Neutral Makeup for Any Lipstick Color


I tend to go a bit lighter with my makeup in the summertime for a few reasons. It’s pretty hot and humid where I live, so a full face of makeup can feel suffocating after a few hours.  Also, I don’t want to cover up the natural glow and freckles that come with being in the sun for a bit! I always wear sunscreen, but my freckles always pop out dramatically around my nose and upper lip!

The one cosmetic I never skimp on, though, is lipstick. And I thought I’d show you how any shade, bold or soft, can go with a light and neutral makeup look. Here are a few tips:

  1. Don’t skip your eyebrows (ever). If you are going lighter around the eye area, make sure you fill in your eyebrows as needed! This looks like a great kit!
  2. Apply a bit of eyeshadow (shade is Ashes to Ashes by NARS) under your eye instead of liner. This is my favorite way to make my eyes look bigger and rounder, without the severity of a line.
  3. Choose a neutral blush (shade is Sex Appeal), or just pick up your bronzer! You never want your blush to compete with your lipstick, so opting for a neutral brownish or super soft pink is the easiest way to add some dimension to your face. I look back in horror at times I was wearing a ton of blush and a strong lip. Don’t be like me.

You should know by now that I love browsing the beauty section at Nordstrom. They are always great about sampling products for you if you have questions, and I love the variety of brands they offer as well.

I’m wearing one eyeshadow color all over my lid, and the same shade along my lower lash line. I picked up a tiny bit of a charcoal brown to press into my upper lash line, but otherwise that was it for the eyeshadow. I focused on mascara for bold lashes, and added an extra coat to my lower lashes as well.

The peach shade of lipstick (shade Nude Beach) is perfect for an easy daytime look. Everything is pretty neutral and warm. This makeup would look great with a bright sundress!

A bright pink works too since it’s the focal point of the face! I love this watermelon pink shade for summer.

You can find all of these products at Nordstrom!

This post was created in partnership with Nordstrom. 

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Comments (28)

  1. Posted June 21, 2017

    I really love the peachy lipstick on you!! I find that it is the best color for summer too! so pretty.

  2. dana says
    Posted June 21, 2017

    What brand and shade of lippie are you wearing in the last two photos? I LOVE it!

  3. Claire says
    Posted June 21, 2017

    I like to skip heavy foundations in the summer time and focus on the lip too. I like ‘naked lunch’ eyeshadow by MAC all over the eyelid paired with a light brown in the crease. For the lips, i like the marc jacobs le marc lipsticks or the maybelline color sensationnal line.

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  5. Kim says
    Posted June 21, 2017

    I love adding eyeshadow to the lower lash line instead of eyeliner! Great tips!

    Kim .. OTS in Paris!

  6. Betty says
    Posted June 21, 2017

    I loved the bright pink lip color you selected, however, when I click on the link you provided the Dior shade that pops up does not look like the color on your lips. Can you tell us the name of the color please?

  7. Christy says
    Posted June 21, 2017

    Hi! Love your blog, I’m a daily reader 🙂 Wondering what you use to keep your teeth white! Whitening toothpaste, teeth whitener, dentist whitening? Would love to hear 🙂

  8. Jennifer S says
    Posted June 21, 2017

    Love the ‘watermelon pink’ shade, and I would love to know what color that is.

  9. kelly says
    Posted June 21, 2017

    Are you wearing any mascara on top of your lash tint?

    • Kate says
      Posted June 21, 2017

      I just got my lash tint today (6/21) and this was shot prior to this day.

  10. Erin says
    Posted June 21, 2017

    Gorgeous. Your lashes look amazing!

  11. Kathy says
    Posted June 21, 2017

    Your eyes look so pretty!

  12. Faith says
    Posted June 21, 2017

    OOhh! I love that watermelon color!!

  13. Posted June 21, 2017

    Such a natural look! Neutral makeup is definitely my favourite go-to “face”! 🙂

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  14. Mark says
    Posted June 22, 2017

    Just love the Pink Shade.

  15. Ashley says
    Posted June 22, 2017

    Hi, how do you rate Nars eyeshadow lasting power when you use it as a liner? Do you use an eye primer? Thank you 🙂

  16. Karly says
    Posted June 22, 2017

    Great post! Love this look and both lipstick colors are so pretty!

  17. chichi says
    Posted June 22, 2017

    ur makeup looks great with all those lip shades, filling eyebrows makes so much difference!

  18. PJ says
    Posted June 22, 2017

    Why is it that you look absolutely gorgeous in ANY shade of lipstick you wear??/ Lol. I love your blog. You are beautiful inside and out. Blessings to you and your family!

  19. Kim Wehrle says
    Posted June 22, 2017

    Please tell me where you found these earrings. Thanks!

  20. vicki bucy says
    Posted June 23, 2017

    I know you said the last lippie was 576 but I swear it does not look right on the website. Could you please check the number for sure? It is so beautiful.

    • Kate says
      Posted June 25, 2017

      That’s it!

  21. Novie says
    Posted June 30, 2017

    Hi That was a great post, I really liked it. I learned a lot. It is the quality of the content that matters most.
    Staying naturally beautiful with style. l also wrote about something similar, you can check it out here

  22. Shelise says
    Posted July 26, 2017

    Your eyes are so pretty!! I agree, eyebrows are always a must, I remember the days I never used to do them or even know how to do them! Ha, I love the look, lipsticks are my fave type of make up x

    S x