Earthy colors are a big trend this season, but what neutral tone is best for you? And what makeup completes your look? Stefani Greenfield, owner of the trend-setting Scoop boutiques, and “Today” beauty editor Bobbi Brown show you how to be beautiful in beige.
The colors of the desert were all over the runway, with many designers working the neutral trend into both day and evening looks. Neutrals are no longer reserved for under pinnings — they look fresh, sleek, and sexy as any part of your look!
Women are more confident now and are feeling sexier and more comfortable in neutral tones rather than their old black standbys. It is all about the desire to dress up again and experience luxury. The neutral look aspires to have a couture feel, using more luxurious fabrics combined with good silhouettes to create shape, form, and figure.
Look for natural fabrics and fibers (think raffia, cotton, eyelet, linen, knits, burlap, and crochet) cut in stylish silhouettes. Embellished knits, crocheted carryalls, open weave bags, straw hats can go with everything! Or try adding a neutral tone belt such as leather or crochet to spice up your look.
Don't get lost in just taupes and tans however — add in some flesh tones to brighten up your outfit. The colors may be neutral, but they all stand out.
How to wear it without looking “blah”
Incorporate all shades and textures of neutrals, not just monochromatic … and don't forget your simple bling! Think ivory bones, crochet beads, hats, metallic linen, wooden bangle — think nature-inspired accessories. Flip flops, flats, high heels, wedges all look great when wearing neutrals. The shoes don't necessarily have to be the same color, but keep them in the same family.
Layering is key when mixing and matching neutrals. Often when working with these tones using transparent layers or barely-there fabrics create a wispy, elegant look. Layering is also important for more figure conscious women looking to wear this trend. Neutral, monochromatic dressing is great for all body types because it elongates the figure.
For day into evening, add a fancier shoe and add some sparkle to dress up all styles.
Bronzed beauty Some people have oiliness in the summer and are constantly touching up with powder during the day, which can start to look cakey. Blotting papers are great because you can take them on the go and de-shine your face. A bit of bronzey shimmer will finish off your look. Try Bobbi Brown Brownie or Bronze Shimmer Brick
Fashion tip: With darker skin tones, use darker shades of neutrals like khaki.
Eyes have it
To wear bright colors in a flattering way, try as an accent with a sheer eye shadow. The trick is to choose textures that are sheer enough to let your skin show through. Also before applying eye makeup, prime your lids with face powder. This creates a base for the shadow to stick to. And never use foundation on your lids as that will make your makeup look cakey. Also, don't forget to apply a few coats of black mascara to really make eyes stand out.
Fashion tip: Mix all shades of neutrals to create a blended, pulled together look.
One of my favorite looks for summer is the sandwashed — incorporating colors that look like they been faded by the sun. It's important to pick the right pastel for your skin tone. Avoid pastels with too much white in them as they tend to look chalky. And try gel liner, which will make eyes really stand out — perfect for summer. Try Bobbi Brown Sandwash Eye Palette
Fashion tip: With pale skin, use flesh tones such as pinks, blush, and buff to bring out the natural skin color.
Tickled pinkFor light coverage, apply tinted moisturizer, so your skin will show through. Use moisturizer with SPF 15 every day. (Use SPF 15 daily and 30 plus if you will be outdoors for extended periods.) For a rosy glow, try a crème blush. And use the same formula on your lips combined with a dab of gloss for shine. Try Bobbi Brown Pot Rogue for Lips and Cheeks in Flushed Pink
Fashion tip: Layering all shades and textures makes neutrals look elegant, chic, and sophisticated without going overboard.