January #mbbinstachallenge Look 3 (Week of Jan. 23-30): Smoky Taupe


January #mbbinstachallenge Look 3 (Week of Jan. 23-30): Smoky Taupe

nars madly blush

Smoky taupe for this week’s #mbbinstachallenge

It’s week three of the #mbbinstachallenge! I was really excited about this one because it’s totally in my wheelhouse. The theme: smoky taupe.

Funny… When I was digging through my makeup drawers looking for makeup to use for this look, I grabbed a whole bunch of golden taupe powder eyeshadows that I thought might work with it, like Urban Decay Dark Horse and Secret Service. And Mushroom, in particular, was one I thought would totally work.

Oh, and I also tried this old MAC Starflash shadow called Smoke & Diamonds from 2009’s Love That Look collection, which is golden taupe perfection incarnate.

I tried all of them in various combos, but they just didn’t read quite like the inspiration picture below…

satiny taupe gray smoke

My inspiration for this week’s look

The gal in the picture has a hint of glossiness on her eyes, and I couldn’t get that same effect with those shimmery powder shadows I grabbed, so I ended up going with some cream shadows, like this one from Tom Ford called “Spring 2015” (yes, that’s its actual name, and I love it so much that I stocked up on it). It’s a fan-friggin-tastic dark golden taupe. And another TF shade called Platinum.

I used the dark golden taupe all over my lids, hit the outer V with dark matte brown MAC Brun (a powder eyeshadow), and then I smoked out the lower lash line and the edges with satiny golden brown MAC Soba.

So I did end up using some powder shadows for depth and to transition, but the glossy effect was thanks to the cream shadows.

hourglass peacemaker lip stylo

Wearing the Tom Ford Cream Colors in Spring 2015 and Platinum, MAC Eye Shadows in Soba and Brun, Chanel Stylo Yeux in Ardoise and Urban Decay Cannonball Waterproof Mascara

I kept the rest of the look super simple. The model was wearing barely-there cheek color and a creamy nude lip, so I went with good old NARS Madly Blush and Hourglass Peacemaker Girl Lip Stylo.

hourglass peacemaker lip stylo 2

Wearing Hourglass Peacemaker Lip Stylo on my lips and NARS Madly Blush on my cheeks

Oh! — one last thing. I tried to get the spiky lash effect but ended up with super separated lashes, which was the best I could do. I used Urban Decay Cannonball Waterproof Mascara, which is fantastic for length, separation and curl hold. I use it all the time (and sometimes as a primer for other mascaras).

I can’t wait to see what you whip up! 🙂 Don’t forget to use hashtag #mbbinstachallenge, and tag me @karenmbb. Or, if you’re not on Instagram and you’d rather just send me a pic, you can do that too. Fran (what’s up, Fran!) did that for the first challenge, and I love that I can now picture her face whenever I chat with her in the comments. I’d love to be able to picture you too!

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,


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