A Note On: Rose-Taupe

Although I frequently read beauty blogs, the ongoing advertisement controversies and discussions have made me become more and more dissatisfied and disillusioned by the whole thing. About half a year ago, I stopped writing about beauty altogether, so as to avoid being a marketing tool for brands and to remain true to my beliefs. However, my love for all things beauty hasn't waned or become any less fervent, so I thought it was about time to return with a little write-up on beauty and one particular subject has stuck in my mind for quite some time.

We often hear talk of colours, cuts and shapes that suit/fit all, and while I beseech you to take these bold marketing claims with a pinch of salt, a feature in Stylist Magazine during the summer drew my attention to one exception: the colour of rose-taupe. Inconspicuous, even boring at first glance, this subtle pink-brown is a timeless classic that brings out the best in every complexion.

Below, I've compiled a list of products I personally favor when it comes to rose-taupe vibes. On a side not, please excuse my severely crumpled-looking shirt and messy hair – I guess the whole posing for photos business will never come naturally to me and takes a lot of practice.

Photo: Annie Wolf

Photo: Annie Wolf


I've developed a bit of an obsession for rose-taupe blushes. What started with an investment into Mac's Powder Blush in Tenderling two years ago, continued this year with Max Factor's Pastell Compact Blush in Nude Mauve. Both shades enhance the skin's natural tone and blur out any imperfections with just a few brushstrokes. Where Tenderling is matt and inconspicuous, Nude Mauve adds a little glow to the equation, making the addition of a highlighter unnecessary and speeding up your makeup application.

Always on the lookout for alternative rose-taupe items, I have my eyes on Tarte's Exposed blush, as well as Hourglass' Ambient Lighting Blush in Mood Exposure and Kjaer Weis' Abundance cream blush.

Inconspicuous, even boring at first glance, this subtle pink-brown is a timeless classic that brings out the best in every complexion.


Wearing rosy-hued eyeshadows may not sound like the most appealing thing, however once you've come across the perfect consistency and shade, it's plain sailing. Laura Mercier Sateen Eye Colour in Rose is the perfect muted, creamy color that will subtly define your eye without drawing attention away from your complexion. I tend to wear it by itself or blended out with a soft brown tone in the crease.


While both my cheeks and eyes are kept rather subtle, I often tend to choose darker colours when it comes to my lips. Mac's Lip Pencil in the colour Soar has been a welcome addition to my makeup stash thanks to its longevity, as well as its perfect mix of rose, taupe and brown shades. It's a great item for either wearing on its own or with a lipstick of a similar shade. 

Another lip favourite is my well-loved Tom Ford Lip Colour in Indian Rose – my personal 'my lips but better' shade. Having been my constant companion for the past 1,5 years, I have just ordered its replacement, as it is currently on its last legs. While praising a 40€ lipstick may come across as spoilt, I can't get enough of this creamy, durable product. It lasts, doesn't dry out my sensitive lips and its subtle colour gives any look that 'je ne sais quoi' we're all looking for.

Photo: Annie Wolf

Photo: Annie Wolf

And that concludes my first beauty post in a while. I hope you've enjoyed reading it. Have you tried out any rose-taupe products? I'd love to hear what you make of this timeless colour.

Lilly Wolf