Friday, December 7th, 2007

How do you choose what makeup to wear? What’s your basis or formula for choosing what products to wear or colors to use when you go to do your makeup?

I always base it on what I’m planning to wear, which I decide at random. I have to match–I’m compulsive like that.

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25 thoughts on “Temptalia Asks You – How do you choose what makeup to wear?

  1. Fie

    Depends on what color I feel like wearing on that day. :P But if I’m feeling mellow, I’d choose something more neutral.

  2. lisa

    Depends on my mood mostly i just wear a neutral natural look and other times i try to match it with what i am wearing.

  3. I color-coordinate with what I wear as well. Its harder to do that during the week though because I have to work with more neutral shades than I can on the weekends. But I definitely have a compulsive habit for coordinating my eyeshadow with my clothing. You will never see me in a green shirt & orange eyeshadow! :)

  4. sometimes i choose my makeup first, and then what i’m going to wear (don’t want to wind up with a green shirt and orange eyeshadow, like ariele said!!). but sometimes i pick clothes first and then makeup. but, it’s always gotta coordinate!!

  5. Tonee

    It’s always based on what I wear. Since I prefer dark, neutral clothes for office wear, my make up is the standard dark lip/light eye, save for the special occasions when I wear a bright eyeshadow or liner. For casual clothes (which are quite very colorful) I use bright make up all the time.

    • What are some of your favorite dark lip combinations?

      • Tonee

        Media – Rose, Seedy Pearl, Malt, Nocturnelle, Deep Truth
        Dark Side – Malt, Seedy Pearl, UD Zero/Black Tied, Hepcat, Contrast
        Dubonnet – Sushi Flower, Jest, Folie, Scene
        Rocker – Retrospeck, Romp, Soft Brown, Paradisco
        Clarins 350 – Goldmine, Copper Sparkle, Mythology
        NARS Fire Down Below – UD Zero, Smut, Trax
        NARS Flair – Goldmine, Gleam, Melon

        (Dark shades are used as liner depending on the outfit)

        The basic rule I follow is: cool toned reds go with pink/blue/purple/gray eye shadow and warm toned reds go with gold/bronze/green/brown.

        • Thanks for all the combos, Tonee! You definitely meant DARK LIP! I don’t even own Media/Dubonnet/Rocker (though Dubonnet has been on my list of “kind of want”).

          Nice!

  6. Tanya

    Depends on my mood :) Often I don’t feel like more than a quick brush of powder, a little blush, eyebrows and out the door…this goes with anything from jeans to a stylish mix. Then I have the days where my pink lipstick compliments the cute pink flowers in my skirt and I pair it with a oppisite color wheel color of green shadow. I try not to match my clothing and shadows too much, I like playing up natural colors with a little bolder lips that play well off what I wear. If I do decide to compliment my shadow with something I am wearing I try to find a color in my outfit that is a small accent color. ie – a green dress with gold buttons is perfect for gold eyes and pink lips and cheeks….but again It totally depends on my mood. I think the style that I am wearing will play more into the make-up than the colors of what I wear. A green hippie girl dress will look silly with green shadow…or any shadow for that matter….it calls for something very natural and earthy.

    • I feel you, Tanya! A lot of days I don’t even bother with face or eye makeup – just brows sometimes!

      I love your philosophy and way you decide on what to wear makeup-wise!

  7. Crystal

    Yeah mine depends on my mood that day .. some days i just like to do the natural face you know a little cover up shimmer light eye shadow and gloss… and other days i could do dark dramatic eyes with a few false lashes… it all depends on the mood and of course i have to match my outfit with my makeup, i think it really makes the colors pop when you do that.

  8. I always have a plastic rubbermaid shoebox filled with my favorite brand of cosmetics. This is Laura Mercier and they usually have a lot of natural colors, nothing too dramatic and costumey. Next, I always leave out a few palettes that I can have in front of myself so everything is already coordinated so I don’t have to think too much when I’m tired in the morning. I keep a few extra fun items in the box for the times I’m in a hurry at night to get ready and want to jazz up my look.

  9. There are many factors! Mostly my mood or how much time I have to get ready. Most days is just coloured liner, or just mascara and brows and gloss with a little highlighter. The new beauty powders are awesome!

  10. Kat

    Depends more on the time of day. I work as an engineer-which is a very conservative and man-filled work environment. It’s unprofessional to wear lots of makeup! Plus I worked in a chem lab and machine shop last, so I’d probably sweat it off (gross!) so I stick with link pinks and neutral browns for my eyeshadow, and pink lips.

    However, when I’m not in school or at work, I can amp it up a bit. I use mostly pinks and browns still, but I usually apply more colour and go darker. I also will use purples, golds, greens, and teals. I think it’s sort of tacky to match, say, a green dress with green eyeshadow, but I will definately match colours to accessories :)

    • Oh, I know what you mean about professional! I had a job a year or so ago where we had to dress professionally, and they didn’t restrict makeup, but I felt so odd wearing brights I toned it down!

  11. Bettina

    I guess it depends on my mood or where I am going as to how I choose my make up. When I got Style Minx and Ruby Woo I knew they were super bright lipcolors so I toned down my eyemake up and played up my lips the nights I wore those instead. I also love matching my eyemake up to what I’m wearing. My fav is when I wear my bright green shirt and then do green eyemake up. I work at a Starbucks and we can wear pretty neutral colors (black, white and khaki) I prefer to wear all black though and we have no limits on make up so I pretty much can wear whatever colors I want. :)