By Anna Lynn C. Sibal
Many women are clueless when it comes to choosing the perfect color for their makeup. Some try to follow the trends, but they do not realize that what may be the in color for the season may not look good on them. Some use colors that were recommended to them by their mothers, sisters and girlfriends. While advice from your intimate circle of females is always well-meaning, some pieces of advice are just meant to be ignored. Some stick to the idea of matching the colors of their facial palette with the outfit they have on. However, that idea does not work all the time.
The important thing that we women should always keep in mind is that the colors of our makeup should complement the colors of our eyes and skin tones. There are colors that look great on women with darker skin tones but look horrible when used by a woman with fair, pink-toned skin. So, what color should we pick when we are choosing our makup? Below are a few pointers:
Eye makeup. The trick with eye makeup is putting on a neutral base either taupe, beige, light brown or ivory over the lid before applying any color. After the base is in place, accent color using shadows and eyeliners should then be applied to define the eyes. The accent color should match or be complementary to the color of your eyes. Afterwards, cap your eye makeup with mascara.
For women with blue eyes, blues and slate grays are good accent colors, while medium brown is the perfect shade for the mascara.
For women with green eyes, greens and plums for accent colors and plum for the mascara.
For women with brown eyes, greens, bronzes and golds for accent colors, while blue for the mascara.
Lip colors. The best lipstick to use for our lips depends, again, on the tone of our skin. You may also want to pick a lipstick for daytime use and another one for nighttime use. To further define the lips, apply a lip liner that matches the color of your lipstick. Lip liners also help keep the color of the lips from bleeding. Another tip to try is to use a lip brush instead of applying the lipstick directly on the lips. This would keep the lipstick from smearing and the color from bleeding as well.
Fair-skinned women would look great with lips touched with pinks, peaches and mauves.
Lipsticks with gold, pink with a touch of gold, peach and light to medium brown best complement olive-skinned women.
Dark-skinned women should go for lipsticks shaded bronze, medium browns, brick browns, berries and burgundy.
Blushers. Moderation is the key to the perfect application of blushers to the cheeks. Blushers are meant to give the face a natural healthy color, and too much can look gaudy and artificial. Again, skin tone should be taken into consideration when choosing a shade for the blusher.
Bronze, light beige and peach blushers are good for fair-skinned women. On the other hand, fair-skinned women should avoid blushers with too much red or orange in them.
Women with olive skin tones would do well with bronze, apricot and light pink.
Women whose skin tone is medium brown should stick to medium pink, peach and light copper.
Rusts, berries and burnt orange are perfect for women with dark-toned skin.
Just to stress, skin tone and eye color are important factors to consider when choosing the right makeup. Of course, you can always experiment on colors, but when all else fails, these colors always work.
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