What’s Your Color? (Part 1)

Ever wonder why certain colors look better on you than others? Maybe the red dress looks really good on your girlfriend and for some reason looks hideous on you. Don’t be jealous! It’s only because you have a different undertone than she does. Fashion and make-up isn’t just gauged
by season or designer, it’s often determined by your tone. Take the following test to see which color is best for you.

Undertone Test:

1.)  In natural light, look at the veins on your arms. What color are they?

a.)   Green

b.)   Blue

2.)   What color are your hair and eyes?

a.)   Dark eyes:  brown, black, or hazel WITH black, brown, blond, red, or strawberry blond hair

b.)   Light colored eyes: blue, green, or grey WITH blond, black, or brown hair?

 Tally up your answers….

Did you answer both A? If so you’re a WARM.

Did you answer both B? If so, you’re a COOL.

If you found that you fluctuated between A and B then congratulations, you’re a NEUTRAL
tone!

Why is this important you ask? It’s no secret that we all want to look and feel our best. Based on who you ask, clothing may boost your confidence levels through the roof but if you’re wearing the wrong colors, you may be doing more harm than good. It could mean the difference
between receiving a compliment and someone assuming you’re sick. :-/

In the right colors (cosmetics and clothing):

  • Your skin tone will appear radiant and glowing
  • Your eyes will appear brighter and clearer
  • Your hair will reflect highlights
  • You appear vibrant, lively!

In the wrong colors:

  • Your skin tone will appear tired and drained
  • Your eyes may appear shadowed, dark circles
  • Teeth can appear with a slight yellow hue
  • You look tired, drab

Personally, I’ve seen a major difference in my fashion sense since I’ve discovered that I can’t wear bold, bright colors (best for COOL). My warm undertone reflects a deep brown skin tone, dark eyes, with golden undertones. Discovering your undertone is one of many steps to uncovering a world of increased self-confidence. I encourage you to find which colors which work for you as it may mean the difference between fabulous and not!

Stay tuned for Part Deux of ‘What’s Your Color?’

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The day I became comfortable with make-up…

… was the day I saw it as art. Colors and patterns are all around us. We use colors to express moods, personalities and even fashion. For so long I was bothered by putting any kind of make-up on my face. I stayed away from everything that would alter my natural beauty. I would speak negatively about those who abused it. I vowed to not wear makeup and start a natural revolution! …until I had my epiphany.

I started to view make-up as art. And as an appreciator of art, I began to view my face and body as a canvas. ALL cultures have various forms of expression and face painting, or make-up, is just one of many forms.

One’s choice to participate in these traditions, customs and rituals should be a reflection of the range of form of

expression of an individual and her culture, not her hiding it. I’ve come to the realization that wearing make-up does not mean I am fake. It does mean I am hiding my god-given beauty nor does it mean I am no longer natural. Wearing makeup now affords me the joy of expressing myself through another form of art. 🙂

There are a few things to keep in mind when wearing makeup and these are my favorite tips:

1.) Start slow…

Rome wasn’t built in a day and it WILL take some time to get comfortable with the different brushes and

blending techniques. Ask questions! YouTube has made it possible to learn great tips w/o going to cosmetology school. The saying ‘Practice makes perfect’ applies here as well.

2.) Play w/ colors and schemes

The rainbow is as diverse as we are as human beings. When I started using make-up I stayed from bright colors and new techniques. Doing this only limits your range and what fun is that?

3.) Start (AND finish) w/ a fresh ‘canvas’

Before any painter paints on a canvas, she makes sure her brushes and her canvas are clean. Always cleanse your face prior to putting on make-up and before going to bed at night.

4.) Drink h2o!!

If you do nothing else (though you should), make sure to drink plenty of water. Not only does the clear stuff gives you glowing skin by flushing out toxins.

I’ve learned a lot and will continue to share my tips. Do you have tips to share? Please tell us your makeup tips and happy painting!

Nubiä —

‘The Modern Naturalista’