Colour clients could be divided into two categories: those who like makeup and those who don’t. Those who do like makeup may have a stash that puts mine to shame. Those who don’t like makeup often bring a bag of products anyway.
Your CC cream and mineral powder are still makeup
“I don’t really wear makeup” they say, before taking out a bunch of product that in my mind, is still makeup but cleverly labeled as beauty enhancing creams and powders. To me, product is product and it still touches your skin.
What makes these products makeup instead of regular moisturizer? Well they might be tinted and contain oxides or micas meant to blur or obscure flaws on the face. Some are labeled as “correctors” meant to balance warm or cool tones on the skin. Or “enhancers” to create an all over “glow” (read: shine).
The word “makeup” in itself implies that by using it you are creating a false version of yourself, and has kind of become a bad word in the beauty industry.
Dark Autumn and True Winter makeup comparison. Both eyeliners are a dark brown, not black
Just by replacing a few of these products with the right colour cosmetics on the lips and cheeks will improve your appearance immensely while still using the same number of products on the face. If you want to get really bold you can add eyeliner to the mix.
Some who claim not to wear makeup still wear mascara, and typically black mascara. This is justified from the same perspective that it enhances the appearance and isn’t “fake”. Black mascara gets pushed as a staple by the industry so much that it is difficult to find mascara that isn’t black.
Black mascara generally looks best on the 3 Winters, and even some of the fairer skinned winters may want to try a dark grey. When black is too intense for the person’s inherent colouring the eye makeup becomes all you see. That includes the little globs of mascara you forgot to comb out or the bit that got smudged under the eye during a cat nap or sneezing fit.
Having near black hair will make black eye makeup look more normal but there are lots of colours that are also close to black that would create a more natural effect.
Black eye makeup + creams filled will optical “enhancers” usually creates an uneven, ashy, whitewashed appearance on most warmer and muted skintones and in some lighting looks like glitter on the face. Often we don’t realize this is happening to us so we add more product to the mix.
Bright Spring blush may be retina searing bright on paper but perfectly normal applied to the right face
Those that welcome colour cosmetics into their lives even in small, baby steps usually see results right away, as you would during your Personal Colour Analysis. Even clients who are very anti-makeup relax when the right blush is applied to the cheeks. A dab with a stripping brush is hardly any product at all and instantly lifts the eyes and face.
Knowing your right colours puts you in the position of power at the makeup counter. The right red settling in perfectly at home with you natural colouring, no correcting required.
Dark Winter blushes for a variety of skintones