Finding the perfect lip, cheek, and eyeshadow colors to compliment your natural beauty is equally important to finding the right foundation color. With the never-ending options, you can find at any local beauty store, trying to make the best decision can be extremely overwhelming. There are numerous brands, colors, collections, and desired looks to choose from, but starting slow for each feature on your face is the way to go. To help ease you into the world of makeup, we have put together a starter guide for selecting the best lip, cheek, eyeshadow colors, and natural lash extensions that will give you the natural makeup look everyone needs to have in their pocket.
It Is All in the Eyes
Eye makeup can be fun or overwhelming, based on how quickly you are thrown into the world of makeup. Walk into any cosmetics store, and you will find yourself staring at hundreds of different eyeshadow shades in every color of the rainbow – red, blue, green, purple, yellow, and many more. So, where should you focus? It is all about skin tone and eye color.
Your skin tone is a mix of your genetics and the amount of melanin in your skin. These two factors combined makeup three general skin tone categories: light, medium, and dark. People with a light or fair skin tone are usually extremely sensitive to the sun and tend to burn very quickly. Medium complexions, or olive, is a neutral similar to beige. If you have this skin tone, you are more likely to tan well in the sun. Dark complexions typically originate from parts of the world with excessive ultraviolet radiation exposure, so the melanin buildup makes the skin darker.
The skin’s undertone is another focus when choosing makeup colors and references the subtle, muted color beneath the skin’s surface. Skin undertones are often generalized into three different categories – cool, warm, and neutral. Cool skin undertones tend to be pink and red with bluish hints. Warm undertones are made up of more yellow, peachy, and golden hues. Neutral undertones are more olive or a balanced mix of the previously mentioned shades.
So when picking out eyeshadow colors, focus on the general skin tone or eye color. For fair or light skin, sheer, soft colors should be your primary go-to’s. Soft colors can include taupe, cool pink, or light green. If you are looking for a pop of color, try a color that is only a few shades darker than your skin color. Anything darker can overwhelm the rest of your face, which is never something you want to do. Medium skin tones should give colors close to gold, medium brown, and warm shades of red a try. Cool colors, especially teal, are an excellent choice for accentuating skin color if your medium skin tone is more of an olive color. For dark skin, almost any color you choose will be great! Especially metallics and bright colors, such as purples, teals, and blues.
If you are more into accentuating your eye color, trying to find the right shade is surprisingly easy – just find your eye color on a color wheel, and directly across from your eye color will be the most complementary color for you. It is that simple! If you are looking for a little more, we have broken down a few suggestions below based on eye color:
- Brown eyes: warm browns, golden shades, purples, and blues
- Blue eyes: orange and other warm shades
- Hazel eyes: purples, browns, golds, and greens
- Green eyes: warm oranges, reds, and golds
- Gray eyes: warm browns, golds, and oranges
When dressing up the eyes, you must remember the lashes. Natural lash extensions are the best thing you can choose for longwear lashes that you do not have to apply every day, take off at night, or pay for expensive refills. We love that this DIY lash option can be done at home. These lashes are strong enough to withstand sleep, showers, and washing your face. No eye look is complete with great-looking lashes, so take advantage of this step!
Add Some Blush
Adding a natural blush color to your cheeks does not have to take rocket science with our easy guidelines. For light skin, find a shade similar to what your skin would naturally blush! In most cases, this will be light baby pink. If you need more clarification, look inside your lips at the color and use that as a reference. For medium skin tones, peach and warm bronze hues will be close to the natural blush color. For dark skin, blush colors in mauve or coral will shine. Whatever blush color you choose, make sure it is something you love and can see yourself wearing every day.
Lip Color Made Easy
While there is no perfect science to finding a great lip color, you can use the skin’s undertones as a guide. Warm undertones should look for a corresponding warm color, like an orangey-red, brick-red, or terra-cotta. Cool undertones are best complemented with lipsticks in blueish or purple shades. For red lipstick, look for a color that is bluer than orange. Berry shades, such as cranberry or deep plum, are also a great choice. People with neutral undertones can work with a wide variety of colors. Try sampling from both ends of the spectrum to find what is best for you!
Shopping for and purchasing cosmetics can be a manageable process, especially once you know your skin tone and undertone. Our breakdown below will help you identify your skin tone, undertones, and eye, lip, and cheek colors will help you pick out makeup colors like a pro!