Choosing makeup colors...
If you're not over familiar with wearing cosmetics, choosing makeup colors can be a minefield!
You have to cope with different brands, price points and a multitude of products that promise the world before you even begin to think about color!
Sales assistants are rarely trained in color...
Although you may find a sales assistant who has been trained in color and is extremely helpful in recognising what you need, this is rare.
More often than not a 'helpful' assistant will help you to buy, only for you to find on returning home that you're happy with little of what you've bought and even more confused than ever!
Wearing even a little makeup will flatter, enhance and allow you to look your most attractive but it's important that you put yourself in control because no-one else knows how YOU want to look.
What makeup will do...
Everyone looks at your face first so you want to find:
- colors that harmonize with your natural coloring
- and products that allow you to still feel like YOU!
You're working from the INSIDE OUT? Your skin tone is entirely natural and when you complement it gently with harmonizing shades you'll always look your best.
- Your SKIN will look clearer
- your EYES will look brighter
- and your HAIR color will be more intense
Begin with Foundation
We don't all fit into an easily identifiable 'box' and it's always best, for foundation particularly, if you can try it directly onto your skin. The foundation color that practically disappears is the one that matches your skin tone best. If you're in a department store ask for a sample to take home to try before you make a decision.
Look Fabulous Forever (makeup for mature skin) produce 5 foundation shades based on 'intensity' i.e. the depth of skin color rather than Warm or Cool. There's a shade for everyone and they even offer an exchange if you get it wrong!
Choosing color for Lip, blush and eyes
Once you look to choose color the obvious way is to identify whether you are Warm or Cool.
It really is the fast track way to choosing the right makeup colors.
Right, I show you a golden 'warm' skin tone against a pink toned 'cool skin. It's obvious that different shades of makeup will be necessary to complement the different shades of skin.
Blush and lipstick
Once you find a foundation base that suits your skin tone then the next step is to enhance it with a little color. If you're a novice with choosing makeup colors then use a light hand.
Look Fabulous Forever make lipstick, blusher and eye shadows in both Warm and Cool shades and offer help when choosing makeup colors. You can see below how the shades mirror the relevant color palette ready to react perfectly with your skin tone too.
For WARM skin
If you have a WARM skin, many of these yellow based tones will probably be second nature to you.
The color palettes below will complement Warm skin and the luscious colors can all be adopted into makeup colors too.
If your coloring is fair go for the pretty and lighter shades of peach coral or apricot; with deeper skin you'll enjoy the stronger shades of copper bronze or terracotta.
Warm makeup shades below are Peach Cream blusher and lipsticks Soft Caramel, Rosewood and Foxy Lady - all by Look Fabulous Forever.
Warm tones for makeup colors
Warm makeup Look Fabulous Forever
For COOL skin
If you have a COOL skin, then it's the blue based shades that will bring your natural coloring to life.
The color palettes below will complement Cool skin and this classicly beautiful color palette can be adopted into makeup colors too.
If you're coloring is fair choose the lighter shades of pink, soft rose and raspberry; with deeper toned skin you will enjoy the more definite shades of plum, damson and the berry tones.
Cool makeup shades below are Rose Glow Cream blusher and lipsticks Pink Pop, Sweet Pea and Soft Plum - all by Look Fabulous Forever.
Cool tones for makeup
Cool toned makeup Look Fabulous Forever
Color for eyes
If you feel confident you can pick out colors for eye shadow, pencil etc from your color palette whether you're Warm or Cool.
you'd rather, you can choose to stick to neutral tones. There are subtle differences in taupes and natural tones, an eye shadow palette like the ones below make it easy.
When you're choosing makeup colors...
Makeup is all Color! When you're browsing around cosmetic counters choosing makeup colors, it's because you want to look and feel your best but how many of us have lipsticks sitting in the drawer hardly used?
You probably choose your makeup for a variety of reasons:
- magazines and shop windows advertise the colors of the season
- you choose products which you've worn before and you know are safe
- you're looking for a lipstick to match your new outfit
- a special promotion or the consultant recommends products for you
- something catches your eye and you think you'll try a change
- choose a foundation first and then look for eye makeup and lipstick that you like
Identify your SKIN TONE and get it right every time!
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