Color me beautiful: How to wear bright makeup colors
I love working with really vivid colors when I have the opportunity. Bright blues, mint greens and neon orange shades are not for every job nor every client. On the other hand there’s no reason to feel intimidated by a splash of color because there are ways to control the madness.
The good news is that women of absolutely every age can wear brights on their eyes lips and cheeks as long it’s all at the same time. However, sticking to a bright lip only is a better strategy for mature gals.
How about coloring? Well there’s a simple rule: the more yellow your skin tone, the warmer your makeup palette should be. The opposite is true too. The less yellow you have in your skin, the cooler your makeup. There is an exception for women who are extremely pale or extremely dark. They seem to able to wear any strong colors and look fabulous.
Then there’s the question of how strong and crazy can the tones get?
That’s really a matter of choice. The young ones can wear it all but if you’re forty and up an electric blue eye shadow will not make you look younger. So there are ways to navigate these treacherous waters.
- If you are unsure of how to go about this, use a painter’s trick: neutralize. Let’s say we’re dealing with eye shadow. You apply a strong shade first, like royal blue, then take the strength down a bit by layering it with a soft pink/flesh colored shadow to tone it down. Then as you build your confidence you can use less and less of the neutralizer and more of the royal blue. As a general rule, a finish on the matte side is better than frosty/glittery unless you want to look like you’re wearing stage makeup.
- A variation is to use soft pastel shades and use them as a wash of color, just thinly applied like a water color rather than a blast of neon.
- Another way is to use a super-vivid eyeliner like royal blue, aqua and violet and keep the rest of the eye in neutral shades or even better, nude.
I have been turning a lot of women on to the first very bright red shade of commercially produced red lipstick that made my heart go pitter-patter. Up until then I used to mix my brightest lip shades with pigment to get the result I wanted. Then Mac came up with Lady Danger. A game changer. Not only was it the perfect red but it seems to suit any type, any skin tone and any age because it’s so frank and matte. However if you’re not into intense shades you can take it down a notch and choose sorbet colored lip gloss instead.
The same rule applies as I mentioned above: oranges and corals look best on yellow toned skin and cerise and fuchsia are amazing on skins than have less yellow in them. As always, very pale and very dark skins can get away with any brights.