I don't have a lot of time to mess around with makeup in the morning, as I'm generally herding small child/finding things for husband/drinking my own body weight in tea. This is a very simple eye look that I've been really liking lately; I find it a little more interesting/brightening than just a wash of taupe, but it still only takes 5 minutes to do.
I do a wash of a semi-matte beige/light brown/taupe shadow from my lashline to just past my crease, and then blend it so there is no harsh edge on my browbone. I use a flat brush with firm bristles to apply the colour (MAC 239) and a soft fluffy brush to blend the edges (Bobbi Brown Eye Shadow brush.)
Eyeshadows I particularly like for the base shade:
Solstice Halcyon from Rouge Bunny Rouge (I've changed the picture because I wasn't happy with the accuracy of the colour representation of the last one)
Spy and Diffused from Rock & Republic
I then take a fluffy brush (Suqqu eyeshadow brush M) and pat a more colourful shimmery shade on my lid, over the brown. The brown underneath mutes the colour, and makes it more wearable (for me) during the daytime. If I wear a pink or blue shade on my lid on its own I can look a bit tired.
Eyeshadows I like for the contrast shade:
Angelic Cockatiels, Delicate Hummingbird and Tantalizing Lovebird from Rouge Bunny Rouge
Tempting, Love Rocks and Emerge from Rock & Republic
I finish by taking some of the beige/brown under my lower lashes with a flat liner brush (Bobbi Brown Eye Liner brush.) With some black mascara, it's a simple but flattering look.
Rock & Republic cosmetics are currently available at Harrods, and Rouge Bunny Rouge are available from Zuneta.com.