While you may think that bright and bold eyeshadow looks are the only way to command attention, there are plenty of muted shades that fit the bill. Subtle eyeshadow shades, including taupe eyeshadow, can make quite the statement when done right.
If you think that this brown-gray shade is way too understated, we’re here to prove you wrong. From classic eyeshadow trends to soft makeup looks, there are plenty of ways to make this neutral eyeshadow color a primary fixture in your eye makeup routine. Ready to see what all the hype is about? Follow along as we share 10 taupe eyeshadow looks that will leave you swooning.
1. SHIMMERY TAUPE EYES
Ready to bridge the gap between a sultry and playful vibe? Shimmery taupe eyes are just what you’re looking for. This look offers the right amount of color and a sparkly touch to make your eyes do all of the talking. Simply sweep the L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Monos Eyeshadow in Pain Au Chocolate all over your lids. Leave your eyeliner behind and finish up with a few coats of volumizing mascara, using the L’Oréal Paris Bambi Eye Washable Mascara, Lasting Volume in Extra Noir for the ultimate minimalist look.
2. TAUPE INNER CORNERS
Speaking of a minimalist aesthetic, you’ll become a lifetime fan of taupe inner corners. Designed to provide your peepers with a chic accent, this trend will complement your neutral makeup looks perfectly. Reach for a warm taupe shade, like the L’Oréal Paris Infallible 24 HR Eye Shadow in Bronzed Taupe, and apply the hue on the inner corners of your lids. Follow up with a touch of mascara, using the L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Lash Paradise Washable Mascara. Oh-so-pretty!
3. TAUPE & PINK
What color goes with taupe? Pink gets our vote! Here’s how to bring a taupe and pink shadow look to life.
Step 1. Prime your eyes. Start with a thin layer of eye makeup primer so your eyeshadow look can last.
Step 2. Color your lids. Using the L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche La Palette Nude in Nude Intense, swipe the palette’s taupe eyeshadow onto your lids and lower lash line.
Step 3. Define your crease. Apply a light pink shade onto your crease and on the innermost corner of your eye. Make sure to blend until even.
Step 4. Line your lids. Use the L’Oréal Paris Matte Signature Liquid Dip Eyeliner, Waterproof to line your upper lash line.
Step 5. Coat your lashes. Layer your lashes with the L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Original Bold Eye Mascara in Blackest Black.
4. TAUPE CREASE
Love the idea of adding depth to your eye makeup looks? Stay true to one of the hottest beauty trends with a taupe crease. Whether you prefer to rock this crease color all on its own or want to mix and match with your other favorite neutral eyeshadow shades, this look is a surefire way to make your eyes the star of the show. All you have to do is blend the color to perfection to knock this look out of the park.
5. TAUPE UNDER-EYES
Sometimes, you may feel the need to step outside of the box. If so, it may be worth trying out taupe under-eyes. Since this shade boasts a relatively neutral look, applying the color under your eyes helps you to sport a wide-eyed appearance without the need for a bold color. Using a small tapered brush, drag your taupe eyeshadow under your lower lash line. Opt for a no-makeup, makeup look to make your eyes the focal point of your look.
6. BROWN & TAUPE EYES
There’s no denying that brown and taupe eyeshadow are a match made in heaven. Here’s how to pull together this neutral eye makeup look.
Step 1. Prime your eyes. You know what to do!
Step 2. Paint your lids. Color your lids with shimmery taupe eyeshadow.
Step 3. Define your crease. Using a fluffy eyeshadow brush, dust a brown eyeshadow onto your crease. Make sure to blend until even for a seamless transition in color.
Step 4. Apply mascara. Sweep on a few coats of the L’Oréal Paris Telescopic Original Waterproof Lengthening Mascara.
7. MATTE TAUPE EYES
The true epitome of a simple, yet stylish finish, matte eyeshadow never goes unnoticed. For days when you’re pressed for time, sweep your lids with a matte taupe eyeshadow for a quick and easy eye makeup look.
8. HALO EYE
Featuring one shade in the middle of your eye with a contrasting color surrounding it, this look highlights your taupe eyeshadow and gives your eyes a bright appearance. Click through to our tutorial, What Is Halo Eye Makeup? Here’s How to Rock This Buzzy Makeup Trend, to switch up your look.
9. TAUPE & YELLOW
Want to try your hand at another color combo? We think that taupe and yellow make a gorgeous pairing. Whether you’re game for taupe lids and yellow liner, down to try yellow inner corners, or ready to mix up the two, this color combo will definitely up your eye makeup game.
10. FELINE EYES
Ah, the trendy feline eye! A chic option for those who may struggle with creating a classic cat eye, this trend makes is oh-so-easy with the help of taupe eyeshadow. Simply put, this look sports a winged effect that’s created with eyeshadow instead of liner. To start, apply taupe eyeshadow to your lids and lash line. Extend the color outward at the outer edge of your eye to create a wing shape. And that’s all there is to it!