Lavender + Taupe smokey eyes

So, in an excellent showing of “it takes Rae forever to post absolutely everything,” here’s an eye look that I absolutely couldn’t wait to photograph & post. The photos, snapped within 48 hours of my becoming re-infatuated with lavender (totally Xiao’s fault), are… wait for it… three months old.


Despite the fact that I am now considerably less excited about lavender (it’s so much more exciting during a season in which it isn’t already being overdone), I’m still quite fond of this look. Enjoy!

I used Rimmel Glam’Eyes in Royal Violet (review) for the violet in this look, but I think I’m going to need a new matte lavender soon – it’s good, for a $5 shadow, but you really have to pack it on. If anyone has recommendations, they’d definitely be appreciated!

To juxtapose something warm and wearable against the ethereal purple tones of Royal Violet, I added a mix of MAC Satin Taupe (swatches) and Ulta Molten (swatches) around the edges and along most of the lower lashline – a sheer layer of Satin Taupe toward the inner corner, and Molten concentrated on the outer corner, to add depth without closing in the eye area.

The look was finished with a smudgy flick of Marcelle Waterproof Eyeliner in Expresso and one coat of Annabelle Le Big Show Mascara (review). I’d thought about lining with the gorgeous MAC Teddy (review), but the Marcelle won out in the end – though Teddy is absolutely delicious (and a dream to smudge out), the wear time on the Marcelle is so much better.

Since doing this look (and this is a bit of an unrelated ramble), Expresso has actually moved into my “daily” tin – brushes, liners, and mascaras that I find myself reaching for quite often. It’s not breathtaking, but it’s still a lovely chocolate brown with subtle gold flecks; the perfect balance between no-nonsense and attention-grabbing.

Swatched L-R: MAC Satin Taupe, Marcelle Expresso, Rimmel Royal Violet, Ulta Molten

One last thing…

Just threw together a quick assortment of other lavender eyeshadows, in case anyone else is being bitten by the lavender bug as well! I’d love to hear your thoughts on any of these, if you’ve tried them, or perhaps if anyone has an etailer recommendation for a nice matte lavender shadow?

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  • Reply mostlysunnybunny

    Lavender looks LOVELY on you, and it's even better paired with taupe! Very lovely! I like the concept of lavender, but haven't gathered enough courage to actually try because I'm quite warm-toned (my past experience tells me it makes me look… dirty). Is there any lavender and taupe you would recommend to a warm-toned NC30? Thanks in advance Rae! xx
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    March 5, 2012 at 6:30 AM
  • Reply emmabovary

    I absolutely love the look of taupe and lilac together, it's something I've never tried and now I am excited to!

    March 5, 2012 at 6:33 AM
  • Reply BooBooNinja

    This is lovely on you. I had put Patina on my wish list over Satin Taupe, but this is making me reconsider. I love the elegant simplicity of your looks. So glad you share them with us. :)

    March 5, 2012 at 6:34 AM
  • Reply Rolala

    Thanks for posting this! I think lavender and brown is one of the prettiest and most wearable color combinations for the eyes. I adore that Nars duo. Have a lovely week Rae!
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    March 5, 2012 at 8:47 AM
  • Reply Bun Bun Makeup Tips

    Purples and browns always look awesome together! I didn't really fall for Satin Taupe when I initially got it, even regretting a little. But somehow it grew on me and I use it on the contour area quite frequently now.
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    March 5, 2012 at 8:51 AM
  • Reply Naomi

    I love lavender and any purple really! I have been wanting MAC's satallite dreams for a long time
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    March 5, 2012 at 10:38 AM
  • Reply dani@callitbeauty

    Taupe and purples, my favourite combo. <3
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    March 5, 2012 at 3:34 PM
  • Reply phyrra

    This is quite lovely on you!
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    March 5, 2012 at 4:01 PM
  • Reply @MaggiesMakeup

    So, SO pretty. I love that little wink of lavender.

    Regarding your recommendation question – have you tried MAC Beautiful Iris? It's a Veluxe Pearl, so not matte, unfortunately, but a very nice lavender all the same.
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    March 5, 2012 at 4:49 PM
  • Reply Alison M

    This is just beautiful! I love how a variety of brown tones make colorful shadows so easy to wear.

    March 5, 2012 at 6:04 PM
  • Reply Rocaille

    This is super pretty, Rae :) I've heard good things about those Maybelline quads, so maybe try one of those?
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    March 6, 2012 at 10:19 AM
  • Reply Macbella2

    Super pretty look :) I need Marcelle Expresso liner! Gorgeous (and my UD Bourbon is almost all gone, good replacement for it I think!)
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    March 6, 2012 at 10:53 AM
  • Reply Larie

    The only lavender I own (I think) is a satin finish pastel from Shiro Cosmetics. It's called…Lolita? I think. It's actually quite lovely and not glittery, but I just don't go wild for purple eye shadow. It's more pastel than your violet, though.
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    March 6, 2012 at 3:44 PM
  • Reply toyarosie

    REALLY liking this look, Rae! Soft yet a bit edgy and unexpected at the same time. I'm always in awe of your technique, I can learn a lot from you! I don't have any lavender shadows, let alone matte ones…thinkin' I should get on that!
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    March 6, 2012 at 6:50 PM
  • Reply Eden-Avalon

    Very pretty. It obviously uses a well worn spring color but the more neutral shades you used balance it out well.
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    March 8, 2012 at 12:14 AM
  • Reply vivalamakeuptv

    This looks so pretty for spring. Can't wait to give this one a try. :)

    March 8, 2012 at 5:14 PM
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  • Reply Anne

    Love the colors, it looks so fresh and pretty. Your eyes are beautiful btw, I love their shape :)

    August 15, 2012 at 11:12 AM
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