There are some key bits and pieces in a makeup bag that are not particularly exciting products, but that are solid staples to have nonetheless. Things like plain black eye pencils, translucent powder, and a plain, matte brown eyeshadow. When looking at the beautiful arrays of eyeshadows on offer in MAC or Sephora, a plain brown is definitely not something my eyes are immediately drawn to, but when contemplating my must-have and most used products, it definitely ranks up there.
My matte brown shadow of choice is MAC’s Mystery, which is a deep brown with a slight cool tone and a satin finish. It kind of looks “blah” in the pot, but honestly, I think that everyone needs a colour like this in their collection.
I use this shade for so many purposes. I use it along the top lash-line for a soft eyeliner look, or smudged along the lower lash line for some smokey definition. I also love using it as the final blending/contour shade for a smokey eye, because it’s dark enough to add some solid definition, and because it’s matte, it doesn’t blend out all shimmery and messily like non-matte shades. It’s just a necessity. Also, depending on your hair colour, this is a great powder to define your eyebrows. Bit too dark for me, unfortunately!
To me, a colour like this is just a perfect all-rounder, and an absolutely staple in my makeup collection. In fact, when I went backpacking in Europe a few years ago and packed only minimal makeup, I only brought two eyeshadows with me and this was one of them! I can use it for a soft makeup look like the one below, and to transition into evening, just smudge it out along the lower lash line quite heavily for a really easy smokey eye.
Do you have a go-to matte brown shadow? Is this one part of your collection? Let me know in the comments below, or tweet me @justaddmascara. Thanks for reading!