Don’t Let Makeup Wash Out Your Skin Tone
Do blondes have more fun? I never really understood where that statement came from, but I do know that blondes can look faded out. By that I mean their skin tone ends up blending with their shade of blonde and their makeup blends in with their hair, and one can end up looking pale or even sickly. Now that I am blonder than before, I noticed that my makeup routine now looks washed out because the blonder hair blends with my skin tone.
I normally use shimmery gold eyeshadows, but now those colors have to be more within the pink shades or darker hues of gold going into the browns. I knew the answer to remedy the endless questioning of loved ones whether I am eating right or if my vitamin levels are correct because I look like I am developing jaundiced skin would be to buy a new eye shadow palette.
Lucky for me, my sister bought the exact palette I knew would be the prescription for my faded face, so I had to go over and try it out for myself. She is a brunette, and the colors work well with her skin tone because she is very pale and has green eyes, so essentially the Urban Decay Naked3 Palette can work for many skin tones, but you just have to know how to use the colors that work with your eyes, skin and hair that will make you look healthy and glow.
I decided to go with the browns from this palette, which goes from Factory to Blackheart. I did my regular regimen just with these darker colors instead, and I added a smokey eye since the palette’s shadows can go on as eyeliner as well. All you have to do is wet a thin angled brush and apply shadow to it, then line your eyelids with it. These shadows actually work better then eyeliner for me, since I am sensitive to drawing on my eyelid. This shadow slides on easily like and looks better than an eye pencil because you can blend it out more or keep adding layers, which will stick more than an eye pencil would.
My boyfriend had a special evening planned for us, so I went with the smokey eye from the Naked3 Palette and it made my eyes pop and not blend into my skin with my blonde hair. I also changed up my blush and went with a more pigmented pink to give my skin a pop of color. I used a bright pink lip to give my cheeks and lips a chromatic look, yet my smokey eyes with the darker browns did not let my face blend all into one.
This look works with my now blonde hair and more importantly, my loved ones can stop asking whether I am healthy. It just took a little Nars pigmented blush and darker eye shadows for me to look healthier.
Born and raised in the DMV, Emma Blancovich has a big appreciation for discovering things to do around town, such as new restaurants to try and supporting the local music scene by attending live shows. During the week she is an editor for trade associations, but on the weekends you can find her hiking up trails with the latest fitness gadgets then getting ready for a night out using the latest beauty and health products.