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The 10 Sexiest Nude Makeup Palettes

1 May

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Beige. Taupe. Chocolate. On their own, these colors sound safe—even a little boring. But these natural-looking shades are versatile, stunning, and even sexy. (There, we said it.)

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Naked 3 by Urban Decay

Naked 3 by Urban Decay

It’s undeniable: Urban Decay knows its nudes. (The brand’s Naked and Naked2 palettes have attracted an unprecedented cult following, and this new palette sold out when it first launched.) The rose-gold-themed palette is packed with 12 gorgeous neutrals ranging from a soft baby pink (Strange) to a to-die-for barely there bronze (Trick). Each shade is paired with a complementary shimmer and matte shadow, so the combinations are endless (and foolproof). Plus, the Best of Beauty Award–winning Urban Decay Good Karma Shadow Brush can’t be beat.
  • WHAT IT IS: A palette of matte and shimmery shadows
  • HOW IT LOOKS/FEELS: There are 12 shadow strips in colors such as beige, rose gold, and black flecked with red sparkles. Some shades are really shimmery; all blend easily.
  • WHY WE LIKE IT: Like the cult Naked and Naked 2 palettes, this one offers endless combinations. There’s a rose-gold theme to Naked 3, and the shadows are richly pigmented. Although they’re very powdery in the tin (the brush leaves behind quite a bit of dust), they adhere well to the skin.

—Catherine Devine

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MARC JACOBS BEAUTY EYE-CON NO. 7 PLUSH SHADOW IN 206 THE LOLITA

MARC JACOBS BEAUTY EYE-CON NO. 7 PLUSH SHADOW IN 206 THE LOLITA

MARC JACOBS BEAUTY EYE-CON NO. 7 PLUSH SHADOW IN 206 THE LOLITA

These creamy nude shadows are every bit as stylish as they appear—and there’s not a throwaway in the bunch. The palette has three buttery matte shades (pale ivory, tan beige, and dark black-brown) and three frosty rose-gold-spiked hues (powder pink, soft gold, and copper), but it’s the glittery champagne that we’re using down to the pan. Dusted over any shadow (or worn alone), it lends the most elegant twinkle.

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M·A·C EYESHADOW x 15 WARM NEUTRAL

M·A·C EYESHADOW x 15 WARM NEUTRAL

M·A·C EYESHADOW x 15 WARM NEUTRAL

The biggest of the bunch, this palette is stocked with 15 warm neutrals in every finish: pearl, frost, matte, and shimmer. It’s beyond versatile, and you’ll actually use every single shade in this bad boy.

An Eye Shadow Palette in fifteen warm shades: Hey, Warm Breeze, Gingersnap, Dark Brew, Dance in the Dark, Brule Vanilla Extract, Honey Lust, Amber Lights, Saddle, Lemon Tart, Butterfudge, Creative Copper, Unwind and Divine Decadence. The highly pigmented powder formula applies evenly, blends and builds beautifully.  M·A·C Cosmetics

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SONIA KASHUK EYE COUTURE IN EYE ON NEUTRAL

SONIA KASHUK EYE COUTURE IN EYE ON NEUTRAL

SONIA KASHUK EYE COUTURE IN EYE ON NEUTRAL

So shimmer’s not your thing? Here is one for you: 12 blendable matte shadows that have you covered day or night. The palette ranges from lighter, brighter shades, like ivory and pale peach, to moody charcoal gray and even jet black. But it’s the warm cocoa range in between that we really dig in to.

  • WHAT IT IS: A neutral eye-shadow palette
  • HOW IT LOOKS/FEELS: The compact contains 12 matte powder shadows and a slide-out instructional booklet on how to achieve three different looks.
  • WHY WE LIKE IT: The colors are all wearable and blendable, so it’s easy to inject a little variety into your look without straying from your comfort zone. If you haven’t yet mastered the smoky eye, this product medley will show you the way. You’ll need your own brushes, though.

—Catherine Gambrell

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BOBBI BROWN SHIMMER BRICK

BOBBI BROWN SHIMMER BRICK

BOBBI BROWN SHIMMER BRICK

It’s almost too gorgeous to use. But the ten gleaming shadows in this limited-edition palette give the prettiest subtle sparkle, which we just can’t resist. Apply them individually, or blend them for a golden glow.

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CHANEL LES 4 OMBRES QUADRA EYE SHADOW IN RAFINEMENT

CHANEL LES 4 OMBRES QUADRA EYE SHADOW IN RAFINEMENT

CHANEL LES 4 OMBRES QUADRA EYE SHADOW IN RAFINEMENT

The shadows’ texture is luxurious, the pigments are rich, and the subtle sheen is incredibly flattering. With rose-gold accents, the colors have just enough warmth to subtly highlight the lids.

  • WHAT IT IS: A neutral eye-shadow palette with four shades
  • HOW IT LOOKS/FEELS: The mirrored compact includes three shimmer shadows—taupe, pink-champagne, and ivory—one matte brown shadow, and two sponge-tipped applicators. The powders feel velvety and go on sheer.
  • WHY WE LIKE IT: It may look like your classic neutral quad—which it kind of is—but subtle rose accents make the colors especially flattering. The powders layer and blend beautifully, and they barely twinkle, adding just the right highlight to lids.

—Lindsay Colameo

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RIMMEL LONDON GLAM'EYES QUAD EYE SHADOW IN SMOKEY BRUN

RIMMEL LONDON GLAM’EYES QUAD EYE SHADOW IN SMOKEY BRUN

RIMMEL LONDON GLAM’EYES QUAD EYE SHADOW IN SMOKEY BRUN

This palette is essentially idiotproof. No frills here, just four powdery neutral shadows and an easy-to-follow cheat sheet. It’s basically impossible to mess up. The standout shade is a deep caramel-bronze. Dabbed in the crease and outer corner, it delivers the sultriest Jennifer Lopez–like glow.

  • WHAT IT IS: A powder eye-shadow quad with neutral brown shades
  • HOW IT LOOKS/FEELS: The four shadows—caramel-bronze, ivory-beige, champagne, and dark taupe—feel soft and are moderately pigmented. They have a frosted finish, except for the dark taupe, which has a subtle rose-gold shimmer.
  • WHY WE LIKE IT: Frosted, glimmery finishes give these neutrals a Jennifer Lopez-like glow, and the shades are so harmonious it’s nearly impossible to mess up the application. (Plus, a mini diagram on the back of the palette breaks it down into four easy steps.) While the powders aren’t exactly silky, it’s hard to complain with a price tag of less than six bucks.

—Lindsay Colameo

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REVLON ILLUMINANCE CRÈME SHADOW IN NOT JUST NUDES

REVLON ILLUMINANCE CRÈME SHADOW IN NOT JUST NUDES

REVLON ILLUMINANCE CRÈME SHADOW IN NOT JUST NUDES

These shadows’ creamy texture makes any one of them a solid crease-free base (especially the ivory-beige color—shadows look instantly brighter when layered over it), and the graduated shades also layer and blend beautifully when worn together.

  • WHAT IT IS: A palette of four neutral cream eye shadows
  • HOW IT LOOKS/FEELS: There’s a shimmery light beige-cream, a shimmery medium brown, a matte light brown, and a matte dark brown; the formulas are glossy and easy to blend.
  • WHY WE LIKE IT: These versatile shades are ones you’ll turn to again and again, and the creamy texture doesn’t crease.
  • AWARDS: Best of Beauty 2010 and 2009; Readers’ Choice 2002 (ALLURE Magazine)

—Daisy Shaw

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ESTÉE LAUDER BRONZE GODDESS THE NUDES EYESHADOW PALETTE

ESTÉE LAUDER BRONZE GODDESS THE NUDES EYESHADOW PALETTE

ESTÉE LAUDER BRONZE GODDESS THE NUDES EYESHADOW PALETTE

One of these shadows is not like the others. The deep shimmery plum shade seems out of place alongside the family of beige- and brown-toned neutrals, but surprisingly, it’s the most beautiful complement. At first glance, the five matte nudes appear a little bland, but layer with a swipe of one of the three shimmery highlight shades and boring is the last word that comes to mind.

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L'ORÉAL PARIS COLOUR RICHE EYE SHADOW QUAD IN BECAUSE I'M WORTH IT!

L’ORÉAL PARIS COLOUR RICHE EYE SHADOW QUAD IN BECAUSE I’M WORTH IT!

L’ORÉAL PARIS COLOUR RICHE EYE SHADOW QUAD IN BECAUSE I’M WORTH IT!

The metallic finishes in this quad may look a little scary, but they go on much more sheerly than you’d think. The result is a bronzy glow rather than a harsh metallic effect. The darker shades are also sprinkled with teeny tiny bits of shimmer. Magpies, rejoice.

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Smashbox Full Exposure Eye Shadow Palette

Smashbox Full Exposure Eye Shadow Palette

Last but not the least… the 11th one TommyBerautyPro editor would like to add onto Allure magazine’s list is Smashbox’s Full Exposure Eye Shadow Palette!

A set of universally awesome neutrals, including How-To’s For 6 Eye Shapes. It’s ESSENTIAL, EFFORTLESS and ENHANCED FOR YOUR EYE SHAPE!

  • ESSENTIAL: 14 must-have neutral shades-from nudes to blacks, long-wearing shimmers to velvety-smooth mattes.

  • EFFORTLESS: With shimmers in the top row and mattes along the bottom, it’s easy to turn up or tone down the luster.

  • ENHANCED FOR YOUR EYE SHAPE: Breakthrough eye shape chart for your most gorgeous look in Day, Night and Defined looks.

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Naked Beauty Make-up Look by TommyBeautyPro

Naked Beauty Make-up Look by TommyBeautyPro

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Urban Decay Electric Pressed Pigment Palette

22 Mar
Urban Decay Electric Palette

Urban Decay Electric Palette

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After all that buzz about the NAKED essential colors found in every make-up artists’ kit, finally here comes something chaotic from Urban Decay! For all you color make-up addicts: it’s the ultimate fix! It’s chaos inducing color in a mind-blowing palette filled with 10 of the brightest, coolest shades you’ve ever laid eyes on.

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Urban Decay Electric Palette

Urban Decay Electric Palette

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Chaos-inducing color—in ten VELVETY shades. Inspired by Chaos (a brilliant matte blue from The Vice Palette), we created the ultimate fix for color addicts—packed with ten of the brightest, most amazing shades you’ve ever laid eyes on, plus a double-ended brush. In addition to Chaos (yes, it’s back!), this palette marks the return of Revolt (a silver standout from our Anarchy Face Case). All the other shades are NEW!

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Urban Decay Electric Pressed Pigment Palette

Urban Decay Electric Pressed Pigment Palette

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From ultra-smooth mattes to highly dimensional shimmers, each VELVETY shade delivers insane color payout. Why do a Pressed Pigment Palette? Using pressed pigments was the only way we could create heavily saturated brights with the intense pigment load we craved. Traditional eye shadow formulas just wouldn’t cut it. To achieve shades like these, we had to develop an entirely new formula!

We carefully crafted the formula on every shade to make sure each one would apply with a soft and creamy texture and deliver serious color payout. Each shade features our Pigment Infusion System™, the proprietary blend of ingredients that gives each shade its velvety texture, rich color, serious staying power and blend-ability.

The case is as cool as the shades inside. Emblazoned with “ELECTRIC,” this slim, sleek palette features a vivid, dimensional, multilayered smoke-screen print reminiscent of the shades inside. And the mirror is huge!

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VIDEO: Chaos-Inducing Color Meets Blacker-Than-Black Liners

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Urban Decay Electric Palette

Urban Decay Electric Palette

Shade Descriptions:

  • Revolt: bright metallic silver shimmer w/silver glitter
  • Gonzo: bright turquoise matte w/ floating tonal pearl
  • Slowburn: bright red-orange matte w/floating pearl
  • Savage: bright hot pink matte
  • Fringe: bright metallic teal
  • Chaos: bright blue matte w/floating tonal pearl
  • Jilted : bright metallic fuchsia w/blue shift
  • Urban: bright metallic purple
  • Freak: bright green w/gold shift
  • Thrash: bright lime green matte w/floating gold pearl

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Urban Decay Electric Pressed Pigment Palette

Urban Decay Electric Pressed Pigment Palette

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Electric Pressed Pigment Palette also includes a cruelty-free, double-ended pressed pigment brush (an all-black brush with bright purple synthetic brush fibers). On one end: a compact precision brush that’s perfect for applying color with amazing control. On the other end: a small pigment brush.

Fill Weight: 10 x 1.2g / 10 x 0.04 oz

US $49.00

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Naked 3 by Urban Decay

14 Dec
Naked 3 by Urban Decay

Naked 3 by Urban Decay

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Experiment with 12 NEVER-BEFORE-SEEN (and insanely beautiful) rose-hued neutrals—from pale, shimmery pink to deep black matte with rosy red micro-glitter.

It’s finally here: the long-awaited follow-up Naked and Naked2 (two of the industry’s all-time bestselling palettes)! And this time around, we’re giving you a dozen NEW ways to get Naked. (Yes, we loaded this palette with 12 NEVER-BEFORE-SEEN shades.)

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Urban Decay - Naked Eye Shadow Palettes

Urban Decay – Naked Eye Shadow Palettes

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Choose from every finish imaginable: ultra-smooth mattes, gorgeous pearls and glimmering metallics. From the palest, shimmery pink to deep, warm black, these neutrals will make you want to get Naked all over again. Every shade features our Pigment Infusion System?, the proprietary blend of ingredients that gives each shade its velvety texture, rich color, serious staying power and blendability.

Naked3 includes a NEW double-ended shadow/blending brush AND an Eyeshadow Primer Potion sampler with resealable samples of all four formulas (original, Sin, Eden and Anti-Aging). Each sample holds about a week’s worth of Primer!

Our art-school-inspired tin case is a gorgeous rose-gold color (a subtle hint at the shades inside). Embossed on top with a big “Naked3” and cool facets that beg to be touched, it’s sure to inspire lots of jealous stares.

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Urban Decay - Naked 3 Eye Shadow Palettes

Urban Decay – Naked 3 Eye Shadow Palettes

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What it is:
A mirrored compact packed with a dozen never-before-seen rose-hued neutrals, plus a double-ended brush and an Eyeshadow Primer Potion sampler.

What it does:
Dare to get Naked all over again with Urban Decay’s latest shadow palette. Naked3 debuts 12 insanely beautiful rose-hued neutrals in an impressive range of shades—from pale, shimmery pink to deep black matte with red microglitter—in ultrasmooth matte, pearl, and glimmering metallic finishes. Each shadow features Urban Decay’s Pigment Infusion System?, the proprietary blend of ingredients that gives every shade its velvety texture, rich color, serious staying power, and blendability.

This set contains:

  • 0.05 oz x 12 Eyeshadows in: Strange (pale neutral pink matte-satin), Dust (pale metallic pink shimmer w/iridescent micro-glitter), Burnout (light pinky-peach satin), Limit (light dusty rose matte), Buzz (metallic rose shimmer w/silver microglitter), Trick (light metallic pinky-copper shimmer w/tonal microsparkle), Nooner (medium pinky-brown matte), Liar (medium metallic mauve shimmer), Factory (pinky-brown satin), Mugshot (metallic taupe shimmer w/slight pink shift), Darkside (deep taupe-mauve satin), Blackheart (smoky black matte w/rosy red micro-sparkle)
  • Double-ended eye shadow brush
  • 4 x 0.025 oz Eyeshadow Primer Potion sample packettes

What it is formulated WITHOUT:

  • Parabens
  • Sulfates
  • Phthalates

What else you need to know:
The gorgeous rose-gold art-school-inspired tin case hints at the shades inside. Embossed on top with a big “Naked3” and cool facets that beg to be touched, this case is sure to inspire lots of jealous stares. Naked3 also includes a new double-ended shadow/blending brush and an Eyeshadow Primer Potion sampler with resealable samples of all four formulas (Original, Sin, Eden, and Anti-Aging). Each sample holds about a week’s worth of Primer.

Product Inspiration:

Years ago, Wende (founding partner of Urban Decay) had a boyfriend who took the most amazing pictures of her at sunset, when the light was ridiculously flattering. With Naked3, she wanted to recreate that amazing “golden hour” vibe that looks great on everyone.

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Urban Decay Naked 3 Eye Shadow Palette

Urban Decay Naked 3 Eye Shadow Palette

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Urban Decay Holiday Collection 2013

7 Nov
Urban Decay Holiday 2013

Urban Decay Holiday 2013

Urban Decay is beauty with an edge. It is feminine, dangerous, and fun… appealing to anyone who relishes her individuality and dares to express it. Known for their daring shade names and innovative products, Urban Decay carries one of the widest selections of color cosmetics brands—a main reason their brand is so much fun! From a myriad of unique eye products, to performance foundations, and lickable, sexy powders, Urban Decay has always found new ways to excite beauty junkies and makeup artists alike.

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Naked Illuminated Shimmering Powder for Face and Body

URBAN DECAY Naked Illuminated Shimmering Powder for Face and Body

URBAN DECAY Naked Illuminated Shimmering Powder for Face and Body

Our smooth, silky powder contains a sophisticated, microfine shimmer. Dust it on wherever you want to create an instant Naked glow!

Get Naked from head to toe. This smooth, silky powder contains a sophisticated, microfine shimmer and light-reflecting particles that give skin a luminous, radiant look. You really have to see it to appreciate how insanely beautiful it is!

This lightweight, shimmering powder is baked on a terra cotta disc for 24 hours and then hand-finished, just like our popular Baked Bronzer. Baking the formula gives Naked Illuminated Shimmering Powder a high level of just-perfect shimmer (without the metallic look of cheaper formulas). It also provides the color payoff of a loose powder, with the convenience of a pressed powder.

The perfect way to get (or give) Naked, this shimmering powder comes in a gorgeous rose-gold box and makes the perfect gift for any Naked fan. Includes a generous mirror and a brush (housed in a separate compartment underneath the powder).

USD $29

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Anarchy Face Case

URBAN DECAY Anarchy Face Case

URBAN DECAY Anarchy Face Case

An ultimate all-in-one travel palette for the most discriminating beauty junkies, this limited-edition set contains all the essentials for a range of looks, including colors for your eyes, lips, and cheeks.

This double-layer compact keeps everything organized and prevents the shadows from mixing with the blushes and highlighter. Lift the lid to reveal the first tier, which houses five shades of Eyeshadow, a Super-Saturated High Gloss Lip Color, a travel-size 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil, and a big mirror. Delve into the lower tier and you’ll find two shades of blush (in an exclusive new powder formula) and a highlighter, along with another mirror. Perfect for quick getaways, rushed mornings, and last-minute invites to stay the night, this travel-size palette fits stealthily into your bag—making it easy to create a hot look no matter where you are.

With most all-in-one palettes, you run out of lip color long before everything else. Not so with Urban Decay’s Anarchy Face Case, because the Super-Saturated pencil is full size. And when you want to change up your look, you can just swap out the pencils for your favorite Urban Decay shades.

USD $44 / Sephora Exclusive

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Black Market – 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil Sets

URBAN DECAY Black Market Pencil Set

URBAN DECAY Black Market Pencil Set

A set so good, it’s almost criminal: six darkly gorgeous hues of our award-winning Eye Pencils (including five exclusive new shades)—in a cool, travel-size set.

Like the most illicit of substances, our 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil Sets have been known to provoke some pretty insane behavior in fans eager for another fix. And Black Market is no exception. The smoky lineup includes a deep inky-blue shimmer, a glittery grayish-purple AND a cool black satin (because one shade of black is never enough). Get it now or risk having to resort to extreme measures to track it down later.

Just like our full-size 24/7 pencils, these babies deliver unmatched color payout in a creamy, waterproof formula that glides on and dries down to a waterproof finish that won’t budge.

The perfect gift for any makeup junkie (and a great introduction to UD), this set comes in a clear outer box so you can see all the gorgeous eye candy inside. Mmmm.

What You See Is What You Get:
West* (dark brown pearl), Desperation (deep taupe-gray matte), Black Market* (charcoal black satin), Riot* (smoky purple shimmer with violet micro-sparkle), Apathy* (metallic olive green shimmer) and Ink* (deep navy blue satin).

USD $36 / *New and exclusive shade

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Ocho Loco 2 – 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil Sets

URBAN DECAY Ocho Loco 2

URBAN DECAY Ocho Loco 2

Get crazy all over again—with a dark, edgy rainbow of eight FULL-SIZE 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencils (including five exclusive new shades).

When we launched our original Ocho Loco set last year, we knew it would be popular—but we had no idea just how popular. The frenzy was so out of control that we’re still getting a ton of requests for it (a year later!).

“Ocho Loco” means “Crazy Eight” in Spanish, which sums up the shades in this sequel perfectly. Play it tame (but not boring) with edgier-than-average neutrals. Smoke it up with our deepest, blackest black. Experiment with trippy-cool acid brights. From returning faves like Deep End and Perversion to new, destined-for-cult-status shades like Ultraviolet and Mars, this set has it all. And no matter which shade you choose, our creamy, award-winning 24/7 formula glides on smoothly and dries down to a long-lasting finish.

Since we rarely do full-size pencil sets, this set is a true collector’s item. But the craziest part has to be the price: $59 for eight full-size pencils that would cost you $152 if you bought them individually. (Not that you could anyway, since five of the shades are exclusives.) And it comes with a never-before-seen neon-green Grindhouse Double Barrel Sharpener (exclusive to this set).

Ocho Loco 2 comes nestled in a tray adorned with a sophisticated rainbow of X-rayed flowers and has a clear outer box so you can see all the amazing shades inside. Like all our 24/7 pencils, shade-matched barrels make it easy to find the exact color you’re looking for (even in the depths of an oversized tote).

What You See Is What You Get:
Roach (deep copper brown shimmer), Twice Baked* (rich brown satin w/gold micro-sparkle), Crave* (deepest, darkest brown-black matte), Perversion (blackest black matte), Deep End (bright metallic peacock shimmer), Mars* (bright metallic green shimmer), Ultraviolet* (bright blue-violet shimmer) and Tornado* (dark eggplant pearl).

USD $59 / *New and exclusive shade.

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Heavy Metal Glitter Eyeliner

URBAN DECAY Heavy Metal Glitter Eyeliner

URBAN DECAY Heavy Metal Glitter Eyeliner

Like a gateway drug to hardcore sparkle, Heavy Metal Glitter Eyeliner provides a heavy dose of glam-rock—minus the frequent stints in rehab.

All the glitz of glam rock—without the spandex or bad hair. Our water-based, buildable liner contains super-fine glitter in a clear base that dries quickly and REALLY stays put (for long wear without any fallout).

Because the glitter is suspended in a gel, it won’t separate in the bottle (so you don’t need to shake it like you do with watery formulas). Peach and cucumber extract condition the skin, while carrot extract smooths and softens.

Wear Heavy Metal alone, apply it over our legendary Eyeshadow or layer two shades together for a more intense glam-rock effect. The precise, thin-tipped brush makes it easy to create fine, glittery lines. Want more sparkle? Use the side of the brush to sweep sparkle all over your lids.

USD $19

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Vice 2 Eye Shadow Palette

URBAN DECAY Vice Palette 2

URBAN DECAY Vice Palette 2

URBAN DECAY Vice Palette 2

URBAN DECAY Vice Palette 2

URBAN DECAY Vice Palette 2

URBAN DECAY Vice Palette 2

Missed out the first time? Jonesing for your next fix? You’re in luck. This luxe, sophisticated palette is loaded with 20 ALL-NEW (and unbelievably gorgeous) Eyeshadow shades.

Experiment with insanely cool brights, not-your-average neutrals, and sexy hits of smoke, all in our decadent, revamped formula. In case you weren’t around for the frenzy of the original Vice Palette, here’s the deal: yes, Vice 2 is limited edition and it WILL sell out. (With 20 EXCLUSIVE shades you won’t find anywhere else, what would you expect!?)

Every shade features our Pigment Infusion System™, the proprietary blend of ingredients that gives the formula its velvety texture, rich color, serious staying power and blendability.

Even the case is luxe. It’s drenched in a pretty-but-edgy, abstract orchid design that’s applied with a special process—so no two palettes are exactly alike—and topped off with a gunmetal jeweled UD icon. With the touch of a button, the case opens slowly, seductively, to unveil all those gorgeous shadows, along with an oversized mirror and a double-ended, cruelty-free shadow/crease brush.

What You See Is What You Get:
Smokeout (dark taupey-black satin), Lovesick (black matte w/iridescent micro-glitter), Shellshock (bright metallic silver), Coax (medium metallic pink w/golden iridescent micro-sparkle), X-Rated (baby pink satin), Prank (deep navy matte w/turquoise floating pearl), Madness (bright metallic blue shimmer w/blue micro-glitter), Strike (antique gold shimmer w/silver micro-glitter), Stash (deep olive green shimmer w/iridescent micro-sparkle), Poison (charcoal satin w/iridescent micro-sparkle), Radar (metallic brown shimmer w/iridescent micro-glitter), Damaged (bright metallic emerald shimmer), Voodoo (metallic purple shimmer w/iridescent purple micro-glitter), Betrayal (bright purple satin w/blue shift), Derailed (medium metallic taupey-brown shimmer), Dope (warm champagne satin), Toxic (metallic copper-pink shimmer w/tonal micro-glitter), Habit (light nude matte), Ambush (metallic brown satin) and Rewind (medium brown matte).

USD $59.00

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Makeup 101: Color Theory & Make-up Artistry │ 彩妝色彩學

5 Jan
Makeup 101: Colour Theory & Make-up Artistry by Tommy Beauty Pro

Makeup 101: Colour Theory & Make-up Artistry by Tommy Beauty Pro

With colors you can set a mood, attract attention, or make a statement. There is psychology behind colorsthey tell stories. By selecting the right color scheme, you can create an ambiance of elegance, warmth or tranquility, or you can convey an image of playful youthfulness.

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As a make-up artist, you are working with products, tools, colors, textures, shapes, and human faces (bone structure) all the time. Because you are an artist, you must have a good sense in coloring, so you can color match correctly & create the best color selection/scheme for your clients.

In this beauty blog post, you will learn some basics in color theory through the study of color wheel, to understand how colors can work effectively on your application as a make-up artist, and my make-up artist pro tips on how you can make the theory work effectively into the application.

The topics includes:

  • Color Theory
  • The Color Wheel: Primary, Secondary (or Intermediate), Tertiary
  • Warm & Cool Colors
  • Skin Colors (with Face Shade Finding Guide)
  • Skin Tones: Cool, Warm, Neutral
  • Analogous (Adjacent) Colors
  • Complimentary Colors (with How to Use Color Correctors Guide)
  • Neutral Colors: Black, White, Brown, Beige, Ivory & Cream (with Eye Brow Color Matching Chart)
  • Monochromatic Colors
  • Other Colors Terminology: Hue, Tint, Shade, Tone, Value, Intensity (Saturation)
  • Quick Color Reference Guide

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Color Theory

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Color Theory . the Art of Beauty

Color is the perceptual characteristic of light described by a color name. Specifically, color is light, and light is composed of many colors—those we see are the colors of the visual spectrum: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and violet. Objects absorb certain wavelengths and reflect others back to the viewer. We perceive these reflected wavelengths as color.

Color theory: in the visual arts is practical guidance to color mixing and the visual impacts of color combinations. A make-up artist should understand the Basics of Color Theory in order to know how colors work with each other, and how one color will influence another by placing it next to, or on top of each other, or even how the color will result in when you mix them together.

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MUFE Artist Shadow - Color Schematics

Artist Shadows – Color Schematics | Make Up For Ever

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As a make-up artist, you will always have clients ask you: “What colors look best on me?” or “How do I find the best foundation shade?” You know the answer will be different on each individual because each of us is unique in our own way, and we create the best color scheme to compliment, coordinate or match the desired look. Thus, you must have an understand about basic color theory in order to make a good judgement call on the colors for you & your clients.

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Make-up Artist vs. Make-up Applicator

By understanding color theory and knowing how to apply the theory onto human facial canvas effectively, will set you apart from being just a make-up applicator!

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The Color Wheel

Color Wheel

Color Wheel

To help us understand the basics of color theory, we need a color wheel. Color Wheel is a visual aid in helping us understand the principles of color and the color theory.

The color wheel is divided into three categories: PrimarySecondary (or Intermediate), and Tertiary

  • Primary: the three primary colors are: redyellow and blue. These colors are considered to be foundation colors because they are used to create all other colors.
  • Secondary (or Intermediate): by combining two of the primary colors, three secondary colors are formed. For example, when you mix red with yellow, you will get an orange color. The Secondary colors are: orangegreen and violet
  • Tertiary: the six tertiary colors are made by combining a primary and an adjacent secondary color. These colors are: yellow – orange, orange – red, red – violet, violet – blue, blue – green, and green – yellow.

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Warm & Cool Colors

Color Wheel: Warm & Cool Colors

Color Wheel: Warm & Cool Colors

The color wheel can be divided into warm and cool colors. By understanding the differences of warm & cool colors, it will help you better in foundation & concealer color matching on different color skin tones.

Warm Colors

Warm Color Spectrum

  • Warm colors are bright, passionate and energetic, and tend to be eye-popping colors. Warm colors include: red, orange, and yellow, and variations of those three colors. 
  • In make-up artistry, reds can be both cool and warm. If the red is blue based (a red with purple or blue undertone), it is cool. If the red is orange based, it is warm. 
Cool Colors

Cool Color Spectrum

  • Cool colors give an impression of calm, and create a soothing impression. Cool colors include: violet, blue, and green.
  • In make-up artistry, the same theory applies with the color green. If a green has more gold/yellow undertone, then it is warm. If a green contains more blue undertone, then it is cool. Whenever most colors have a blue undertone, they will always be a cool color.

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Skin Colors

Skin Color

Skin Colors

  • Fair Skin–Light Ivory, Porcelain, Sand, Pale Peach Pink or slightly reddish (rosy) undertones
  • Medium Skin–Yellow, Gold, Beige, Natural, Red-Olive, Yellow-Green
  • Medium-Dark Skin–Honey, Cameo, Copper, Olive, Tan, Golden-Olive, Caramel
  • Dark Skin–Orange-Brown, Red-Brown, Walnut, Almond, Blue-Black, Ebony, Dark Chocolate
Bobbi Brown Face Shade Guide

Bobbi Brown Face Shade Guide

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Skintones

Different Skintone

Skintone Color & Shades

  • Cool Skintone – the skin has a little pink (rosiness) in their skin. They tend to burn easily under the sun. People who look good in silver jewelry & accessories. When they wearing a cool undertone red lipstick, they look brightened up. Most of the time, their veins are in blue color (take a look at the wrist under natural light).

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  • Warm Skinton – the skin has a yellow undertone or golden-olive undertone. They tend to tan easily under the sun. People who look awesome in gold jewelry & accessories than silver. When they wearing a warm (orange) undertone red lipstick, they look brightened up. Most of the time, their veins are in green color (take a look at your wrist under natural light).

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  • Neutral Skintone–the skin has both pink and golden undertone. They look good in both gold or silver jewelry. Most of the time, their vain is in both blue-green color.

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Analogous Colors

M·A·C PRO Lip Palettes-Analogous Colors

Lip Palettes-Analogous Color Scheme | M·A·C PRO

Analogous (or Adjacent) Colors are created by using three (or more) colors that are next to each (side-by-side colors) on the color wheel.

Too Faced

“Boudoir Eye Palette”-Analogous Color Scheme | Too Faced

Tommy’s Make-up Artist Tips on Analogous Color:

By grouping analogous colors, it helps to create a better color blending effect, and it tends set a stronger mood. For example, to create that sexy & romantic feeling of eye make-up design (eg. boudoir eye palette as seen in the image above), by grouping the cool colors (plum, pink, mauve, plus some neutral colors) together, you can easily achieve that romantic bedroom color scheme for the desired boudoir eye makeup look.

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Complimentary Colors

Complimentary & Analogous Colors

Complimentary & Analogous Colors

Complementary color schemes are created by combining colors from opposite sides of the color wheel. They bring out each other, they make a visual contrast, thus both colors appear stronger against each other.

Complementary Color Make-up Look

Complementary Color Eye Make-up Look

Tommy’s Make-up Artist Tips on Complementary Color:

If someone has blue eyes, by using gold/bright yellow eye shadow colors on that person, it will amplify the blueness of her eyes; in other words, the gold eye shadow colors will make her blue eyes stand out more than any other colors!

Complementary Color Make-up Look

Complementary Color Make-up Look

Make-up Artist Tips on Complementary Color:

This color theory also applies by wearing a mossy green color eye shadow, and a bright red lipstick. The result of that complimentary color scheme can look nothing but strikingly beautiful.

Lise Watier: Portfolio Professional Correctors Palette

Portfolio Professional Corrector Palettes | Lise Watier Cosmetics

Tommy’s Make-up Artist Tips on Concealer & Color Correcting:

When you mix complimentary colors together (eg. mix red and green), they will combine to produce a neutral gray. It doesn’t mean you want to produce gray color on your face, it just means you will use other color(s) to get rid of (or cancel out) the color you do not like on your skin.

Color Theory in Color Correction

Color Theory in Color Correction

This theory is widely used for color correcting on the face and under eye concealing. For the face, many people like to use color correctors (similar to using shading & high lighting technique), CC Cream (color control cream) or with colored face primers to color correct.

Personally, I think it’s best applied for Under-Eye Concealer Application—if someone has a purple under-eye that you want to conceal, for the best result, use a concealer with yellow undertone, OR use a yellow color corrector to neutralize the purple under-eye first, then use a concealer on top to match the person’s natural skintone.

The same theory works for people who have lots of dark blue under-eye color (which is often found in darker, brownish skintone), it is best to use an orange color corrector (or a mix of orange & ocher colors) first to neutralize the dark blue under-eye, then use a concealer on top to match the person’s natural skintone.

Using color correcting in the under-eye area effectively with the proper method & color, it will bring a nice radiant & lifting effect on the make-up look!

Color Corrector Guide

How to Use Color Corrector Guide

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Neutral Colors

Neutral Colors

Neutral Colors

In color theory, a neutral color that is neither warm nor cool. Neutral colors are classy, sophisticated, and extremely wearable. They’re commonly worn on its own, or combined with brighter accent colorsthey can easily be matched with every color. The meanings and impressions of neutral colors are much more affected by the colors that surround them than are warm and cool colors.

  • Black is the strongest of the neutral colors. On the positive side, it’s commonly associated with power, elegance, and formality. On the negative side, it can be associated with evil, death, and mystery.
  • White is at the opposite end of the spectrum from black, but like black, it can work well with just about any other color. White is often associated with purity, cleanliness, and virtue. In the West, white is commonly worn by brides on their wedding day. White is associated with goodness, and angels are often depicted in white.
  • Brown is associated with the earth, wood, and stone. It’s a completely natural color and a warm neutral. Brown can be associated with dependability and reliability, with steadfastness, and with earthiness. It can also be considered dull.
  • Beige is somewhat unique in the color spectrum, as it can take on cool or warm tones depending on the colors surrounding it. It has the warmth of brown and the coolness of white, and, like brown, is sometimes seen as dull. It’s a conservative color in most instances, and is usually reserved for backgrounds. It can also symbolize piety.
  • Ivory and Cream are sophisticated colors, with some of the warmth of brown and a lot of the coolness of white. They’re generally quiet, and can often evoke a sense of history. Ivory is a calm color, with some of the pureness associated with white, though it’s a bit warmer.

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Neutral Color Eye Shadow Palettes by Urban Decay

NAKED – Neutral Color Eye Shadow Palettes | Urban Decay

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You will be surprised that the most universal colors that work for all skin tones are actually the taupe / earthy tone colors. Why? Because “the meanings and impressions of neutral colors are much more affected by the colors that surround them than are warm and cool colors”.

Thus, you will find almost every make-up artist has a neutral color eye shadow palette which contains multiple shades of white, taupe, beige, brown, grey and black colors all in one palette. They are the mostly used colors, and they tend to create the most wearable make-up that suits with all skin tone/colors.

Tommy’s Make-up Artist Tips on Neutral Colors:

Nude & Neutral colors are eternal fashion staples that simply never go out of trend.

By having a palette of neutral colors as show above, you can easily achieve many Prime Looks (beauty make-up looks that is for everyday wear), as well, you can use the eye shadow colors to create  eye liners or fill-in the  eye brows to achieve a natural look.

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Neutral Color Eye Shadow Palettes by M·A·C Cosmetics

Neutral Color Eye Shadow Palettes | M·A·C Cosmetics

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For your references, here is a guide in helping you on how to choose the right Eye Brow Colors that Match the Hair Color accordingly:

Eye Brow Color Matching Guide

Eye Brow Color Matching Guide

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Monochromatic Colors

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Monochromatic color schemes are made up of different tones, shades and tints within one hue. For example, a monochromatic scheme of the color blue would be the Blue Color Family ranging from the lightest sky blue, to a medium shade of ocean blue, to the darkest navy blue.

These are the simplest color schemes to create, as they’re all taken from the same hue.

Full Exposure Eye Shadow Color Shades | Smashbox

Full Exposure Eye Shadow Color Shades | Smashbox

Similar to the neutral colors we talked about earlier, we find in the cosmetics industry that the neural colors are the most universal colors make-up artists use for everyday on everyone; in addition, different shades of browns and grays in the monochromatic colors are often created in a variety of texture (matte, shimmer, velvet, cream) to produce a handy eye shadow palette for make-up artists to use.

Nude Make-up using Monochromatic Colors

裸妝 Nude Make-up using Monochromatic Colors

A beautiful face make-up can be achieved by using the monochromatic shades in: foundation, eye brows, eye shadow, blush, contour & highlight, and lip colors! A nude make-up look is often a good example of a monochromatic scheme–easy to create in terms of choosing colors to blend, and the effect is very pretty & classy.

Monochromatic colors are also often found in bridal make-up because it blends beautifully on different shades of one color family. If you are interested in this particular topic, please visit my other beauty blog on Beautiful Wedding Make-up Looks & Colour Scheme, you will see beautiful five color schemes  I created for the topic of bridal beauty make-up.

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Other Colors Terminology

Color and Hue

Color and Hue

Hue: the true color of primary colors mixed together, as well as the secondary and tertiary colors mixed together. These colors are basic and intense. Once you have the basic colors, you can adjust them by adding white or black or gray, changing the brightness and density of the colors. This is how you get pastel and muted colors.

Tint, Shade, Tone

Tint, Shade, Tone

Tint: made by adding white to a pure hue. So if you have an intense purple and add white, you’ll get lavender. If you have a bright orange-red and add white, you’ll get a warm orangey-coral.

Shade: made by adding black to a pure hue. If you have a bright red, and add a touch of black to it, you’ll get a deeper, richer red.

Tone: made by adding gray to a pure hue. Gray is a result of mixing complimentary colors together.

Value: the lightness or darkness of a color, as if on a scale from black to white. For instance, navy is a dark value of blue.

Intensity: (or saturation) is the brightness of a color, or put another way, it’s the force of the color. For example, a full force red or a full intensity red is hard to live with.

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Quick Color Reference Guide

M·A·C - Color Play

M·A·C – Color Play

A reference guide for the common meanings & psychological reactions to colors:

  • Red: Passion, Love, Anger, Power, Sexy
  • Orange: Energy, Happiness, Vitality, Halloween
  • Yellow: Happiness, Hope, Bright, Summer
  • Green: New Beginnings, Abundance, Nature, Growing
  • Blue: Calm, Responsible, Sadness/Depression, Winter
  • Pink: Sweet, Lovely, First Love, Flowers
  • Purple: Creativity, Royalty, Wealth, Romance
  • Black: Mystery, Elegance, Evil
  • Gray: Moody, Conservative, Formality, Dull
  • White: Purity, Cleanliness, Virtue, Light, Snow
  • Brown: Nature, Wholesomeness, Dependability, Autumn
  • Tan or Beige: Conservative, Piety, Dull
  • Cream or Ivory: Calm, Elegant, Purity

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M·A·C Liptensity Lipstick

 

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