Monday, 22 August 2011

How I... wear difficult colours – in my case, that's mustard!

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I have been meaning to write this post for simply ages, but for one reason and another kept POSTponing (see what I did there? Ha. Ha.) it, so I am really pleased to be doing it at last. Finally!

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I'm sure most of us love colours that might not be the best choice for our colourings. For me, that colour is mustard. I love it. It's bold but not poppy, it's quirky, intelligent and has plenty of vintage kudos too.

Yep, I read that much into colours.

Unfortunately, it doesn't actually suit my colouring. I could be sensible (read: boring) just avoid wearing it next to my face, but that's all a bit limiting, and rules like these are fun to break. I have a few mustard tops in my wardrobe, and I love to wear them – and do so!

My natural colouring is fair hair, very pale skin, blue eyes; a mostly cool colouring with the one hint towards a warmer one in that I have freckles; I used to have them on my face, but they seem to have faded now, and I only really have them on my arms. Obviously I dye my hair very dark brown (almost black, but not quite – the cold blues in jet black hair look absolutely hideous on me) and this helps with wearing stronger colours. I then help things along more by wearing warm colours in my make up. Easy!

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Altering your make up's colouring slightly to suit your clothing is nothing new. In my 1930's book on beauty there is section dedicated to it. It's almost the same things wearing makeup shades to match, but not quite. I've been doing it for years, and it was nice to read that my techniques have such a history. Here is how I do mine, for wearing mustard and rusty, terracotta colours.

First up: skin I don't go as far as they did in the '30s, and don't use a different coloured powder for my base. I stick with my usual foundation, MAC's Studio Tech in NC15. It is the perfect shade for me, as it is very pale without being pink. Splendid. I then apply concealer under my eyes as per usual, too.

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Next, the eyes: part one I always emphasise my eyebrows. My brows are really fair and already on the thin side, and one has a big gap (oh, hooray) in the outer third. This would look kind cool in a battle scar kind of way, except my brows are so pale you can't really see it. I usually just tidy them up rather than reshape them, but lately I have worn them in a much thinner way, with a good nod to the '30s. This is a tricky look and could so easily slide into pretty dodgy territory, but I think it works well with my face and general look. It has meant I've had to change from the Benefit Brow Zings (which you apply with brushes) to a dark brown pencil by Australis for a more accurate line. Both have enough warmth to be flattering without being scarily orange, as so much eyebrow makeup can be. I always extend my brows outwards in a classic '30s and '40s way. It's really flattering, especially on a wider face, like mine. If you haven't tried it I highly recommend it!

The eyes, part two I use a soft gold-y, apricot-y shade all over the lids, and a little above the crease in the outer halves. I then use a black liquid liner (I find stronger colours need stronger eye definition) and black mascara, on the top lashes and the bottom outer third. Very quick. Easy.

Cheeks I love blusher. In fact I could go so far as to say it is my favourite part of my makeup! I do have quite an expanse of cheek on my moon face so I think it makes sense to enjoy it. I use a peachy, orange-y shade all over my cheekbones – no sculpting attempts here, just a nice warm, healthy – and by no means natural! – swirl of colour.

Finally, the lips I use a red liner with a little more warmth to it than my usual. I only have two lip liners, one warm and one cool, as they work with all my lipsticks: Brick and Cherry, both by MAC. After outlining my lips with the Brick shade, I use MAC's Lady Danger, an orangey-red lipstick shade. I love it; it's very warm and vibrant without being too over the top – or just plain wrong, as orange-based reds often can be on cool colouring. The orange of this shade picks up on the yellows in my mustard blouse.

And… that's it! It is a little longer than I expected but there was so much I wanted to chatter on about. I am wondering if there is a better way to do it; bullet points? I am getting a new lens soon that will make taking close ups easier, so I can do more detail shots – although I'm not sure if I really want such close ups of my face, ha! It might illustrate things more clearly though, rather than just have me smiling at you at regular intervals ;) Let me know what you think of the post, which I hope you liked and maybe even found helpful!

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28 comments:

Kelly said...

I think the mustard looks lovely on you. I love mustard ...

Kelly @ 
Elegantly Academic

Barn House Antiques said...

You always look great...thanks for all the tips!

Shannon said...

You are so very beautiful. Even in mustard :)

This is an awesome post - I've been thinking about asking for help with my colours - I can't choose a red lipstick to save my life!

Laura Elizabeth Mary said...

Beautiful lady! xx

Tasha said...

Wow, I love your dedication to breaking down this technique. I am far less diligent, and usually choose to wear colors whether or not they supposedly work well with my complexion. Though I guess do make some changes in my makeup depending on the colors, without having even though about it.

I have fair skin (not as fair as yours) and medium dark hair naturally that I also dye darker, and blue eyes, and am currently knitting... what's almost a mustard cardigan. lol I may study your methods a bit closer on this one! ;)

(And the color looks gorgeous on you in these photos!)

Elina said...

I found this post very helpful! Mustard is one of my difficult colours, too, having pinkish skintone, grey eyes and fair hair. Let's see if I can do something, too...

Lisa said...

This was a great post! I have very similar colouring to you (natuarally very fair hair and pale skin, but I dye my hair dark brown/black too) and I am afraid to wear mustard and orange. I may have to put some of these tips to use! Thanks! :)

Emma Robertson said...

Oh, I love this idea! The mustard looks beautiful on you. After hearing so many bloggers use MAC products I think I may have to pick up one of their lip sticks.

xo,
Em

Della said...

Great tips! Mustard is a tricky color...for me anything that's more yellow is hard to pull off as my skin has a yellow tone.

Andi said...

I loved this post. It was fun hearing your tips and a bit about 30s make up.

Sweet Harvest Moon said...

Mustard is my all time favorite color! I wear it all the time during autumn and winter...

That color looks pretty on you :)

Blanka said...

I think that mustard colour would suit you well even in your "natural colours"... It seems boring for the first moment when a blonde girl wears mustard coloured clothes... but when you try some really nice 1940s or 1950s hairdo, some chignon, it will look really god and vintage, I think...
In addition the red lipstick you wear looks good in the combination with the shirt.

btw you looks so pretty! There's a sparkle in your eyes and you look so calm, gentle and brightly in the same time...

(sorry if I used wrong words, english isn't my native language;))

Sarah said...

Great post! I too love mustard and this has given me some great tips, thanks!

fahnie's said...

Hello, like you I love the blush at most.
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Helen said...

Well you look very pretty, adjusting your make up to suit colours is a very clever idea

Carrie Liz said...

For a glimpse into the secrets of your unique and impeccable style, thank you.

Lily said...

Mustard is great. I also have a mustard top but haven't been brave enough to wear it yet. Cheers for the lipstick tips. I've been looking for an orange based red lipstick since forever. Going to buy Lady Danger immediately.

Musing on Beauty said...

Mustard is so hard to wear for me that I keep wondering why it regularly comes back in fashion! Thanks a lot for the tips, you look really good!

anita said...

Mustard flatters you definitely.

Andi B. Goode said...

This is a great post. I was about to say that I've never really thought about what colours I can't wear, then I looked at my newly painted coral nails and realised I do! I'm not 100% convinced on the coral - I love the colour and I am very pale but my skin tone is olive so I don't know that I like the way the coral looks on me. Hm.
Anyway, I think the mustard looks great on you! And I love that last photo of you especially. =D
-Andi x

alittlevintagestory said...

I'm obsessed with wearing mustard and navy blue worn together. It's been my favourite winter colour combination. xx Fran

The Black Opal said...

Thank you so much for the post! It was very helpful!
Will you please do another one for the COOL COLOR!
Thank you so much!

Jamie Rose said...

Your makeup is so pretty! It's really similar to my go-to makeup routine except I skip the brows since you can't really see mine very well with my bangs. You look lovely and the yellow top contrasts so nicely with your lip color.

bespokehome said...

Very helpful post. More like this please!

MarieBayArea said...

you're hair is absolutely luscious. Glorious! That mustard blouse is loveliness

elise said...

Oh gosh,you're beautiful .

Truly,
Elise

Ayr Lox'ide said...

Thank you for the recommendation of MAC's brick liner to go with MAC's lady danger lipstick, I recently purchased this lipstick but was really stuck as to which liner to use, my usual red liner MAC cherry didnt quite work. Great post!

Hannah said...

Mustard looks fabulous on you.x

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