When I listen to conversations about beauty, it sounds as if everyone has a different definition of it, one that they’re never really defined even to themselves.
For me, beauty is a feeling best described with words like truth, rest, or peace. The other face feels like distracting, processed, or forced, with effects that could never believably have happened by themselves. The person’s natural colouring just can’t find a home for the colours because they’re so far removed from the woman’s natural pigmentation. A defined, sophisticated, polished, and still natural beauty comes from taking the colours that you already are and adding more of them.
The best makeup feels invisible. It doesn’t somehow worm its way between us and the viewer or the dialogue we’re having. It enhances the features without needing to be noticed. This so not the same as the trend called Neutral Makeup, which is heavily weighted with beiges and browns. Fine on some, but what if there are not many browns in your natural colouring?
Let’s clarify some terminology. Neutral Makeup can mean a generic, flesh-tone, beige and brown group of shades, like many of the neutral collections makeup companies come out with. Any of these colours probably looks good on someone, but none of them will look perfect on everyone. Any given colour is still only right on certain people, neutral colour or not. Wrong colours will sit on the top of the skin and look like an island of obvious colour. These collections sell well because they feel safer when we are not sure what better colour to wear. The problem is that it looks flat and lifeless on those it’s not meant for.
The other definition of Neutral Makeup has to do with finding YOUR neutrals. That means grays, mauves, or greens for eyes, and pink/peach/purple/red for lips and cheeks. This is the makeup that just becomes part of your face and that others don’t notice before they notice you.
The best makeup for any face will make use of the native colours. These colours enhance, rejuvenate, brighten, and define, but never look artificial. When the makeup colour is right, it will disappear into your skin. It will fuse with your face believably because the colour is already there.
When you think about it, our best makeup look is neutral…OUR neutrals! Yours are brown, mine are reds, hers are peach-pink. That’s the magic of colour analysis. We can identify the precise shades that are present in your natural skin coloring and give them to you in a swatch book. Match those shades when you buy makeup and you will never look “made up”.
What if you knew exactly what cosmetic colours would look custom-made for you? No more hit-and-miss or believing wrong advice. No more having 5 tubes of the same shade of lipstick at the bottom of your purse. No more drawer full of makeup to never wear. What if you owned 3 eyeshadows, 2 blush colours, 2 lipsticks, and a gloss, and they looked so perfect that you never stopped at the makeup counter again? With PCA, this is so easy.
Lipstick should have more colour than nude. If you are 25 or less, with the great lip definition of youth, wear flesh-toned lip colours. Even at those ages though, the only women who can wear lip colour that is lighter than the skin are on the pages of magazines. Once over 35-ish, a brighter shade, still from within your palette, looks more youthful. Feature definition is as big, if not bigger, in how we see youth as smooth skin.
Are there makeup colours that everyone can wear? There may be very neutral grays and champagne beige eyeshadows. That’s about it. Your natural colouring is your perfect makeup and there are 12 different types. If you wear the wrong shades, it’s like wearing someone else’s size or style of clothes. The effect is disorganized. It doesn’t have the impact that it could.
Are there makeup colours that are shared between Seasons? Sure, yes. Some colours could cover 2 Seasons. Also, cosmetics are harder to predict because they interact with the surface colours and chemistry of the face. Several women of the same Season will prefer different lipsticks.
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