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Wednesday, November 11, 2009

The Unsaid Rules of Makeup + how to match makeup to your eyes/hair!

Hi there!

I've gotten asked recently, "What makeup should I wear with my eye and hair colour?" Well, MY answer is: "Whatever YOU want!" There are no fast and hard rules on makeup. Seriously. What are people going to do? Laugh? Then they're rude and you shouldn't be insecure and offended so easily. The best thing they'll do? Copy you. I know this firsthand. I've worn some garish (according to the invisible makeup rules) and have yet to be laughed at- but I sure have been copied. No, I don't have supermodel looks to go with it, I'm a regular girl, a Mom. So if I can do it, darlin's so can YOU!

Top 10 Invisible Rules of Makeup (in no particular order)

1. Don't match your eyeshadow to your clothes or your eyes.

2. Avoid the foundation line on your chin/neck- opposite, the pale face, dark neck, no no.

3. Blue eyeshadow? No Blue anything else? Double no!

4. Coloured mascara is so 1980's.

5. Don't extend eyeshadow/product beyond the outer edge of your eyebrow

6. Redheads can't wear certain colours.

7. Bright colours are inappropriate for everyday wear

8. Black = gothic

9. Dark lips do not match with dark eyes (see Robert Palmer "Addicted to Love" video, lol)

10. Stick to colours found in nature: browns, neutrals, etc for work

I call foul on this! I think you can wear anything you want! So, okay with that being said....I've noticed though that there are loads of women that don't want to be showy, but they want to look the best they can with their natural colouring (or paid for colouring *wink*). Makeup companies are picking up on this! You can pick a palette from a high end brand or peruse your local Wal-Mart if you want to try it out and not break the proverbial bank.

Here's what is out there! These palettes are specifically designed for women with a certain eye colour (I guess hair isn't factored in). I think it's a great idea but at the same time, it implies some sort of rule or idea of what you "should" do with your cosmetics. Don't be afraid to think outside the box! I've applied bright turquoise on a woman's eyes and she cringed, but she luuuuurved it when it was done!

Blatant product placement coming, scroll down!

"My Luscious Greens" Palette at Sephora, $37 (a great deal considering you get lips too!) at Sephora or LaurenLuke.com

Sephora Brand Colorful Pro Eyeshadow Palette - Blue Eyes, $26 at Sephora

Sephora Brand Mono Eyeshadow Kit- Blue Eyes, $40 at Sephora

Almay Intense i-color, "Bring out the Green", $7 at Wal-Mart

Physician's Formula, 3 Smoky Trios Blue Eyes palette, $9 at

Aaaaand my all time fave cheapie brand N.Y.C. *used it on films and it works fine, yup, for real* Plus the insert tells you WHERE to apply, but I toss those, you should too!

N.Y.C. Mod Quad 857B Go Go Green, $4 at Wal-Mart (store only)

So, if you really want to know what you SHOULD wear according to the boring ol' rules that don't actually exist, here ya go:

1. Tried and True: taupe, gray, violet, purple, deep blue (a darker shade than your eye color makes your eyes really blue), black (mix it with bright blue for a smoky effect)
2. Funky Favorites: silver, turquoise, fuschia (brightens any shade of blue)

1. Tried and True: brown, apricot, purple, plum, deep khaki or forest green (because they are in the same greenish family, they brighten green eyes)
2. Funky Favorites: gold, glowing, lime-green, really light green, bright purple (super modern)

1. Tried and True: copper, bronze, champagne Uma Thurman (soft pink with a touch of apricot), brown (for a doe-eyed look), beige, and khaki-green (lighter shades add highlight)
2. Funky Favorites: tangerine, royal blue, hot pink, lime-green (the contrast adds punch to brown)

1. Tried and True (Classic): navy or charcoal base to define and a powder-blue shadow for highlighting (it brightens your brow bone so any eye color pops)
2. Funky Favorites: silver-sparkle shadow makes all eyes look edgy.

Here's what I think! I think you should always have a black, white, and deep olive eye shadow, no matter what colour eye you have. Do the smoky with it. Line with black, highlight with white, shade with olive, whatever. On top of that colour selection, pick a dark russet brown and a matte (no shimmer, girls) plum. If you want even more, pick a nice light beige, a creamy off white, and a medium grey. For even more fun, choose navy blue (no shimmer) and a gold. With all of these, you can't go wrong- no matter what eye or hair colour you have!

Have a great day,

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