7 Pretty Taupe Shadows to Brighten Your Eyes

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Taupe eye shadow — that gray-brown hybrid — is the stepchild of beauty colors. No one gets excited over taupe. But in eye-shadow-stick form and with the slightest bit of shimmer, the ugly duckling of colors looks surprisingly pretty. Gliding on lids smoothly and staying put for hours, taupe eye shadows add dimension to the eye area and can give you a hint of slept-in glamour. The color is subtle enough to satisfy anyone who likes minimal makeup, yet can be amplified with liners to look dramatic.

The Cut tested a bounty of taupe eye-shadow-stick selections. Here, seven creamy, iridescent, and long-lasting taupe shadows that are anything but boring.

Taupe Eyeshadow Can Actually Be Pretty