The terracotta makeup look is all about warm beauty and creating a natural-looking glow. Inspired by the rich colors of earth tones, terracotta makeup looks are being seen everywhere…so why not try it on your own?
Smoky Terracotta Eyes
To create the terracotta makeup look, you want to apply specific colors to your eyes, face and lips. Play around with different shades within the basic terracotta color scheme to see which colors work best with your natural beauty.
Start with a coppery eyeshadow. You want to apply this with a soft eye makeup brush. Apply it to your entire eyelid, pushing the color up to the crease of your eye. Next, take a shade of brick red eyeshadow and apply this to the crease of your eye with a sharper, angled brush. The colors should be strong, but the look will become softer after you blend. Add a rich brown eyeshadow to the outer corners of your eyelid in a triangle pattern. Add a light tan or off-white touch of shadow at the inner corners of the eyes and just under the arch of your eyebrows.
Use a soft, clean makeup brush to blend all the eyeshadow together. Use sweeping motions to do this, starting from the inner corner of the eyelid and moving across with soft strokes to the outer corner. Blend as much as desired to get the look you want. Maybelline’s Matte Bar eyeshadow palette has all the shades you need to create beautiful terracotta eyes. You can finish off your eye makeup with dark brown eyeliner to pull the look together.
Add some highlighting power on your cheekbones and your forehead to brighten up your face. Bronze your face with a slightly shimmery brown based shade that will give your makeup the earthy look that makes this look so distinct. Add the bronzer to the hollows of your cheeks, following the line below your cheekbones. You can also add a little bronzer to the sides and tip of your nose to create a slimming, contouring effect. Brush some brown bronzer across your jawline and just around your hairline to create a natural-looking, sunkissed glow.
Finish off this look with a blush color that has pink undertones. Brush it right on the apples of your cheeks to give your skin warmth. The Nyx Professional Sweet Cheeks Blush Palette has several shades of blush that are perfect for the terracotta look, from pink to brown.
As a final touch, you can complete your makeup with terracotta color lipstick. This includes soft pinks, nudes, browns, reds and oranges. Many different brands have terracotta lip shades, so you can probably find one you like from your favorite makeup label. Brands including Maybelline, Nyx, Revlon and e.l.f. all make terracotta shades of lipstick.
A terracotta makeup look will give your face a warm, earthy glow—great for post winter. The earthy colors work well with many different clothing colors, and whether your hair is dark or light or whether your skin is dark or fair. Try the terracotta makeup look, and see if you love the way it looks on you.