3 Simple Rules For Makeup Mixing And Matching

Publish date:
September 15, 2014
makeup, cat eyes, bold lips, red lipstick, nude lipstick, bold eye makeup

Whether you're in a rush or just experimenting with a new look, makeup mixing and matching can be tricky. In my opinion, there's no right or wrong way to apply makeup: do what you please and embrace your own individuality. HOWEVER, there's a big difference between individuality and looking like you've run off to join the circus.

So the question is, “How much makeup is too much?” People have all sorts of opinions (and rules) on the topic. Me? I like to bring it back to some good ol' basic math.

Maybe this look could have flown in the '80s, but it's 2014 and NOPE. There is just way too much going on here. The green eye shadow is from a Victoria’s Secret palette, and it’s a gorgeous color, as is the red Wet 'N' Wild Lipstick, but they're too powerful as a duo. If I wanted to do a red lip and a green eye, I would lessen the eye look by using the shadow as a liner below my waterline. The green color is great against brown eyes.

The blush is what's really taking this look into clown makeup mode (I see this mistake often). The key to better blush blending is a good brush--I like to use a kabuki brush.

This is my all-time favorite go-to look, but you could also add a light cat-eye to take it into Marilyn Monroe territory. I’m obsessed with lipstick, though, so I'll take a bold lip over a bold eye any day. I just fill in my brows a bit with my Wet 'N' Wild Brow Kit, swipe on some Maybelline mascara, add a glossy red lip, and BOOM.

Neutral lips are going to be big this fall. Versace, Cavalli, Pucci, Givenchy, and many other designers showed their 2014 fall collections with models wearing varying shades of nude lipstick. On myself, I love the way a pale pink lip looks below a strong cat-eye. I used my L'Oreal Paris Studio Secrets Pro Felt Tip Eyeliner for this elongated cat-eye. The felt tip makes it really easy to maneuver. Do I ever rock a red lip and a cat-eye? I certainly do, but I skip the eye shadow and let the liner and the lip shine.

These are just three of the rules I (mostly) abide by. What dos and don'ts do you live by?