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Brewing up beauty: mastering the latte makeup trend

Forget peach fuzz, soft glam and blurred grunge looks, there's a new trend brewing in the beauty world – and it's all about capturing the warm, creamy allure of your favourite coffee concoction. We're talking latte makeup, a stunning look that transcends seasons and flatters all skin tones, making it the perfect go-to for any beauty enthusiast.

So, what exactly is latte makeup? Think rich espresso shades mixed with soft caramel hues and creamy beiges, all blended to perfection for a sun-kissed, glowy complexion. It's not just about mimicking the colour of your latte - it's about capturing the feeling of warmth, comfort and effortless beauty that your morning cuppa brings.

A model showing the latte makeup look

Why we love latte makeup

This look is universally flattering. Whether your skin has cool, warm or neutral undertones, there's a latte shade for you. The key is to choose colours that complement your natural skin tone and play with different depths for added dimension.

It has year-round appeal too. Forget seasonal trends - latte makeup works any time of year. In the summer, it enhances your natural tan, while in the winter it adds a touch of warmth and glow to combat the paleness of cooler months.

The latte look is also effortlessly chic. It is all about achieving a subtle, dewy and natural finish. It's perfect for those who like a more low-key approach to makeup but still want to look polished and put-together.

Latte offers endless customisations. While the overall aesthetic remains warm and bronzed, there's plenty of room for personalisation. From experimenting with shimmery eyeshadows to bold graphic eyeliner, you can tailor the look to your unique style.

What’s more, the look relies on products and shades most beauty lovers already have. I mean, who doesn’t have a nude palette or three and bronzer?

Model wearing nude makeup and pigments inspired by coffee

Brewing your perfect latte look

Ready to create your own latte makeup inspired masterpiece? Here's a step-by-step guide:

1. Start with a flawless base: Prep your skin with a hydrating moisturiser and sunscreen (yes, even indoors!). Apply a lightweight foundation or tinted moisturiser for a sheer, even base.

2. Sculpt and warm: Use a bronzer in a shade slightly deeper than your natural skin tone to sculpt your cheekbones, jawline and forehead. Opt for warm, matte shades with no orange undertones. Remember, it's not about creating harsh contours, but adding warmth and definition.

3. Eyes with a coffee kick: Play with a palette of browns, caramels and taupes for your eyes. Apply matte shades in the crease for depth and shimmery shades on the lids for a touch of glam. Don't shy away from experimenting with different textures and finishes.

4. Brows on fleek: Well-defined, fluffy brows are essential for framing the face in any makeup look. Choose a brow pencil or powder in a shade that matches your hair colour and fill in any sparse areas. If you want to go for a laminated finish, use brow glue or wax to finish. 

5. Lips like creamy foam: The final touch is a flattering lip colour. Nudes, rosy browns and warm peaches are all perfect choices for the latte makeup look. Opt for lipsticks with a satin or glossy finish for extra creaminess. Alternatively, if you have hauled too many mattes, finish with a clear lip oil or gloss.

Checklist for how to create a latte makeup look

Pro tips for the perfect latte makeup look

  • Blend, blend, blend: This is key for achieving a seamless and natural finish. Use a beauty sponge or fluffy brush to blend your bronzer, eyeshadow, and blush thoroughly.

  • Less is more: While you can play with intensity, remember that latte makeup is about a subtle, warm glow. Start with light applications and build up gradually.

  • Highlight strategically: Apply a creamy highlighter to your cheekbones, brow bone and cupid's bow for a dewy, illuminated finish.

  • Don't forget the lashes: A few coats of black or brown mascara will define your eyes and complete the look.

  • Accessorise: Finish your latte look with a pair of statement earrings or a bold necklace to add a touch of personality.

So, ditch the glam grunge and embrace the warming glow of latte makeup. With its versatility and flattering shades, this trend is sure to become your new go-to for a beautiful, effortless look, any day of the year.

Why not take inspiration from the masters? Check out makeup tutorials and looks by talented artists like @taniellejaimua and products from brands like @makeuprevolution on Instagram.

Share your latte inspired looks and tips with us. Comment below or connect with us on X, Instagram or Facebook. 

With a little practice and creativity, you'll be brewing up stunning latte makeup looks in no time!


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