Why You Should Go Greige

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Four or five years ago when I really started getting into makeup I was a bit of an experimenter. I was all for slapping on a mint green eye shadow, rocking a Barbie pink lip and even donning a fluorescent yellow manicure. Now that I’m a twenty-something and not to forget through much trial and error, I’ve discovered what shades work best with my skin tone and overall aesthetic. However, lately I’ve been stuck in a neutral (not natural) makeup rut. Occasionally I’ll add a pretty pop of purple to my lips or line my lower lashes with a cobalt blue hue but more often than not I seemingly sweep the same matte cream color all over my lids following it up with a swipe of a Kylie Jenner mauve-y pink shade on the lips—I was over it. So I set out to find a new hue to incorporate into my makeup routine. That meant watching countless YouTube beauty vloggers rave about another champagne eye shadow and scouring the beauty news section on Allure.com only to find an endless amount of no makeup makeup stories (I’m guilty of writing one myself). After what felt like a never-ending quest I discovered a new neutral to take me out of my makeup rut: greige.

The greige makeup trend combines the perfect amount of both grey tones and beige tones giving an edgier yet still neutral appearance. What I love about this shade is the versatility; It looks different on everyone depending on your undertone (warm, neutral or cool) and shade of your skin. Greige colors pull more warm and appear darker on lighter skin tones, but lean more cool with a purple undertone on deeper complexions.  If you’re interested in trying the trend see below for my five must-have greige products to shakeup your everyday routine.

  1. Colourpop Cosmetics Tootsi Lippie Stix, $6

Pair this demi-matte greyish beige lipstick with lots of mascara and a bit of bronzer to avoid a corpse-like complexion. This shade looks incredible on medium and deep skintones.

  1. Bobbi Brown Greige Eye Palette, $70

Like the name suggests this palette is filled with an expertly curated mix of eight matte & metallic taupe, grey and beige shadows. For a quick look take one of the matte shades with a fluffy blending brush into the crease for instant definition then pop one of the shimmery shades onto the lid to add brightness to the center of the eye.

  1. Lime Crime Cashmere Velvetine, $20

For a velvety matte lip that mimics the texture of rose petals reach for this cool-toned purple-grey liquid lipstick. Pair with a mauve or neutral pink blush for fresh-faced complexion. P.S. don’t forget to follow my four steps on the right way to wear liquid lipstick.

  1. Maybelline Color Tattoo in Tough as Taupe, $7.29

This creamy shadow base acts as a one swipe wonder. Using your finger press the product onto the center of the lid gently blending upwards towards the crease. This provides a nice wash of color to your lids for an easy monochromatic look. Finish off with a thin line of liquid liner and a thick coat of your go-to mascara.

  1. Marc Jacobs Enamored Hi-Shine Nail Lacquer in (120) Delphine, $18

Besides the fact that this polish shade is the epitome of the greige trend, the formula is incredible as well. Fully opaque in one coat with a high-shine finish you’ll forget about the somewhat steep price tag.

Have you tried the greige makeup trend? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below!


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