Won­der­ing why that red lip­stick doesn’t look quite right? Or con­fused about how to make your eye colour re­ally pop? We’ve got all the ex­pert tips and tricks for choos­ing the right pal­ette for you plus a few on-trend tones to try

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From flat­ter­ing red lippy to shades that will make your eyes pop, we help you pick the right hue for you

Go-to hues

The must-have shades cur­rently mak­ing waves for win­ter.

Metallics Go bold with a gold lid or lashes, or sim­ply add a touch of metal­lic to high­light the in­ner cor­ners of the eye or cupid’s bow above the top lip.

Nudes Neu­trals need not be bor­ing. Choose a barely-there lip colour for pout per­fec­tion or work your an­gles with a com­plex­ion-en­hanc­ing con­tour kit.

Vi­o­lets The Pan­tone colour for 2018 may give you un­wel­come flash­backs or have you look­ing for­ward to do­ing some­thing a lit­tle daring…

Pick a path

We asked trusted makeup masters to share their top tips for se­lect­ing the right makeup hues for you.

Lips of an an­gel Be it a neu­tral nude or bright pop of colour, choos­ing a lip­stick to suit your com­plex­ion is key to achiev­ing a fresh and ra­di­ant look. If you can’t try on a lip shade be­fore buy­ing, Karen Mur­rell, owner of Karen Mur­rell cos­met­ics, sug­gests test­ing it on your fin­ger­tips, rather than the back of your hand, as the skin here is closer to your nat­u­ral lip colour.

It’s also im­por­tant to know your skin’s un­der­tone. Most of us ei­ther have a cool, pink un­der­tone or a golden, yel­low one. “If you have a yel­low un­der­tone, you’ll love the way warm lip­sticks look on your lips – for ex­am­ple, fire en­gine reds and warm corals,” says Lidean Eras­mus, makeup artist and man­ager of Auck­land’s El­iz­a­beth Ar­den Bou­tique. “If you have a cool pink un­der­tone, then blue-based lip­sticks like cool rasp­berry and pinky reds will work with your com­plex­ion.” If you’re some­where in the mid­dle, you can wear just about any­thing!

Not sure what your un­der­tone is? Just look at the veins in your wrists, says Nan­dan Bhat, makeup artist for YSL and Lancôme NZ. “If the ma­jor­ity of the veins ap­pear blue, you have a cool un­der­tone. If the veins are all green, you have a warm com­plex­ion. If you see both, you’re a neu­tral.” Lisa Mat­son, makeup di­rec­tor for L’Oréal Paris NZ, sug­gests putting a lip­stick shade to your face. “If it makes your skin look dull, then ig­nore it, but if your skin seems to ‘pop’ it’s prob­a­bly a good op­tion for you.” Eyes on the prize Not all on-trend tones will suit your eye colour; the most flat­ter­ing and time­less op­tion is al­ways to opt for shades that bring bright­ness and ra­di­ance to the eyes and truly make them pop. Blue eyes look stun­ning with a wash of soft coral or a more neu­tral cham­pagne shade over the eye­lid, a smudge of brown eye­liner and black mas­cara, says Bhat. “For a more dra­matic look, noth­ing brings out a blue eye more than rich red-browns and ter­ra­cotta colours,” he adds.

A gor­geous day­time look for green eyes, says Bhat, is a wash of soft, muted pur­ple colour close to the lash­line, or a pur­ple eye­liner pen­cil over a nude eye­shadow with lash­ings of black mas­cara. For night-time, he rec­om­mends lin­ing the up­per and lower wa­ter­line with pur­ple eye­liner and blend­ing with a pur­ple eye­shadow into the up­per and lower lash­line for a soft smoky look.

Those with brown and hazel eyes have the op­tion to be a bit more ex­per­i­men­tal as they suit most shades. “The best colour pal­ette for a day­time look is bronze and warm golds,” he says. “Com­bine this with ei­ther a black liq­uid liner with a soft flick or some smudged-out black crayon liner at the roots of the lashes and lots of black mas­cara.” For a more dra­matic night-time look, swap your black mas­cara for blue or line the up­per and lower lash­line with a black eye­liner for some smoky se­duc­tion. ■

Clock­wise from top left: Smash­box Cover Shot Eye Shadow Pal­ette in Metal­lic, $60. Karen Mur­rell Lip­stick in 25 Crown Jewel, $32. Stila Mag­nif­i­cent Met­als Glit­ter & Glow Liq­uid Eye Shadow in Rose Gold Retro, $38, from Mecca. Lancôme Big Color Lash Top...

From left: Lancôme Ab­solu Lac­quer Lip Gloss in 216 Rose Story, $60. Revlon Sculpt & High­light Con­tour Kit in Light Medium, $30. YSL Ur­ban Get­aways Volupté Tint-in-Balm in No 13 Ur­ban Nude, $66.

From left: L’Oréal Paris Color Riche Shine Ad­dic­tion Lip­stick in Beauty Queen, $24. May­belline New York Su­perS­tay Matte Ink Lip Gloss in Be­liever, $23. Tom Ford Shadow Ex­treme in TFx7, $58. El­iz­a­beth Ar­den Ceramide Ul­tra Lip­stick in Vi­o­le­tini, $54.

Warm tones to try Nars Nar­sis­sist Wanted Power Pack Lip Kit in Warm Nudes, $35, from Mecca. L’Oréal Paris Color Riche in Orange Fever, $24.

Jane Iredale Min­eral Makeup Nat­u­rally Glam Eye Shadow Kit, $101.

YSL Mas­cara Vinyl Cou­ture in I’m The Trou­ble #5, $68.

Cool tones to try Revlon Ul­tra HD Gel Lip­color in Gar­den, $27. Too Faced Nat­u­ral Nude Co­conut But­ter Lip­stick in Over­ex­posed, $35, from Mecca.

L’Oréal Paris Color Riche Les Om­bres Quad Shadow in Li­las Cheri, $30.

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