Makeup & the Different Rules

One of the most important things to get right with regards to your coloring is makeup. Nothing can show up more noticeably wrong than wearing the wrong shade of lipstick, blush, or eyeshadow. 

Let’s say you know your season and your best palette of colors. You might even have one of my swatches. And let’s say you are a Cool Winter (Winters can be the toughest to get makeup right for). You know that as a Cool Winter that magenta and hot pink are colors that will always look good on you. So why not wear your blush and lipstick in that shade?

I want to illustrate the need for different rules regarding makeup colors.

I'm going to extremes in my first photo to make my point. Below we have a model who is Clear Winter.

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.


Back to my Clear Winter model above: 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.

The 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.

This is just one model in my new eBook. Learn more about the slightly different rules regarding makeup and color analysis when you purchase "Pretty Your World's Makeup Book" (real original title, huh?)  No hype; just common sense advice.