One of the biggest beauty trends for Spring/Summer 14 is nude make-up. While some designers like Balmain went all out by sending models down the runway wearing no cosmetics at all, others such as Alexander McQueen used products to create a natural look. It was all about matte skin with no blemishes, banished under-eye circles and bleached-out eyebrows.
As with most catwalk trends, this is likely to get a more wearable overhaul when it hits the streets. We highly doubt there will be an influx of women ditching their foundation and concealer for work and instead predict the taupe and brown tones will migrate to the eyes.
At Diane von Furstenberg models still had fresh looking skin, but their eyes boasted a smudged line of brown along the lower lash line. It’s an easy look to achieve at home, not least because cosmetics companies have picked up on the new nude trend and released a plethora of palettes bursting with easy-to-wear shades.
Probably one of the most eagerly anticipated is the NARSissist Eye Palette by NARS. It has 15 of the company’s most popular shades, ranging from champagne hues to deep browns and greys. NARS eyeshadows are known for being heavily pigmented and also blend well, and with so many to choose from there are a myriad of looks which can be created with this set. It’s ideal for copying the Diane von Furstenberg look; simply sweep one of the darker shades on the right side of the palette along your lash line and smudge, using a lighter colour to highlight your brown bone.
Smashbox has also embraced the neutrals trend with its Full Exposure palette of 14 colours. Making this one stand out is the inclusion of shimmers and mattes, in both warm and cool tones. There should be a colour to suit everyone, plus there is a brush which black bristles on one side and white on the other to stop cross contamination. Along with the palette comes an eye chart, which helps users discover their eye shape and how to apply make-up to suit it.
Also getting in on the action is Clinique with its 16 Shades of Beige line. This includes the All About Shadow Neutral Territory 2 palette of eight shades, ranging from light beige to dark chocolate. The colours are blendable and created with those who have sensitive skin in mind.
However you decide to work the trend, remember the key is to test different shades out. You might not be used to using a shimmery champagne tone, but press a little to the centre of a lid covered in a deep brown and you’ll give eyes an extra kick. Light shades can also be used to lighten up the inner eye area, while dark versions double up as liner or eyebrow colour.