How does your makeup coordinate with your outfit?

Since I work from home… it doesn’t… not usually. If I were going out, then I might pull one color from my eye makeup and have that as a shirt color or earrings.

— Christine


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Mariella Avatar

It doesn’t. Most of my eyeshadow looks are neutral-ish anyway so that’s not an issue. It’s really only lipstick where I pause to give it any thought so that if I’m wearing a bright red top, I won’t wear a shade like MAC Impassioned (a bright, coral-y pink colour). But really that’s about it.

janine Avatar

The colors aren’t matchy matchy usually but coordinate in the way of work appropriate. I do go fancier for special occasions like false lashes but sometimes I play with lashes/makeup and go run or ride my bike. There’s nowhere to go right now anyway.

Lizzie - IsolatedColor Avatar

I always try to have at least one of the colors I’m wearing on my body be somewhere on my face, too. I’ll use the color of my shirt (or a detail/part of the shirt) as an eye shadow or wear a lipstick the same color as my skirt or something. I do wear a lot of black clothes so if there isn’t really a color to match with besides black, I just do whatever I feel like doing. 🙂
Back when I went to church in person, I always loved it when someone would comment on my makeup matching my outfit. One time, an acquaintance’s son excitedly said, “Hey, your eye shadow is the same color as your shirt!!” haha.

Lydia Avatar

Actually quite a bit! I usually get dressed before doing my makeup, but if I’m in the mood for something that doesn’t quite go, say, I’m wearing a pink shirt and put on a very bronze eye, I have been known to change my clothes to match the makeup, lol.

Lune Avatar

Always, if I’m going out for fun! If I want to pull off an interesting outfit, colorful makeup helps it look intentional. I got the most complements the time I paired an orange silk headscarf with gray eyeshadow and a blue-gray lip. I usually go monochromatic or complementary, though.

Amy Avatar

I try to lean it warm or cool to match my clothes (so I might choose gold eyeshadow with a red shirt, or taupe with green). And some lipsticks (particularly Mac Whirl) work with some clothing choices and not others.

Adrienne Avatar

It always coordinates in some way. I put on the outfit and decide what makeup look would be best, usually beginning with emphasizing either lips or eyes (although I sometimes emphasize both!). Or, I decide what makeup I want to do and pick the outfit to go with it. Sometimes I’m looking for a general look, like a neutral work eye to go with a suit, or a romantic look with a flowy blouse. Or I do a pop of color to enhance a neutral outfit. Or, I pick out a color in the outfit and include it in the makeup. Or, it’s casual Friday at the office and I push the envelope a little with bright color. My complexion lets me wear some color without looking too loud. I have a lot of fun playing around with it!

Ana Maria Avatar

I really don’t have an eye for matching and coordinating colors, so most times I just try to not make my makeup clash too much with my outfit.

I have a rather neutral wardrobe, mostly darks, so it’s usually not that hard to pair my outfit with any color. But than again, my makeup collection is also rather neutral (even when I do colors, they’re on the darker side, I’m not a user of pastels and neons).

What I do consider is the style of my outfit. If I’m wearing something very casual, maybe a little sporty or athlesure like, I’ll wear minimal makeup (maybe just a little bit of a bronzer or contour shade for both my face and eyes). If I am wearing something more office, I’ll stick to browns and neutral shades. If I’m rocking my boots and leather pants, I’ll throw in a liner. Things like that.

BrandiD Avatar

I usually try to match intensity in my lipstick — a red shirt gets red lips for example; today, I was wearing an olive shirt so I went with a burgundy lipstick which is darker than I normally wear. Otherwise, I just match undertones. Cool toned outfits get cool toned makeup and the same thing for warm.

Genevieve Avatar

I really spend quite a bit of time co-ordinating my eyeshadow and lipstick to my outfits.
First of all, the season is a determining factor – between autumn/winter and spring/summer.
I like to pick out the major shades of my top in complementary lighter shades and use the pop of colour on my lids from the minor colours of my outfit.
Alternatively, if what I am wearing has only a couple of colours, I might also go for a contrasting shade on my lids.
On cooler/colder days I tend to wear more neutral, olive and even rhasberry shades on my lids, whereas on warmer days it tends to be more blues/teals/mint and gold/peachy colours.
For lipsticks – I have, for the past few years, been sticking to my favourite shades of orangey/copper like CP’s Foolish, bronzey shades like Milani’s Cinnamon Spice, more berry/copper like CP’s Gallop and my newish shade of Maybelline’s Mauve for Me.

brendacr1 Avatar

I always bring in a color that I am wearing into my eye look, it makes me feel connected. Also coordinating a lip and cheek color with the eye is also important so it’s all harmonized. I usually stick with cooler colors as that is what looks best with my coloring, but when summertime comes and I have my fake tan on I’ll bring out my corals, tans and golds and watch out for that pop of color (usually a tealish color, my favorite).

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