Following on from my facebook post yesterday about how makeup is perceived, I read another interesting article today which I want to share with you guys. In a study, funded by Procter & Gamble, scientists at Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston University and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute asked participants to rate various looks in terms of competence, likeability, attractiveness and trustworthiness
They found that when faces were shown very quickly, all ratings went up with cosmetics in all different looks
‘The women were judged as more competent, likeable, attractive and trustworthy.’
As the length of time increased that participants were allowed to see the images, participants showed that beauty and competence went up but trustworthiness – or honesty – soon suffered as cosmetic looks got heavier
For all of their positive effects on looking and feeling good, large amounts of make-up soon started to negatively impact on the way people perceived an individual’s honesty
‘Dramatic make-up was no longer an advantage compared to when people saw the photos very quickly.’
As time pressure will affect automatic judgements, the authors pointed out that the results may have a bearing upon the way women should approach photos for ballots, job applications and dating sites
I’m (obviously) an advocate of makeup and it’s ability to empower women in a number of different ways but what do you guys think?
Message me with your ideas or post comments below. I got a few great replies from yesterday … A few of you said that you often wear bright lippie if you’re feeling low! That’s good to know! So ladies, if you see someone with bright lippie on, they might just be having a bad day so throw them an extra smile!!
What do you do when you’re feeling low?
Some of you said that your confidence increases when you have spent time making an effort on yourself… Do you think that’s because you know you’ve got your “best face on”?
Let me know!
Look forward to hearing more… And be brave… Post the comments below so we can all read them
I hope that you all had a wonderful Christmas and New Year with plenty of partying! I know that I did How did your makeup go? Did you try out any new ideas? Have you worn a Smokey Eye to one of your parties? Did you experiment with any new colours? Let me know what you got up to!
If you’ve been keeping an eye on my Facebook or Twitter account over the last couple of weeks then you will see that I have shared plenty of Makeup and beauty ideas with you all… Have you tried any of them? One of my subscribers, Diane did a fabulous job in re-creating a set of Christmas nails! She used a nail art template and with a little patience, did a FABULOUS job!
On New Years Eve, you might have noticed that I put up a YouTube Video showing you all the 30 Second Smokey Eye… have you checked it out yet? If you haven’t then take a look! As this week draws to a close and you’re looking at getting back into work, then you might be running out of time and energy to glam yourself up before any last parties. DONT PANIC! Check out the video and you will be ready to hit the town with a glamorous evening Smokey Eye … in under 1 Minute! Practice makes perfect so GET PRACTICING!
Thank you for reading and make sure that you stay tuned for some fantastic competitions coming up in the New Year, PLUS loads more great Tips and Tricks for all your Beauty needs. If you haven’t already, sign up so that you don’t miss out on any of my posts… and share the Make Up Like A Pro love with all your gorgeous family and friends!
Welcome back to Part 5 – the FINAL Part! – to Make Up Like A Pro’s Week of colour
This week I have not only introduced colour to you from a makeup perspective but I have also told you the colours that you should be wearing to complement your eyes in the best possible way! Do you feel more confident with that knowledge?
I’ve explained the Colour Wheel and its role in Colour Theory. I’ve explained colour terminology to you so that you are better equipped to explain to other people what you might want and you should be able to make recommendations to your friends now when they ask your opinion or even ask your advice! Even better!
Yesterday I told you what colours you should be wearing to best show off your natural eye colour and today I said that I would make some product recommendations to you. And that’s exactly what I am going to do. I have tried and tested each of the products below so be assured that when I make my comments, they are based on experiences that I have had with each. This is by no means an exhaustive list of products, nor is it a review “across the board”. By that I mean that below is a list of products and brands that I personally use as part of my Makeup Kit. I have a huge variety of products and various brands and some are better than others (as you would expect) and I have creamed some off of the top layer of my collection that I am going to talk to you about. As my blog expands and grows and I carry out more product reviews, I will be doing more specific recommendations on new products. For Part 5 of my week of Colour, I want to talk to you about SOME of the makeup that I like to use
Today will give you an idea as to some of the better colours that are out there and available to you
When I review an eye shadow / eyeliner/ pigment I am basing the strength of my recommendation on its pigment strength (how vibrant the colour is) and how easy it is to apply. The idea of Part 5 is not for me to be giving you a lesson on how to apply your eye makeup, but it is for me to give you an idea on some of the good eye makeup products out there that will give you the strong coverage that you deserve! There are a lot out there that look great in the pallet but fade away to nothing… and that’s no good for anyone! I will be writing articles on makeup application techniques so make sure that you sign up so that you don’t miss out on any of these coming up!
If you want your eye shadow to remain vibrant and last the day, it’s vital that you apply a primer to your eyelid before you begin your makeup. They are so easy to get hold of and if you don’t want to shop around in-store trying to find one, then have a look online. Just a few brands that do them … Benefit Lemon-Aid, Urban Decay Primer Potion, MAC Cream-colour base, Lancome Aquatique Waterproof base, Clinique Touch Base, Mary Kay Eye Primer… and the list goes on!
So let’s get to the nitty gritty … Eye Shadows and Eye Makeup that are worth the money and the effort! MAC offers a fantastic variety of eye shadows, each with guaranteed strong pigmentation. I use a lot of MAC eye shadows in my Kit because of their pigment strength and because they come in a fabulous pallet meaning I can have 15 colours easily laid out in front of me!
For powder finish eye shadows, Honesty is a pewtered bronze, Embark is an intense reddish-brown and Folie is a reddish-plum brown and they are all fantastic if you are after a dense woody tone. They are all Browns that work very well when teemed with other complementary shades. They are very versatile colours great for an earthy finish
One of my favourite combinations is to use Teddy eye Kohl with any of the above colours, which is especially beautiful on a light blue eye! It makes the blue really stand out… think back to the colour wheel and yesterday’s Part 4 on colours for blue eyes
Orb is a soft peachy-beige with a satin finish. It’s a versatile natural colour and is used well to cover an entire lid. When it’s combined with some darker socket line shading for a bit of definition, Orb will complement most other eye colours – it’s a great generic kit essential
Scene, which is a muted blue-grey, works very well with Nehru (muted bluish-black) or Carbon (intense black) to add intensity and depth to a smoky eye
MAC Paint Pots are a highly pigmented eye colour that go on creamy but dry to an intense vibrant finish. This advertises itself to enable you to create seamless coverage without weight or caking… and they do just that!
MAC pigments are a highly concentrated loose colour powder containing ingredients that help it adhere to the skin. The great thing about these is that they can be used to give a subtle wash of colour or an intense effect. They can be applied dry for the subtle effect or wet for an intense effect. If you’re looking for a pink with a punch, then try Fuscia… you won’t be disappointed!
For colour intensity too, you can’t go wrong with Illamasqua’s powder shadows. They come in a wide range of shades so you will be sure to find one that you like! For a water-resistant, highly pigmented finish, try their cream pigments. They blend on beautifully and are very crease resistant! If you’re looking for a Blue with a kick, try their Pigment in Alluvium …it’s a hot metallic, high shine pigment that can be used on its own or with an eye shadow. Or go all out and try their liquid metal… it’s STUNNING. It comes in a small pot and is such a rich and highly pigmented metallic cream. Fantastic on eye lids that you want to stand out more than the average eye shadow
Bobbi Brown is up there in the top league when it comes to eye shadows too. They’re available in a wide range of colours which are easily applied and blended. Because they are so easily blended together, using a three colour combination works incredibly well. Pick a neutral shade for your entire lid, such as Ivory, with a Taupe in the socket line and punch something like a Rich Brown into your lash line for definition. Voila! Guaranteed hotness J
I can’t complete Part 5 without mentioning Nars or Shu Uemura either. Nars Duo Eye shadows are fantastic in so many ways – firstly you get 2 shadows so your creative licence instantly shoots up compared to if you were working with a single colour! Secondly the pigments are enough to create depth and are easily blended so working the two colours together is no chore at all. With over 50 Duo colour combinations at your ready, your only job is to decide which one(s) to go for!
Shu Uemura’s pressed eye shadows are another favourite. They truly do blend effortlessly for ideal coverage and control. If you’re looking for a green, Medium Olive is stunning. Team it with their Drawing Pencils and try Khaki… they are waterproof so they don’t run away half way through the day, but they can be blended soon after they are applied. A trick that I like to use, is to take an eyeliner and treat is as a primer so effectively you are creating a colour base with your liner. When you layer up your eye shadow colour over the top, any shadow / pigment etc. that is applied will not only stick to the pencil, which means that the colour will last, but the additional pigment really creates more colour depth. A favourite day time effect of mine is to use MAC’s eye Kohl in Teddy over my entire lid, a bronze eye shadow over the top on the inside corner of my eye and then a darker shadow, such as Embark in the socket line. This colour blending is limitless so when you start getting to grips with some of the colours that are available out there for you to buy you will find that only your imagination is your limit
One of the things that really allows me to do my job well is knowing my own kit so I can push the boundaries and possibilities with all of the products that I use. I am a huge believer in you all using the same principle with your own personal makeup bags. I also use “cross-branding” too … and by that I mean I might mix a MAC eye shadow with a Nars eye shadow … there’s no harm in doing that. The same principle applies too for foundations. You are well within your “right” to mix away (as long as they have the same base, for instance, that they are both water based foundations). Just as I would mix bases to match to my clients skin tone, I do the same with eye colour. If your end result is to have a strong colour on your eye then the more that you layer up your colour, the more punch your colour will have on your eye! Does that make sense? I hope so!
With that sentiment, I am going to draw my Week on Colour to a close. I really hope that you have enjoyed reading this as much as I have loved writing every word down. I hope that you now understand how useful colour can be in allowing you to create whatever look you desire! The only limitations to Makeup are either lack of imagination or lack of knowledge of some basic principles, such as The Colour Theory. I’m not saying that you need to learn every single word that I have told you, but you should have an idea about the wide range of endless possibilities that colour has and the ways that can impact how you create your own make-up designs
Never stop experimenting and you will never stop creating
Thank you for reading and I look forward to doing it all again, very soon J
Welcome to Part 4 of Make Up Like A Pro’s week on colour!
By now you should be quite comfortable with the various terminology that is used to describe colour and the impact that colour has on every aspect of makeup, from a basic “beauty” makeup, to a casualty makeup
Knowing how colour works to turn on certain sensors in a person’s mind as well as knowing how it works on the face and body is a key part in understanding makeup in its entirety. By learning the various aspects of colour theory you will uncover just how powerful colour is and this knowledge will assist you in getting the best possible results out of your makeup
I explained the reflectiveness of colour yesterday and the direct effect that it has on products such as eye shadows, blushers etc. They each come in a “colour wheel” of colours that can be, amongst other things, metallic, shimmery, matte, shiny, sheer, and glossy
Makeup colour is often correlated to the colour of clothing that you choose – you only need to have a look at the front covers of Vogue and Cosmopolitan to see examples of this! Depending on the style of the shoot, the models always look their absolute best – polished and preened – and the makeup is always perfect. The colour tones will complement each other, the reflectiveness will suit their skin tone and the “whole package” will be incredibly pleasing to the eye
Would you like to be able to re-create your own front cover magazine image on yourself? I will impart some very useful pieces of information that will allow you to accomplish just that. Stay tuned and read on!
It’s vital to consider your eye colour when deciding on what shade of eye makeup to go for. Do you remember Tuesdays post when I talked about complementary colours and the effect that they have on each other? Matching your eye shadow to your eye colour often gives a very monochromatic look which is why complementary colouring is so popular. The most common aim when selecting any eye shadow colour is to enhance your natural eye colour
Read on as I unveil the best colours for you! You will find product recommendations tomorrow, but today I will be talking specifically about makeup colours and eye colours. Before you read on, cast your mind back to the colour wheel and see where your eye colour sits amongst the other colours …
Blue is a primary colour and sits next to green and purple on the colour wheel. Orange is directly opposite it and is therefore its complimentary colour. Cast your mind back again to yesterday’s post and the relationship that colours have with each other. Blue and green and blue and purple are harmonising colours – they share a pigment and blend easily into each other. If you opt for a purple or green eye shadow and have blue eyes, the result will be soft. Blues can help blue eyes pop out if it’s the darker blue and used in moderation. Opting for a dark blue tone helps to bring out the natural blue tones in your eyes
If you are looking to enhance the blue of your eyes, they you need to pick a colour on the opposite side of the colour wheel … like gold’s, oranges, coppers and browns. To make them really stand out, go for darker shades of brown, blacks and charcoal. If you choose a dark brown with a copper tone, you will find that your blue becomes much more prominent
For a fun twist, wear a fuscia or orange on the lid with a touch of brown in the socket line. This keeps your makeup “wearable” but it livens it up a little J If you are keen on using blue and want to enhance the blue without being too overdone, then why not try a blue eyeliner in your waterline
Brown, camel, taupe, light purple, lavender, silver and grey are all great colours for eye liners and will really complement your true colour. Grey, silver, violet or lavender are all good tones too!
If you are picking up the pace in your eyes with the colours that you choose, make sure you tone down your lips. Try out a peachy brown or a pinky brown colour (it depends on your skin tone) and try something matte. Keep your cheeks natural too
Brown is a tertiary colour and is created by mixing other colours together. Makeup that would work best for brown eyes will therefore depend on whether the brown is more of a reddish-brown or more of a greenish-brown (if you create brown by mixing red and green together that is). Traditionally the colour wheel is set up so that the colours along the outside become more neutral as you move towards the centre, so essentially more brownish. As I mentioned above, there isn’t a pure brown, as it is a combination of colours. So every brown would have a place somewhere in the interior circles of the colour wheel. To find its compliment you simply go to the brown that is across from it on the colour wheel. So a reddish-brown is the compliment of a greenish brown. Another way to think of brown is it having a split compliment, for example it always has two opposites which are made up of the two colours that were mixed together to make it! So, if you mix yellow and purple together to make the brown, then yellow and purple would BOTH be its “opposites”
A greenish-brown on the colour wheel is opposite to a reddish-brown therefore opting for reddish / coppery toned brown will make your green eyes jump out! If you have reddish-brown eyes on the other hand, then a green or blue-green tone will make your eyes stand out the most. If you have a lot of yellow in your eyes which is common with brown-eyed beauties, then a purple toned eye shadow will work wonders at bringing out your natural eye colour!
It is valuable information in being able to discern what kind of brown your eyes are as it will allow you to pair it with appropriate colours!
Although green is often associated with envy, there’s no reason that it should get a bad rep! Green eyes are uniquely beautiful and fun to make up since different eye shadow colours can appear to alter their intensity. Red and red-violet are opposite green on the colour wheel so opting for a plum or a lilac eye shadow will make your eyes really pop. Silver, blue or green could be too harsh for a green eye, unless you are opting to make a real colour statement! Neutral tones, deep browns and gold or copper shades will also look stunning on you
As I’ve mentioned above, opposites attract when it comes to the colour wheel. Bring out green eyes with makeup that is red-based so opt for raisin-coloured eyeliner and a plum eye shadow. If your green eyes are close-set, separate them by using a lighter pencil, try mauve, from the inner corner to the middle of your eye. The darker plum tones should be used at the outer edges of the eye. If your green eyes are droopy, apply the darker purple at the inner eye and use lighter colours toward the outer edges. And why not try a plum coloured mascara to really kick out the green?!
Phew! Are you saturated with colour information overload!? I hope not. I hope that you now know what colours you should be wearing to best compliment your natural eye colour. There are no hard and fast rules when it comes to makeup application but there are rules that affect how makeup can be perceived when it is on the skin and “sitting” next to other colours. The effect that colours have on each other is quite spectacular and I hope that by the end of this Part 4, you will have built up your own catalogue of colour knowledge so that you are more equipped to make well-educated makeup colour choices
So what can I possibly talk about tomorrow? What is there left to discuss to do with colour? Don’t fear… tomorrow I will be talking about specific makeup brands and I will be recommending some fantastic makeup that you can try at home
Thank you so much for reading my post today and I welcome you back, in advance, tomorrow
Welcome back to Part 3 of Make Up Like A Pro’s Week of Colour!
On Monday we explored colour in its broadest sense and I gave you a list of colours and the common emotion often attributed to them. Yesterday I explained the role of the Colour Wheel and Colour Theory and the impact that it has on Makeup. Hopefully you are starting to realise the impact that colour has on making Hair and Makeup decisions and that you are getting to grips with a little bit of the science side of it J
Today I am going to talk about how to describe colour using various properties: Hue, shade, tint, tone, brightness and saturation and how you can take advantage of these to create your own makeup effects
The chart below is an example of Tints, Shades and Tones using a Blue Hue
The Hue is the basic colour group i.e. blue (in this example), green, red etc.
The top layer shows Blue Tints – a Tint is the hue plus white which makes the colour lighter and creates pastel shades
The middle layer shows Blue Shades – a Shade is the hue plus black which makes the colour darker
The bottom layer shows Blue Tones – a Tone is the hue plus grey. The tonality refers to the lightness and darkness of a colour, for example in black and white photos tones are visible, rather than colour. For example a light yellow and a light purple would have the same tonality and would therefore look the same in black and white
Brightness, also referred to as “value” describes how light or dark the colour is
Saturation tells us how the colour looks under various lighting. For example when you do your makeup in the bathroom light and then step outside into the natural light, the makeup hasn’t changed but it looks somehow different. The changed saturation gives us a different perception of the colours. The greater the saturation, the more vivid the Hue
These colour descriptions all help to affect how the makeup I put on someone’s face will look on-screen. For a Makeup Artist, there are various things that will impact how a makeup will look, such as the type of lighting used, the colour of the costume that is being worn and how the set (the area that we shoot in) is coloured and the reflective value of it
A little nugget of information that is vital to my job that I want to impart to you is that when you do a makeup in front of a mirror and it looks one way, when you get it on camera it may not be what is seen. This is the same for you guys as I mentioned earlier, that when you do your makeup in front of your bathroom mirror it might look different to when you step outside into the natural light. Just as I might have to make minor tweaks which are part of my job, you might need to make your own tweaks to yourself … such as taking down the amount of blusher that you have just applied to give a more natural feel in the natural light
With this in mind, have you ever thought about why you might notice certain colours more than others? I am going to introduce some more colour terms that you will find useful when you are looking at, and describing your own makeup.
Warm colours and colours that are higher in value often get noticed first. For example colours pertaining to red and yellow are considered to be warm and a bright red (a higher value, brighter red) will stand out and therefore get noticed by the eye much more quickly than a darker red
Cool colours and colours that are low in value are said to recede. Blues and purples are cool colours and meet the eye more slowly than warm colours. A dark blue which is less bright than a light blue would appear to recede from the eye
So now you are more familiar with how to describe colours, can you see how you might use this when it comes to applying your makeup? Very often, the careful application of makeup means that we trick the eye by creating effects. Look at the before and after photo below of Kim Kardashian
The photo is a fantastic example of exactly how this is done … by using the technique of contouring which uses highlighting and shading. You can see that the darker areas under her cheekbones create depth and a darker or cooler colour is used here to create these areas of recession. Alternatively, you can see the areas of highlighting on her cheekbones which create the illusion that the cheekbones are more prominent. You can see in the “after” photo how her cheekbones look more prominent… through the use of careful highlighting techniques
As a rule of thumb which will be useful for you guys, to highlight or draw attention to a feature, use a warm colour or one that is high in value. To create a shadow, or depth, use a cool colour or one that is low in value
Looking at the photo of Kim, you can see the very well-crafted contours and depth that she has created by using the basic colour theory! There is nothing to stop you from doing this yourself. I will be writing a specific article on the Art of Shading and Contouring so make sure that you stay tuned. Sign up to Make Up Like A Pro to receive notification of all my new posts so that you don’t miss out on anything!
The final element of colour theory that I want to mention today is colour reflectiveness and there are six common types of reflectiveness to be aware of. Not all of these will be relevant in the application of Makeup, but you should be aware of the terms
Matte – this means that there is no shine so it can be opaque or translucent
Shiny – things that are shiny will have a gloss look
Metallic – these are highly reflective, bright and not see-through
Opaque – these are not see-through
Translucent – these are lightly fogged and barely see-through
Transparent – these are see-through such as glass
Can you think of some makeup-specific colour reflectiveness examples? A matte lipstick would have a very different finish to a shiny lipstick. Metallic eye shadows look great on some people but not on others, so being aware that there is a difference in those is crucial! A clear matte nail varnish for instance, looks great on a man as it does not have a shiny finish
So, after today’s article, does colour mean even more to you now? Can you look at your face and start to notice the areas that you might want to highlight and those areas that you might want to darken? I hope that you feel like you have more tools to be able to go ahead on your own and start to think about that
I will be giving you examples of some great makeup specifically for highlighting and shading so make sure you stay tuned!
Come back tomorrow as I finish with Part 4 and Part 5 of my week dedicated entirely to colour where I make recommendations as to what colours you should be wearing …
Welcome back to Part 2 of Make Up Like A Pro’s Week of Colour
I hope that you found yesterday’s post useful. Have a look here to re-cap in case you have forgotten what you learnt yesterday J
Have you started to think about how colour affects your own style choices every day? Try and keep colour at the forefront of your mind this week and see whether you start to think differently about it
Today, I am going to explore in depth the Colour Wheel and the role of colour theory in makeup artistry. It is one of the principal foundations of everything that I do. I have to be able to recognise my client’s skin tone, as well as being able to apply corrective makeup. I need to be able to enhance or complement my clients natural colouring by looking at their skin and applying my colour theory knowledge. As part of my casualty makeup skill base, I need to be able to match colour on prosthetic pieces which involves blending away the edges and matching to the skin tone. Check out the casualty makeup below that I have blended and colour matched to the required skin tone. Not only does my job rely on technique, it also relies on colour matching too!
There are a number of colour models but I am going to talk about the colour model RED YELLOW BLUE (RYB) which is used traditionally in art, and the importance of understanding the colour wheel in mixing colours. It’s not only vital to know what colours look good together when doing a makeup, but it’s also crucial for me to understand what colours cancel each other out too. For instance if I am required to cover up a tattoo, putting a flesh coloured pigment straight onto the ink is not always enough to knock out the blue of the ink, so picking a colour that will cancel out the blue ink first, then matching the skin colour is a process that I might need to go through
Check out the photos below of the process that I had to go through to conceal a standard tattoo – please note that the photos have NOT been airbrushed. The concealing of the tattoo has been done entirely through the use of makeup!
Using the same theory to conceal redness under the eye, it is common to use a green makeup initially to knock out the red hue then apply a skin tone on top to match the natural skin colour. I’ll talk about how that all works below so carry on reading!
The Colour Wheel
This is a fundamental way of looking at how to mix colours together and being able to get the results you require means that you need to get to grips with their relationships with each other. Below is a list of all the various colour categories that you should be familiar with and how they relate to each other
Primary colours: Red, Yellow and Blue – All other colours on the colour wheel can be made my mixing primary colours together. You cannot mix any two colours together to make a primary colour and when they are mixed together, they make grey
Secondary colours: Orange, Green and Purple – You create secondary colours by mixing together equal parts of any two primary colours. I.e. red and blue will give you purple (violet)
Tertiary colours: Red-Purple, Red-Orange, Blue-Green, Yellow-Green, Blue-Purple, Yellow-Orange – You can create these by mixing equal parts of a secondary colour and a primary colour together
Complementary colours: Another concept that is very important when it comes to colour and makeup are complementary colours. These colours are directly opposite each other on the Colour Wheel. The aspect I LOVE about these colours is that when you place them side by side, they make both colours appear brighter which gives a strong contrast. Can you see why this might be a vital piece of knowledge when choosing which eye shadow to wear? As a very general rule, you usually want the base colour of your eye shadow to be complementary to your eye colour. Also useful for hairdressing, using a purple shampoo will knock out the yellow from blonde hair, making it more ashen
Quaternary colours: These are made by mixing two of the secondary colours together , resulting in a brown colour. These colours are particularly important when it comes to describing our underlying skin tones. An olive brown skin tone which is green + purple has a blue bias and an orange + greenish brown has a yellow bias and will often be referred to golden or sallow. A purple + orange brown has a red bias and will often be described as ruddy or warm. All of these underlying tones will affect which makeup will work best on each
Earthy / neutral tones: black, browns and greys: These are created by either mixing all three primary colours with any two secondary colours or mix all the primary and secondary colours together
Harmonising colours: For example blue and green, these colours share a pigment and blend easily into each other
So by categorising colours into their relevant areas, we can see each of their relationships with each other and by mixing different proportions, we can create any colour that we want!
My aim for you all today, is to understand that you can mix any colours together, and understand what happens to them when you do. I also want you to get your head around how colours mix together so that you can understand that we are able to match any foundation to any skin tone; we are able to conceal any colour with the right combination of colours, to achieve the required and desired finish
So, that is all that I am going to give you today … I think that’s enough to digest before tomorrow! Can you see that there is much, much more to do with colours than simply getting the mix correct?
How a makeup ends up looking on camera is affected by a whole host of other influencing factors. I am going to cover this tomorrow along with some other really useful colour theory and the rest of the week I am going to get to the stuff that you have all been waiting for … which colours you should be wearing!!
Hey everybody and welcome to Colour Part 1 – The Importance of colour and what it means to us all
If you have checked out Make Up Like A Pro’sFacebook Like Page and my Twitter account this morning you will see that I am changing my plan slightly this week in what I’m going to write about. I am going to dedicate an entire week to COLOUR and the importance and effect and impact that it has on Makeup and Beauty
You may be thinking, what led me to decide to dedicate an entire week to COLOUR? The fact that I am asked, more than anything else “what colour should I wear to make my eyes stand out?” You may also be wondering what on earth I could talk about all week to do with colour!? I think you will be surprised when we get to Friday and you realise how much you have learned!
There are so many tricks and nuances that go with creating a beautiful makeup look but before you start creating anything, any makeup artist worth talking to will tell you about the importance of colour and the colour wheel. Understanding how colour works is a very important step when going about makeup application. When going for a beauty makeup or a makeup to help your eye colour and skin tone stand out, generally speaking you want the base colour of your eye shadow to be complementary to your eye colour and skin tone pigment
Did you know that colour involves some of the most complicated things on Earth; light and the human eye and brain? So to work successfully with colour, you require both emotion and knowledge
Think of some scenarios when you might need to know about colour …
Deciding what eye shadow to wear to make your eyes stand out?
Deciding what blusher will best suit your skin tone?
Deciding what foundation colour you need?
Giving advice to a friend on what lipstick she should wear?
Trying to conceal dark circles under your eyes?
Looking to cover up a tattoo temporarily?
Deciding the best makeup to wear with a specific outfit colour?
As a makeup artist I need to know about colour and how it affects a whole load of different things. For instance I need to know about a client’s skin undertone so I can select the correct colour based foundation. If a client asks me what colour they should wear on their eyes I need to tell them the importance of using complementary colours and I need to be able to suggest some shades they should try
I’m sorry to have to break this to you, but if you want to get to grips with best way to enhance all your naturally gorgeous parts, then you need to get your head around colour!
Colour is an emotionally based additive which means that you can use it in your makeup to express your mood and highlight your style. Its power potential is HUGE!
DON’T PANIC though as I will talk and walk you through the most important parts over the course of this week
Before we get too technical about colour and its components, I want to first get your head around the different types of emotions that colour might evoke and where you might commonly see these colours in the makeup world
RED: a great addition to lipsticks and nails, red symbolises energy and action and is often associated with sex, power and heat ORANGES: fantastic tones to use in your cheeks and lips, oranges symbolise the sun and warmth and is often associated with vitality and assertiveness YELLOW: a great source of colour for highlights in your hair and on your skin, yellow symbolises power and life and is often associated with gold’s and Ancient times BLUE: often used on nails and eyes, blue is known for peace and coolness and is commonly associated with water and health GREEN: often used on nails and eyes, green symbolises the green growth of plants and nature and is associated with the renewal of life PURPLE: popularly used for eyes and lips, purple symbolises royalty and romance and is a colour that often arouses your sense of smell PINK: so commonly used on lips and cheeks, pink is one of the most feminine of colours and provides a sense of sweetness and an image of purity
So do you see the importance of colour and how it impacts your daily style choices? By the end of this week, my aim is to arm you with both specific AND generic information about colour so that you are able to make informed choices and judgements on what to wear that will make the most of yourself
After a gentle introduction today into the importance of colour and what it means to us all, tomorrow I will be telling you about the Colour Wheel and its components and how the Colour Wheel helps us to determine the best colours to choose every day
Hey guys and girls. Hope you’ve all had a great week ? Can’t believe it’s 3 weeks till Christmas now! Hope that you’re all enjoying the run up? There’s plenty of festive treats to cast your eye over…including tonnes of beauty ideas for the festive period!
There’s never a shortage of topical articles during the week about makeup, hair, beauty, products, style, celebs… You name it … They’re talking about it. And we all know that the stuff we read can very often be negative and there’s often a negative skew on something that should be either neutral or positive!!I don’t know about you but I get kinda frustrated when that happens. Did you see my earlier quote today? About women and makeup? Click here to check it out because its all along the same theme
A photo caught my eye this week as it caused a bit of a stir on twitter. The attached pic is of 3 gorgeous girls who are Victoria Secrets models. As you’ll see the photo is of each of the models before and after makeup
Now, when I look at that photo my instant reaction is what a GREAT job the makeup artist did at making these models look EVEN BETTER than they already do when they are natural. Their whole hair and makeup styling is stunning and it makes the most of these models BEST features. That’s my goal when I do a ‘beauty makeup’ on my clients. That’s also my goal when I do a makeup on myself! The products and their application can be used to work magic and can literally transform someone. I think of a face without makeup as a blank canvas. Something POSITIVE that I can look at and shape and create colours and depth. Bring out best parts and if necessary, work to conceal other parts. There’s absolutely NO SHAME in doing this and looking at the before and after shots is nothing more than a beautiful piece of live art. Seeing somebody’s reaction when they look at themselves after being transformed is priceless. To show somebody a few tips and tricks that will enhance their best features is incredibly rewarding
I was shocked and saddened though, as a lot of people got, what seemed to me, a morbid personal satisfaction from seeing photos of the models without makeup, and made comments about the girls looking “rough “. There were comments suggesting that the models were somehow not worthy of being gorgeous models as they look “rough” without their makeup. And that “at last we get to see what they REALLY look like” as if the general public have somehow been duped! These women are true beauties with fantastic features… their face and their bodies … and instead of looking at their transformation as something quite incredible, they get ridiculed for looking so different without makeup!
Shocked that people would be so narrow minded!
I guess my resulting feelings after reading those negative comments and wanting to write an article about it is that you should all (if you’re not already that is!) try and see the potential power behind your own brushes, pallets, creams, colours, products … All of it … and embrace the fact that makeup can be used to create a unique transformation in SO many ways
It’s in no way a negative force … A makeup artist to a blank face is like an artist to his canvas …it’s magic waiting to happen!
Hope that you all have a wonderful weekend
Go and create something new today you beautiful people!
I’m taking a slight step away from the format that I would normally take for my posts and daily topics due mainly to the unforeseen circumstance that I found myself in on Friday… My A&E outing… ! I’m staying instead, with my earlier theme of “not always keeping on top of your beauty regime” and I’m going to chat to you about some common Beauty Blunders!
A recent survey was undertaken and published in Hello Magazine online which detailed the top beauty blunders that we have all, I’m sure, been guilty of … in the past …!?!
Looking at old photos, there are plenty of those “back in the day” moments when we were welcoming makeup into our lives for the first time and might have been a little heavy handed and careless when attempting to beautify ourselves! I am sure that if we are all honest, then we can think of at least one occasion when we didn’t quite cut the mustard with our look J
Thanks to the survey though, it can be revealed what the most offensive makeup mistakes to make actually are! Can you guess what the first one might be?
Eyebrow overboard! Yes, you might have guessed that going overboard with your eyebrow pencil is a massive NO NO! Those heavily stencilled in brows made popular by certain WAGS topped the charts of makeup faux pas. According to the study, it topped over-plucking and monobrows!
A close second in the makeup mishaps was foundation “tide” marks around your chin. We all know what it’s like to do our makeup in a rush in the morning and the dim light in your bathroom might not provide a true reflection of what you are doing. But you can guarantee that if you missed your blending opportunity and didn’t notice in the comfort of your own home that you’d failed to blend your foundation down your neck, then you can be assured that in the natural light of day, your quick efforts and their effects, won’t be concealed!
Others mishaps included too much makeup, clumpy mascara, lipstick on your teeth, too much blusher and bad roots! Goodness me, when our potential “failings” are laid out in black and white like that, it might send panic waves out there to you all!
DON’T PANIC! To avoid all these Make Up Mishaps why not get into the habit of performing a quick final check list of all the potential “problem areas” before you leave your house so that you will never again be faced with the shame of becoming a makeup statistic!?
Starting at the top of your face move down each of your features and perform Make Up Like A Pro’s recommended personal check list:
(This is not an exhaustive list, but it should help you to get you into your own routine and start getting used to what areas you need to be aware of)
check your foundation is blended in your hair line (if you’ve taken it that far)
check your brows are even and compliment the rest of your makeup
see whether your mascara needs a gentle de-clump
check whether you have smudged your mascara before it got a chance to dry
check that your blusher compliments the rest of your makeup
check your teeth are free from lippie
check that your foundation blends evenly down your chin line
At the end of the day though ladies, Makeup is such a personal choice and whether you favour thick or thin brows, dark or light blusher, dark or pale lips, roots or freshly coloured hair, that is your choice. This article is intended purely to highlight areas that you might not have perhaps considered before!