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Monday, December 13, 2010

Sultry Satin Taupe Smokey eye

Satin Taupe is probably the eyeshadow that gets the most recommendations as a 'must have' shade than any other MAC shade. That was the reason I bought it but I just didn't get the hype because it didn't look that great on me. Everyone describes it as the perfect taupe shade but it looks very purple on my skin and I didn't like it on my lid or as a crease colour. I played around with it a bit but it soon got relegated to the over hyped and unuseable pile.

I recently read the comments left by one of the lovely people who follow my blog who rated Satin Taupe as her must have shade and decided to give it another try. She said that she has tried this over a dark base and liked the result. I've never tried this and usually use Satin Taupe over a light paint pot so I thought I'd give it a go. I laid down MAC Soft Ochre paint pot from lid to brow bone as an initial base and then blended NYX Jumbo eye pencil in Dark Brown on my lid just up to my crease. I then patted on some of the NYX Jumbo eye pencil in Black Bean on my outer V.

I then used Satin Taupe over my whole lid and just up to the crease. The rest of the shadows I used came from my Too Faced French and Fabulous pallette. I used Ooh and Aah black in my outer v and into my crease, Poodle Puff pink as an inner corner highlight and Poodle Puff Raisin to blend out my crease. I also used the Satin Taupe to line my bottom lash line and some of the black shadow on the last third of my bottom lashline. I lined my top lashline using Rimmel Exaggerate liquid liner, coated my top and bottom lashes with Urban Decay Skyscraper mascara and finished with Urban Decay 24/7 Glide on eye pencil in Corrupt (a red toned dark brown) on my waterline.

I have to say that I actually really liked the end result. The look is a lot darker than I would usually wear but it works really well as a soft and sultry smokey eye and is perfect for the holiday season. Using Corrupt on the waterline also really enhanced the look as it defined my waterline without being too dark. The Satin Taupe still looks a bit purple in real life but layering it over a dark brown helped bring out more of the brown in the shade. Thanks to Prettyinthedesert for the tip about layering it over a darker base. You're right, it definitely looks pretty when worn that way! Hope you guys like the look.


  1. That turned out gorgeous! I am going to have to 'borrow' this look this weekend :)

  2. Glad you like it too! I do all these looks when I have no where to go so I look forward to actually wearing it out this weekend too. Lol feel free to borrow it all you like, you gave me the inspiration for it after all :)