Let’s Get Cheeky

 

Choosing the correct color of blush is vital to natural looking makeup. If you choose the wrong color for you, you may end up looking washed out or overdone. The right shade will give your face a healthy, vibrant glow.

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The first step in choosing the right blush is to determine your skin tone. Are you warm or cool? Read my article “How To Choose The Correct Shade of Foundation” for detailed information on how to identify skin tone.

Once you know your skin tone, you can begin to refine your color selections.

Warm toned skin looks more natural in warmer colors with golden undertones like peaches, apricots, light golden browns and even pinky-peaches.

Cool toned skin gets a natural glow from pinks, roses and light mauves.

Here are some examples of warm and cool shades:

Warm Shades Herbs of Grace Warm Blush Colors Cool Shades Herbs of Grace Cool Blush Colors
  • Apricot
  • Peach
  • Bronze
  • Copper
  • Brown
  • Apricot
  • Peach
  • Azalea
  • Wild Ginger
  • Cocoa
  • Cinnamon
  • Mahogany
  • Coral Bell
  • Desert Poppy
  • Amber Lily
  • Fringecup
  • Brown Bell
  • Chocolate Lily
  • Pink
  • Rose
  • Purple
  • Burgundy
  • Pink Carnation
  • Rose Petal
  • Primrose
  • Lavender Mist
  • Huckleberry
  • Dark Plum
  • Tulip
  • Raspberry
  • Alkanet
  • Orchid
  • Calypso
  • Mulberry

Herbs of Grace Product Recommendation: Blush Colors

Also take into consideration the lightness of your skin. Light skin needs a light shade, or can appear overly made up. Similarly, light blush colors can disappear on darker skin tones, so darker shades like burgundy or berry work well for them.

One more tip: Make sure your cheek and lip shades are in the same color family for a more natural, harmonious look.

Ideally, your blush shade should match the color of the apples of your cheeks when they are flushed. Observe the color of your cheeks after you’ve exercised and you will know which shade you’re after.

What is your favorite blush shade?

 

 

It’s All in the Eyes – Part 3

This is the third post in this series on how to choose the perfect eyeshadow for you. Here are Part 1 and Part 2.

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Many color experts advise choosing eye makeup based just on eye color. Makeup artist Bobbi Brown has said you don’t want to fight your own eye color ~ just draw attention to it. Here are some suggestions:

Eye Color Shades Comment
Blue
  • Brown
  • Rose
Warm colors make the eyes stand out by contrasting with the coolness of blue eyes. Also the metallic colors like gold, silver, bronze and navy blue and fleshy colors. Bobbi Brown recommends lilac, lavender and browns.
Brown
  • Green
  • Gold – to pick up the colored flecks in brown eyes
Also, bronze, khaki, navy and fleshy colors. Blues, plums and eggplants are Bobbi’s picks for brown eyes.
Green
  • Lavender
  • Mocha
Light purples and plums for contrasting effect, light browns for a natural look. Also gold, bronze, forest greens and earth colors. Bobbi’s recommendations: pinks, lavenders, plums and eggplants.
Hazel
  • Deep green
  • Pale yellow to pick up the colored flecks in hazel eyes.
Bobbi also recommends pinks, lavenders, plums and eggplants for hazel eyes.

On the other hand, makeup expert, Sonia Kashuk, suggests choosing your eye makeup according to your hair color. Her suggestions below:

Hair Color Shades
Blonde
  • Creams
  • Taupes
Brunette
  • Mochas
  • Chocolate brown
Red, Auburn
  • Copper
  • Peach
  • Reddish browns
Grey
  • Greys
  • Soft Purples
  • Blues

So, while there are many different ways to go about choosing makeup colors, these guidelines can help refine your selections and experiment with more confidence. And remember, in the end it very well may all come down to personal preference ~ the best colors for you are the ones that make you feel vibrant, healthy and alive!

Herbs of Grace Natural Look shades grouped into warm and cool:

Warm Cool
  • Apricot
  • Peach
  • Azalea
  • Silver Moss
  • Fern
  • Forest
  • Oatstraw
  • Twig
  • Cocoa
  • Cinnamon
  • Mahogany
  • Coral Bell
  • Desert Poppy
  • Amber Lily
  • Fringecup
  • Brownbell
  • Chocolate Lily
  • Sage
  • Wintergreen
  • Maidenhair
  • Pink Carnation
  • Rose Petal
  • Primrose
  • Rye
  • Hydrangea
  • Larkspur
  • Indigo
  • Lavender Mist
  • Huckleberry
  • Dark Plum
  • Tulip
  • Raspberry
  • Alkanet
  • Pasque Flower
  • Blue Bell
  • Gentian
  • Orchid
  • Calypso
  • Mulberry
  • Silver Leaf
  • Dusty Maiden
  • Oakmoss
 What is your favorite way to choose your eye shadow colors?