How to do contouring makeup like Kim Kardashian

How to do Contouring Makeup like Kim Kardashian – Step By Step guide by Makeup Like A Pro

 

Happy Friday everybody! Did you have a good week? I hope that you’ve enjoyed my posts and stuff this week – I’ve loved writing them for you all again!  What are your plans for the weekend? You got a busy one planned? I’m out this evening for a very good friends birthday so it’s gonna be quite a glam evening – hair, makeup, the full monte :)

Contouring Makeup

Contouring is something that ill be paying particular attention to… To my surprise, A LOT of women entirely miss this step out of their makeup routine.  It’s surprising really because a lot of women wear a full face of foundation daily which effectly creates a blank canvas.  And a blank canvas is by definition, without any shape. So by default, your face becomes almost shapeless – well, angle-less anyway

By adding contouring back in you’re adding back in those areas of definition. Simple right?

Contouring with Makeup

These are your key areas of definition you should be keeping in mind

  1. cheeks
  2. forehead
  3. nose
  4. jawline
  5. Chin
  6. Temples

Cast your mind back to school when you used light and dark to create shapes. That’s the basic premise of contouring. Think of it as a 2 pronged approach, which adds 3 dimensions to your face! Anything light stand out because anything light comes towards you

So you’ll need a dark powder and a highlighter. There are many ways to contour but the one I explain below uses a very dark powder and a light cream foundation for blending and you’re going to be blending the colours out so you can be quite flexible with what you use

For the dark powder I use MAC powder in Taupe for a lot of my on-screen and personal contouring but you can use anything dark that compliments your skin tone.  Stila Face Contouring Powder Trio Pallette is nice

For the highlighter any light powder / foundation / illuminator that suits your particular skin tone.  A shimmer cream often gives a nice finish but can look a bit odd if too much of your face is illuminated so be careful with how you use it but on the flip side can create more of an evening feel.  Luminizers are great too – smash box in prism is pretty cool.  Benefit moon beam is good if you want a liquid one – again be careful as its shimmery.  Kett cream foundation works really really well as its a cream foundation so gives a very natural finish

Ill be doing another YouTube video on Contouring to show you how so keep your eye out

Then you simply start by:

Using the cream foundation to illuminate your
  1. forehead – between your brows
  2. down the bridge of your nose
  3. chin
  4. under eye to top of cheek bones

Then with your dark powder start contouring

  1. under cheekbones
  2. along jawline
  3. outside corner of eye into temples
  4. temples
  5. a stripe down each side of your nose

 

Using a foundation brush and a foundation colour which is one tone darker than your natural skin tone, blend both the light and dark together!

It will leave just enough of the light and dark to give an overall appearance of contouring naturally

Voila!
Kim Kardashian Contouring

Do you think you might try doing that this evening?
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Makeup Transformation

Movie Making Makeup Transformations

Hey guys – can you believe it’s Thursday already!?

Hope you’ve all had a great week.  I’ve not been filming for once so I’ve had a chance to respond to all of your emails / requests / questions so thank you for those and WELCOME to all you newbies!!!  Please keep sharing and spreading the word

Have you all seen the feature film Chopper?  As part of Transformation Thursday I wanted to talk to you about Actors and their transformations for on screen performances and the lengths that they / makeup will go to make them into someone / something else that’s outside their own “ordinary”

Eric Bana

The film tells an intense story of Mark “Chopper” Read and Bana gains weight and loses muscle mass to play the part of Mark Read, a legendary criminal who wrote his autobiography while serving a jail sentence in prison

Eric Bana as Chopper

Aside from the non-physical effort Bana had to put into “become” Mark Read, there were obvious physical transformations that needed to happen – a hair cut, facial hair, tattoos and weight gain are just a few of the obvious things that he changed!  And what a transformation

 
I’m not sure whether it’s because I work for a living in transforming people in some way or another on a daily basis, but I become fascinated by transformations.  Whether they are on The Big Screen scale, or introducing someone to a new lipstick colour that they would never have picked on their own

Here are some more transformations for you to feast your eyes on

DONT FORGET …

There is endless scope for creativity to play a part in our lives on a daily basis but too often people get caught up in day to day “stuff” and forget to inject a bit of art into their day.  The idea of Transformation Thursday is to give you a little nudge (if you need one!!) to remind you that there are boundaries out there desperate to be pushed!  So go and give them a nudge – see what happens

Take a little step out of your normal makeup routine and see if people notice … do people look differently at you?  Do you act differently?

Do something different today …
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Pat McGrath Makeup Artist

… is one of my favourite Makeup Artists so I wanted to share this little nugget of her advice this morning with you all

“Fresh matte” …
… is how makeup GURU Pat McGrath described this seasons makeup finish backstage at Valentino …

So do you think that you might rock out this velvety texture or will you stick with Springs dewy finish?

Make Up Like A Pro
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A little taster for you of one of Pats INCREDIBLE pieces of work

Pat McGrath Makeup Artist
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How to do a 5 Minute Makeup

My 5 Minute Makeup

Morning everyone!  How was your weekend?  Fab I hope!  Mine weekend was quite relaxing this weekend – I finished filming a week or so ago (check out the IMdb link to the film as it’s going to be another of Dame Judi’s finest performances) so I have been really busy with my blog and doing some more videos for you all!  Very exciting couple of weeks coming up!

Are you ready to find out how I did my 5 minute makeup!?

Today I’ll be telling you all about what I used to create my 5 minute makeup that I started to tell you about on Friday.  It’s really simple and as I said then, all you need is some confidence, a makeup bag that you know and a bit of practice :)

Pre-Step 1 is: Before I start putting my makeup on, I had already prepped my face with moisturisor and sometimes primer (depends how tired I am as I personally find that normally I am ok without primer but it helps my makeup stay on for longer if I am really tired!)

These are my steps … I rarely deviate away from the order below coz it’s kind of like a military operation now and I’ve got the timings down to a T :)

  1. Yves Saint Laurent Teint Radiance  foundation –
    Yves Saint Laurent foundation

    I pump 2 pea sized amounts onto the back of my left hand and apply to my nose, chin and mouth area with the tips of my 2nd and 3rd fingers of my right hand.  Because I only apply foundation to the areas of my face that need a little bit of coverage (nose, under eye and chin) I blend the rest of it outwards towards my ears – there is hardly any remaining at this point to cover my cheeks which is the way I like it as by doing it this way, it gives a natural finish, yet offers coverage in the required areas
    1 minute

  2. Y
    YSL Touche Eclat

    ves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat – With one click of the “pen”, I have enough on the applicator for one sweep under both eyes.  I then gently pat it in, concentrating mainly on the inside corner of my eyes – I tend not to apply it to the outside corner of the underneath of my eyes
    30 seconds

  3. MAC Eyeshadow in Sketch

    MAC eyeshadow in Sketch – With my large blending brush I apply a small amount of this (it’s dark brown with a tiny hint of Red) into my socket line and blend it upwards and outwards – its a broad brush stroak to add a small amount of depth and contouring to my eye – it’s by no means a “full on” smokey eyes
    30 seconds

  4. L'oreal Volume Millions Mascara

    L’oreal Volume Million Lashes in Extra Black – I am very generous with the amount of Mascara that I like to apply as I like a full impact set of lashes!  I apply one coat to each eye and move onto step 5
    45 seconds

  5. Saint Tropez Bronzer Powder

    Saint Tropez Powder Bronzer – I load up my bronzing brush with a generous amount of bronzer and tap off any excess.  I then start from the outside of my neck (right side) and work in circular motions, moving upwards towards my chin each time, and around my neck from the left to the right.  When there is less bronzer remaining on the brush, I work in circular motions around my face starting on my right side moving anticlockwise.  Dont forget to work the colour into your temples and hairline!
    About 1 minute

  6. I move back to step 4 and apply another coat of mascara – by coming back to it, it allows the first coat to dry ever so slightly, which makes the second layer build up much better!
    This takes about 45 seconds
  7. MAC Pink Swoon

    MAC powder Blusher in Pink Swoon – I smile into the mrror, load the colour into my brush and apply the blusher in circluar motions to the Apples of my cheeks
    15 seconds

  8. Lime Lilly Eyebrow pencil in Taupe

    Lime Lily – Waterproof Defining Eyebrow pencil in Taupe – I allow myself about 20 seconds per eye and apply this pencil in short strokes starting from the inside corner of my brow, following the shape that I want to create, to the arch then down the other side to finish at a pointThis takes about 45 seconds

Total running time 5 1/2 minutes

What about my lips!?  To be honest with you, for this makeup, I don’t put anything on my lips, apart from some Balm if they are feeling dry and I would do that on the run to save precious time!

So make sure that you stay tuned for my YouTube video coming very soon where I will SHOW you how I do each step so that you can go away, practice and perfect YOUR 5 minute makeup :)

Thank you for stopping by and taking the time to read today

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Introduction to a 5 minute Makeup

So its TRANSFORMATION THURSDAY again and today is an introduction to YOUR 5 minute makeup

If you guys know me and have watched my 30 second smokey eye YouTube video then you’ll know that I like to do EVERYTHING well but some things I like to do well AND FAST!  My Lucy Friend speed demon has been lying dormant since i was a baby… my family would definately agree with that! Doing my own makeup quickly has come about for a number of reasons – I started playing with makeup very early on so I was already training my hand, eye, face coordination (unknowingly) from a very early age! Then as I got older I didn’t stop!

Girl putting her mums lippie on

I don’t think that since the age of 16 a day has gone past where I haven’t used at least one piece of makeup in any 24 hour period. Whether that’s lipgloss, eyeliner, blusher, moisturiser… I’ll use it at least once a day!  That’s not because I was insecure or felt I needed it to do it to make myself feel better.  I simply LOVED playing and experimenting with it all and I realised that taking the time to do it  to myself became my sort of ritual.  Aside from the benefits I was getting from making myself look as good as I could, I was taking 5 minutes every day to focus purely on myself and the benefit that I get from that is HUGE – I still feel it now when I do my makeup every day.  Do you guys feel the same?So by default, the speed at which I was applying makeup on myself was increasing and increasing! then when I started doing it on friends, I got quicker on them too!

But where am I going with this, you might wonder?  That’s what prompted me to start my makeup YouTube tutorials with My 30 SECOND SMOKEY EYE!  It’s to prove to you that you don’t need hours to get a good makeup look done – which is great news as most of the time you don’t have hours to spare, right?! But as long as you have the right tools at your disposal you can achieve ANYTHING.  A lot of it is in the organisation of it and that becomes second nature the more you practice!

Even if you don’t believe me right now, you gotta TRUST ME :)

That prompted me to write to you all today. There are 2 pictures below – a “before” and an “after” … The one on the LEFT is the “before” by the way… :)

5 Minute Makeup before and after photos

That very natural makeup took me no longer than 5 minutes to do.  5 minutes?!?!  Did you think it would have taken longer or shorter amount of time?  Do you instantly think that there’s no way you could do a makeup in 5 minutes? If so then STEP ONE is changing the way you feel about it because it’s ENTIRELY possible.  All you need is confidence and practice, and a makeup bag that you KNOW.  By that  i mean using products that you know how to use – ones that you know how they will go onto your skin

 

Now, if you’re all honest with yourselves, I think you can safely say that you could all make 5 minutes in the morning for yourself. Right? This is aimed at people who want to wear makeup by the way…It’s for those of you who want to wear it but are either too nervous to try different things or lack confidence and belief in your own abilities or you might just want to see another way to do what you already do by someone different!  Whatever your reasons for reading this and wanting to get better / faster / more confident / whatever it is you are seeking … IT’S BRILLIANT that you are doing something about it

I’m here to show you that you can STOP thinking those negative thoughts and by watching what I do, and by having a few KEY makeup products in your makeup bag… You’re makeup routine life will transform!

Check back in over the weekend where I will reveal what I used and how I used it and I will give you plenty of tips on what you can be doing to make your life easier

Keep an eye out too as Ill be sharing how to do the 5 minute makeup on YouTube

Thanks for taking the time to stop by and read
See you all tomorrow
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Contouring Makeup for Photoshoots

Mid week Makeup madness – CONTOURING!

Good morning everyone :)

So normally I don’t have any trouble falling asleep, but ill tell you what – last night my body did NOT want to shut down! Sum total of 4 hours I managed to get in the end! Blurk. But I was chatting to our beauty buddies on the other side of the pond at 3am on Twitter so it wasn’t all bad :)
Ill keep you posted today as to how my makeup stays on throughout the day as I often find that it runs all over the place the more tired I am!  You find that?
And obviously I’ve got to pay a little more attention than normal to my under eye area! Eye cream AND primer are going on today!
Exciting as it is, I’m not writing to tell you about my sleep patterns!
Photo of me showing cheek and eye contouring

I mentioned on my Facebook page that I’d talk about the photo shoot from yesterday and tell you all what makeup I used on myself… I was my own personal makeup artist :)  Youguys  should check the magazine out www.port-magazine.com … The Magazine for Men, apparently!  The Article will be out in March so I’ll keep you posted

The photographer shot us in black and white so my makeup was all about the SHADING / CONTOURING – not colour.  I used my trusted MAC contouring powder in Taupe for cheekbone and nose shading and a dark brown eye shadow for socket line shading.  My goal was to open out my eyes as much as I could using makeup so I kept the eyeshadow as high and wide as possible, whilst I made sure to keep the blending as soft as possible to make it look as natural as possible.  I defined my brows a little more than usual too, keeping in mind the 3 points of the brow shape ( do you remember Angelina Jolies face from Sundays Best Brows article on my Facebook Page?)  My goal was to really open up my eyelid space and creating a high and wide arch did this
I took a quick photo of my makeup before I left the house  so you can see what I mean about the socket line shading and brow definition
What have you done with your makeup this morning? Anyone else making themselves up for anything special today? Share your photos with us!
Don’t be shy
Thanks for reading
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Round up of the week!

Friday’s Round-up

Hey everybody!  Happy Friday – hope that you have all had a wonderful week and here’s a round up to the week in the land of Make Up Like A Pro :)

Firstly thank you all for your ongoing support, not just this week but since I started the Tweeting, Facebooking and Blogging towards the end of last year.  It’s all of you that make it worth while

So, I’ve been Tweeting and Facebooking like mad this week trying to keep up with the demand for Winter Wonderland Makeup ideas.  I’ve had emails asking my advice on skincare for the cold weather and for makeup ideas on looking good in the cold weather too! It’s all been flooding in – is it the threat of snow I wonder?

As I was getting asked for all sorts, it prompted me to ask YOU all what YOUR makeup PICK ME UPS are.  I’ve had some great responses from you all from Chanel Lip Gloss to Bright Nail Varnish  Thank you all so much for messaging in and please keep them coming… I’m going to do a list of all your ideas so you can all enjoy each others favourites!

Today I included a photo of my face… you’ll see my goon of a boyfriend mucking around in the back of shot on the first one – thanks Ben :) but you can still see the pink in my apples

Blusher

 

You can see more of the contouring in the second photo to the RHS

Contouring for cheeks
How do you contour on your cheeks?

I’m often asked what contouring powders I would recommend and which blusher I wear – the answer is MAC’s contouring powder in Taupe and MAC’s powder blusher in Pink Swoon.  Two of my staple makeup bag MUST HAVES if I’m totally honest.  Pink Swoon is soft enough for a day time lift and looks stunning if applied well to the apples of my cheeks … great colour choice MAC!  And Taupe is not too red as contouring powders can often be so they are a pretty good combination!

Don’t forget to head over to my FB and Twitter pages as I’m updating great tips and tricks and articles on there every day… I’ll talk about whatever tickles my fancy :)

Have a fabulous weekendall of you and look forward to next week with some more makeup and beauty ideas :)

Lots of love, Luce

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Apply Makeup properly!

Putting your best face forward?

Putting your best face forward

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

Putting your best face forward

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

Interesting huh!

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

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Colour! Part 5: Makeup … By Make Up Like A Pro

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

Pigments

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!

MAC

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

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

Illamasqua

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

Bobbi Brown

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

NARS

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

MAC
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Thank you for reading and I look forward to doing it all again, very soon J

By Make Up Like A Pro

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COLOUR! Part 4 – Eye colours and The Colour Wheel

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 eyes

Part 4 Blue Eyes

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

Part 4 Bronze eyeshadow on Blue eyes

 

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 eyes

Part 4 Brown Eyes

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!

Part 4 Brown Eyes

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!

Green eyes

Part 4 Green eyes

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?!

 

Part 4 Green eyes

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 :)

Thank you, by Make Up Like A Pro

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