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Unless it’s a more dramatic lip, then I choose eyeshadows first, then lip color, and then blush color. If I go for a dramatic lip, then I usually pick the lip color first and coordinate the rest around it. Darker eyeshadow means a lighter lip color, and it might be warm to match warm eyeshadow, or it might be slightly warm to warm up a really cool-toned look.

— Christine

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It’s not hard since I’m usually wearing balm or a MLBB shade that will work with anything. When I do want color on my lips, I am usually wearing minimal makeup with bold lips as the main focus.

I usually base my makeup on where I’m going, or what I’m doing. On a day-to-day basis, I’m usually wearing tinted lip balm or a light gloss, and the rest of my makeup is fairly neutral as well. For evening, or special occasions, I’ll typically wear some sort of red or wine lipstick regardless of my eye makeup.

I usually base my makeup on where I’m going, or what I’m doing. On a day-to-day basis, I’m usually wearing tinted lip balm or a light gloss, and the rest of my makeup is fairly neutral as well. For evening, or special occasions, I’ll typically wear some sort of red or wine lipstick regardless of my eye makeup, unless I’m wearing red on my eyes, then I’ll do a nude or pale gloss.

Half the time all I’m wearing is lipstick or lip gloss, so that makes it easy, and when I do wear more makeup I rarely wear eyeshadow. My blushes are pretty subtle, so I can wear whatever lip color I want. I’m still working on eyeshadow and how I’ll coordinate with my eyes, but I have an awful lot of MLBB shades that should work with anything. 

I coordinate my eye makeup with clothes first and then choose lip colour.
if I wear natural or grey eyes, I normally go for raspberry/plum  but tone down with nude lipstick.
if I wear blue, green,  I normally choose peachy or nude tone for lips.
if I wear purple or strong pink eyes, I would probably choose pinky nude or mauve
and my favorite red eye shadow will go with nude lips… but actually it all depends on mood of the day…

I usually wear a bold/deep red/rose red liptstick with a touch of blush and a touch of mascara. If I want to focus on the eyes, I just wear eyeshadows ( sometimes cream eyeshadows aqua cream from MUFE or Burnt it blue from NARS or other intense eyeshadows powder this time ), mascara and nothing else. Or sometimes I try a ” pastel ” or ” girly ” look with either soft or rose shades.

It really depends on what I’m wearing. There are some outfits in my wardrobe that go perfectly with just that lipstick or that eyeshadow, so I obviously choose the rest of the makeup accordingly. I tend to pair a really bold lip with understated eyes and vice versa, since everything else makes me look like a drag queen (I love their makeup, but it tends to look ridiculous on me). 

I have very pigmented lips naturally, so my daily makeup plays that up with a kinda rosy look: a balm or MLBB, NARS Desire, highlighter, and mascara. Since that’s what I wear pretty much every day, there isn’t much coordination! 

Most of the time I pick my eyeshadows first, because I’m more obsessed with eye makeup than I am with lips! If I’m testing out bolder shades or have the urge to reach out for the few statement lippies that I own, then I keep my eyes simple with neutral colors.

For days that are not just a spare and natural look:  I pick a focal point first; either eye or lip and then I coordinate around that.  Typically my lip and cheek are in the same family.  In nature warm and cool colours peacefully and beautifully coexist in complete harmony, and I like to take my queues from that with my eye makeup.  I rarely do a full on cool or warm look as I find it rings too contrived and boring to my eyes.. A full warm look ‘disappears’ on my face and a full cool look makes me look clownish and overly made up.   However, for my makeup purposes I really do not like to see a cool cheek with a warm lip and vice-versa.  It just looks all wrong to me.  Neutrals are a different story and obviously work with either.  
Since I am warm/neutral complexioned and I love all colours,  I will do little tricks to make cool tones appear less harsh against my skin by adding little bits of warmth.  If my cheek colour is too cool and stark, I stipple brush a little bit of Guerlain meteriorites in a warm tone on top.  If my lip colour is too cool (Thanks Christine for this one), I add a touch of MAC Ruffian Gold.  For eyes, I usually start out with a warm base regardless.  Or Illamasqua Antique, MAC Patina are perfect shades to add a bit of warmth to any cool look. 

@wwendalynne MAC Patina really is a *perfect* neutral. It’s complex enough to wear alone, yet simple & neutral enough to wear with *anything*. I really should revisit my MAC shadows, as they’ve really been neglected for over a year. I’ve just been so disillusioned with all the subpar products that have been released, but 99% of my shadows are perm, and are actually pretty decent (with a few exceptions).

 @xamyx  well said!  Exactly, the original MAC products that gained the reputation..  I can’t say much for their repro’s and their myriad of releases over the last couple of years, but the fundamental colours really do still rock 🙂

Hi Christine , Please help me . I am terrible with picking up colors.
I love mac up the amp but i dont understand how to wear it ..which eye colour and which blush to go with it so i dont like funny.
also i love wearing reds but i cant choose blush and lid colours. please advise . I love wearing Macs ruby wood and illamasqa salacious. i AM NC 42 , I love wearing gold glitter eyeshadows but i cant pick a blush please advise.

If I’m using the lip as the focal point – Ruffian Red, I’m looking at you – then everything else remains structural and defined except for my brows. This is a very Marilyn Monroe look. Basically, the face has 4 elements in 3 zones and I just balance them based on what I want to emphasize. So I do coordinate, but it’s to create a harmonious look and not to be matchy-matchy.

hi christine, i have been meaning to ask this question, but couldn’t figure out where…which type of chanel lipsticks do you find to be the most long wearing?

I think of what I’m doing that day first and what I’m wearing, and then I pick my eyeshadow after that, then blush, then lips. Unless I know I want to wear a special lipstick for an occasion (like a deep red or bright pink), I pick a lip color that compliments what’s on my face and the season/weather. If I’m wearing a bright lip I default to a neutral, subtle smoky eye 99% of the time. I don’t pay as much attention to whether my face is too warm or too cool…I find that  trying to be natural balances it all out in the end and I don’t get too much of either.

I choose the part I wanna enhance first… So if I’m using a bright lip color, I choose that one first and if I’m using a heavy eye color or set, I choose that one first. Then I go along with something basic and neutral to match! 🙂

Most days, lip color is the statement of my make up routine because I am way to lazy to wear eye makeup on a regular basis.  I usually choose my lip color first, then I choose a coordinating blush in the same color family.  On days when I want my blush to be my serious pop of color, I choose a lip color in the same family that is a sheer wash of color so my cheeks will standout.  On the days that I do wear eyeshadow, I choose my eye combo first, and coordinate my lips and cheeks according to how bold my eye makeup is.  

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