We’ve harped on about pale eye liner and all its merits—white brightens, nude lifts—and these light pencils are now as common as blacks and brights. But there’s a crucial shade that’s almost always forgotten in the list of must-own liners: Taupe!
You may scoff, but we’re telling you: Taupe eye liner is your secret weapon for daytime lids that smolder. When rimmed completely around the eyes, the mid tone gives enough definition to emphasize any eye shape, but the color is light enough so you don’t look like you’re channeling Cleopatra at the office. It’s the perfect daytime makeup compromise. Here are some favorite formulas.