Fashionate

Makeup colors and textures you should avoid

Amanda Storey
Fashionate

View gallery

.
Makeup Forever Neon Pink 75

Makeup Forever Neon Pink 75

In an ideal world there would be no rules when it comes to makeup. We could all wear anything our hearts desire and look fabulous while doing it, but that's just not reality. Just like there are colors that are universally unflattering, there are colors that don't work for most people. Sometimes I experiment with these colors and try to find ways to make them work, but some products I don't even mess with!

Eyes

I love bright pink eyeshadow. I think if it's applied correctly it can be really soft and pretty. But applied improperly it screams “ I've got a nasty eye infection” or “ I didn't take my allergy medicine today”.

View gallery

.
Dust Sparkle from NYX

Dust Sparkle from NYX

Most bright pinks will make you look like you have been crying for ten years straight. If you love pink, stick to softer pastel versions like Dust Sparkle from NYX Cosmetics ($4.50).

If you have blue eyes, avoid matching blue eyeshadow. The same rule goes for green eyes. Have you ever spotted a green couch in a room painted green? Nothing stands out.

Anyone who wore makeup in the 60's and 70's is cursing me right now, but to figure this out we need only take a look at a color wheel. To make eye color pop, you want to choose a color on the opposite side of the color wheel from your eye color.

LORAC Glamorous

LORAC Glamorous

Blue eyes? Colors in the red or orange family will work best for you. I do not recommend running out and buying red eyeshadow, but think about wearable colors. Bronzey browns, peach, burgundy and purples will be flattering.

This bronze color, Glamorous by LORAC ($19), will look gorgeous with those baby blues.

Green eyes basically look good in the same colors as blue eyes. Brown eyes basically look good in anything, but especially nice in the opposite colors that look good on blue and green-eyes. Wish you would have paid more attention in art class?

View gallery

.
NARS Super Orgasm blush

NARS Super Orgasm blush

Cheeks

If you are past your pre-teens, try to avoid glittery blush or bronzer. Trying a subtle shimmer will really reflect light and make skin look beautiful and dewy.

Blushes and bronzers with large pieces of glitter tend to sit quite unnaturally on the skin and really enhance flaws (large pores and wrinkles). Glitter loves to settle into fine lines and pores, neither of which most people want to bring attention to. Glitter can also be too shiny and make you look sweaty, especially in photos or on stage.

MAC Cosmetics Melba Blush

MAC Cosmetics Melba Blush

Matte blush and bronzer are the most flattering textures for all skin types. This soft coral matte blush, Melba, by MAC Cosmetics ($21) not only looks great on most skin colors, but also looks soft with no harsh shimmer.

Estée Lauder Bronze Goddess Soft Matte Bronzer

Estée Lauder Bronze Goddess Soft Matte Bronzer

Bronzer

Whether it's a bad spray tan or makeup, orange is just not a flattering skin tone for anyone.

With fair skin it's really easy to head down the path to Oompa Loompa Land. Many bronzers available have an orangey hue and can look extremely unnatural, especially on light skin tones.

Best bet, stick with bronzers that are yellow-based and matte like the Estée Lauder Bronze Goddess Soft Matte Bronzer ($32).

View gallery

.
Frosty pale pink lipstick

Frosty pale pink lipstick

Lip Color

There are many colors of lipstick and gloss that look bad on most people, but two stand out to me. The first one, frosty pink. Frosty, silvery pinks were big in the seventies and stayed alive up through the eighties. That is were they should stay, in the past. Frosty pink looks dated, and isn't very flattering.

The second color that should be avoided is dark brown lip liner and lipstick., especially on fair skin. Matte browns makes lips look small, prune-ish and severe. Not a look that anyone strives for. And don't even get me started on brown lip liner around nude lipstick...eeek!

If you want to sport that nude lip trend, pick a lip liner closest to the lipstick or gloss shade and blend, blend, blend! Try one of the long-lasting nude lip liners from Urban Decay ($19) and you'll thank me later.

View gallery

.

Wet'n'Wild lip liner 666 - A makeup artist favorite, but if not blended, it could look disastrous.

Rules to good makeup

Dark colors make things look smaller, so avoid using dark colored products on areas of your face that you want to look larger or brighter.

For your face, stick to colors that mimic human skin tone. Yellow-based products tend to look the most natural.

Bright colors draw attention. If you have less than perfect lips, stick to neutral lip colors. If your under-eye is dark, don't wear red tones or bright purples. They will only enhance the darkness around your eyes.

Ladies, what makeup colors make you cringe? Share with us your makeup horror stories in the comment section below!

Sorry you didn't like this comment. Please provide a reason below.

Are you sure?
Rating failed. Try again.
Request failed. Try again.
We will promote constructive and witty comments to the top, so everyone sees them!
Sorry, we can’t load comments right now. Try again.

    Recommended for You

    • Former Math Teacher Allegedly Had Sex with Her Teenage Student on a Park Bench: Reports

      Alaina Ferguson was arrested on Nov. 30 and charged with sexual assault, according to jail records. McKinney, Texas, police spokeswoman Sgt. Ana Shelley declined to comment further on Ferguson’s case as it is an open investigation, but she confirmed Ferguson’s arrest to PEOPLE. Rumors of the former algebra teacher’s two-month relationship with a 16-year-old student spread throughout Plano Senior High School, according to The Dallas Morning News.

      People
    • Japan's sex problem is so bad that people are quitting dating and marrying their friends

      The Japanese sex problem has become so desperate that its young population are giving up on dating and are just marrying their friends. A Government survey found 69 per cent of Japanese men and 59 per cent of Japanese women do not have a romantic partner. One Japanese aggregator website has since been awash with stories of how people have simply got married to life-long friends. The country has one of the lowest birth rates in the world, with just 8.4 children being born per 1,000 inhabitants over the last five years. Its population of 127m people is predicted to decrease to 87m by 2060. The survey, carried out by the country’s National Institute of Population and Social Security Research, also

      Business Insider q
    • Admiral gets standing ovation for Colin Kaepernick remark at Pearl Harbor ceremony

      Say this about San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick: His national-anthem protest drew a lot of attention, from all corners. At a ceremony in Hawaii on Wednesday to mark the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, U.S. Pacific Command Commander Adm. Harry Harris made a remark that was clearly about the quarterback. “You can bet that the men and women we honor today – and those who died that fateful morning 75 years ago – never took a knee and never failed to stand whenever they heard our national anthem being played,” Harris said, according to the Associated Press.

      Shutdown Corner
    • Kardashians’ Trademark Lawsuit Against Blac Chyna Is a ‘Shock,’ Says Lawyer

      After Chyna (real name Angela Renée White), 28, filed to legally trademark her name as “Angela Renée Kardashian” to use while working in entertainment and on her social media, the sisters’ — Kim, Kourtney and Khloé Kardashian — companies opposed the request. “The Kardashians, like Angela and my other clients are very protective of our marks, I think for us this is going to be a clear case win, because it’s actually her name, it’s not a poaching.

      People
    • X-Wing fighter lands in Hollywood for 'Rogue One: A Star Wars Story' premiere

      An X-Wing Starfighter landed on Hollywood Boulevard as preparations for the premiere of "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" got underway.

      KABC – Los Angeles
    • The dog was really cold, and the deputy’s car was so warm. And the door was open ...

      The Tuolumne County, Calif., Sheriff’s Department may have found another potential candidate for its K-9 unit. A lost dog jumped into a deputy’s patrol car early Wednesday morning to escape the freezing cold, the sheriff’s department said in a post on its Facebook page. At around 1 a.m., Deputy Jon Hammell spotted a suspicious vehicle in the Tuolumne Market parking lot in Tuolumne City. Hammell left his driver’s door open and walked up to the vehicle so he could speak with the occupants. When he returned to his patrol car, he found a black labrador sitting in his passenger seat. The dog, named Ruger, had information listed on his collar. The dog fell asleep in the warm patrol car as his owners

      Miami Herald q
    • Jennifer Lawrence Steps Out in the Perfect Winter Outfit (8 photos)

      Based on the trailer for Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt’s new movie Passengers , the space movie is going to be very sad and very sexy. At each promotional stop, the actress is letting down her new hair extensions and wearing some hot ensembles. And while the promotional tour only recently kicked off, Lawrence has already pulled off a number of diverse and stunning looks. From tight-fitting midi skirts to cool skirt suits, the actress hits the mark every time. She recently stepped out in New York City in a look perfect for the colder weather. Check out some of her best looks so far. Follow us on Facebook , Instagram , and Pinterest for nonstop inspiration delivered fresh to your feed, every day.

      Yahoo Style
    • It's Not Lea Michele's Swimsuit That'll Catch Your Eye — It's What She's Wearing With It

      A few days after Lea Michele attended Glee costar Becca Tobin's wedding, the actress traded in her Winter coat for a swimsuit. Lea was snapped on the beach wearing a cobalt blue one-piece, but it wasn't the bathing suit that caught our eyes first. It was actually her multicolored sarong, which she expertly tied to her waist. While some accessorize with body chains at the beach, Lea reminded us just how stylish and flattering a sarong can be. The piece served as a breezy, eye-catching skirt as the star posed to show off the side of her leg. Most of us won't be experiencing beach-weather temps for quite a while, but we're still ready to shop some viable, Lea-inspired swim and sarong options — for

      PopSugar q
    • These 13 U.S. Navy Ships Rose from the Dead After Pearl Harbor

      “Destroyed” isn’t always permanent when there’s a war to be won.

      The Drive
    • Forget the NES Classic, this $49 console can play all the retro games you want

      Nintendo NES Classic is one of the hottest products of this holiday shopping season, and stores are hardly able to keep up with demand. But it’s not the only console you should consider to get your retro gaming fix. For as low as $49, the RetroEngine Sigma will give you access to a lot more game than Nintendo’s new NES. DON’T MISS: Amazon's 12 best daily deals: Black Friday returns for one 4K TV, deep Apple Watch discounts, more The campaign has a month left to hit the $20,000 needed to move forward with the project, and it already raised more than $13,000 in pledges on Indiegogo. The console is about as big as the NES Classic and supports as many as 28 distinct classic gaming consoles, so it should offer plenty of extra retro excitement, on top of what the NES Classic has to offer. On top of supporting a variety of old consoles, the new system is also supposed to make actual gaming a seamless experience for the user. The RetroEngine Sigma supports wired and wireless controllers, and can be used as an at-home media system. The system runs an Armbian OS desktop and would even let users browse the web, and “write a novel.” Sure, with crowdfunding campaigns there’s always the risk of not seeing the product delivered to your door. But assuming the team behind RetroEngine Sigma will be able to fulfill its promises, you’ll get your new “old” console in April. Head over to Indiegogo to read more about the RetroEngine Sigma console, and watch the following video to get a taste of this tiny desktop PC / retro games emulator concept.

      BGR News
    • The Messy Truth About Van Jones

      They never learn. The grand journalism pooh-bahs at CNN were humiliated this election cycle when WikiLeaks revealed that former CNN contributor and interim DNC chair Donna Brazile had shared a question with the Hillary Clinton campaign in advance of a March Democratic primary town hall debate. According to CNN, "activist anchor" Roland Martin and his production team at CNN's debate partner and identity politics network TV One were responsible for the leak. CNN host Jake Tapper called the episode "very, very troubling" and condemned the breach: "Journalistically, it's horrifying," he told WMAL radio. CNN president Jeff Zucker declared after an internal investigation that the network "would not

      CNS News q
    • After 75 Years, Pearl Harbor Still Holds a Few Mysteries

      Five things you may not know about the day that lives in infamy.

      Popular Mechanics
    • TV Host with Breast Cancer Forced to Remove Wig as Part of ‘Horrific’ TSA Body Search

      Denise Albert, the co-founder of The MOMS, is speaking out after what she calls an “horrific” pat down from Transportation Security Administration (TSA) agents at the Los Angeles International Airport on Sunday — all over medication related to her breast cancer treatment. “I don’t know what was different this time but TSA agents aggressively attempted to do a body cavity search in public,” said Albert in the post. “I was TSA precheck and once through the scanner they asked me to take off my shoes.

      People
    • A Facebook executive says fasting for 15 hours a day changed his life — here's his daily routine

      In 2014, Dan Zigmond, director of analytics at Facebook, lost more than 20 pounds in less than a...

      Business Insider
    • Police chief defends investigation in decapitated-teen case

      LAWRENCE, Mass. (AP) — A police chief is defending his department's investigation into the disappearance of a 16-year-old boy whose headless body was found near a river.

      Associated Press
    • Notre Dame grads buy page in school's student paper lambasting AD and coach

      Brian Kelly’s team was 4-8 in 2016. Some Notre Dame fans are so unhappy with the state of the school’s football team that they bought a page in the student paper to express their dissatisfaction. The ad appears in the Dec. 7 issue of The Observer student paper. It blames Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick for failures and expresses a lack of confidence in coach Brian Kelly.

      Dr. Saturday
    • See Prince William, Princess Kate and the Rest of the Royal Family in Their Tacky Christmas Sweaters!

      The royal family threw a tacky Christmas sweater party — well, sort of! Madame Tussauds London unveiled a special version of the royals’ wax figures on Tuesday, featuring each member in a festive sweater. The royals granted permission for Madame Tussauds to dress their wax figures in Christmas-inspired jumpers as part of the Save the Children’s Christmas Jumper Day campaign on Dec. 16.

      People
    • 17 times Ariel Winter set the red carpet on friggin’ fire in 2016

      There’s so much to love about the hit show Modern Family. And one of our favorite parts is the insanely talented cast –…

      Hello Giggles
    • Obamacare is 'entering a death spiral,' Paul Ryan says

      Ryan and his House GOP colleagues have tried numerous times to repeal the law but were never able to during Obama's tenure.

      CNBC
    • Forsett arrives in Denver but questions remain at QB

      The Denver Broncos trust veteran running back Justin Forsett can play against Tennessee on Sunday after being claimed off waivers this week. ''I'd still call him day to day,'' coach Gary Kubiak said Wednesday after Siemian's first on-field work since spraining his left foot against Kansas City on Nov. 27. ''I'm feeling better,'' said Siemian, who demurred when asked whether he's confident he'll start against the Titans.

      The Associated Press