MAC Lipstick in Heroine ($17) on my lips
If you know me (and chances are you don’t yet, but I do hope we get there!), then you’ll know that I love color, especially when it comes in the form of a TF-engraved bullet — but I’m not one to underestimate the power of purple eyeshadow or teal liner either.
Yet the comments I get the most on my blog are when I wear natural, classic looks. Which got me wondering… How’s that even possible? Can you wear colorful makeup and still look natural?
Well, as a matter of fact, YES, I think you totally can! As with everything in life, it’s a question of balance.
Which simply means that if you play something up, you should play something else down. So, if you’re using bright shades on your eyes or lips, in order to get well-balanced, natural-looking makeup, my main suggestion is to go very minimal with your base and brows. Let me explain this in more detail…
Maybelline Master Drama Chromatics in Magic Magenta (LE) on my eyes
Start with a light base
Even though I often have quite a few blemishes to conceal, I usually like to apply a lightweight foundation (my oily skin loves Chanel Perfection Lumière Velvet, because it’s matte, yet luminous), and then use a full-coverage concealer only on my problem areas, so that the end result is very natural and not mask-like at all.
Contour subtly with powder products
Since cream contour can often look too heavy and harsh, I recommend opting for sculpting powders, which are not as easy to overdo.
Laura Mercier Crème Eye Liner in Canard ($25) on my eyes and BITE Beauty Luminous Crème Lipstick in Palomino (discontinued) on my lips
Skip the highlight
I know highlighters are all the rage these days, but in my opinion the very shimmery/metallic ones can look pretty artificial. If you feel like your complexion looks too dull and flat, try using something more understated like the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powders or a highlighting blush.
Keep your brows as natural possible
I think this is really crucial to balance out those crazy hues. Very strong, sculpted brows can easily make you look overdone, so my suggestion is to either use a tinted gel to define and set in one single step, or a pencil to very lightly fill them in (for a softer look, try using the side of the tip rather than the point).
Thrash and Urban from the Urban Decay Electric Pressed Pigment Palette ($49) on my eyes and Anastasia Beverly Hills Perfect Brow Pencil in Dark Brown ($23) on my brows
Ditch those falsies and black liner
Although your Instagram or Pinterest feeds are probably suggesting that makeup isn’t complete without falsies and thick black liner, I personally disagree. In my opinion, if you’re going for a colorful, yet fresh-faced look, you can just skip them altogether. OR, if you find that lashings of mascara aren’t enough to define your eyes, I suggest adding a very thin line with a little flick and/or individual lashes.