Why are women afraid of color and how do we, as artists, take a woman outside of her box but so that she feels comfortable too?
Well, there is a simple way. As we always say, “don’t judge a book by it’s cover”, that statement also holds true to makeup pigments. First, as a woman, assess if you are a cool, neutral or warm skin tone. Once you have assessed, your next step is to understand that there must be a balance of cool, neutral and warms pigments on your face. It is imperative you place them correctly.
Let’s use a canary yellow eye shadow for an example. Most women won’t even consider it! Here is how every woman can use a canary yellow shadow. If you are a cool skin, choose colors such as soft pinks, and warm blues to mute the canary yellow and pull out the good undertone of that color. You will be able to see it, but yet it is like that background color in a painting. If you are a neutral, choose colors such as purples and greens. If you are a warm, choose golden bronzes and electric corals, don’t forget to throw a touch of hot pink or something fun with it. Again, that shade of canary yellow becomes the background for a fabulous punch of color.
Here is the bottom line: Every woman can wear reds, and blues, and greens, blacks, any color imaginable. If you know how to build the color story around that pigment all color can work for any woman out there. Challenge yourself.
If red lips are your scary place, figuring out if you should choose a blue red, copper red, pink red or coral red lipstick is key to wearing it right. Again, all women can wear red, but it is the undertone of that color that matters. Here are the hard cold facts.
- For cool skin, use a balance of 2 cools and 1 warm on the eye, warm lips and neutral or cool blush.
- For a neutral skin you can use 2 cools and 1 warm on the eye, or 2 warms and 1 cool on the eye, cool or warm lips and neutral blush.
- For warm skin use 2 warms and 1 cool on the eye, cool lips, and neutral or warm blush.
If you use this color combo not only will you be harmonious from the top to the bottom, all color will look in harmony. Remember, a cool color pops on a warm skin and a warm color pops on a cool skin which is why we must always balance pigments top to bottom.
This little lesson took me about 20 years to figure out and I am sharing it with you because as a woman you have the right to wear any color you want and you now have the ability to make it look great. Enjoy and play with color!
Lisa Glickoff / Creator of Astute Artistry
SPECIAL REQUEST from Lisa:
House Bill No. 4574 has recently been re-introduced to the Michigan Senate and we need your signature on this petition!
What is House Bill No. 4574?
This proposed Bill was introduced to amend the current laws about cosmetologists vs. being a makeup artist. House Bill No. 4574 proposes why it is important to separate both fields. As many of you know, you do not need a license to be a Makeup Artist in Michigan. This Bill would open more doors for Makeup Artists to reach their full potential. It will recognize makeup artistry as a legal TRADE and give you the opportunity to become CERTIFIED through the state of Michigan! It will also give you the opportunity to receive FINANCIAL AID through the state of Michigan to pay for your schooling!
For many of you that have been on our prospect student list for several years, this will finally give you the support to start pursuing your DREAMS!
This new Proposed Bill Supports Makeup Artists as Independent Professionals and does not tie them in with Cosmetologists and Estheticians.
How can you help? Read more on Change.org. and sign the petition.