A Guide to Matching Make-up with your Outfit

If you have your heart on trying out a new makeup trend at the next party, do not go overboard with it. While experimenting with something new is fun, a lot of thought should go into coordinating it with your outfit. Makeup, after all, is a part of the overall look so it is natural that you do not do anything that makes you stand out in the crowd – for all the wrong reasons.

Here is a guide to matching makeup with your outfit. Follow these simple rules to avoid any future faux pas!

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​Decide on a colour palette

​While it is normal to match your makeup with your outfit, you have to be careful if you are wearing dresses in bold colours. A similar bright shade on your body and face can be disastrous. Bright crimson day dresses matched with bright crimson eye-shadow is a sure recipe for a catastrophe. That does not mean that you should steer clear of makeup if you are wearing bold coloured outfits. For a bright coral top or dress use a light hand to apply lipstick and blush in complementary shades. There is no need to have an exact match of your clothing and makeup.

​On the other hand, you have more options to make-up if you are wearing muted colours like grey, navy blue or burgundy. What you should ensure is that your ultimate look should even out between the shades of your outfit and the makeup. The rule is to keep your facial features toned down if you are wearing a loud outfit and vice versa.

​Distribute Colours Uniformly

​It is not easy to match fashion dresses with makeup. Bringing about uniformity between dresses and say the lipstick is positively tricky. But you should not feel bad about it, even the most skilled makeup artists have a challenging time matching lipstick to dresses and keeping the look elegant and glamorous.

​The quick way to get around this problem is to distribute colours evenly and not necessarily with your clothes. Pick an accessory, say, your purse or your shoes and match its tone with your eye shadow or lipstick. It will help if you focus on the colour of a small item than the range of colours on a dress, especially the bright floral printed types. You will look more coordinated this way, and you can tie up your full outfit including accessories to your makeup instead of focussing on your dress only. The colour palette will be spread out more evenly over your whole body, from makeup to clothes to accessories.

​Don’t Go For Exact Matches

​Do not get carried away in trying to have an exact match between your makeup and your outfit. Being too literal in matching can spoil the overall looks. Consider the disaster if you choose two colours on your dress and splash yourself in them from head to toe.

​You have to marry certain colours and look elegant and polished. Check your wardrobe, and in all probability, you will have a range of casual dresses in multiple bright colours. When you wear one of these, have your makeup muted and decide which feature you want to play up and highlight. Or you can even match your lipstick to another part of your outfit; say a belt or earrings, keeping your dress as a stand-alone entity in all its bright prints. You will thus have complementary accents on you instead of being overtly matching!

​Apart from these ground rules to match makeup with an outfit, it is preferable that you have a basic understanding of makeup. It is alright if you walk into the store of Sculpt Australia and pick up a few dresses of your liking, but you should also master the latest trends in makeup. Take the case of lipstick. For bold, bright coloured dresses, a pink or neutral shade is recommended, if you are rocking in jeans and a simple top, be more flamboyant in a berry or red or even orange lipstick to draw attention to yourself.

​Follow these simple guidelines on matching your outfit with your makeup and you will never stick out like a sore thumb when you step outside your home.

Ella Allan
 

Hello, world! I am Ella Allan. Founder/Main Editor at Allbeautytoday.com. I am super excited to show you a little corner where I talk anything about beauty and other things that tickle my “beauty blogger mind.” This blog will surely satisfy your obsession with skincare, haircare, makeup, and everything else that make you look presentable at work, at home, or even at school!

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