It's something that happens SO often; A new client comes to see me and asks for a particular make-up look. "Do you have any inspirational pictures you like the makeup of?" and they show me a pinterest board full of make-up looks they've tagged - ALL on faces completely different to their own.
I changed my eye colour in this picture to show the difference that your own features can have on how make-up will look on you.
So here's how to choose make-up looks that are right for you,,,
Know your colours...
The colour wheel above shows how to choose your complementary colours. OPPOSITE colours on the wheel are complementary. So if your eyes are green, reds, plums and purples are best for you, and so on!
Choosing a complementary eyeshadow colour for your eye colour is great start to choosing a look that's best for you. Here is a general guide you can follow...
Look closely at inspiration...
I get shown this picture at bridal trials at least once a week. It's a stunning image - and the make-up is divine. But let's break it down and see if you see what I do!
To start with; her eyes are blue. It may seem obvious but if you look at the first image I posted of me with blue eyes, the smokey dark eye looks considerably more dramatic when my eyes are lighter. Notice also her skin tone - if you are darker toned, the drama of this dark smokey eye will be lost in your own natural tones. Now let's look closer...
Did you notice that she has white liner on her waterline? This makes smokey eyes pop ESPECIALLY on blue/lighter eyes. If you put white liner on a darker eye and skin tone, the result is very different. It's beautiful still, but its different to the pic!
The nude tone of her lipstick matches her natural nude tone of her lips. It's an icy light pink - slightly lighter than her natural lip tone to go with this very highlighted look and dramatic eyes.. On me this colour would look almost white! Make sure you choose a nude that's for YOU, that is nude on YOUR lips. It may look plum, orange or pink on anyone else, but it's right for you!
With darker eyes you can really add the drama with dark liner on the waterline eye and a variety of plums. blues, slivers and browns for a smokey eye that's right for you!
Darker eyes with darker lashes also allow for false lashes to blend easier than those with lighter lash hairs, meaning you can generally get away with heavier lashes. If you have fair/light lashes be careful of over doing the falsies. You could also try brown false lashes and mascara for a more natural finish.
Know your skin type...
Know one knows your own skin better than you! Some trends suit certain skin textures and types better.
For example, highlighting and strobing is hugely popular - but if your skin is more textured or dry or perhaps showing some fine lines (aaaaaah!!) then highlighting actually makes your skin look worse. It 'highlights' the unsmooth surface and can age you - the exact opposite of what it's supposed to do! If your skin is problematic, keep the highlighter to a minimum, or omit it altogether.
So there you have it! A few little pointers to get you started on finding the make-up look that's just for you!
Toodles for now!