Make-Up Colors for Your Skin Tone

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Fair Skin

Soft shades are the key to alabaster skin.  Nude color lip color is more flattering than red and if your lips are small  darkness slims the lips even more. The smaller your lips the lighter the color you should use to make them look fuller. Line the lips with a flesh toned liner pencil, then apply your lip shade or gloss.

To define your eyes without creating a harsh look lightly dust your  upper and lower lash area with a medium gray or taupe eye shadow.  Use black mascara but go light on the application.  Brown mascara  has red pigments and can highlight any red in the eye, making you look tired.

For the fair skinned over forty  use a light moisturizer to  help fight lost elasticity and plump up the skin.  Use a light peach or pink  blush.  If you are cool skin use pink and if you are warm tone skin use peach.  These soft colors will bring a healthy youthful flush to the face.

Medium Skin

Apply foundation little by little until your skin tone is even.  Apply flesh toned eye shadow over the entire eye and a medium shadow over the eyelid and a darker tone at the lash line.  If you have golden flecks in the iris or marbleized colors use a shadow that matches any of these under tones,  to soften the darker shadow. Choose mauve lipsticks if your skin is cool and rust colors  if your skin is warm.

For the medium skin woman over forty  avoid using powder unless you want to look older.  Powder accumulates in the fine lines of the face making them pop out.  If you are shiny dust your face  in the T-zone with a translucent powder using  a fluffy brush avoiding any wrinkle areas. Apply slate color eye shadow following the contour of the eye along the lash line.  Following the lash line can enhance any droopiness.  Trace with a neutral toned shadow  for a multi-dimensional look.  Use a lighter color over the darker to soften it.  Choose lighter color according to color flecks in your iris, this gives your eye sparkle.

For Dramatic Eyes

Another eye  technique for medium skin: Sweep silver eye shadow onto the inner corner and outward over the lid.  Apply burgundy to the crease, outer corner and along the lash line.  Finish with gray eyeliner and mascara.

Since your eye shadow is so dramatic, define and contour the cheek area with a bronzy plum  for cool skin and then dust a highlighter over the top of the cheek bones. Use  a warm bronze for warm skin .

Dark Skin

Be careful  with your foundation making sure it is not too light or too dark. The majority of dark skin will fall into the cool skin category, however there are warm dark skin as well.   Be careful that your foundation isn’t too pink or your skin will look ashy.  On your eyes you can use black liner.  The key to creating a soft look is to brush brown or bronze shimmery eye shadow over the liner.  This erases the hard look and gives the eye contrast and looks natural with your skin tone.

For the over forty dark skin if you have dark circles, be careful using cakey concealer.  The best remedy is to use a stick or foundation pencil.

To find out if you have warm or cool undertones, drape an orange colored material across your chest and then a dark pink material on your chest.  Alternate the colors to see which color compliments your skin better.  If you cannot decide, have a color analysis by a certified color consultant.

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