Look Radiant in Neutrals

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Look Radiant in Neutrals
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One of the best things about makeup — aside from the fact that it can make us look beautiful even on our worst days — is the rainbow-variety of colors it comes in. From blue shadows and green liners to baby-pink blushes and fire-red lipsticks, the combinations are beautiful and nearly endless. But for the occasional refreshing change, keeping it simple and natural can be the best option. Unfortunately, it’s not always the easiest thing to do — unless you follow these expert tips, of course.

Define Neutral
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Define Neutral

Rocking a neutral makeup look doesn’t mean you have to go sans-product. Instead, it’s all about using makeup strategically to highlight your best features and already-beautiful self, like actress Blake Lively does here at a movie screening in New York City. Neutral makeup looks lightweight, fresh and radiant when applied correctly, and ladies of all skin types and tones can pull it off, says Ashley Riddle, a beauty expert at Baltimore-based Up-Dos for I Dos.

Play with Eye Color
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Play with Eye Color

No matter your hair color, the first step to acing a neutral makeup look is to choose colors that complement your eyes, Riddle explains. Blue eyes look stunning with earthy tones; green eyes — like actress Kate Hudson's, seen here at the 2013 Golden Globes — shine with shades of brown and gold; brown eyes are killer with natural greens, browns, and golds, and hazel eyes stand out when paired with a range of brown shades.

Ace the Base
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Ace the Base

For the most natural look, make sure your makeup base — whether it’s a foundation, BB cream or a tinted moisturizer — is flawless, says Tia Dantzler, a makeup artist whose celebrity clients include Jennifer Hudson and Keke Palmer. Be sure to brighten dark spots and “always wear a mascara that lengthens, define, and curls,” she says. “You also can’t go wrong by using a bronzer to add a soft glow to your complexion,” like actress Cameron Diaz does here at a movie premiere in London.

Highlight with Subtlety
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Highlight with Subtlety

Since the point of a neutral look is to play up natural beauty, Dantzler says “you really want to softly bring out your features in a subtle way,” like actress Natalie Portman does here at the 2012 Golden Globe Awards. To highlight eyes, for example, go for a softer brown eyeliner and tone down the look by using a soft-haired brush to smudge the line, she recommends.

Soften the Eyes
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Soften the Eyes

Another way to define eyes while keeping them soft and subtle — just as TV actress Nina Dobrev does here at the 2013 Film Independent Spirit Awards — is to use eyeshadow as liner, Riddle suggests. Wet a small, thin and angled brush and dip it in brown eyeshadow, then apply it carefully and lightly along the lash line.

Find the Perfect Nude
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Find the Perfect Nude

Both Riddle and Dantzler agree that a nude lipstick or gloss — like the one actress Gwyneth Paltrow is sporting at the 2012 Vanity Fair Oscar party — is a must for any lady looking to pull off neutral makeup, but finding the perfect shade can be challenging. Light-skinned ladies should look for one with a sandy-pink undertone; women with olive-toned skin can stick with beige; and dark skin pairs perfectly with hints of bronze.

Watch Out for Wash Out
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Watch Out for Wash Out

While a neutral makeup look can be stunning when done correctly, it can go wrong quickly, leaving you looking pale and washed out. To combat this problem, Dantzler suggests lining nude lips before applying color or gloss. In addition, “use a bronzer around the outer perimeter of your face to contour and a lighter shade to highlight your brow bones, cheek bones and down the bridge of your nose,” she adds, like actress Hayden Panettiere does at the GQ Super Bowl Party in New Orleans.

Less Is More
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Less Is More

Riddle says another mistake women often make when going for a neutral look is wearing makeup that’s too heavy for the lightweight style. Take a page out of actress Kate Bosworth's book — shown here at an event in West Hollywood — and "apply lightly and try not to overdo,” Riddle advises. “Be sure you have the correct tools to apply makeup, and seek out a pro makeup artist for help on which brushes to use.”

Go Glam
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Go Glam

Just because the neutral style is supposed to looks lightweight and natural doesn't mean it can't be spiced up for a night out on the town. Riddle suggests going for a smoky eye based on colors already in your neutral palette by sweeping it on more heavily and adding a slightly darker shade in the crease, like actress and dancer Julianne Hough does for a 2013 Golden Globe Awards after party.

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