Balancing Lip and Eye Looks

Thursday, October 01, 2009 | Tips & How-Tos, application tips

Ever notice how some women look overly made up while others seem naturally accentuated? Creating the perfect look truly is a balancing act. When we look at someone’s face, we tend to focus on one feature at a time (usually the eyes or mouth). Hence, one of the biggest—and most common—makeup faux pas is playing up too many features at one time. Pairing dramatic eyes with loud lipstick makes the face look busy and creates a sense of confusion that’s anything but flattering. Even when glamming it up for an after hour get-together or a night on the town, remember that balance is key.

Dramatic Eyes:
Want to be the center of attention even when the lights are low? Make a bold eye statement. Layering bold, smoky hues, like Onyx and Plum Slate, will accentuate eyes well into the p.m. hours. But be sure to complement with a soft lip color. Natural, matte tones—only slightly darker than your lips—bring the focus back to where it should be (the eyes) without creating visual competition. Try Mineral Lip Tint SPF 15 in Sandy Quartz. This neutral, taupe hue suits every skin tone and gives lips a subtle shine with Olive Oil and Mango seed extract.

Bold Lips:
Add a touch of sophistication to your everyday look with a lip colour that “pops.” If you have fair skin, go for glossy, rose tones, like Rose Zircon Pout Plumping Lip Gloss. Medium skin: earthy reds (Red Ruby or Fire Opal Mineral Shea Butter Lipstick). Dark skin: rich wine hues, such as Black Amethyst lipstick. Remember to always balance bold lipstick with understated eyes. A shimmering nude eye shadow base with a sheer white highlight will complement a bold lip color without stealing any of its thunder.

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