Saturday, January 30, 2010

Back to B.E.I.G.E

Beige is the color of ultimate sophistication whether it's the clothes or makeup or shoes or furniture. It's a neutral color that looks good on all and balances a lot of colors. I just realized that even our skin has "beige" undertones according to certain cosmetic companies like Shiseido and YSL. Chanel, the brand known for its neutral colors have used beige as a signature color in making their two toned shoes and bags and have been talking about it for decades. Wikipedia defines beige as a yellowish cream color that originates from a cotton cloth left in its natural color. In textures of shimmer beige eyeshadows are universally flattering and beautiful.

Why I like "Beige" is because it is very flattering and this color can never go wrong. Of course you cannot clad yourself completely in beige and make a fool of yourself but beige thrown in with bright colors like pinks and blues makes a wonderful match. Anyways I don't want to end up blabbering too much about beige color and am going to show a look using a lot of beige in it. This look is playing in sophistication and is for everyone who is fashion forward. This look looks as if its come out directly from the vogue magazine. The best references could go with promotional ads from Louis Vuitton or Prada.

What we need: -

  • Clarins Instant Smooth Perfect Touch makeup primer
  • Clinique Superbalanced Makeup foundation
  • YSL Touché Éclat
  • MAC Mineralize Skin finish
  • YSL Blush in Warm Beige (not the right name but I'm sure you can go and find out at their exquisite counters).
  • Shiseido Accentuating Blush in Blazing Brown
  • MAC single eyeshadow in Electric eel, Rice paper and Gleam or Motif
  • Clinique Superfine liner for eyes in True Black
  • Clinique Superfine liner for brows in Deep Brown
  • Estee Lauder Double Wear Zero Smudging Lengthening Mascara
  • MAC lipstick in Taupe
  • Euro-Paris no.51 or no.52 false eye lashes and MAC Duo eyelash glue
  • MAC Dazzle glass in Phiff!

The brushes that I used are

  • The Body Shop foundation brush
  • Estee Lauder concealer brush
  • Shiseido powder brush
  • Shiseido blush brush
  • MAC 188 small duo fiber brush
  • Shiseido small eyeshadow brush
  • MAC 222 contour brush
  • MAC 219 pencil brush to smudge colors
You could find the duplicates of most of the brushes in cheaper brands like NYX cosmetics with their exclusive collection of super soft affordable brushes or the entire clones of MAC cosmetics brush set from SIGMA at


Since this is an avant-garde look, the foundation has to look like second skin but a bit enhanced and glamorous. So with a foundation brush stipple the foundation only in the areas where foundation is needed, on a well primed skin. Dot concealer in the under eye area and over blemishes and blend to perfection. Touché éclat has shimmer in it so use it judiciously. Dust mineralize skin finish all over the face with a fluffy powder brush. Mineral powders are fantastic because they give just a sheer veil of color and look fantastic on skin. Skin gets a glistening finish.


Apply Shiseido's Accentuating Blush in Blazing Brown in the hollows of the cheeks with a blush brush. Dust the remnant of the blush over the perimeter of the face to get a balanced look. Apply matte blush from the YSL's blush duo over the cheekbone and then apply a shimmery beige part over the heights of the cheek apples, forehead and the bridge of the nose. This gives a very shimmery contoured look. A glistening touch and much enhanced skin.


MAC Electric eel is a vibrant turquoise matte eyeshadow that has a neon finish. It's good to apply it subtly as it can be very overpowering at times. Apply with a contour brush, Electric eel in the outer corners of the upper lid and blend it in the crease. Since it's a vibrant color I love to diffuse it in the crease socket upwards. Use Electric eel only on the outer third of the upper lid. With a pencil brush apply the same eyeshadow on the outer corners of the lower lid.

Use Ricepaper eyeshadow over the entire lid using a flat eyeshadow brush. Then dust Gleam or Motif which is a duo chrome eyeshadow on the brow bone and inner corners of the eyes. Apply rice paper over the entire lower lid blending it with the outer corners. Trace a pencil liner over the upper lid and blend it in the lash line. Choose a superfine liner as it draws a very thin line instead of a fat chubby one.

Stick false lashes and with an eyelash curler blend it with the actual lashes and apply lengthening mascara to add drama. Leave the inner rims of the lower lids bare and apply mascara on the lower lashes.


Apply with fingers, a taupe lipstick which is a beige-y brown to get some glistening lips and then add a dash of MAC Dazzleglass in Phiff!

Again a sophisticated look which is very good for evening dinners. Do try it out…

Till then,


PS: - not posted any image because didn't know what to post and no one has done this look anywhere.I hope I'd be able to put some pictures of my own work soon.

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