About a year ago I decided I wanted to try more high end foundations. I bought a few over the course of the year and am now making my way through them and testing them out fully. During the month of August, I was up for an easy lightweight foundation. I decided to pull in the Estee Lauder Double Wear Nude Water Fresh foundation to test out and review for you.Read more
A bright nail look isn’t for everyone. And it’s definitely not suitable for every job out there. Let alone a job interview. So what if you want to wear nail polish, but know you can go for a bit more than just a layer of clear polish? There are plenty of neutral shades out there. The trick to finding a good neutral shade is making sure it matches your skin tone. Plus it’s always a good thing when a polish has an opaque coverage, especially if it’s a lighter color. And you know what else is fun about neutral nail polish colors? That they are a lot of fun to pair with glitters! The options are thus endless. These are my 5 picks for a neutral nail.
1.) Diamond Cosmetics – Taupe Shimmer
Taupe Shimmer is my favorite neutral nail polish. This color is always a good choice. It goes with every outfit, looks great against my skin tone and had good staying power. The last thing you want is wearing this at some important occasions and arrive there to find your polish chipped. So I like that about this one. The fact that it has a hint of shimmer makes it a bit more interesting then if this had been a fully cream polish.
2.) Catrice – Welcome to Roosywood
Rose colored nails and especially in this color with a plum undertone can look great if the rest of your outfit is more neutral. If you can match your lipstick shade it adds an instant chique factor. This is the most outspoken color in this row, but to me, this is still a neutral. It never takes away or overpowers the rest of your outfit or your personality.
3.) L’Oreal Color Riche Peach Neglige
Earlier this year L’Oreal released a range of nail polishes that are almost white, but not quite. I have three of them. Of those, Peach Neglige is the most versatile. It makes for an instant “my nails but better” look. I use this when I don’t know what to wear and pair it with glitter for a bit of fun. It is the most neutral in the bunch and therefore goes with anything you wear. It’s too thick and gloopy to wear under shearer nail colors but this color could be perfect for that as well.
4.) OPI Don’t Bossa Nova Me Around
This is the only Limited Edition shade in the selection. Don’t Bossa Nova Me Around was part of the Brazil collection released earlier this year. It’s a very light greyish beige color with a purple undertone. Making it a very light purple colored taupe. This I love to layer under sheerer nail colors, top it up with glitter or just wear it as is. Again, this color is versatile and goes with anything and is always right. It’s OPI so this is hands down my favorite formula in the bunch.
5.) Ciaté Sugared Almonds
Last but not least is Sugared Almonds. Ciaté do some great neutral shades but this has to be my favorite. It is a peachy pink color that is a bit on the sheer side. With one layer this amps up your nails, with two, you have an opaque color that is flattering and not too much out there. Because of the pinky undertone, this color doesn’t make your hands or nails look pale and dead (like some beige colors can do) but keep it lively and sophisticated.
What are your favorite neutral nail colors?
My friend Karin from Meerbeauty.nl embarked on the 30 day make up challenge when she first started her blog. She had so much fun doing it that she recommended I do it too. And I figured that wouldn’t be a bad idea. Much like her, I will not be posting 30 solid days of make up looks. Instead, I will do one whenever I fancy, but I will stick to the schedule as provided by the challenge. You can see this schedule below, as well as my interpretation of the first topic of the challenge: Nude.
As you can see there are looks that require different colors, random themes and inspiration taken from almost anywhere. The challenge focuses mainly on eye looks, but I will include a full face whenever I can. I think it is a nice chance for me to experiment with different looks and techniques. Let’s have a look at the first one.
I’m quite happy with the eye look. Not so much with the combination with the lipstick. I would never pair a neutral eye look with a neutral lip in real life and I think it looks quite funny. Later this week, I will show you what lipstick color I would wear with it, so if this isn’t your cup of tea: just stay tuned!
Since this look was supposed to be nude, I went with a more sculpted look, while accentuating those parts of my eye to make it all look a bit more put together. The eye look consists of mainly matte shades, with just some highlighting in the inner corner. You can read below which colors I’ve used. The lower lashline is bare. That is something I like doing regularly. I find it makes for a more effortless look and applying mascara on only my upper lashes opens up my tiny almond shaped eyes more and creates more of a doll eye look.
Base: Rimmel BB Cream in light, MAC Select Moisture Cover concealer in NW20, MAC pressed Prep & Prime transparent finishing powder
Blush: MAC Margin
Base: Too Faced Shadow Insurance, MAC Paint pot in Painterly,
Brow highlight: The Bodyshop eyeshadow in no 13
Eyeshadow: all from Urban Decay Naked palette
- All over lid: Naked
- Crease & outer V: Buck
- Inner corner: Virgin
- I used Sin to highlight the area from the inner corner to my brow bone.
Eyeliner: Benefit eyeshadow in Fishnets (no longer available)
Mascara: Maybelline The Rocket Volum’ Express in waterproof
MAC Omega eyeshadow, HEMA eyebrow gel
MAC lip erase in Dim, MAC Matte lipstick in Pink Plaid.
What do you think of this look?