2014’s Hottest Makeup Shades

spring2014-makeup shades

I always get excited to see the slew of upcoming makeup trends for the new year, especially now that spring is just around the corner. The beauty trends that ruled the Spring 2014 runways included a few standout hues which Allure magazine has predicted to be the year’s biggest trends. Here are some of the products and tips to pull off 2014’s most-wanted makeup colors.

ELECTRIC ORANGE LIPS

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Maybelline ColorSensational Vivids Lipcolor in Electric Orange.

Orange lipstick has been on the scene for a while, but now it’s brighter and sexier. Spotted at DKNY, Dsquared, Prabal Gurung, and on Rag & Bone’s spring runway, where makeup artist Gucci Westman used neon orange lips to set off the muted white, cream, and pastel clothes. “We needed a pop of color, but orange is cooler and more gritty than red,” she said.

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COBALT SHADOW AND LINER

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Shiseido Luminizing Trio in Punky Blues

The richer the blue, the more skin tones it flatters—makeup artists ditched the Easter-egg hues for a more intense cobalt.

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At Marc Jacobs, François Nars used a creamy sapphire pencil (the limited-edition Nars Larger Than Life Pencil in Blue) stretched along the lower lashes; at Marc by Marc Jacobs, Dick Page used a simple block of bright blue shadow on the lids. Page’s secret: Layer on a blue cream shadow first. “It gives the powder something to stick to and gives a little more depth,” he says.

GOLD SHADOW AND HIGHLIGHTER

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Dolce & Gabbana The Eyeshadow Smooth Eye Colour Duo in Gold

Gold is the ultimate metallic: It brightens the eyes and gives any skin tone—from ultrapale to superdark—a sunny glow. (Though darker tones should go for a bronzy gold rather than a yellowish one.)

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Use gold shadow on lids as a base for dark liner, like Pat McGrath did at Dolce & Gabbana; load up on loose glitter flecks, as seen at Jason Wu; or use a shimmery highlighter to draw light to the inner corners and cheekbones.

ENGLISH-ROSE EYES

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CoverGirl Flamed Out Shadow Pot in Fired-Up Pink

Petal pink lids are soft, ethereal, and—with just mascara—surprisingly cool. To create the “psychedelic, pre-Raphaelite, romantic” rosy eyes at Anna Sui, makeup artist Pat McGrath used blush as eye shadow, sprinkling it with a touch of glitter.

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Instead of using blush you could also try this CoverGirl eyeshadow or Burberry’s Beauty Sheer Eye shadow in Tea Rose or Burberry’s Complete Eye Palette in Rose Pink, which makeup artist Wendy Rowe used on models’ lids at the spring Burberry show.

SMOKED LILAC SHADOW

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Mary Kay Cream Eye Color in Violet Storm

Lilac loses its preciousness and gains major attitude with dusty gray undertones.

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Makeup artist Lucia Pieroni worked lilac shadow along the creases and just underneath the eyes for a “slightly weird but very beautiful” look at Rochas. (Skip color below the lash line and load up on mascara for a more wide-awake take.)

NAVY BLUE LINER

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Estée Lauder Stay in Place Pencil in Midnight Blue

It’s more than likely you’ve got a navy pencil stashed somewhere in your makeup bag, but chances are you’ve never worn it like this: makeup artist Tom Pecheux traced graphic cubes at the outer edges of the eyelids at Derek Lam and floating cat eyes at Anthony Vaccarello.

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CHOCOLATE BROWN POLISH

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Essie Little Brown Dress

Want dark, delicious nails without a hint of goth? Two glossy layers of 70-percent-cacao-colored brown polish does the trick.

BERRY CHEEKS

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Maybelline Dream Bouncy Blush in Plum Wine

Berry-colored blush imparts a deeper flush than delicate pink, which “gives the face freshness,” says makeup artist Charlotte Willer, who used it on models at DKNY.

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You can use a cream or a powder; the key is to dot it on just the center of the cheeks, blending out to make the apples glow.

RED-VELVET LIPS

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M.A.C Lipstick in Ruby Woo

The new red lipstick has a velvety-matte finish that’s “almost classic, but more sophisticated and much more modern,” says Pecheux. To create the lips at Altuzurra’s spring show, he used creamy M.A.C. Lip Mix in Crimson and topped it with a mattifying loose red pigment. You could also make life easy and get the look in one quick swipe of M.A.C. Lipstick in Ruby Woo.

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Thank you for reading my blog.😊

Which product or makeup trend are you going for?

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15 thoughts on “2014’s Hottest Makeup Shades

    • You are definitely in for a treat if you do decide to get it! MAC Ruby Woo is considered by many to be the holy grail red lipstick. Its a bright red matte with blue undertones. I’ve seen Ruby Woo worn on many different skin tones and I believe it will work on anyone! Le me know your thoughts if you decide to take the plunge!😉

  1. I love gold eyeshadow but I’m glad that I can just do my own thing with the rest of the shades, because I look terrible in orange and blue. My skin tone is just too yellow to pull that off.I used to be obsessed with shades of green and purple but now I’m really into browns, golds, and neutrals. As for lips, red is always in vogue!

    • I gravitate towards neutral palettes too—golds, bronzes, taupes, all part of my everyday eyeshadow arsenal. Although now I have completely fallen head over heals with the idea of smoked lilac shadows modernized with dusty grey undertones tones—super sexy for spring!😍

    • So glad you enjoyed your read! I’m so inspired now to experiment with more touches of blue this spring. Its amazing how just the change in season can inspire your way of thinking and in this case—a change in your ‘makeup ways’:)))

  2. Oh, I love all of these makeup shades for 2014. My favorites would have to be the cobalt blue eyeshadow and the berry blush! Thank you for finding that berry blush in an affordable line! ❤ Happy Valentine's Day, too!!!

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