Colour Analyzed Cosmetics

When I listen to conversations about beauty, it sounds as if everyone has a different definition of it, one that they’re never really defined even to themselves.

For me, beauty is a feeling best described with words like truth, rest, or peace. The other face feels like distracting, processed, or forced, with effects that could never believably have happened by themselves. The person’s natural colouring just can’t find a home for the colours because they’re so far removed from the woman’s natural pigmentation.  A defined, sophisticated, polished, and still natural beauty comes from taking the colours that you already are and adding more of them.

The best makeup feels invisible. It doesn’t somehow worm its way between us and the viewer or the dialogue we’re having. It enhances the features without needing to be noticed. This so not the same as the trend called Neutral Makeup, which is heavily weighted with beiges and browns. Fine on some, but what if there are not many browns in your natural colouring?

Let’s clarify some terminology. Neutral Makeup can mean a generic, flesh-tone, beige and brown group of shades, like many of the neutral collections makeup companies come out with. Any of these colours probably looks good on someone, but none of them will look perfect on everyone. Any given colour is still only right on certain people, neutral colour or not. Wrong colours will sit on the top of the skin and look like an island of obvious colour. These collections sell well because they feel safer when we are not sure what better colour to wear. The problem is that it looks flat and lifeless on those it’s not meant for.

The other definition of Neutral Makeup has to do with finding YOUR neutrals. That means grays, mauves, or greens for eyes, and pink/peach/purple/red for lips and cheeks. This is the makeup that just becomes part of your face and that others don’t notice before they notice you.

The best makeup  for any face will make use of the native colours. These colours enhance, rejuvenate, brighten, and define, but never look artificial. When the makeup colour is right, it will disappear into your skin. It will fuse with your face believably because the colour is already there.

When you think about it,  our best makeup look is neutral…OUR neutrals! Yours are brown, mine are reds, hers are peach-pink. That’s the magic of colour analysis. We can identify the precise shades that are present in your natural skin coloring and give them to you in a swatch book. Match those shades when you buy makeup and you will never look “made up”.

What if you knew exactly what cosmetic colours would look custom-made for you? No more hit-and-miss or believing wrong advice. No more having 5 tubes of the same shade of lipstick at the bottom of your purse. No more drawer full of makeup to never wear. What if you owned 3 eyeshadows, 2 blush colours, 2 lipsticks, and a gloss, and they looked so perfect that you never stopped at the makeup counter again?  With PCA, this is so easy.

Lipstick should have more colour than nude. If you are 25 or less, with the great lip definition of youth,  wear flesh-toned lip colours. Even at those ages though, the only women who can wear lip colour that is lighter than the skin are on the pages of magazines. Once over 35-ish,  a brighter shade, still from within your palette, looks more youthful. Feature definition is as big, if not bigger, in how we see youth as smooth skin.

Are there makeup colours that everyone can wear?  There may be very neutral grays and champagne beige eyeshadows. That’s about it. Your natural colouring  is your perfect makeup and there are 12 different types. If you wear the wrong shades, it’s like wearing someone else’s size or style of clothes. The effect is disorganized. It doesn’t have the impact that it could.

Are there makeup colours that are shared between Seasons? Sure, yes. Some colours could cover 2 Seasons. Also, cosmetics are harder to predict because they interact with the surface colours and chemistry of the face. Several women of the same Season will prefer different lipsticks.

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4 thoughts on “Colour Analyzed Cosmetics”

  1. Wouldn’t we brights wear something with richer color, because we “absorb” the color? If I’m a bright and my eyes are teal, would teal eyeliner (or whatever other eye makeup) still just look gaudy?

  2. Can you ask this in a different way, Rachel? I’m not understanding ‘absorb’ colour – why would Bright Seasons do that? When you say ‘richer’colour, do you mean more saturated? or warmer side?

    What looks gaudy is largely a matter of taste. Many women want to wear purple/green/blue on the eyes. I’m not saying it’s not attractive, that’s not my place. All I’m saying is to wear the right purple, the one already in you, rather than some random purple that has no relevance to any purple or other pigment in your body.

    I’d agree that teal eyes and teal liner doesn’t do the eye colour any favours. It sets up competition and maybe some conflict.

  3. I have two questions about this post:

    1) Can you give any examples of the champagne beiges or very neutral greys that would work for everybody? Would Milani’s Shadow Eyez in Sand Dunes be one of the champagnes?

    2) If the palette is supposed to be composed of colors that are already in us, then why can’t the more “colorful” parts of the palette be used to create a natural face with the makeup? Why would using our own season’s teal, or blue, or whatever color not be recommended here?

  4. I’d have to look at the Milani product, A-L. I’m not really convinced that there is any colour that every woman wears equally well so I’ve never gone looking for it. I’ll see what I can find as an example. About the colour colours, sure, you can definitely use them. Indeed, if you’re going to choose green/blue/purple, it matters far more that they be your own versions. Neutral colours adapt better. Though I still believe that your choices of brown/gray/taupe are best when they come from somewhere in your main Season palette, many can serve in 3 or 4 Seasons. I don’t talk much about colours because there’s such a fine line between sophisticated and plastic when it comes to those colours on a face, and also because of the immediate tendency for cosmetic pigments to compete with eye colour. The eyes are the only naturally coloured part of the face for a reason, the jewel in the face that I want to energize, the focal point of your whole being. I want people to connect with the most real you, and that’s in your eyes, not your eye makeup. Good Q, thanks for asking. I should Pin this.

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