Too Pink or Not to Pink

Too Pink or Not to Pink

When you sit back and watch the ladies stroll through the makeup department, there is really only one thing on their minds besides finding the perfect shade of lipstick. Women want to know what color of clothing will make them stand out in a crowd. Time and time again, women read fashion magazines trying to

When you sit back and watch the ladies stroll through the makeup department, there is really only one thing on their minds besides finding the perfect shade of lipstick. Women want to know what color of clothing will make them stand out in a crowd. Time and time again, women read fashion magazines trying to find the answer. There are a few simple ways to figure it all out.

Walking around in a paint department or playing with a kids’ crayon collection are fun ways to start learning about color. First, make sure that you know which colors compliment your skin tone best. And remember, just because your best friend wears tight, red spandex does not mean that you should too. So many women run out during their lunch break to shop for makeup and clothing and usually never end up with the right match. Department store lighting certainly does not help the situation.

Rule No. 1: When you are searching for the perfect shade of lipstick and foundation, you should seek some natural light before you make a confident decision. Fluorescent lighting in dim department stores is not sufficient enough to determine a valid match against your skin. All stores should be structured to have the makeup department placed near large windows and doors for the ease and convenience of the clients. Barney’s New York beauty department in Manhattan was beautifully laid out on the first floor of Madison Avenue up until a few years ago. They made the biggest mistake ever – all of the gorgeous makeup products were dragged down to the basement level, with no natural light and no windows on the entire floor. Customers wrote in with complaints from the very first day and sales have continued to drop ever since. Simply step outside or near a window when trying to determine if you like that red lipstick.

Let’s take for instance, the color pink. Pink is the stereotypical color to define femininity. Pink is the most popular shade in lip colors. But there are various defining undertones to the color. Women want to find the “perfect pouty pink,” but it’s not so simple. Pinks can be coral, fuchsia, rose and tawny (brownish pink). Which one to choose, which one to lose? The defining factor has a lot to do with the rest of your face, hair and body.

If a woman is very fair-skinned and pale, the blue undertones will resonate better against her complexion. Meaning, fuchsia, rose, hot pink, bubble gum pink, “Pepto pink,” will all look better on a pale, fair-skinned woman. A darker complexion will beam brighter and glow with a warmly undertoned lipstick, like corals, tawny pinks, terracottas and oranges. So when it comes to beach time and you lay out a little too long , it may come time to switch out lipsticks for the season. Women should always have a collection of options laying around the vanity because one never knows if you may get whisked away on a sailboat for a weekend in Miami. Everybody will agree: we all look better with a tan, whether it’s a synthetic coating of spray tan or a day at the beach. Lipsticks need to compliment your skin tone. That is the golden rule of knowing what color goes best with your skin tone.

The same goes for a blush color and eyeshadows. Beware of blues and greens around the eyes, you can go from classy to clown in just a few brush strokes. If you want to add some bold color to your eyes, try a bright liquid liner or colored mascara. Yves St Laurent makeup collection sells some bold mascaras, such as royal blue, purple and even a cranberry tone. If you have a lighter skin tone, soft champagne tones and smoky grey are nice around the eyes to give them some mystery. If you have a deeper dark skin tone, it’s best to go with simple blacks and chocolates to radiate around the eyelids. For blush, try to find more matte cheek colors and not so much shimmer, as it tends to highlight wrinkles and lines related to aging.

Finally, the wardrobe. What we wear is extremely important for our self-esteem and daily life. Women want to be comfortable, but attractive at the same time. There is a fine line of fabrics and patterns to simply stray away from. For starters, do not wear fur in the summertime. As with the makeup tips, women need to color their closets with hues that flow with their makeup, such as soft champagne tones and smoky greys for the fair complexions and navy blues, blacks and copper colors for the darker ones. And of course, everybody in every walk of life will be wise to own and wear white, black and flesh-colored clothing. These colors truly look nice on all of us, while beige and greens are a bit harder to pull off.

Never fall into the makeup trap of buying every pink you find. Follow these simple solutions to your beauty regime and get to shopping.

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