There’s a large portion of the makeup-loving population (myself included) that loses all reason at the mention of the word “taupe.” I’ve concluded that it is quite possibly the most powerful word in makeup.
So I wanted to take a moment to talk about what taupe is.
Brown (whether it’s a red brown or a yellow brown) is a warm color. Grey is a cool color. If you start with brown and cool it down — or if you start with grey and warm it up, you get taupe. Taupe is not a specific color, but rather a spectrum of brown-grey mixes.
Sometimes people call something taupe — sometimes makeup companies name things “taupe” — and I think “no, that’s just brown,” (or grey, as the case may be). Taupe is confusing to the eye. When I look at an eyeshadow / shirt / handbag and can’t instantly decide if it’s brown or grey, I know I’ve found taupe.
But not just any complex shade can be called taupe. Grey-with-purple-in-it? Not taupe. Merriam-Webster backs me up on this.
For those of you looking for a taupe eyeliner, you’ll find it in GOSH’s Grey Mink Let’s Twist Waterproof eyeliner… but for me, taupe is too light a color to make a really great eyeliner. (I want my eyeliner to define my eye and make my lashes look more full.)