Step by Step Smokey Taupe Eyeshadow Tutorial!

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Smokey Taupe Eyeshadow Tutorial

One of my favorite eyeshadows is MAC Satin Taupe. It’s a really pretty frosty taupe (gray brown) that looks great with a variety of looks. It looks amazing paired with brown and burgundy – One of my favorite ways of wearing it is by applying a dark brown base to my lids and layering Satin Taupe over top, to intensify and slightly deepen the color, then apply a soft golden brown through the crease, and a reddened brown through the outer-v. The burgundy mixed with the taupe almost gives off a slightly mauve/plum tone that really brings out the green in my eyes. 

I’ll be doing just that in this tutorial, but I’m making the look a bit more dramatic by adding black eyeshadow and liner. 

To make this look more daytime appropriate: The black shadow, liner and faux lashes are what really intensify this look, so for something a little lighter and more wearable during the day, skip step 7, 9, 10 and 12. You really don’t have to line your eyes at all (I wear this look often during the day without liner), but if you’d really like to, you can opt for a dark brown liner for the top lash line.

Products Used:
Nars Smudeproof Eyeshadow Base (used in step 1)
MAC Constructivist Paint Pot (used in step 2 and 3)
MAC Satin Taupe Eyeshadow (used in step 4)
MAC Soba Eyeshadow (used in step 5)
MAC Handwritten Eyeshadow (used in step 6)
MAC Carbon Eyeshadow (used in step 7)
MAC Crystal Avalanche and Nylon Eyeshadows (used in step 8)
MAC Retrospeck Eyeshadow (used in step 8)
YSL Eyeliner Effect Deep Black Faux Cils Cream Liner (used in step 9)
Covergirl Lash Blast Mascara (used in step 11)
KKCenterHK False Lashes #ES A562 (used in step 12)
Lorac 3-in-1 Waterproof Eyeliner Pencil (used to line my waterline afterward – for reference, I would not recommend this liner)

Brushes Used:
Generic Concealer Brush (used in step 2, 3 and 4)
ELF Studio Contour Brush (used in step 5)
MAC 219 Pencil Brush (used in step 6, 7 & 8; cleaned & used for the inner corner only. I used my fingertip for the brow bone highlight)
Coastal Scents Synthetic Fine Liner Brush (used in step 9)
Coastal Scents Small Detail Brush (used in step 10, to drag the liner upward and smudge)

Misc:
MAC Quite Natural Paint Pot was used to fill in my brows

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial!

*For swatches of the individual eyeshadow shades, check out my recent ‘My MAC Everyday Palette‘ post.

165 thoughts on “Step by Step Smokey Taupe Eyeshadow Tutorial!

  1. I will be doing this look for my wedding. Can't wait to practice, practice, practice. It uses a ton of my favorite shadows. Thanks for this tutorial!!

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  2. Hi! Love the Look! What would you put on your cheeks and Lips? I am doing something similar for my wedding make-up and having a really hard time picking the lip and check color. I believe I have the same coloring as you? NC 25.

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  3. I never actually knew how to do a smokey eye properly. I used to just use straight black eyeshadow and liner then attempt to smudge it out but now I know that I was doing it completely wrong. no wonder why people would give me weird looks :p haha

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