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Neutral makeup in earthy tones of brown, taupe, beige, are some of the easiest to wear as well as being the most universally flattering. “All neutrals work on everyone because neutral makeup is soft and muted,” says celebrity makeup artist Andrea Claire. Here, the pro provides tips on choosing and wearing neutral makeup.

Daytime look.

Neutral makeup is synonymous with daytime wear, but it doesn’t have to mean boring. Claire is a fan of using bronzer on both the eyes and cheeks to create a monochromatic look: “Bronzer on the eyes can really make eyes pop,” she says. Finish with a brown-toned lipstick that matches your skin tone for a ’90s throwback look. Or, choose an earth-toned eyeshadow palette that has a variety of shades beyond the typical browns, including eggplant and chocolate that play well with brown, bronze and khaki tones.

Play with finishes.

Earthy tones can be colour chameleons, depending on the finish – whether shimmery, metallic or matte – which means the options are endless when it comes to colour and shine pairings. The best rule of thumb is to mix and match finishes for a variety of textures. “If you choose a metallic finish for the eyes, for example, opt for a matte finish everywhere else,” says Claire. That said, if you opt for shiny lips, go for matte shadows on the eyes. “The unexpected is what defines the modern approach