BEAUTY BAR: Queen of Shade

French fashion designer, Yves Saint Laurent once said, “The most beautiful makeup for a woman is passion. But cosmetics are easier to buy.”

There’s always that one man, who feels the need to stick their nose where it doesn’t belong and say the usual, “you would look so much better without all that makeup.” I know, I know, you groaned and immediately thought of a male that came to mind. While it’s very true that the beauty of self-acceptance is a powerful one, women have the right to do whatever it is that they please. Always remember that.

Neutral shades for foundation and concealer are a great way of leaving more room for enhancing your look with more bold tones. That way, you’re killing two birds with one stone; you look natural but create a more striking appearance. Take this Fashionista, for example. Notice how she uses subtle tones to her advantage, and then comes full force with a deep chocolate brown lip and brows.

Coordinating her wardrobe with monochromatic whites, the oversized peacoat, crop top and Comme des Garçons converse further help this Fashionista’s dark appearance.

What’s on the BEAUTY BAR: Feeling inspired by this Fashionista’s look? Find your perfect shade with a pigment-enriched ultra matte lip, foundation and highlighter. Using a nude color is the perfect way to leave a natural glow while giving room to accentuate your features for the better.