Specifics…I am listing some of my absolute eyeshadow essentials, most of these I use multiple times a week, some even every day. This is a “starter kit” that you can create loads of looks with and is more on the neutral side because, let’s face it, that’s what we wear most often to work, school, blah blah. I will definitely elaborate on my favorite shadows in general in a later post (maybe less practical but whatev!). Enjoy!
Left to Right : Cocoa Bear, Brownscript MAC: Brownscript –> DUPE –> Makeup Geek: Cocoa Bear These are basically identical. They are rich reddish, medium toned warm browns. No hint of orange here. I am obsessed with this color to deepen the crease and add warmth to a blown-out eyeshadow look.
Left to Right: Soft Brown, Crème Brulee MAC: Soft Brown –> DUPE –> Makeup Geek: Crème Brulee Again, these shadows are identical. They are light brown shades that are neither ashy nor warm in tone, they are very neutral. This is why they are PERFECT as a transition color in the crease. I almost always use this color before applying other crease colors to help with blending and creating a gradient effect from darker crease colors to lighter crease colors.
Makeup Geek: Peach Smoothie This shade is basically skin-tone on me. I always apply a primer on my lid (MAC “Painterly” Paint Pot) before applying shadows. I will then take “Peach Smoothie” and either apply it initially in the crease to make blending the next shadows more easy or, more often than not, I will put it over my entire eye area (lashline to brow) to take some of the stickiness away from the primer and make all of my shadows glide on more smoothly. I use this every. single. day.
MAC Carbon –> DUPE –> Makeup Geek: Corrupt Matte black. Need I say more? A matte black is essential because it can deepen any color, add depth to an eyeshadow look wherever you may need, and be used as eyeliner if you wish! Nonnegotiable to me.
Makeup Geek: Bitten If you know me, you know I die for burgundy-red shades and this one is stunning. It is a matte, medium toned shade that is more burgundy than it is red. It is in no way purple. It’s just magical. It’s not too dark and not too light so it works very well with both day and nighttime wear. I often use this as a crease color, in the outer corner, or smudged under the lower lashline for a smoky effect.
Left to Right: Bitten, Deep Damson, Sketch If you are looking for a dupe for this shade, MAC “Deep Damson” is similar, but not identical. Deep Damson is cooler in tone, darker and has purple undertones. It is also one of my most loved shadows. MAC “Sketch” is along the same wavelength as “Deep Damson” but has slightly more red than purple tones and also has some sparkle. “Sketch” is a staple in my kit and will look good on everyone.
Makeup Geek: Chickadee Another go-to crease color. Chickadee is a very light orangish-yellow shade. I would use this after using “Peach Smoothie” instead of “Soft Brown” when I want to create a really warm crease. It pairs so beautifully with many deeper colors like “Brownscript”/ “Cocoa Bear” or “Bitten” because it adds just the tiniest bit of warmth to any look without darkening it.
Left to Right: Chickadee, Rule A similar shade is MAC “Rule” but it is really very different. “Rule” is more of a true, muted, neutral orange that is lacking the yellow tint but can still be used in the same instances as “Chickadee” described above.
MAC: Blanc Type Finally, a lid color! “Blanc Type” is a matte bone shade. It is not white, which I prefer because a true white can be too stark all over the lid. “Blanc Type” is the perfect amount of muted white, almost like a warm white if you can imagine that. I use it as an all over lid color or to highlight the inner corner or under the brow bone. It is perfect for everyday wear and when paired with “Soft Brown”/ “Crème Brulee” and/or “Brownscript”/ “Cocoa Bear” in the crease, it creates a gorgeous neutral eye!
MAC: Phloof! Phloof! is a highlight shade I use more than anything else for my inner corner. It is a white base with shimmer throughout. I find that it pairs with almost every eye look because it is not too warm, too cool, or too shimmery.
Left to Right: Phloof!, Shimma Shimma MAC “Shroom” is similar. Makeup Geek “Shimma Shimma” is also similar but has more of a golden undertone. It was so hard to keep this list small because there are many other shadows I use on a regular basis and love, but I tried to keep it relatively simple so ya’ll feel like you can pick these up without breaking the bank!