|Left to right H&M eyeliner in over the taupe, Pixi eye palette in rich gold shades two and four, No7 Stay Perfect shade and define stick in cool mink|
In the latter half of 2015, I developed a new found love for one colour; taupe. I've had affairs with shades before; golds were a favourite for a long time and for a while I obsessed over pink tones. Recently however, I've fallen head over heels for the understated taupe. A little brown, a little silver and often with a hint of purple it's the perfect shade for your everyday look but also a wonderful candidate for a smoky eye. Taupe is your new best friend and below are a few of my favourite taupe products.
I think that my infatuation probably sparked from H&M's aptly named Over the Taupe eyeliner. This is a gorgeously creamy eyeliner that glides on and smudges out beautifully but once set it stays put all day. I use it all the time to smoke out my lower lashline because it's neutral tones match anything I have on the upper lid. It's a standout on it's own too if smudged along the upper lashline, and if you warm it a bit it can be applied as a wash or a base with a finger.
My second smoky favourite is No7's Stay Perfect Shade and Define stick in Cool Mink. This gives a really beautiful wash of colour over the lid and needs virtually no blending. It has a little shimmer but on the lid just looks perfectly dewy and natural - as if you haven't even bothered with eyeshadow. Most days though I use it as a base because it holds shadow like no other.
Finally some actual shadows, from Pixi. The Mesmerising Mineral eyeshadow palette in Rich Gold has a couple of beautiful taupe-y shades. The second shade down I use all the time all over the lid. It's more of a golden taupe so brightens the eye. The fourth shade in the palette is more of a true taupe and less shimmery so looks beautiful as a crease colour or in the outer corner of the eye. The perfect smoke shade that will flatter any colour.
What do you think of taupe - have you fallen in love or aren't interested? I don't think I've said taupe enough times, let's try again...taupe...taupe...taupe. The word has lost all meaning.