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…
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.
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).
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.
If you’re someone who’s always been attracted to colorful makeup but have never dared to wear it in public, you may wanna give this pared-down version a try.
Most people won’t even notice! The other day, while I was wearing this lime green and purple eyeshadow, in chronological order I met:
- A delivery man who didn’t bat an eyelash, even though I had only one eye done (why do they always come to the door at the worst possible time? WHY???). You might be thinking, that doesn’t count, since he’s probably seen things that we humans wouldn’t believe… Fair enough, just let me go on with my list.
- My downstairs neighbor, the sweetest 90-year-old to ever walk this planet (and possibly the best cook in town. She always makes her landing smell divine!). I don’t know if lime green eyeshadow even existed back when she was born, but the smile she greeted me with was the same as any other day.
- The owner of the produce store around the corner. With the ridiculous amount of avocados I buy from him, I might very well be his best customer, so I don’t think he’d give a damn even if he saw me enter his store wearing one of Lady Gaga’s earliest makeup looks and outfits, as long as I keep visiting his store. I’ve never really tried that, but I can assure you that he didn’t give me any sidelong glances for wearing lime green and purple on my eyes.
- The fourth grader I’m teaching English to. She’s the only one who actually noticed my colorful shadows (and funny-looking hair) and said that I resembled one of the Winx Club fairies… Trust me, she meant it as HUUUGE compliment.
None of these suggestions are unbreakable rules. I firmly believe that when it comes to makeup, there’s no right or wrong, only what you do and don’t like. So experiment, play, have fun… After all, isn’t that what makeup is really about?! 😉