Back to the Basics
A common occurrence among those who receive blockbuster holiday palettes brimming with possibility: You hit pan on your go-to shades—the universally flattering neutrals that are appropriate for day but can be easily amped up for night—while bold, attention-grabbing hues of green and blue are barely touched.
The truth is, not everyone can pull off a lid splashed with color like we saw on the Chanel runway for Spring 2014, but the barely there look (seen at Chloé this past season) is wearable and achievable—without having makeup master Peter Philips at your side. Beauty brands are also taking a more minimal approach. Urban Decay recently released the Naked3 (which has already sold out twice), a collection of twelve flesh colors ranging from cream to dark brown, all with a rose gold undertone. Another one of our favorites is the aptly named The Essentials palette by Clarins, which features eco-friendly formulas in ten nude shades. And for on-the-go touch-ups, Bobbi Brown’s limited-edition Smokey Warm Eye Palette is compact enough to fit in a purse and boasts six versatile shadows in matte and shimmer finishes. Beige, it seems, is anything but boring.
— Karina Hoshikawa