Here is a simple guide to choosing the right makeup for you. I have posted tips on makeup for different skin tones, eye colours and even hair colours!
Introduction to makeup
-Remember that you should always (rare occasions where you dont wont cause any problems) remove makeup at night to prevent build up of makeup and oil in the skin. This could lead to the clogging up of pores which can then result in spots, bad skin and wont allow your skin to breathe which can make it appear dull.
-When removing makeup, do it gently to prevent damaging delicate skin under the eye. After taking off makeup, use a cleanser or toner to fully clean the skin and make your face look fresher, more balanced and help that bit more to fight spots.
-A common misconception of wearing makeup when you are a teenager is that it will cause bad skin when you are older. It is true that if you do not remove makeup at night it can clog up your pores, leading to spots, which if picked can lead to scarring. However, makeup CAN actually make you look better. People who wear foundation in their youth may find they have less wrinkles as they mature as the foundation acts as a sheild against the sun. On the other hand, if you feel confident without makeup, then dont feel inclined to wear it to impress others. To prevent sun damage, wearing sunscreen regularly (even in winter) will reduce the number of wrinkles you gain in later life.
Moisturise regulary to lock in moisture, but applying too much can make you look shiny and skin to become oily.
Using a foundation or moisturiser with added sunscreen will help to prevent damage from the sun which can also prevent signs of aging.
Eating fruit and drinking water keeps the skin clear and it is best to avoid smoking as it creates wrinkles around the eyes and mouth, dulls texture of the skin and causes the skin to lose elasticity.
So what makeup goes with what eye colour?
Ok so whether your eyes are Brown, Green, Hazel or Blue; there is makeup out there to enhance these colours! Once you know what shades suit your eye colour, it will be easy to show off your best feature!
Alright. So for Blue eyes;
Use Brown, gold and orange shades. Anything contrasting your eye colour will make them pop so also try violet, purple, silver and also black for big nights out to make your eyes more dramatic. Blue eyes have the advantage of being able to carry more mascara than other colours as they stand out more against dark colours.
However, remember not to use aqua/light blue eyeshadow as they can look too similar to your eye colour and will make them fade, rather than stand out. It is best to avoid shadow that matches your eye colour if you have light eyes.
For Green eyes;
Having green eyes is less common than other colours and can make a bold statement when styled right. Try using browns, beige, pinks and purples for green eyes. Green eyeshadow with green eyes can look unflattering, however a light green can be simple and complimentry if not overdone.
People with green eyes and a fair complexion should use lighter eye shadow in shades that are not too deep or have much of a shimmer. This is so eyes dont look too overdone as people with fair skin or freckles often have trouble carrying as much makeup as people with darker features.
If you do have green eyes and darker features, then you have the advantage of being able to use a darker palette, however it is best to avoid blue or silver eye shadow.
For Hazel eyes;
Hazel is another unusual eye colour and ranges from light brown with a hint of green, through gold and all the way to brown eyes with a ring of green round the pupil.
If you have hazel eyes, avoid using an excessive amount of blue-hued shadow.
People with hazel eyes have a wide range to choose from; Plum, mocha, pink, gold brown and even khaki all work with this eye colour.Warm shades of brown help to compliment the green in hazel eyes whilst purple can also be a great contrast too. Contrasting colours are better for a night out whilst subtle colours such as soft golds, beiges and pinks can make a simple statement for day time.
However blue eyeshadow can look overpowering on hazel eyes unless done subtley.
..and Brown eyes;
Brown eyes are the most common eye colour worldwide and are the most versatile with makeup. People with brown eyes can wear nearly any eye shadow and also have to advantage of suiting dramatic dark looks as well as subtle ''barely there'' shades.
Brown eyes can wear most colours from; gold to chocolate brown, beige to coral shades. Brown eyes can also work plums, pinks, purples and even blue (though it is best to stick to just blue eyeliner as blue eyeshadow can look overpowering.)
Remember that with any eye colour, the intensity of colour you apply does depend on the shade of your complexion. People with dark skin have the advantage of being able to pull off darker shades and intensity.
-For eyes that are a mixture of the above colours.. Experiment! decide which colour your eyes are closest too and try out different shades until you find the makeup that compliments you the best.
-Remember that what you wear can actually change the hue of your eye. Wearing gold colours can make your eyes look more golden if they are a shade of brown, and wearing shades of blue/green can bring out the light shades of your eyes. It is also the same with eyeshadows, with dark eyes, the darker the shadow, the darker your eyes can appear.
-So does eye colour change? It is true that over time a persons eyes can get lighter, darker and if they have a mixture of colour in the iris, the colour can shift between the different shades. For example; blue eyes with green flecks in them or a green ring can look more blue one day and then more green the next. This is down to the surroundings which can change how your eyes look and reflect the light. Also some people might find they have dark eyes in the shadows, but out in the light they have light eyes that can almost look a completely different colour alltogether.
If you want to create a more dramatic look for your eyes, choose a slightly darker colour than you have used on the eye lid.. and blend it in the crease of your eye. you can also use this darker shade to apply at the outer corner of your eye and along the lash line. The more dramatic you want the look, the darker the shade you should use.
Eye brows- over plucked eye brows make the face look Older. So if you havent yet gotten round to plucking those brows, it is best to just pluck stray hairs from under the arch and in between the two brows. If you want to go for it and style them, then create a brown that it full, but well groomed. A brow with an arch that begins 3/4's of the way across the eye looks the best. The start of the brow should be lined up with the corner of the eye.
If you want to keep the brow looking nice during the day then using a soft eyebrow pencil that matches the colour of the brow will make them look thicker if they are thin, and will fill in any spots that are bare. Using a clear mascara can help keep them in place during the day which can also help open up your face.
Eyes can look great with just mascara so on days when you cant be bothered to apply much makeup to the eyes, just follow these tips to simple and easy eyes.
- When applying mascara, gently lift the lid so the mascara wand can reach all your lashes.
- Apply the mascara by moving the wand from side to side as you coat the lashes. This helps to separate the lashes and get each and every one for a fuller effect.
- For a more dramatic look use two to three coats of mascara.
-if you dont want to use eyeliner to line the lower lid, apply a coat to the bottom lashes.
(also if you dont want to use an eye lash curler to curl your lashes, you can use your finger to press the lashes up as the mascara dries.)
Foundation and concealer.
Concealer- When applying concealor or corrector, use a shade thats a one or two shades lighter than your skin tone. This will help brighten the under eye area, but if it is too light then it can make the face look unbalanced or the eyes can look startled. People with fair skin should use a light bisque colour, those with medium or olive skin should use a peachy shade and african-american woman should use a dark peach colour. Asian woman often have less darkness around the eyes, however a corrector can still help brighten the under eye skin. Apply with a brush under the eye and under the lower lash line as there tends to be more darkness here. When blending it, do so with your fingers and instead of rubbing it in(which can damage the under eye skin), press on instead.
When it comes to foundation try and follow these tips:
-Always test foundation colours against your skin in DAYLIGHT. this saves getting home and realising you haver bought a shade too light or too dark.
-Never cake foundation on- this doesnt allow the skin to breathe and can make your face look orange, unbalanced and overdone.
-Dont worry if your face is ''multi-toned''. -basically this means if you have two or more different skin tones across your face. Just buy a foundation that is in the middle of these tones or apply them separatly before blending.
-And lastly, BLEND well.- Blending is the key to natural looking foundation. After applying make sure that no streaks or lines have been left on the face and then check the jaw line. If you can see where the foundation on your face has stopped and the normal colour of the skin on the neck begins, you need to blend or you have over-applied.
So when choosing foundation, there are lots of choices. My best advice would be to always shop for it in daylight so you can properly match your skin colour to the shade you need. There are also lots of different kinds to try;
A stick foundation - covers spots easily but is not reccommended for oily skin. This gives good coverage.
Liquid foundation- Best for dry/extra dry skin as it hydrates the skin.
Whipped foundation- Best for skin with texture. It helps to balance out skin and hydrate it.
Tinted moisterisers- These are very sheer, and suited best for people who want a natural finish and have good skin already.
Mineral powders- Best for oily skin
Oil free foundations- these are also best for oily skin- they also have good coverage of spots and acne.
Mousse foundations- these feel the lightest on the skin- and look the lightest too. These are best for people with good skin or younger people.
Foundations for asian women-Yellow toned foundations look the most natural when applied right. Like all skin tones, make sure it matches the skin perfectly.
Foundations for african-american women- go for a sheer foundation or even a tinted moisteriser. Black woman find that they often have darker skin on their forehead than they do on the rest of the face. If this is the case, either apply one shade to the forehead and one to the rest of the face before blending, or find a shade that is in the middle of the two shades. Choose a warm foundation with a yellow undetone.
Medium/latin skin- a honey colour often looks the best or for latin woman try a foundation with olive undertones or has a gold tint to it.
Pale skin- Go for a porcelain foundation that matches your skin tone. If you happen to have freckles, dont cover them up! They look great, especially with red hair and make you individual.
Covering a spot- dab a stick foundation that matches your skin tone exactly on the spot and if its needed add a second layer. Make sure you have not applied it to the surrounding areas and following this use some skin-toned powder to dust on top of the blemish.
For the most natural look, chose a shade of blush that matches your cheek colour after you have been doing exercise.
Powders- This is the best as it works with all skin types and is easy to blend.
Gel- Smooth skin is best for this as it can be difficult to blend. Gel gives a sheer colour.
Cream- creates a smooth finish which is great for dry skin
Pencils- are easy to blend and work with normal/dry skin.
Tints- Like gels they are sheer, work best with smooth skin and can be difficult to blend
Make sure you dont apply too much moisturiser before blush as it can make it look streaky stop it from blending to a natural finish.
Makeup for those dazzling blondes!
For girls with blonde hair and light/ fair features, simplistic makeup often makes the biggest statement! Unfortunatly, people with fair skin or hair often find they cannot carry as much makeup as somebody with a darker complexion. This tends to be because the makeup can be more obvious on pale skin and if not applied right, it can look caked on.
so i would reccommend;
-Blondes should try to choose a palette that consists of neutral shades for their eyes such as light browns, ivory and possibly some light shades of violet. In terms of what makeup to wear with what eye colour, you can still follow the guide above ^ but if you have fair features, it might be best to tone down the makeup during the day so that your natural beauty can shine through. - As for eyeliner, save the liquid eyeliner for nights out and instead try smudging soft brown eyeliner on both your upper and lower lashes. Blondes tend to have light coloured eyebrows and lashes so black might look too much, but if you are lucky enough to have dark lashes, use some soft black kohl liner to gently smudge along your lashline.
Blush does depend on your colouring but for most people with blonde hair, the most flattering shades would be a rosy colour or even an apricot hue to blend into the apples of your cheeks.
-using a primer before applying makeup can brighten the skin and smoothen it which makes skin makeup application easier. Sometimes primer on its own can be fine even without foundation or powder
-Use some light corrector/concealer under the eyes to brighten them and reduce under eye bags. For blondes choose a bisque or pink colour. If you have a darker undertone to the skin, it is best to use peach. The same can often go for foundations.
-When applying foundation, it really depends on your skin tone as to what shade you apply. Blondes may have pale skin however, some may find they have a medium complexion.
- If You are looking for something to put on your lips then try not to use a bright red (unless its a special occasion or night out). Instead go for again a soft rosy colour that compliments the overall look. A simple light pink lip balm can also be enough. -A soft approach like this looks great on fair haired girls as it shows off their natural features and less can definatly be more!
As for evening makeup;
Try a contrasting colour on your eyes such as purple, silver and even black eye shadow to smudge along your lashline. If you are adventurous, some liquid liner can make a bold statement (though over- applying this can overpower your eyes completely). For the mascara, apply 2-3 coats and again you can apply a rosy coloured blush. Red coloured lips make a good statement but to tone down the look a sugary pink lipgloss is also great!
(and girls with black hair)
Brunettes are luckiest in the fact that darker features can often carry more makeup than people with fairer skin tones.
You can follow the eye makeup guide above to choose the best colour pallette for you but brunettes (especially those that have dark coloured eyes as well) often look best with gold or brown eye shadows.)
During the day a simple coating of black mascara and some soft kohl eyeliner to line the top and bottom lashes can be enough to make those eyes stand out. To take the look further, try some beige shades of eye shadow or even a soft chocolate colour can make eyes stand out also. Woman with a dark skin tone might want to try light purple or slate colours for their eye lids. ( a shadow with an orangey undertone can also look great on dark skin.)
As for skin makeup- keep it simple! During the day, apply some primer ( or even just moisteriser) before applying makeup and over the top try a concealer for under the eyes. Choose a shade of concealer with a pink or in most cases with brunettes, a peachy undertone. Then a use fine layer of foundation over the top of the primer and concealer. A powder foundation can be the best as it wont look as caked on and helps to set the makeup applied already.
For the day, blush may not be needed, but if you choose to apply it, use a shade that matches the colour you cheeks go when they are flushed. If you apply the blush and it looked caked on or over the top, it is likely you have either got the wrong shade or put on too much.
and to finish off this look a sugery pink always looks good on brunettes.
For nights out, Brunnettes might want to try silver, purple and brown eye shadow to create that ''smokey eye'' look. A soft chocolate colour on the eye lid with darker brown along the contour line and smudged along the lashes, is a great way to make a statement, especially if you have dark eyes. Try a few coats of black mascara and you can also apply some black eye liner which can be used to both line the eyes and smudge in the corners along with dark eyeshadow to create a dramatic look. Some coral or pink lipgloss/stick looks great to finish off the look.
And those sizzling red-heads!
As for girls lucky enough to have auburn hair here are some tips for you! Again you can use the eye colour guide above to choose your makeup.
For the day try to choose the 'less is more' approach. For the eyes, just applying a coat or two of black (or even brown as red-heads often have light eyelashes) looks fine. If you want, use some black eye liner to line the top and bottome lashes and make eyes stand out. If you want some eyeshadow, use a soft pastel colour that dosent stand out too much but is still noticable. Like with blondes and brunettes, use light concealer to brighten under eye bags. Girls with auburn hair usually have a pale complexion so use a porcelain toned foundation to cover the skin. If you want to use face powder, one with a white tone looks best and blends in well. For the lips, a peachy-pink shade always looks good. Really for girls with red hair, any pale shade looks great on the lips
If you want to use blush, go for pastel shades, but avoid blushes with brown undertones.
As for the night time, a silver or slate coloured eye shadow looks great with lined eyes. To recreate the smokey look, use a light gry or slate coloured shadow on the lids and blend a darker shade of grey into the contour line of the eyes. In the corner of the eye and along the lasline use some black eye shadow to make a great dramatic look. Girls with light coloured eyes find that lining the eyes with black eye liner helps them to stand out and look more defined. A soft pastel eye shadow can also look great when paired with dark lashes and gorgeous red lips! However avoid products (unless its lipstick) with red undertoned as it can make you look tired
My Top Makeup&&Style Icons:
1)Rihanna 2)Lady Gaga 3)Bobbi Brown 4)Katy Perry
My Makeup Picks+What's in My Makeup Bag.
+Intense Black Sexy Curves Mascara from Rimmel London
+Masterpiece High Definition Mascara from MaXfactor.
+Clear Definition Mascara from 17
+Skin Perfecting Shine Free Foundation from 17.
+Instant Age Rewind Protector Finishing Powder from Maybelline New York
+''Hello Flawless!'' powder cover up from Benefit.
+Pressed Powder from 17
+Hide Away concealer cream from 17.
+Revlon's ColourStay 12 Hour Eye Shadow (number 11 Sultry Smoke and 02 Coffee Bean are my personal Favourites ;) )
+Pearl & Shine from Nivea Lip Care (lip balm)
+Lip Balm from Beauty Rehab
(These help smooth and protect your lips from the dry and cold as well as protecting them from the sun, so i always carry them around with me.)
Hope all this helps! please comment, thankyou! :)