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How to EASILY select the right makeup shades
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How to EASLY select the right shades of makeup

SELECTING THE BEST EYE, CHEEK AND LIP COLORS

By Teresa Branch
At some point in time, we all have wondered if we are selecting the best choice of eye, cheek, and lip color. I am going to give you a few basic guidelines to go by so you can look your best. I have included a color wheel for you to refer to as needed.

Learning the difference between warm and cool colors is the basis of all color selection. Understanding the difference will enable you to properly enhance your color choices. Warm colors are the range of colors from yellow and gold through the oranges, red-oranges, most reds and even some yellow-greens. Cool colors are dominated by blues, greens, violets and blue-reds. You will notice that reds can be both warm and cool. If the red is orange-based, it is warm. If it is blue-based, it is cool. Green is similar: if a green contains more gold, it is warm; if it contains more blue, it is cool.



You may hear people refer to a color as having a lot of blue in it. For example: "That lipstick has a blue base" or "That blush is very blue." This does not mean that the color is truly blue. Rather, it means that when the pigments were mixed to create that cosmetic, more blue color was added. Thus, making it cool.



COLORS FOR THE EYES
Contrary to popular belief, matching eye color with a shadow color is not the best way to enhance your eyes; it only creates a flat region of color. By contrasting eye color with complementary colors, you emphasize the color most effectively.



The following is a guideline for eye color selection.
Complementary colors for blue eyes. Orange is the complementary color to blue. Because orange contains yellow and red, shadows with any of these colors in them will make your eyes look bluer. Common choices include gold, warm orange-browns like peach and copper, red-browns like mauve and plum, and neutrals like taupe or camel.
Complementary colors for green eyes. Red is the complementary color to green. Because red shadows tend to make the eyes tired or bloodshot, pure red tones are not recommended. Instead, use a brown-based red, red-orange, red-violet or violet. Popular choices are coppers, rusts, pinks, plums, mauves and purples.
Complementary colors for brown eyes. Brown eyes are neutral and can wear any color. Recommended choices include such contrasting colors as greens, blues, grays and silvers.



ADDING CHEEK AND LIP COLOR
After you have chosen your eye shadow, use the color wheel to determine whether your choices are warm or cool and then coordinate cheek and lip color in the same color family as the eye color. For example, if your eyes are green and you choose a plum shadow, that is cool. Now you should stay with cool colors for the cheeks and lips in order to coordinate with the eye shadow. You may also choose neutrals, as these contain both warm and cool elements and coordinate with any make-up colors.



It is not recommended to mix warms and cools on your face. They will compete with each other and will result in an "off" appearance. Staying within the color ranges you have chosen will ensure a balanced, beautiful look.



READY. SET. GO!




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