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A Lesson in Cobalt for Beauty & Home: Guest Blogger

Monique Valeris of home and design blog Decor Musings always has fantastic suggestions for how to spruce up your domestic space, but she’s also an avid beauty fan with a keen eye for products. Which is why she’s the perfect person to tell us how to meld our love of makeup and home design together. This week, she’s sharing her tips on the best beauty gifts for your house guests, the accent wall color she loves right now, and more.

(Photos, clockwise: astoriedstyle.com; nars.com; anthropologie.com)

I received the memo about oxblood being the color of the season, but for some reason I still can’t seem to part with cobalt. It’s such a lively color that translates well from beauty to home décor, so I’ve declared it my must-have color for the fall.

When it comes to beauty, I’m definitely bold enough to try a cobalt eyeshadow. NARS’ Rated R eyeshadow palette has the perfect shade, and the other colors in the set (especially the lime green) complement the bright hue well—take note for inspiration on how to match. If you’re opting for cobalt on your lids, you’ll want to keep the rest of your makeup look understated. A neutral lip, very little blush, and a bit of mascara should do the trick. Let the eyes do all the work.

For home, try a cobalt throw pillow on a sofa or chair or even deep blue curtains in a fairly neutral room for a pop of color. I’d even go with a cobalt bedspread teamed up with white sheets. Chic, right?

For more beauty-meets-design inspiration, take a peek at Monique’s advice on the products you should bring to make a hotel room your own.

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