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Blondes, Brunettes and Redheads:
Posted on May 6th, 2011 at 11:22 am by and

Generally speaking, not all makeup colors would suit someone. There are some makeup colors that can enhance one’s beauty more by complimenting their hair color. Last weekend I was on a “mission” to figure out what makeup colors would suit blondes, brunettes and redheads, and I finally learned them.

Theresa McClintock has been working as a makeup artist for ten years and had received her cosmetology license from the Regency Beauty Institute in Flint, Michigan. McClintock thinks that makeup colors such as light purples, light pinks and champagne colors would suit blondes.

McClintock’s Makeup Look for Blondes:

¤ Apply a light shimmery purple color all over the lid, then take a true purple color and swipe it across your crease blending upwards.
¤ Then take a plum color and create a V-shape on your outer corners blending it slightly with your crease color.
¤ Next, take your true purple color and apply on your bottom lash line.
¤ Finally, take a champagne color and apply it on to your inner corners.

“Blondes should definitely stay away from grays, blacks, and true greens, because those colors would look way too harsh,” McClintock said.

Dan Meyer is a professional makeup artist and has worked in various salons in Michigan and Ohio. Meyer thinks that Brunettes should definitely focus on golds, browns and bronzy colors.

Meyer’s Makeup Look for Brunettes:

¤ Apply a flesh tone color all over your lid and brow bone.
¤ Then take a gold pigment and apply it to the first half of your lid area.
¤ Next, take a bronze eye shadow and place it on the second half of your lid.
¤ Blend the gold and bronze together to eliminate any harsh lines.
¤ Take a medium brown color and apply it all over your crease, to define your eyes.
¤ Finally try to blend the bronze and brown together and apply the brown color on your lower lash line.

“People think that brunettes can work any color, but that is so not true, they should never buy any coppery, pinks or blue colors,” Meyer said.

Sherry Leighton has been a makeup artist for 20 years and has always been interested in makeup since her teen years. Leighton believes that redheads should buy copper, gold, bronze and peach eye shadow colors.

Leighton’s Makeup Look for Redheads:

¤ Apply a peach color all over your eyes; from lid to brow bone.
¤ Then take a copper-bronze shimmery color and blend all over your crease.
¤ Take a copper pigment and place it on your lid area and bottom lashes.
¤ Then take a dark bronze liquid eyeliner and place along your lash line and create a bit of a wing.

“Eye shadow colors such as black, brown, blue, and pink are shades that a redhead should avoid,” Leighton said.

Bonus Edition:

I also searched for YouTube videos that give more advice about what makeup colors suits who and I found a truly talented girl who posted 3 videos dedicated to blondes, brunettes and redheads in which she also adds what blush and lipstick colors in addition to eye shadow colors that would suit different people. In her video she also takes into consideration different eye colors and how to compliment them as well.

Bombshell Blondes:

Ravishing Brunettes:

Goergous Redheads:

Universally Flattering Makeup Ideas
Posted on April 24th, 2011 at 12:38 pm by and

It may be tough to come up with makeup looks that are universally flattering, but I have spent some of my free time over the years reading a lot of makeup and beauty books and discovered a few makeup colors that look good on everybody no matter what your skin color is. (The looks that I’m going to mention, have been tested out on 3 types of skin colors; fair, olive and dark, by yours truly.) Keep in mind that I have come up with these looks myself, the colors (bronze, grey, green) are the ones that I have learned to be flattering through makeup books.

Also, before trying these look make sure you use an eye primer, such as Urban Decay Primer Potion or MAC paint pot, to make sure the color lasts all day.

Brown/ Bronze Smoky Eye: start off by using a flesh tone color all over your lid. Next, use MAC patina eyeshadow all over the lid, then use MAC woodwinked on top of that. Take MAC antiqued and blend it all over the crease (in circular motions). Use MAC brown down over the outer corner (in circular motions). Use antiqued again on your bottom lashes (using a pencil brush). Then use a brown liquid liner over your lashes, make sure you wing it towards the end. Optional: use a brown pencil eyeliner on your lower rims.

Grey/Silver Smoky Eye: Apply MAC electra on the inner third of your lid, blending slightly upwards. Next, use that same color on the inner third of your lower lash line, then apply MAC silver ring on the middle third of your lid, blending it with electra and on your crease slightly. Use silver ring on the middle third of your lower lash line, again blending it with electra. Then apply MAC black tied to the outer third part of your lid and blend it upwards towards your crease as well as with silver ring. Apply black tied toward the outer corner of your lower lash line (make sure you blend). Finally, use a black liquid liner on your lash line, then apply a black pencil liner on your lower lash line. Next, apply MAC rice paper on your brow bone for a highlight. Make sure you use a nude lip color, because the focus should be your eyes.

Soft Green Smoky Eye: Apply MAC gold mode pigment on the inner to middle third of your lid, then use MAC humid on the outer half of your lid, blending it with gold mode. Blend humid upwards as well towards your crease. Then apply golden olive pigment on the middle part of your lid, blending it with the other two colors. Apply humid on your lower lash line. Apply MAC forever green eye kohl on your lower rims, then take MAC power surge eye kohl and apply it on your upper lash line. Make sure your lip color is nude, to not make the look too dramatic.

Don’t forget to curl your lashes and apply mascara.

Neutral Daytime Makeup Look
Posted on February 20th, 2011 at 12:02 pm by and

While, beautiful purples and greens may look gorgeous on your eyelids, creating a natural looking makeup with a hint neutrals is an essential look because it emphasizes your great features. If you’re having trouble finding the right products I’m also going to recommend both drug store and high end makeup products for you.

 The first thing you should do is have clean just washed skin. Next, you should follow up with a moisturizer, then wait 5 minutes and later apply your primer. A primer allows your makeup to stay on longer and minimizes your pores; creating the perfect canvas. Wait another 5 minutes before applying your makeup. After that your makeup should go as follows:


Apply a dime size of foundation on the palm of your hand then use a stippling brush; to create a flawless look. Divide the foundation using a quarter for your forehead, cheeks, nose and chin. Foundations: L’Oreal True Match or Nars Sheer Glow.

After you foundation, use a concealer to diminish any skin pigmentation or blemishes. Instead of spending money on a concealer I suggest just using your foundation on your problem areas, including underneath your eyes, using a fluffy brush. This works just as good as a concealer.

Next apply a loose powder concentrating mostly on your T-Zone or if you have dry skin you can just skip this step. Powders: Covergirl Trueblends Mineral Powder or Clinique Gentle Light Powder.

If you want a bit of bronzer, you should skip the powder step and apply the bronzer lightly on your cheeks, forehead and chin. When choosing the shade of bronzers make sure that the color is only two shades darker than your skin, or else people would know what you tried to do. Also make sure you blend the bronzer down toward your neck. Bronzers: Physicians Formula Mineral Wear Face Powder – Bronzer or Nars bronzing powder.

Next sweep a bit of blush on the apples of your cheeks, make sure you don’t apply too much because you want it to look natural. Blushes: Neutrogena Healthy Skin Blends or Nars Blush in Deep Throat; it’s a universal color that suits all skin tones.

If you want to fill in your eyebrows, choose a color close to your brow hairs or a shade lighter if their quite dark, but if your eyebrows are blonde choose a dirty blonde pencil. Eyebrow Pencils: MAC Impeccable Brow Pencil or NYC brow pencil.

Moving to our eyelids, sweep MAC patina eyeshadow across your eyelids blending slightly above your crease. I couldn’t find a good dupe for this eyeshadow, but I did find a website that sells this product for less:

Next apply a light taupe brown color lightly across your crease, using a fluffy brush blending slightly upwards. Then apply it underneath your bottom lashes using a flat brush. Brown Eyeshadows: Covergirl 3 kit eye enhancers in shimmering sands 110, use the darkest color or use MAC charcoal brown.

Catching natural light from your eye is a must, so apply a highlight color underneath your eyebrows and blend it with your brown color, making the brown sort of fade into the light color. Also, apply the highlight in your inner corners, to open up your eyes. Highlights: Covergirl 3 kit eye enhancers in shimmering sands 110, the lightest color or MAC eyeshadow in all that glitters.

If you want to make this look more dramatic you could apply a thin black liquid liner across your lids and create a bit of a wing, but you could just skip this step if you want this to look natual. Liquid Liners: Maybelline black liquid liner or Clinique black gel liner.

Mascaras: L’Oreal Million Lashes or Christian Dior Black Out  mascara.

Since the point of this look is to look natural yet have makeup on, I suggest using a clear lipgloss color. Lipgloss: Covergirl Wetslicks gloss or Elizabeth Arden Crystal Clear lipgloss.

This makeup look was inspired by one of my favorite YouTube makeup gurus Michelle Phan. I watched one of her makeup videos and it inspired me to create a natural look but with a bit of a twist.

My Inspired Look With A Twist