December 4, 2012

The Secret To Keeping Neutral Makeup From Being Boring!

There is a very easy rule of thumb on how to keep your beloved neutral makeup colors from looking completely dull and boring on your face (and you know I hate to say there are any rules in makeup application!).  The 3 main components of a face where you apply color consist of eyes - cheeks - lips.  So my rule of 3, is to apply your comfortable neutrals to 2 of the 3 features, then give the 3rd a punch of color!! 

 {A bright scarf around your neck doesn't hurt to brighten up your neutral makeup choices!}

I chose to go with a few of my favorite neutral products on my eyes and lips on a day I was in a hurry to do my makeup, then added my punch of color on my cheeks with a bright orange blush.  Here are the 3 main components I used from left to right.

{MAC "cork" shadow | Clinique Chubby Stick "heaping hazelnut"  | Sonia Kashuk blush "sunset"}

{A bright blush keeps my dull winter complexion from looking just that...dull!}

{"Cork" is one of my FAVE brown shadows! A brown liquid liner was also used.}

{This is my secret weapon - happy bright cheek color!}

So there it is, my BIG secret makeup trick for keeping neutrals from looking boring! Not so hard to understand and implement right??  And there are all sorts of ways to mix up this rule:
  • If you like safer neutrals on your cheeks and eyes, then wear a bright colorful lip gloss!
  • If you aren't afraid of bright shadows like blues, purples, and greens, then pair them with your neutral blushes and lip colors.
What do you think of this 1 bright to 2 neutral color rule??

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Andee Layne said...

perfect! I think i need that clinique chubby stick!

his little lady said...

How fun! Your make-up looks flawless, girl!! :)
xo TJ

Nessa @ Isle Style Living said...

Very pretty!

This would also fall under the "Red Lip" rule, right?

Bright red lip = neutral/not very dramatic eyes

Or even the "Dramatic Eye" rule?

Dramatic/Smokey/Heavy eye = neutral lip

You're giving me inspiration/courage to play around with color instead of staying with my safe and comfy neutrals =)

Fanny said...

Hi Jennifer,

I love the chubby sticks! They are my fave. I haven't try the Sonia blushes. If you like cork than try Omega from MAC. It is my favorite right now for a neutral everyday make-up

Jen Johnson said...

I really like this look. It's quick and simple to do but really looks complete. I hate when people list twenty five items (a little exaggerated) for just their eyes! Cork to the rescue! I don't have that Clinique chubby stick so I think I will have to fix that soon. Like today soon.
Love your posts!

Jennifer of JennySue Makeup said...

@hislittlelady- thank you so much for the flawless description!!
@nessa- exactly girl - you've got the right idea!! glad this gave you a bit of makeup confidence - baby steps with the brighter colors that can totally get along with your comfy neutrals:)
@Fanny - you just made my day - love hearing new MAC shade recommendations!
@Jen- I try to keep things as simple as possible:)
@Andee - yes, go for it!! they're great and easy to wear and very hydrating!!

J. said...

That's a great tip actually! I love your blog by the way, just found it!

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