It’s all about the neutral eyeshadow shades and we are here for it…

There’s a new nude in town

The nude lip has been a major make-up look for a while now. For those with olive skin it is easy to wear and works well with a variety of different make-up looks – which is why it is often a go-to for many olive-skinned celebrities like Jennifer Lopez and Nicole Sherzinger.

Seriously, what’s not to love? It makes lips appear plumper and has an air of effortlessly done.

This obsession with nude has trickled down to our nails over the last year, with neutral shade sand minimalist designs on natural nails a trend to be reckoned with. And, we’re here to tell you it has struck lucky for a third time in 2022 too - as it’s set to be the hottest hue look for eyes.

How to wear the trend

According to make-up artist Aimee Connolly, you can’t go wrong with a neutral eye and describes it as one of her ‘go-to looks’. Aimee suggests you don’t need MUA-level skills to pull it off, as a simple sweep of bronzer along the eye crease can create the trend. Ideal for those with olive skin as this monochromatic bronze look adds warmth to the complexion and really makes skin glow.

However, if you want to take it up a notch Aimee suggests you need to add contrasting textures to really make it pop. Something Rupert Kingston, Creative Director and Co-founder of Delilah Cosmetics agrees.

“It doesn’t matter what eye colour you have. If you are going to nail the neutral look, you are going to need to work with a variety of textures,” explains Rupert. “A combination of matte, shimmer and possibly even slightly glittery or sparkle tones.”

The best shade for your skin tone

Choosing the right shade to work with your skin might seem like a minefield, but it’s actually quite simple according to Rupert.

“Go for a slightly shimmering flesh tone with light reflective quality,” he recommends. “If you are olive-toned go for a colour with a more golden undertone. Then, team it with a matte neutral brown colour.”

Rupert urges everyone to buy a matte brown eyeshadow regardless. “I’m a firm believer that this is a staple that everybody that everybody should have in their make-up bag,” he says. “It can be used for shading to blend through the socket line. If you have hooded lids, you can use on the outside corner of the eyes and blend inwards, to give a more rounded shape of the eye.”  

How to make your eyes pop.

The best way to create the naked eye look is to start with a flesh colour concealer all over the lid,” says Rupert.

This is where our EX1 Cosmetics Delete Fluide Concealer, £10.50, really comes into its own. As it is colour matched like our foundations and contains 25% pure pigments it works perfectly as an eyeshadow base, evening out the colour and removing any redness – whilst seamlessly matching your base.

The shade according to your eye colour

Best for.. Brown Eyes

Sculpted by Aimee Sultry Stories Eyeshadow Palette, £34. Opt for ‘Tawny’ on brown eyes as it has a mauve undertone that complements this colour. Buff through the crease of the eye and dust whatever is left on the brush over the eyelid as a subtle wash of neutral colour.

Best for… blue eyes

Any shadow with a warm undertone will look really flattering. Think bronze, golden or peachy hues. Go for a palette like Delilah Cosmetics Eyeshadow Palette in Jezabel, £34.

Best for… Green eyes

Think pastel pinks or champagne golds as both can work really well. For a fuss free neutral eyelid, try Mac Paint Pot in Painterly, £16.50, although this works as a great base for any eye colour, it’s slightly pinky hue, accentuates a green eye beautifully.


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