When it comes to eyeshadows, you’ve got to love a bit of MAC haven’t you? The range, the textures, the colours and of course there’s the opportunity to turn all MUA and create your own customised palette from scratch. It’s easy to see why you usually have to sharpen your elbows to get close to them on counter. But here’s the thing – there are so many to pick from, where does a MAC newbie start? Well I’m hoping to answer that question today with a suggested starter pack to stuff into a quad if you’re not quite sure where to begin. The only requirements are that you are a lover of neutral shades – welcome to the club – and own a MAC 217 Brush, because eyeshadow application basically sucks without it…
First up there’s All That Glitters, which is the first MAC shade that I truly fell for – look I’ve hit pan! It’s a peachy, golden shimmer that looks good on everyone. It’s just one of those natural wash colours that you can layer up for a subtle layer of glimmer or sheer out so you’ve just got something on the eye. Aside from wearing it on its own the other way I like to don it is with a bit of Espresso in the crease to add a bit of oomph. This is like a warm, matte cocoa that can double up as a brow shade depending on your natural tone but is a good crease colour that never looks too OTT. It pairs up with anything and everything and blends like a dream. No chalkiness to be seen here.
So those two cover the more safe, everyday ground, but if you want a slight hit of colour then the next two are must-haves in your quad. I really like Sable. It’s a tough one to describe, but it’s kinda like a slightly reddy taupe. It doesn’t need all the special work that wearing a red on the eye usually requires (mounds of mascara, brightening eye drops etc etc), but it’s got a bit more punch than your usual bronzes. Wear on its own or with trusty Espresso in the crease. Then my most colourful recommendation of all is Cranberry, a burgundy, gold-laced red. Oof it’s just so scrummy to look at. Now this does require a bit more pre-game to rock (check out my tips here), but whether it’s one to put all over the lid, line with or just to do some smudging out underneath with it’s a game changer.
Four colours that can be mixed and matched to create everything from an everyday wash to an evening smoke. What would make up your does-it-all starter quad? Pop ’em below.