A No-Fail Guide to Matching Make-Up to Clothes

You’ve probably seen girls on shows like America’s Next Top Model and Project Runway learning how to choose and apply makeup. Those lessons aren’t just for models, the runway, or television – it’s important for all of us to know what to think about in the makeup aisle and when we’re applying makeup in the morning. Keep reading to learn how to match makeup to your outfit without looking matchy-matchy!

Lipstick
Even if you wear a nude lipstick, you’re making a statement. Choosing a lipstick color that compliments your other makeup and your outfit can be tricky, but we’re here to show you the strategies. Firstly, think about your outfit. If you’re wearing an outfit or statement necklace that you want to steal the show, nude lips or pink lips will best compliment it. If you’re wearing neutrals or your basic jeans, blazer, and relaxed tee, lips are a great place to add a pop of color. Pick a berry, red, or red-orange lipstick and make a statement. Just make sure that if you wear a bold lip color, you downplay your eye liner and mascara so there aren’t too many dark colors on your face.

Eye Shadow
When you’re applying makeup, eye shadow is one of the few places to add a pop of unexpected color. While there are certain color schemes you must obey when choosing blush and lip color, any color under the sun makes an appropriate eye shadow when it’s for the right occasion and outfit. There is one trick to choosing the right color eye shadow, and this rule always applies: don’t ever match your eye shadow to your clothes. Ever. If you’re wearing a blue shirt, a blue eyeshadow is not the way to go. Instead, make your eye shadow different but complimentary. With a green shirt, try wearing a warm eye shadow like gold or pink.

Blush
Maybe you think of blush as just a reddish tint to your cheeks, but it is so much more than that. If you spend time looking at the colors, you’ll see browns, purples, pinks, and reds, all with very different looks. There are also different finishes, such as shimmers and mattes. Just be sure to not match your blush directly to your clothing, much like the rules about eyeshadow. If you’re wearing a bubblegum pink shirt, don’t take this opportunity to wear your pink blush. You’ll look way more sophisticated with a brown blush that isn’t so matchy-matchy.

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