Beauty Insider: why khaki is the new black
Khaki is less harsh and more forgiving than black, flatters almost all skin tones and is particularly gorgeous teamed with blue, green or brown eyes.
It's versatile too. Use it to work a subtle daytime look or as a striking alternative to the usual smoky eye.
Elizabeth Arden Beautiful Color Eye Shadow Duo in Classic Khaki, €25:
Gorgeous packaging but this is definitely not a case of style over substance as the long-lasting, vitamin-enriched formula is designed to brighten peepers. Use the golden shadow over the entire lid or merely as a base, while the darker eponymous shade looks fabulous when lined over upper lashes.
Sisley Eyeliner in Khaki, €38:
This soft liner glides on easily for a very smooth finish. Although it's quite well-wearing, the colour definitely isn't quite as vibrant later on in the day. The shimmer is subtle enough for daytime, and it does do a sexy smudge very well. Expensive but striking.
Benefit Bad Gal Waterproof Liner in Charcoal, €21:
This medium soft liner is definitely on the darker side of the khaki colour spectrum, so great for those who just can't resist the siren call of their favourite black. The long-lasting creamy formula goes on easily without any tugging or smearing, and it delivers a good smoky look. Although it's waterproof, it can be easily removed on demand.
Revlon ColorStay Shadow Stick in Atomic, €11:
This chubby pencil boasts two complementary shades, a sultry dark olive and a golden highligher. The colours are creamy, crease-proof, nicely pigmented and buildable. But they need to be because it took a little while to get the right mix – you need to apply and blend, apply and blend, and possibly do it again. The end result is worth it though.
Ciaté Paint Pot in Tweed and Tails, €12:
If you want to just dip a talon into this trend, check this polish out. Apply two (quick-drying) coats with the handy flat brush for an opaque colour with a strong matte finish.