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Message Board > Miscellaneous > Makeup Colors and Techniques ( Moderated by Deepika, EleanorSews, CynthiaSue)

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Date: 1/13/12 11:00 PM

I ran across this article yesterday. It talks about the color wheel and using makeup colors that enhance your underlying skin tone.

Good information

6 secrets I learned at makeup artist school

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Date: 1/14/12 1:45 AM

Looks like a lot of useful info there and in many of the links. Thanks.

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Date: 1/14/12 10:11 AM

Nobody ever talks about grey eyes. I just assume that all the colour plans for blue or green/hazel apply and just use the colours I like.

Someone here once talked about lining the inner, upper lid. I always have wondered how that liner stays on. When I used to try the lower lid when I was a teen, it always disappeared really quickly. Do I have over active tear ducts or something?

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Date: 1/14/12 11:50 AM

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When I used to try the lower lid when I was a teen, it always disappeared really quickly. Do I have over active tear ducts or something?

This is one of those makeup tricks that seem a bit dangerous to me. As far as the eye is concerned, anything enclosed by the lashes is a foreign body, and the eye wisely attempts to wash it away. That said, some eyes are obviously more tolerant than others of this kind of thing.
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Date: 1/15/12 1:10 PM

I rarely take the time to do all of that! I use moisturizer & mascara, and sometimes eye shadow, and that is it. Bronzers and highlighters and toners and .... oh my. I'm just too lazy and it's going to be a muddy mess by 4 pm anyway.



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Date: 1/15/12 1:36 PM

I learned a lot of this at the Elizabeth Arden counter. A make up consultant will help do wonders to teach you how to do these tricks as well so you don't have any guess work on how to do it or what will work.

With practice, most of these aren't any more time consuming then anything else. I do the majority of them, and can get make up on in about 10 min or so.

As to the grey eyes, I stick to the lighter purples (mine can be coke bottle green to thundercloud grey in any given day) since it seems to make the most of the eye color.

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Date: 1/15/12 1:59 PM

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Nobody ever talks about grey eyes.

True grey eyes--no brown or yellow--are rather rare. Wikipedia has a nice paragraph about this color, with a striking photo or two.

I suspect that Elizabeth's Taylor's famous violet eyes (often surrounded by a complete smudge pot of lavender shadow) might actually have been grey without any green or yellow tones, although wikipedia says violet does exist in a way that makes the color sound similar to what true albinos have.



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Date: 1/18/12 6:48 AM

One of my favorite topics!

I always wondered how much photos of Taylor were doctored to make her eyes look so violet.

DD has true grey eyes. She uses a dark midnight blue liner, black mascara and just a little ivory shadow because her eyes are small.

I've been trying to update my makeup colours and techniques, generally reducing the amount of stuff that I use and concentrating on my eyes and skin. The hardest thing for me is giving up pink lipstick which I think it looks dated except in the summer. Trouble is, pink is really my best colour, but it makes me feel old fashioned and little-girlish. Peaches and nudes make me look sick. I'm trying to find that balance between what looks best on me and what looks modern. Anyone got any suggestions? At 62, I'm definitely at the 'less is more' stage.

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Date: 1/18/12 8:12 AM

I went to a Bobbie Brown makeup session. They said to use lip color a shade darker than your natural lip color. Mine have lot of pink in them. I use a rose berry shade, but a rosy coral for neutrals. Another thing you can do is apply color then blot so just a stain remains. This looks more up to date. I am also in my sixties and this works for me. I also fill in my brows. I don't use foundation or mascara. Once a week for church, I will add a sweep of bronzer and some muted lavender shadow. Mostly I concentrate on healthy skin by eating right and using Bobbie Brown SPF moisturizer.
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Date: 1/18/12 11:07 AM

Moushka,

have you tried pink lip gloss, AKA glaze wear or similar? Today's products are a far cry from the sticky, strawberry-flavored, Kiss-me bling from the 70s. They look and feel more like a creamy lip balm with some pigmentation and a little shine. I've really grown to prefer gloss over lipstick.

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