The Dusty Mauve Edit


The 90s kid in me desperately wanted to name this post "The Mauve Storm." If you were to take one look at my makeup collection, it would become pretty clear that dusty roses and mauves are my absolute favorite shades to wear all over my face. I think they're quite universally-flattering shades and are a good way to stray a little outside of neutral territory without going too wild.

Normally I end my blogposts with lip products, but seeing as they're probably the most obvious way to add this color into your collection I'll start with them. My lip product collection is absolutely overflowing with these kinds of shades - it can be a bit embarrassing sometimes! Probably the most hyped up lip product here is the Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick in Dusty Rose. This really is the perfect shade for every day. I want to try more shades of these to give you a review, but the other shades I want are always sold out. But I really like this one - it's one of the least-drying liquid lipsticks I've tried, although it doesn't last quite as long as others and can also transfer. A very similar colored liquid lipstick (whoops) is the Sephora Cream Lip Stain in Marvelous Mauve (13). This one is a bit more purple, while Dusty Rose has more of a warm pink tone to it. This is one of my favorite liquid lipstick formulas as it's the best of both worlds - not terribly drying and yet stays put for ages. For an easy every day lip I really like the Tarte LipSurgence Matte Lip Tint in Envy - it leaves a very natural-looking berry/mauve stain to the lips. Another wearable everyday shade is the Clinique Pop Lip Colour + Primer in Plum Pop. This is definitely more of a mauve pink than a plum in my opinion. I don't know what it is about this color, but I always get compliments when I'm wearing it. Lastly (well not really, I've probably got loads more of these sitting in my drawer) is the Colourpop Lippie Stix in Lumiere. This one is a really close dupe for the color of the NARS Audacious Lipstick in Anna (I swatched them side by side here). Again, it's a really nice mauve pink shade that's a bit deeper than the Clinique offering, so a good one if you're looking for something a little more bold.

Cheeks are probably the next easiest place to incorporate dusty mauves. I just covered these recently in my Neutral Blush Edit, so I'll keep the rambling to a minimum. These are my favorite kinds of blush colors to wear because they really just go with everything. They're a great option for when you're wearing a bold lip or a bold eye look because they just won't compete. My favorites are the Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush in Exposed, the Max Factor Creme Puff Blush in Nude Mauve (a dupe for the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Mood Exposure), and the Milani Rose Powder Blush in Romantic Rose.

It may seem daunting to some, but dusty mauve shades are really easy to wear on the eyes as well. I think these tones really bring out my brown eyes, but I can also see them enhancing any eye color, really. My favorite palette to create a dusty mauve look has got to be the Urban Decay Naked3 Palette. The shades look so pretty together, and despite looking quite rosy, you can still create a neutral look. If the Naked palettes are a bit too shimmery for you, another good mauve-y option would be the Tartelette Amazonian Clay Matte Eyeshadow Palette (full review here). I pretty much bought this palette specifically for the middle row of mauve shades. And if cream eyeshadows are more your thang, I suggest the By Terry Ombre Blackstar in Misty Rock (or its more affordable dupe, the Kiko Long Lasting Stick Shadow in 05). This is a bit bronzier, but still does have a bit of a really pretty mauve tone running through.

I hope I've given you lots of good options to inject some of my favorite makeup shade into your collection. And seeing as monochrome makeup looks are really "in" right now, it would look stunning to pair mauve eyes, lips, and cheeks together!

What are your favorite dusty mauve products? Do you have an overpowering amount of one color in your collection like me?