I love make-up! I’m always flipping through fashion mags to check out the new hot shades and styles the celebs are wearing and trying to duplicate them on my own mug! However, it never comes out the same, and often when I’m playing with bright colors I end up looking like a drag queen. The key with make up application is you want to choose shades and colors that blend and enhance your natural beauty. With the exception of a night time eye look, it is important to find the best colors and textures for you skin type and tone.
After reading books on make-up application and looking up tips and tricks provided by celebrity make-up artist, I am beginning to become a little more make-up savvy, and, thank goodness, it shows! Hopefully the below tips will benefit you and help you feel like your most beautiful self!
STEP ONE: BASE
Let’s start first with foundation. Finding a foundation that has a texture that is compatible with your skin is just is important as matching the color. First step to choosing the right foundation is deciding what type of skin you have.
DRY SKIN- feels dry, rarely breaks out and usually small pores. Find products that showcase moisturizing capabilities. Best texture for you would be a tinted moisturizer or a liquid or mousse foundation.
NORMAL-neither too oily nor dry, little to no breakouts, medium pores. Best textures for you would be cream to powder foundations, tinted, liquid, cream or mousse. If you have normal skin you are definitely a lucky one. Depending on what kind of finish you like; matte, satin, dewy, etc., you can pretty much use any texture of foundation you’d like.
OILY-(my skin type) large pores, gets shiny fast, prone to blackheads, breaks out often. Definitely find products that are oil-free, non-comedogenic, and water based. Use textures like cream to powder, liquid, or mousse. I like to use mousse because it feels very light and you can build up from light to heavy coverage.
SENSITIVE-burns easily, sensitive to many products, blotchy and dry patches. Products that are fragrance-free and hypoallergenic are best. Try water-based liquid and mousse foundations.
To choose the proper shade, blend three colors right at your jaw line and neck and pick that one that is closest to your natural tone.
STEP TWO: LIPS
First and foremost, if you are wearing a very dark shade on you lips, go lighter on the eyes, and vise versa. Also, consider the time of day when deciding on your lip shade. In most cases, save your dark, deep colors for evening and nighttime events. Also, if you have thin lips, opt for light shades and glosses. Too dark of a color will make thin lips look even smaller.
FAIR SKIN-opt for shades in light peach, honey, or beige. Glossy transparent picks will flatter your smackers as well.
MEDIUM- try medium pinks, light mocha, caramel, delicate reds, medium apricots and tangy peaches.
OLIVE-strong red, deep rose, berry, toffee, mahogany, dark apricots, brown reds.
EBONY-deep brownish red, deep berry, deep fuchsia, golden beige.
STEP 3: CHEEKS
The best way to know your blush shade is to take a quick jog and see what color your cheeks naturally blush.
FAIR to NORMAL- pick a blush with pink undertones. If you are more mature in age, pink can often appear to be ashy on the skin as it ages, so maybe try more of a peachy glow.
OLIVE-try shades like cinnamon or colors with a copper tone..
EBONY-use a blush with warm undertones, like apricot or paprika. This skin tone also has the luxury of using more dramatic shades such as brick red or reddish brown undertones, without looking draggy.
STEP 4: EYES
Like lip color, eye make-up and the shades you choose should be appropriate to the time of day. Save ultra bright and smoky eyes for the evening.
BLUE EYES- use warm taupe liners. Best shadow shades are warm browns and peaches as well as soft speeches.
GREEN EYES-use red-brown, taupe, or purple liners. Pick shadows in golden browns, warm taupe’s, deep purples, soft peaches and violets.
BROWN EYES-if your are a brown eyed girl like me, then you get the best of it all. Brown eyes look great with pretty much any shade or color. Pick liners in browns, charcoal, taupe, and purple. Eye shadows in browns, blues, greens, light mahogany, charcoal, and purples will complement you eye color best.
GREY EYES- select liners and shadows in charcoal and brown, and also try purple over your lids.
Well, as for the basics, that’s it!
I’m a fair skin, brown eyed gal, and using the suggested colors for my face and make-up applications really made a positive difference. Let me know if you agree on the color choices provided or if you have found an amazing combo that isn’t listed. And remember, you don’t have to follow the rules when it comes to make-up. Don’t be afraid to keep it funky and incorporate your own personal style. Plus, we all know the best accessory is your smile anyway, so work it with confidence!
Jennifer AKA Miss Divine