From day into night, in textures matte or iridescent, taupe takes center stage.Victoria’s Secret Very Sexy Mosaic Eye Shadow in Ménage ($18; Victoria’s Secret, victoriassecret.com) Shu Uemura Cream Eye Shadow in Kaihaku ($25; Barneys, Shu Uemura, Takashimaya) Dior Diorissime Palette ($55; Dior counters) Estee Lauder Signature Silky Eyeshadow Duo in Pink Dusk ($25; Lauder counters) Bobbi Brown Stonewashed Nudes Palette ($50; Bobbi Brown counters) Smashbox Eye Shadow Trio in Indulgence ($28; Bloomingdale’s, Nordstrom, Sephora) Paul & Joe BEAUTE Facecolor Powder in 054 ($18; Anthropologie, Bergdorf Goodman) Benefit Silky Matte Powder Eye Shadow in Low Profile, Guess Again ($18; Macy’s, Sephora, benefitcosmetics.com) Urban Decay Matte Eyeshadow in Revolver ($16; Sephora, Ulta, urbandecay.com) Clinique Colour Surge Eye Shadow Trio in Totally Neutral ($21.50; Clinique counters) Four steps to the perfect smoky eye from Shu Uemura creative director Gina Brooks.A: Apply grey shadow to the entire lid. B: Line your rims with navy eyeliner.C: Sweep black shadow from lashline up to crease. D: Blend navy shadow into the crease and under the brow, smudging carefully until there is a gradation of color.

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