Guide to Classic Makeup Color Palettes
Many of us seem content with our makeup color choices. It's difficult make a change when we're overwhelmed with a plethora of new products and shades that come out each season. Not to mention the cost involved in keeping up with latest trends. If you're satisfied within your makeup zone it doesn't necessarily mean you're living in a time warp. However, If you are still using the same makeup colors you used back in high school it’s definitely time for a change.
Luckily there are fail-safe makeup color palettes that work for any age, ethnicity and season. You can find all of these colors whether you prefer upscale brands or inexpensive makeup. You don’t even have to be a makeup artist to achieve a classic look. The good news is most these color combinations will never go out of style.
A Base for Your Face
Your foundation shade is meant to match with your skin tone so we really don’t need to discuss this one as far as trends are concerned. Although picking the right shade for your skin can be a bit tricky if you rush the process. The main thing is that you don’t want to end up with an obvious line of demarcation where the foundation stops and your exposed skin begins.
Before you plunk down your hard earned cash here is a great makeup tip: do a test spot on the back of your hand and walk outside to check the color match. When applying remember a light touch is best. Wearing too much foundation is never a good thing. Finally, don’t forget to blend, blend, blend the foundation past the jaw line onto your neck.
The Eyes Have It
If you are looking for a timeless eyeshadow color consider a subtle metallic, a neutral taupe, light brown or dusty pink. The key is to pick sheer versions of these colors with a hint of shimmer to brighten your eyes. These eyeshadow colors will look great on everyone and make the transition from day to evening and winter to summer. Accent your eyes with a smudged pencil, smokey shadow or liquid liner then top it off with a lengthening and volumizing mascara and you're done.
Warm pinks and peaches transcend all trends, skin tones and seasons. Choose one with a light subtle shimmer to give your face that special glow. Go with a peachy-pink to cover all the bases. If the store has testers are available do a side-by-side test on the back of your hand and step into the daylight to get the full effect.
Avoid mauves and browns or anything with a gray tint. These colors are way too overpowering for most women. Use your blush sparingly. Just apply a hint of color on the apples of your cheeks. If you happen to choose an intense pink or peach tone it down with a bit of loose powder.
A Killer Kisser
Not everyone can pull off a vibrant fuschia or bright tangerine pout, so for the sake of fairness let’s head to safe territory. A timeless, universal color palette for lips includes nudes, deep violet, warm burgundy, soft pink and basic red. These lipstick shades are flattering picks for every woman. Choose a matte, semi-matte or gloss. Just make sure your cheek and lip colors are in the same color family and intensity. Competing colors distract and look contrived. The whole point of a classic makeup palette is to present an effortless appearance.
Nail Your Nail Color
For some of us nails are a part of our overall makeup palette. Timeless nail colors are easy. Neutrals, berries, reds, corals and pinks are good options in high gloss or matte finishes. When selecting a nail color don't forget to consider your wardrobe and makeup colors.
To simplify things a good manicure and a quick coat of clear polish is probably your best bet. Another fabulous option is to take a cue from the guys to go au naturale. On your next salon visit ask your manicurist to buff your nails and flaunt a natural sheen. If they become dull you can do a quick buff at home to bring back the shine. It stimulates blood flow and oil production to promote healthier nail growth. It also rids the nails of unsightly ridges and discoloration.
© 2010 Linda Chechar