See why there are different rules for makeup and color analysis

13 August 2019

In one of my first blog posts, I talked about how there are slightly different rules for makeup in relationship to color analysis and your season. In this post I want to illustrate this because one picture is worth a thousand words.

I'm going to go to extremes in my first photo to make my point. Below we have a model who is Clear Winter (possibly Cool Winter, I haven't decided for sure yet). Her seasonal palette of colors would include hot pink, magenta, clear blues, bright purple, among other bold and bright colors. These are color she can wear in her wardrobe.

However, there are colors that just do not belong in the eye area and even lip area unless it's done with restraint. Or if you are going to an 80's party, of course. Before I continue, I do want to say again that I am not against having fun with makeup and if you are one whose personality is bold and creative or you work in a very creative field, then by all means, go for a strong, bold look if you want to.

But like my advice with color analysis, my advice about makeup is common-sense and practical. I know I have some clients and readers who are creative and fearless with makeup. But most of my clients are those who just want advice to help them look their best. Professional or every day looks are what they are wanting.

Look at my Clear Winter model below:

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In the left photo, she is wearing all those cool bright colors that would look fine in a blouse or dress. But when you want a natural looking, every day look, you will want to tone things down considerably.

he photo on the right shows her wearing some cool taupe/grey eyeshadow, some soft pink blush and a very light pinkish, almost nude lip color. She looks so much better. You notice HER first, not her makeup.

Often I will here advice about how to wear 'nude' colors and it gives suggested colors like brown and beige, which is great for warm seasons. But for cool seasons, they should choose 'nude' or natural colors that are cool like grey, taupe, and cocoa (a cool brown) for eyes shadows and pale pinks or plums for lips and blush.

For those who want a little more drama but not wanting to look too 80's, I always give the following advice: dramatize either the eyes or lips, but not both of them together. Below you have the same model who creates a strong eye with a light lip (left) and then a light eye with a strong, dramatic lip.