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