Happy Monday everyone! I hope everybody enjoyed a festive Paddy’s Day weekend – I definitely did (oops!). I had hoped to be on the ball and take photos of my nail art skillz – I did the standard green but with one thumb gold with a green shamrock, and the other a rainbow, which matched up to another nail on that hand with a pot of gold :) It actually came out much better than I expected, as I never do nail art, but sadly I got to the ‘other’ business of the day a bit too early and forgot (lol). Sorry!
Lately, I’ve been trying to brush up on my beauty know-how. Sure, I spend hours poring over photos and info online about every single beauty product possible, but I spend a very small amount of time learning how to use it. While I like to think I possess a fair amount of skill when it comes to makeup application, after idly watching a handful of Lisa Eldridge makeup tutorials, I realized just how much more I could learn – specifically about contouring and blush/bronzer application. In addition to discovering new and better ways to wear my makeup, I’ve also been trying to open my horizons to new colors and finding the best shades that compliment my skintone. For the most part, over the years it’s become a no-brainer, as through trial and error I’ve found which shades to lean toward and which to steer clear of. However, recently I realized that there is one shade that I’ve deemed ‘unwearable’ on my skin, but which was not given a fair shake.
We’ve all heard about the best shades for your eye color – purple tones for green eyes, browns for blue eyes, etc. Of course, these are just guidelines and by no means are rules or even not meant to be broken (and often!). As a brown-eyed gal, typically it’s said that we can wear most any color, but particularly greys and silvers should look exceptional. Well, let me tell you – over the past 10 years I have spent a lot of time avoiding these shades for the most part, as I found they totally clashed with my skin, and made me look sallow, not to mention not making my eyes stand out as promised. Maybe on other ladies, but not me!! But, I’m a firm believer that things change, and being a Gemini I rarely stick to an opinion forever, so when the fabulous Liz at Beauty Reductionista sent me Make Up For Ever’s Aqua Eyes liner in 21L – a metallic dark grey – I thought it would be ungrateful of me not to give it a shot.With trepidation, I tried it on the following day, certain of what I would see. It’s a good thing I’m not a betting woman, because I was dead wrong. It looked FABULOUS!! Somehow, all the advice I read was right – it really made my eye color stand out; the dark brown looked browner, and more sparkly – and with surprisingly little effort! The picture below really doesn’t do it justice:Instantly, I went searching through my stash to see if I had any similar-type shades…erm, yea. It’s pretty paltry! And two of the three shades are really more taupe than slate grey, but I’ll see what I can work with!
Of course to be thorough, I went back online again to read up more about this fabulous ‘best’ shade for my eyes – tones in gray, slate, or dark pewter were repeatedly noted – and since I’ve been eschewing this color for so long, of course I had to research products to fill that gaping hole (below, some suggestions):
So now I have a whole new slew of shadows to hunt down and play with – perfect excuse, eh!? Mwahahahaha…
Now, your turn: do you follow color guidelines when choosing eye makeup? Do you find the suggestions work for you? Am I the only one who seriously missed this brown-eye train or what??