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Using Classic Makeup Color Palettes

Updated on February 28, 2018
Classic makeup colors will stand the test of time.
Classic makeup colors will stand the test of time. | Source

Most women become overly comfortable, even complacent, about their makeup colors. Heck, it’s just too confusing out there with new makeup products and new shades being introduced all of the time. Not to mention the cost involved in keeping up with latest trends. Comfortable however, does not mean living in a time warp. If you are still painting your face with the same makeup colors you used in high school, it’s definitely time for a change.

Buy a kit that with lip colors, eye shadows and blush to compliment your skin tone, eyes and hair.
Buy a kit that with lip colors, eye shadows and blush to compliment your skin tone, eyes and hair. | Source

Luckily, there are fail-safe makeup color palettes that will work for any age, ethnicity and season. You can find all of these colors whether you prefer upscale brands or cheap makeup. And you don’t have to be a makeup artist to achieve a timeless look. Best of all, these makeup color palettes will never go out of style!

A Base for Your Face

Your foundation shade is meant to coordinate with your skin tone, so we really don’t need to discuss this one as far as trends are concerned. However, picking the right shade for your skin can be a bit tricky if you rush the process. The main thing is, you don’t want to end up with an obvious line of demarcation where your foundation stops and your exposed skin begins.

Before you plunk down your hard earned cash, here is a great makeup tip: do a test spot on the back of your hand and walk outside to check the color match. When applying, remember a light touch is best. Wearing too much foundation is never a good thing. Finally, don’t forget to blend, blend, blend the foundation past the jaw line onto your neck.

A translucent foundation will take you from winter to summer.
A translucent foundation will take you from winter to summer. | Source

The Eyes Have It

If you are looking for a timeless eyeshadow color, consider a bronze or gold, a neutral taupe, a light brown or a dusty pink. The key is to pick sheer versions of these colors with a hint of shimmer to brighten your eyes. These eyeshadow colors will look great on everyone and make the transition from day to evening and winter to summer. Accentuate the color with a smudged pencil or liquid liner and a coat of mascara and voila!

Cheeky Cheeks

Warm pinks and peaches transcend all trends, skin tones and seasons. Choose one with a light subtle shimmer to give your face that special glow! Go with a peachy-pink to cover all the bases. If the store has testers available, do a side-by-side test (again on the back of your hand) and step into the daylight to get the full effect.

Avoid browns and bronzes. Stick with warm rose and peach colors--they'll work with most all skin tones.
Avoid browns and bronzes. Stick with warm rose and peach colors--they'll work with most all skin tones. | Source

Avoid mauves and browns or anything with a gray tint – these colors are way too extreme for most women to handle. Use your blush sparingly – you just a hint of color on the apples of your cheeks. If you happen to choose an intense pink or peach, tone down the glare with a bit of loose powder.

A Killer Kisser

Not everyone can pull off a vibrant fuschia or bright coral pout, so for the sake of fairness, let’s head to neutral territory. A timeless, universal color palette for lips includes glossy nudes, gold-flecked roses and mauvy pinks. These lipstick shades are flattering picks for every woman. Just make sure your cheek and lip colors are in the same color family and intensity. Competing colors distract and look contrived. The whole point of a timeless makeup palette is to present an effortless and natural appearance.

Avoid crazy trend like super glossy or matte lip colors. Stick to basic colors and a slight shimmer.
Avoid crazy trend like super glossy or matte lip colors. Stick to basic colors and a slight shimmer. | Source

Nail Your Nail Color

For some of us, nails are a part of the overall makeup palette. Timeless nail colors are easy – nudes, berries, pinks and corals are beautiful options for almost everyone. When selecting a nail polish color, bear in mind your wardrobe colors and secondly your makeup palette.

Neutral nail shades coordinate with everything.
Neutral nail shades coordinate with everything. | Source

To simplify things even further, a good manicure and a quick coat of clear polish is probably your best bet. Another fabulous option is to take a cue from the guys – go au naturale! On your next salon visit, ask your manicurist to buff your nails (fingers and toes) and flaunt a natural sheen. You can even do a quick buff at home! Buffing stimulates blood flow and oil production to promote healthier nail growth. It also rids the nails of unsightly ridges and discoloration.

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      lindacee 5 years ago from Arizona

      Indeed! It's always a pleasure to find a like-thinking friend! I love your makeup routine. I also use a smidgen of primer, especially under the eyes to help my concealer go on smoothly, so as not to damage that delicate skin. The mineral water spritz is a great idea as well. I will have to give it a try. It will also be refreshing on those oh-so-hot days ahead. Thank you again for your kind comments and support. You must write some Hubs as well! It is too bad I can't send some sunshine your way -- it's a dry scorcher here today! Besos

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      jennyinfrance 5 years ago


      Mutual Admiration Society, methinks! :-). Your blogs are so full of wise not-so-common sense that they are a joy to read and follow!

      I couldn't agree more about minimal foundation, though because of my uneven skin tone, I need a bit of help. I use Guerlain's les meteorites primer, then a smidgen of their skin lingerie foundation (which really does feel as its name suggests), but always applied with a foundation brush and a very light touch; then a soupçon of their voilettes loose mineral powder. A TOUCH of blush, and natural coloured eye make-up and lipstick, before a spritz of Avène mineral water, which is cooling, and fixes my make-up for the day, and I'm ready to go. I'm so glad to read the UK isn't the only place where your column should be more widely read (!!). Thanks for a truly great hub, lindacee. I know it must be time-consuming, but amidst a lot of dross on the web, it is oh-so-refreshing! Please don't stop! :-) Bisous from drizzly France, Jenny x

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      lindacee 5 years ago from Arizona

      Jenny, I will be hitting the 55 mark this year and find the less I put on my face, foundation-wise, the better I look. Here in the heat of Vegas, I'm much better off wearing a mineral veil powder instead of a liquid or cream foundation. I just hit problem areas with a light concealer and finish with the powder, a subtle blush, minimal eye makeup and lip tint. Your description of British women and their grooming and makeup habits could very easily be describing women here in the US. It is indeed appalling what passes as acceptable! I long for the days when people actually "dressed" to go out in public. Just yesterday I went for a pastry and coffee and spotted a gentleman (I use the term loosely) dressed in what appeared to be his pajamas. Que horror! Anyway, thanks for reading my Hub. I enjoy your comments immensely! Best to you.

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      jennyinfrance 5 years ago

      This is truly great advice!! You are quite right, lindacee, your picks are timeless....and ageless! I have hit the big six-zero, but still love to look chic and elegant, especially important since I'm living and working in France, where NO self-respecting woman would go to the boulangerie for her early-morning baguette without making sure she was well-dressed and made-up. But she also knows that less is definitely more, and this becomes increasingly true as we mature. Subtle, natural make-up is far more flattering than garish colours can ever be: even on teenagers. Oh, that my fellow Brits could understand this fundamental truth. They think nothing of going to the supermarket in slouchy sweat-pants and trainers, with an inch of dark/grey roots showing in their garishly blond, unkempt hair; conversely, at night, they lay on the make-up with a trowel, along with cans of spray-on fake tan and hair extensions that would make an excellent bird's nest. Okay, all of the foregoing is a sweeping generalisation, and especially true of young women, but, sadly, it's a trend I see every time I return to the UK!

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      Klena 7 years ago from England

      I would never say otherwise, and you're so right - these are easy accessible colours that just never go out of fashion. My pleasure, I can't wait to read more of your hubs :)

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      lindacee 7 years ago from Arizona

      That proves conclusively that mother does indeed know best! These color palettes are basic and easy to find, no matter what the latest makeup trends are. Thanks for reading and sharing your comments. Greatly appreciated!

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      Klena 7 years ago from England

      What an excellent hub. My mother taught me almost everything I knew about make-up and she advised much the same as you did.

      I completely agree with you regarding bronze, taupes and brown eyeshadows. They were the first combination of colours I was confident wearing because they always looked glamourous and stylish.

      Great Hub, I can't wait to read more of your work!