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Even though it is “against the rules”, I often match my eye makeup color story with my clothing choices for the day. And I wear lots of color. 🙂

Quite often I wear blue jeans and it brings me joy to bring out the perfect matching eyeliner to wear with them. Then to match a gold or silver eyeshadow to accent the jewelry that I’m wearing, mix in a little color of the top that I’m wearing and I’m good to go.

Unless I’m wearing solid black or another neutral color top (or dress, a serious rarity these days), I will pull the color, if a solid, or a color, if a print, directly from it for either my eyes or lips and cheeks.
Now if I’m wearing black (my go-to neutral) or something else neutral like white, off-white, charcoal, I just go and run free with whatever my mood dictates! Could be a very colorful eye with a more subdued lip, a bright lip with a classic pin-up eye or smokey neutral eye, whatever!

I always co-ordinate my eyeshadows and lipstick to complement what I am wearing. I look at the shades of the top I am wearing and decide which colours I am going to emphasize in my eye look – it could autumnal shades of gold, olive green and brown, summery shades of teals and mint or burgundy shades of pewter, taupe and a burgundy shade. I match the look with complementary lipsticks.

I put on the outfit, see what could be added to enhance the whole picture, consider what I’m in the mood for, and then try to create what’s in my imagination. Sometimes it’s a fun bright colored eyeshadow, or a smoky eye, or a conservative work look to go with a suit, or a strong lip. I often match or contrast a color in the outfit. Sometimes I’m pressed for time and just do something easy. And sometimes it’s a total fail, but at least I’m learning and having fun! I don’t believe I (or anyone really) “needs makeup,” and many people I know don’t wear it at all, but I’ve always loved playing with it, so I do!

Usually I’ll match my mascara and at least one of my eyeshadows to my top and then pick blush and lip products at random. Today I’m matchy in a different way-I’m wearing a blue Muse concert tee with purple lipstick (a sample of the now-discontinued Revlon Twilight Ultra HD gel lipstick) and a purple and turquoise eye look.

I mostly wear black or black and grey so I can do whatever I feel like. I also wear a lot of purple and plum tops and they can make it harder. The eyes are quite easy to match, or contrast to the purples and plums, but the lipsticks are harder. I think I have so many I should be able to make perfect matches, but I can’t, so with colourful tops I go neutral on the lips. I guess that’s a sort of coordination.
I also love red clothes, the reds are easier to match, but it does take a bit of effort to find the right match.

I always coordinate it with undertone. So if I’m wearing something warm-toned, I wear a blush and eyeshadow that are warm-toned. My lipstick is always the exact same red, so I never bother to adjust that.

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