work with because of their textures but they do the job and well. NC30 – NC45’s can most definitely rock these two as an all over lid colour which I typically blend with Brule into the brow bone. Give your peepers some dimension using Cork or Wedge as a lid colour and applying Espresso into the crease and outer V.
Espresso is a muted golden brown (Matte) and is a perfect outer v and/or crease colour. It is not easily blendable but is very pigmented so be careful loading up your brush. It is also a great lash lining colour, grab an angled brush wet it with water or M.A.C Fix + gently press it into Espresso and glide it across your lash lines as an eyeliner. Or you can smudge it into your lower lash line for a softer day look.
I hope these swatches have given you an idea of what these M.A.C eyeshadows look like on NC35 olive skin (excuse the pastiness it’s just come out of winter here in the southern hemisphere). If you have any other questions, comments or requests for eye looks, please comment below or Tweet me/subscribe for post updates from the left widget!