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Should You Match Your Makeup to Your Clothes?

I took a big risk the day I did Francesca Fisher-Eastwood’s makeup for InStyle’s Miss Golden Globe Party.  That night Francesca was announced as the year’s official Miss Golden Globe.  She gave a speech, her face was plastered on every celebrity blog, and she was the hot topic for the next few days.  Matching Francesca’s lipstick to her dress could have subjected her to a lot of criticism if it didn’t look right.  Fortunately, the look was worthy of a Golden Globe and well received by all.

The Risk of Matching Your Makeup to Your Clothes

sandra bullock oscar

a better lipstick would’ve had MORE pigment to coordinate with the bold red dress!

 

sandra bullock met gala

the color on the lips blends perfectly with the dress

Why was is matching such a risk?   Just a slightest color difference and it can look off.  If you look at Sandra Bullock in the red dress, you can tell that her lip color needs more vivacity.  In the plum dress, the color is just right.

This is why it took me ten minutes to mix the right color for Francesca’s lipstick for Miss Golden Globes.  I used about five different products – including eyeliner.  Wow!  Finding the perfect shade of lipstick at your favorite beauty store might taking even longer with all of he options available.

Matching Makeup to Your Clothes Can Look Overdone

bad makeup

In the early 2000s, it was popular to head to the MAC counter and purchase every shade of eyeshadow they made.  Then, you would pair this shade with a matching top and matching shoes.  This trend is OVER.  It looks overdone, and it is esepcially excessive if your green eyeshadow, t-shirt, and shoes are noticeable from across the room.  It is better for everything to look a little softer and less matchy.

Coordinating Your Makeup

Most of us wouldn’t dream of walking out of the house dressed in purple from head to toe.  Imagine wearing purple pants, a purple top, a purple jacket, purple eye shadow, purple lipstick, purple accessories, purple shoes, etc.  Instead, we usually coordinate our clothing to allow for balance.  This is what you should try to do when you are matching your makeup.  Think of it as an accessory to your outfit.  I recently matched my nail polish to my lip color.  This was a fun way to spice up the simplicity of a black and white outfit. I also added a colorful necklace.

 

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Lipstick: Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lip Color in Carina

You can try the same concept with a fun shade of eyeliner.  I am in love with stila’s teal eyeliner.  It is the perfect shade of mint green, and it coordinates well with a lot of different outfits.  This is a great way to add color to a chambray shirt.  It also looks great with the popular floral tops that have hints of green in them.

stila teal eyeliner

 

Stila Teal Smudge Stick

Choosing the Right Natural Hue

If you are the type of person who has a palette filled with popular neutrals, then you might be thinking, “how do I choose the right color for what I am wearing?”  These palettes have become extremely popular, and they are very versatile.  To get the full use out of them, make sure that you choose eyeshadow like you do your clothing.  Certain things pair well with everything (i.e. your white t-shirt).  There’s probably an eyeshadow that is always going to look good on you.  Then, there’s probably one that is best for a night on the town.  The rest you can pick based on what looks best with what you are wearing.  They don’t have to match, but they shouldn’t clash!

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