Neutrals or Brights? (Assuming That You Have To Pick One or the Other)

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neutrals or brights

Neutrals or brights?

Quick! Just go with your gut… Don’t overthink it, because, ya know, with hard-hitting makeup questions like this one (totally kidding), your first reaction is usually the truest, best one.

Anyway, SURPRISE! — I’m gonna have to go with neutrals, only partly because I’ve been wearing them so much lately, but that’s just a phase. I do also wear brights, just not as often lately.


I have to be in the mood and the right mindset for brights, but I do like a jolt of bright color, especially when it’s set against neutrals, like a bright teal liner or a hot pink lip in combo with beiges and browns elsewhere.

What about you? Neutrals or brights? (Assuming that you have to pick one or the other.)

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,


mbb-maternity-help-buttonP.S. OK, WOW! Your applications for the MBB Maternity Leave/Blog Internship? There have been more than 100 applicants so far (!!!). Friday (Jan. 22nd) is the last day for submissions, and then I’ll start going over all of them closely with Tabs, which will probably take me about a week.

I’m doing this whole thing because I’ll need your help during my first few months with Baby Girl, but I’m also committed to helping you, however I can, in your blogging/vlogging endeavors, whether that means helping you come up with topics for your blog, photography tips, how to come up with post titles, discussing secret (not that they’re secrets) blogging tips, helping you maximize your blogging income, answering technical questions for you, or just being a second opinion — someone off of which to bounce ideas.

My time will be limited early on, but we’ll make it work, if you’re interested, and I hope you are. I’m sorry if you’ve asked me a question by email regarding your application and I haven’t replied, but I’ll try to soon. If for any reason there’s been a problem with your resume/application packet, like an attachment not getting through my email, don’t worry. We’ll work it out.


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  1. Christine says:

    I’ll give you the lawyer answer: it depends! On the east coast — neutrals. In Hawaii — brights! Or, why choose…. neutral overall with a a shot of bright, like that amazing look when NARS makeup first came out, the smokey brown eyeshadow and bright fuschia lip. That image is still burned into my memory…

  2. Isabelle says:

    Neutrals forever! ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Tulipthecat says:


  4. denise S says:

    Bright eyed girl here! blues, purples and golds are my favorites. But I’ve learned to respect neutrals lately too but only with a bright lip. I love color!

  5. Jane says:

    For me it has always been neutrals, especially on the eye. I will sometimes do a brighter lip or cheek, but nothing too out there. BTW, if you’re someone with dry, dehydrated skin and you are near a Blue Mercury store, they have an exclusive line, Lune + Aster. I bought the CC Cream/Tinted Moisturizer 50 SPF. The coverage is light to medium and is very hydrating, especially for more mature skin.

  6. Aw man! Errrr, okay, okay…! My gut is sayinnnnnnnn’… NEUTRALS!

    *wipes sweat off forehead*

  7. Jennifae says:

    Neutrals for the win!
    Jennifae recently posted … Win MAC RiRi Woo Lipstick!

  8. breyerchic04 says:

    Neutrals definitely for eyes and cheeks but I’m not sure I can give up bright lips!

  9. Agata says:

    I love brights but I’d go with naturals any day!

    Over a 100 applications? Wow, that’s really awesome ๐Ÿ™‚ I can’t wait to see who the lucky 5 is!
    Agata recently posted … Laura Mercier Daring by Day Eye&Cheek Colour Palette Review

  10. Jax says:


    Good luck with the interns ๐Ÿ™‚ I look forward to seeing who you pick.

  11. Rachel R. says:

    Brights! No surprise there, I’m sure. I love neutrals, too, but brights are my favorite. I’m addicted to color.

  12. Joyce says:

    I gotta go with neutrals because with bright colors, you can scare the neighborhood kids. Just kidding! I like wearing bright colors when I’m going out at night, but if I had to choose one over the other, then definitely neutrals because they’re easier to wear any time of the day.
    Joyce recently posted … Swatches + Comparison – Collective Haul of Cheek Products

  13. Maria J. says:

    I think I can deal with neutrals everyday before I can get away with wearing brights everyday.

  14. Nadiya Rosen says:

    It totally depends, but I’ve started to incorporate brights into my daily routine. During the week – Usually Neutrals all the way. At night and on the weekends – I try to go Bright or at least neutral with blue/green/purple eyeliners or inner corner highlights, etc.

  15. Tatiana says:

    Neutrals. Except for the lips. I’m game for bold reds and deep colors like MAC Rebel. But on the eyes, neutrals!

  16. Lulle says:

    I’ll go with neutrals. It’s hard to make a mistake with neutrals! I like good brights too but it takes more work to combine colors that will work.
    Lulle recently posted … Winter Beauty: 10 Makeup Favorites

  17. Heather L says:

    Absolutely brights! I’m somewhat of an artist, so I love different colors, and the brighter the better! I wish bright palettes were released more often (like neutrals!) I pretty much only wear neutrals to work.

  18. Shadowy_lady says:

    it depends. I love brights and wear them often. But most days I’m lazy and do neutrals.

    In the two pics you have posted though I hands down prefer the brights on you ๐Ÿ™‚

  19. Neutral eyes with a bright lip! Best of both worlds! I applied for the internship and I am so excited to hear back from you! Good luck with beautiful baby girl ๐Ÿ™‚

  20. Stephanie says:

    Neutrals, but I do like to add colored eyeliner now and again. Lately I’ve been wearing blue eyeliner with neutral eyeshadow. I’m so tired of the dreary, rainy weather (even though I know we need it) and adding some color makes me happy.

  21. kellly says:

    Neutrals, definitely, but generally with a brighter lip to give my face some color.

  22. Erin says:

    I like both! I think the neutrals are a little more you. I think you need to do an in-between look!

    For me, I like neutrals and jewel tones. Brights are great on my lips but look out of place elsewhere. I do really like them on others though.

    Glad to hear you have a wide selection of applicants, myself included :p
    Erin recently posted … Le Pepin 2014 Chardonnay

  23. Holly says:

    I’d go with brights; every time I wear a bright pink lip or a colorful eyeliner, I receive compliments. I prefer a more natural look overall with the brights as an accent.

    Good luck with all the applications!

  24. Aj says:

    Neutrals mostly, but I still love my brights! I just happen to wear neutrals more though because it’s just easier for every day.

  25. Kwmechelle says:

    Neutrals! But BRIGHT lipstick. Lol. I tend to use bright shadows or liners as accent colors along my water line. But I’ll wear a bold/bright lippie anytime of the year. I’m a neutral eyeshadow lover because neutrals go with anything & I don’t have to think too hard about color combinations. Soooo excited your inbox has been FLOODED. Just an indication of how much you’re loved. Btw- the newest to be released MAC limited edition (MAC x Chris Chang) combo has a PURPLE BLUSH! Well, at least I assume it’s blush. I’m gonna be ALL. OVER. IT!!!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  26. Anna T. says:

    All about the neutrals. I’m not bold and daring enough to wear brights! Maybe one day…

  27. Jean says:

    I’m all about Neuts. Wearing too much color especially bright ones makes me feel like a clown. What are you wearing that neutral pic btw? ๐Ÿ™‚

  28. Allison C says:

    Neutrals, no question! But I admire brights on other women!
    Allison C recently posted … December 2015 Beauty Product Empties

  29. Schelli says:

    Brights for me

  30. Mel says:

    I’m a brights person, but but it’s definitely possible overdo them. I think if you do bright eyes you should do nude lips or vice versa, in most cases.

  31. Susan C. says:

    Neutrals, for sure! As much as I enjoy looking at brights in the pan, my brushes seldom dip into them. Alas, the “fun” eyeliner pencils sit capped and neglected. (Aw, poor babies…I should show them some love!)

  32. Iris says:

    Neutrals would be versatile but in my heart, I say brights!

  33. Eesha says:

    I have been wearing neutrals most of the days lately but, I don’t mind throwing in some color depending on the day and mood.
    Btw can’t wait to welcome BG! <3 <3
    Eesha recently posted … Everyday fresh, dewy and bright make-up when you feel crap!

  34. Neutrals. I love my brights, but if I had to pick one (Cruel world!), it would be neutrals.
    LindaLibraLoca recently posted … MAC Fluidlines โ€“ The thin line between crisp and too soft

  35. Chris25 says:

    Neutrals. My face can really look great with neutrals when I use the right shimmers and shades.
    Chris25 recently posted … Francescaโ€™s Haul (In Virginia!)

  36. Fran says:

    Brights! I just really love color. Also, there are very few neutral lipsticks that look even OK on me, and I can count on one hand the number that are actually flattering.

    With my hooded eyes that are hiding behind glasses, I’ll even wear bright eye shadow and bright lipstick at the same time; I just make sure they complement each other, and keep blusher/highlighter/contour or bronzer light and subtle.

    Of course, a big jumble of brights isn’t flattering, either. You need a lovely neutral setting to put them in. Unless you’re really young with really flawless skin and can just wear color makeup (no base), you can’t have a stash of brights only!

  37. Kim says:

    OMG, over 100? I’m so happy that you have so many applicants. I know that means more work to go through everything but it’s awesome that you have so much interest and there are sure to be a ton of great folks in your pile!! ๐Ÿ™‚

    This goes without answering, but neutrals of course. HAHA! Hope you and BG are feeling fine. You’re almost there. ๐Ÿ™‚

  38. Lauren says:

    Hands down, neutrals. Didn’t even have to think about that! Your eye makeup in the neutral pic is to die for!!!!

  39. Zlatka says:

    Brights on the eyes and neutrals on the lips!

  40. SJ says:

    Brights. ๐Ÿ™‚ It’s just not fun without them!

    Also, thank you for the clarification re: your mentorship part of the internship. You would be a great person to talk blog business with! But when I first saw the posting it was unclear to me what you would provide the interns, so I appreciate this note.

  41. Chelsea says:

    Totally neutrals, though I just bought a bright purple eyeliner I’m excited about! Going to a burlesque show on Saturday, hoping to wear it out for that!

  42. Jan Kelley says:

    I like the neutrals.

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