Generally, sticking to the same undertone is more flattering on the skin. if you have warm/yellow skin undertones you’d want to go with warm makeup like gold eyeshadows, coral blushes, peach lipstick, etc. And if you have cool/pink skin undertones cool toned shades like silver/taupe eyeshadow, pink blushes and lip colors would be the most flattering. But these are just guidelines, make is fun and playful you can totally experiment with colors and undertones you don’t have to stick to one undertone.
Another reason why knowing undertones is helpful is knowing when to use a complementary shade. For example, if you do a cool toned grey smokey eye you know you may want to use a cool toned pink blush and pink lip color. Sticking with one undertone for the whole look brings the look together and looks more uniform.
When you want to create some contrast or balance out a look so nothing is too cool or too warm you can use both undertones in a look like a silver taupe on the lid but a warm, chocolate brown in the crease. Using two eyeshadows with different undertones will bring out the undertones in both to make both colors pop!
It may seem a little complicated at first so just play around with undertones and experiment! Thats what make is all about :)
I love brown liquid liner! Such a pretty alternative to black eyeliner when you want a more soft makeup look :)
Try eyeliners like
Maybelline Ultra Liner in Dark Brown
Wet n Wild Mega Liner in Dark Brown
Stila Stay all Day Waterproof Eyeliner in Dark Brown
You may also want to try brown gel liners, brown gel liners tend to look really rich and chocolatey!
Bobbi Brown Long Wear Gel Liner in Sepia Ink
Wet n Wild Fergie Gel Liner in Cocoa Riche
Some great liquid concealers are
- MAC Pro Longwear Concealer (long lasting, full coverage)
- Estee Lauder Double Wear Concealer (long lasting)
- Hard Candy Glamoflauge (sold at Walmart, full coverage)
- NYX HD Concealer Wand (light weight, nice coverage)
- Makeup Forever Full Cover Concealer (full coverage, long lasting)
- Maybelline Age Rewind Dark Circle Concealer (great for under the eyes)
Some great setting sprays are
- Urban Decay All Nighter
- NYX Matte Finish/Long Lasting Setting Spray
- Model in a Bottle Setting Spray (thicker formula, acts almost like a barrier/shield)
- Makeup Forever Mist & Fix
Hi I bought the Mac Pro longwear awhile ago but i have some Problems with it. After i apply it, it gets darker so it doesn't match my skin anymore. I really like the product. Do you have any tips for me ? :)
Some foundations oxidize and “settle in” and become a shade or two darker which can be a little hard when looking for your shade!
My best advice for making a foundation thats too dark work is
- Use a lighter concealer to highlight under the eyes blended down, middle of forehead, basically all areas of the center of the face. This will balance it out a bit by adding a little bit of lightness to counteract the darkness. Some people actually use a lighter shade of foundation in the center of the face and a darker shade of foundation on the outer edges of the face as a way of adding dimension to the skin!
- Mixing with a foundation that’s too light. You can even buy a cheap foundation thats too light and mix it to create a better color.
- Blending down your neck onto the chest. Generally your face is a lighter than the rest of your body anyway so a shade or two darker won’t make too much of a difference when blended down to the neck.
- Using a lighter powder over top. Using a powder your skin tone or lighter will help balance the color a bit.
Good luck! :)
Great question! :)
Sometimes makeup can actually make your acne look worse and become more noticeable so it’s good to know how to hide your spots as well as possible!
- Try not to use a heavy coverage foundation. Now if you have severe acne and a lot of area that needs coverage a full coverage foundation can be good for you. But if you only have a few pimples at a time around 3 - 7 you don’t really need so much foundation because the rest of your skin is pretty clear. Using a light weight, light coverage foundation all over the skin and a concealer to hide any pesky pimples will look a lot more natural not drawing too much attention to the fact that you’re wearing makeup.
- Don’t over powder. A super powdery, cakey, dry finish will bring attention the spots/acne right away. You want it to look as smooth as possible. You do this by applying a thin layer of powder, translucent powder is best because it’s almost invisible. Using moisturizer and a smoothing primer under your makeup will help your makeup go on a lot more smooth as well. You can eve go in with a small eyeshadow blending brush to apply powder right over the pimple so you’re not over powdering.
- Press, don’t over blend. Pressing foundation and powder into your skin over the areas that need it will give more coverage than swirling and buffing over the area, which can just move around the product. Pressing/patting the concealer/foundation will give you more coverage so you don’t have to use as much product. Less product, the better!
When it comes to removing acne scars exfoliating is the best method (from my experience)! Exfoliating is getting rid of the dead, dull skin uncovering your new, fresh skin. Right now only the first few layers of skin are scarred and discolored, all the skin underneath is clear! So you want to get to that skin by exfoliating regularly once to twice a week depending on how harsh your exfoliator is. Check out my post all about exfoliation and the different methods here.
Personally, my favorite exfoliating product is the Olay Microdermabrasion Peel Kit $20. It’s a pretty intense scrub/at home facial you use once every two weeks or so. This gives me the best results and makes my skin a lot more clear and radiant!
You can also speed this up by using chemical exfoliants to lighten scars/dark spots. Skin care products that are “brightening” or promote “even skin tone” generally have ingredients that help cell turn over aka exfoliating getting rid of the bad skin. Serums are great for fading dark spots because they are really concentrated with good ingredients, just make sure you get a serum that’s specifically targeted at fading spots or evens the skin tone.
Some of my favorite products are
- Korres Wild Rose + Vitamin C Advanced Sleeping Facial $48 (night time moisturizer that fades dark spots as you sleep)
- The Body Shop Vitamin C Microdermabrasion $21 on sale right now for $12 (Vitamin C is very brightening)
- Dr Dennis Gross Ferulic Acid + Retinol Brightening Solution $88 (Retinol is a great chemical exfoliant)
- Boots Triple Age Renew Facial Serum $16 at Target and Ulta (anti aging products are great for uneven skin tones)
I normally use a face scrub once a week and use a chemical exfoliant/brightening daily in the form or a serum or moisturizer to keep my skin clear and bright :)