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The New Neutrals

From day into night, in textures matte or iridescent, taupe takes center stage.

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.