FAN MAIL FRIDAYS: Matching your Eye and Lip Makeup
Hello everyone! Welcome to another informational edition of Fan Mail Fridays. Today, I am going to talk about the basic rules on matching your eye makeup and your lipstick. The question was sent in by Harmony. She asks:
Hi Ms. Martha!
I've always loved how you really take effort for fan mail fridays. Add that to the fact that your FOTD color combinations are simply gorgeous. I think it's best if I ask you for a little advice about eye colors and lip shades. So, to keep this simple, what eyeshadow colors match which lipstick shades? You see, I'm a makeup newbie and I don't want to end up looking like a clown or being pale as zombie. :D
Thanks for reading my mail! Stay glam and classy :)
Thank you for the question. When it comes to mixing and matching colors, the possibilities are endless. But in all things, you have to understand the basic rules first before experimenting and venturing into a more advanced level.
Please take note that I've mixed my personal rules with the general rules.
Here are the basic rules:
1. Decide on what you want to emphasize: Eyes or Lips
- The principle of Color Contrast applies here. If you're sporting a pronounced lip, sport light eye makeup and vice versa.
2. Develop an eye for color combination
- You have to know which colors look best together. Here's a sample combination:
Black- Hot Pink
When pairing colors, refer to the principle of Color Contrast. (e.g. Bright blue eye makeup should be paired with light pink lips)
3. For beginners, start working with shades from a single color family
- For example, we have the color family Orange. Orange expands into various shades such as Peach, Salmon, and Coral. For a look that's so put together, work with various shades from a single color family. Again, decide whether you want a more pronounced lip or eyes.
Here's a more visual approach:
LIGHT EYES=PRONOUNCED LIPS
PRONOUNCED EYES=LIGHT LIPS
MIDTONE EYES=MIDTONE LIPS
This is quite an advanced tip. I know some people who can't forego color on the lips even if they're wearing a pronounced eye makeup. If you're one of these people, make sure that the colors and their intensities are balanced. My personal technique is I choose midtone colors: On days where I want to sport pronounced eye makeup and lips, I go for colors that are not too warm and not too cool so the overall look would still be decent and not too shocking.
Additional tip: For this eye and lip makeup, go for a light contour on the cheeks or a pale blush. Don't go for pigmented blushes or else your makeup will appear too bold!
DRAMATIC EYES=DRAMATIC LIPS
There are some occasions where dramatic eyes and lips are okay. On these occasions, go all out on your eye and lip makeup but make sure that the colors are complimenting each other. My personal technique with this look is I sport soft brows to prevent my look from looking too 'sharp'.
Additional tip: For this makeup look, a light contour will do. No need to wear blush!
There you go! I hope this helped you, Harmony. If you guys have anything to add to this tutorial, feel free to put them in the comment box below! :)
By the way, the rules here also apply to Lip and Blush combination. :)
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