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
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
By Make Up Like A Pro