Little Effort/Big Impact

 

A quick and easy guide to a polished day look.

Don’t get overwhelmed with make-up trends and variety of products out there. All you really have to do is zero in on YOU!  Doesn’t everyone want a day look that won’t take much time to achieve every morning? I suggest  forgoing eyeshadow and putting the emphasis on your lips. Using lipstick is a quick and easy way to change your look daily, seasonally and play around with some trends. Keep the smokey eye for an evening out. Now all that’s left to do is choose a shade and here’s how; First of all, a good way to ensure that you achieve an appealing look is by following the “Classical Theory”; matching your lip colour to your cheek colour (you could also use your lipstick on your cheeks). The next thing you should do is consider your skin tone. So here is a guide for what colours are best suited for you.  Lastly, swipe a few coats of your favorite mascara on your lashes and
head out the door.

Fair skin

Burns easily and looks somewhat transparent. Choose baby pinks for a ‘pick me up’
soft peaches for some warmth and sheer plums for a more dramatic approach. Look for shades with a cooler/blue undertone.

Medium skin

 

burns than tans, veins aren’t so visible. Go for Raspberry pink for a natural
flush, apricots for a warm glow and mauves for a soft romantic appeal.

Olive skin

Tans easily and tends to have a greenish undertone. Looks most flattering in rose colours for a natural fresh face, orangey peaches for a healthy glow and bronzes to brighten up the skin and add warmth (can also be used for a natural looking contour).
**adjust the depth of each shade according to the fairness or darkness of your olive skin.**

Dark skin

 Can hold a lot of pigment and brighter shades. For a natural look, pick a warm brick
or terra cotta colour, don’t be afraid of a pure orange or bright tangerine as they are very
flattering for dark skin. Raisin colours, again more of a natural shade that could also be used as contour. Stick to warm/yellow-peachy undertones, anything too cool will read ashy.

Now one last suggestion. To create a bit more interest when matching your cheek and lip colours, try to use opposite textures. Like opt for a shimmery blush and a matte lip, or vice versa. If you are playing with some of the bolder trend lipstick colours, don’t match your blush. Instead take a cue from the undertone of the colour (warm or cool) and intensity of the colour and then resort to the suggestions in the skin tone guide.

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