By  on August 13, 2010

Proving that beige need not be synonymous with boring, this season's take on the neutral makeup palette is both intricately nuanced and unexpectedly dynamic. Whether at the fall fashion shows, where makeup artists used shades of chocolate, beige, rose, taupe and tan to structure the face and create illusions of shadow and light, or in the seasonal color statements of various beauty brands, neutral tones are making a major comeback.

"This color story is right for fall, because it's very relevant for the times we are living in," says Chanel's creative director, makeup artist Peter Philips. "These shades don't distract, they enhance. They are not 'funny' shades, no 'follies.' You can easily play with intensity, from delicate and light to dramatic and dark."

"This was a season for pulling back, paring down and simplifying, both in fashion and beauty," agrees makeup artist and Lancôme creative director Aaron de Mey. "Utilizing classic, neutral makeup shades allows the woman to be seen."

For its part, Lancôme's French Coquettes collection offers a metallic bronze lip, while Chanel's limited edition fall Quadra Eyeshadow holds shades of copper and chestnut, offset by a complimentary pop of soft pink. Dolce & Gabbana's fall color story includes a mannequinlike buff nail and creamy taupe lips.

"The tones seen throughout fall 2010 are the same found in your natural skin coloration—beiges, taupes, pinks, ivories, chocolates, golds—these are the shades painters use to create portraits," says de Mey. "They define, enhance and exaggerate the natural tones of the face."


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