Choosing the RIGHT makeup colors.

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It can sometimes seem impossible to know which makeup colors are the RIGHT ONES. There's so much variety out there, I wouldn't blame anyone for being confused. Let me try and simplify the process with these basic steps.

The most important thing about choosing your makeup colors is knowing whether your skin is cool or warm. Using the incorrect shades can make your skin look very shallow, hence your look will be unflattering.

To determine whether you are cool or warm, here are some tests you can do to help:

1- Find a piece of silver fabric and a piece of gold fabric. Hold each fabric next to the veins in your wrists. If your veins have a blue cast next to the silver, you are cool toned. If your veins have a yellow, green or brown cast next to the gold, you are warm toned.

2- If you can easily wear BLACK, you are COOL. If you easily look washed out wearing black, you are WARM!

3- If you look better in pure white rather than ivory-COOL. If you look better in ivory-WARM.

4- Test your jewellery. Do you look better in silver or gold jewels. Gold is warm, and silver is cool.

With these tests, you should have a pretty good idea whether you're COOL or WARM. Another way of differentiating is with this next guide:

Choose COOL colors if:

Skin tone: olive, rosy brown color or a light rosy color, fair/ medium rosy.

Hair color: dark, black, blond, or any of the brown tones except a golden brown.

Eyes: blue, green or hazel.

CELEBRITIES: Catherine Zeta Jones, Oprah, Sharon Stone and Michelle Pfeiffer are all cools

Choose WARM colors if:

Skin tone: golden or medium fair.

Hair: golden brown, red or strawberry blond.

Eyes: hazel, dark or medium brown

CELEBRITIES: Nicole Kidman, Molly Ringwald, Kathie Lee Gifford are all warms.

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Once you have this basic understanding of warm or cool, you can then differentiate between for example, a "warm pink" and a "cool pink". A warm pink is a peachy pink. A cool pink would be a purplish pink. A warm green would be a yellowish green. A cool green would be more blue. See this chart for a better understanding.

A warm toned foundation powder is more yellow based. A cool toned one is more pink. All of your makeup colors will be based on this concept. Here are some eyeshadow color examples of WARM and COOL colors.

These are WARM light and dark brown eyeshadow colors.

Now you have COOL light and dark eyeshadow colors.

Knowing your best colors will help you look your best. Remember, your goal is to look as healthy and sparkling as possible. Wearing the right colors can help you do just that!


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