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How to add colour to your make up routine

Debby Harrington

I’ve asked myself this before – how do I add colour when doing my makeup?

I mean, I don’t want to walk past a mirror and take a glance, only to freak out because I’m all clown and no class.

It’s summer and the stores are swamped with bright palettes from the likes of Kylie Jenner, Urban Decay and NYX so if there was any time to go bright, it’s now.

It’s not as scary as it sounds. Let’s bring in some non-boring colour science.

Depending on your eye colour, you need to pick the eyeshadow shade that best makes them pop.

For blue eyes, go for an apricot or pink. If you have green eyes, purple is for you. Hazel eyes stand out with green and if you’re lucky enough to have brown eyes, anything goes but for this season, I’m suggesting peach.

If about now you’re hyperventilating and developing a fear of clowns, put down the eyeshadow and pick up a pencil instead.

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A royal blue eyeliner across the waterline or lash line will make a bold statement. If you’re still unconvinced, a deep purple is slightly more understated but still a stand out colour and when you add your mascara, it will tone down the colour too.

When it comes to eyeshadow, my MAC steamy frosted eye shadow is the hero of any look. Alternatively, I go for my MAC Blue Yonder eye pencil.

urban decay backfire

Urban Decay, Backfire

Some other colours to think about are Napoleon’s Electric Forest for a darker green, MAC Fashion’s Field Day in pinky coral or Urban Decay’s offering in Backfire – burgundy with a hint of purple.

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Now for your lips

If you have a beautiful pout, the decision on whether to go eyes or lips (because both is probably too much) is made for you. If you want to start your colour adventure slow, start with your lips. It’ll give you the confidence and no doubt compliments to keep going on your journey.

MAC Fashions Field Day

MAC Fashion’s Field Day

A lip liner is optional and in my opinion not a necessary expense, especially if it’s just a seasonal colour trend you’re following.

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Here are some I highly recommend

Clinique Pop Lip Colour and Primer (love a two in one) in melon pop. It’s a rich colour and provides long lasting moisture.

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Shanghai Suzy, however, has to be my favourite lipstick brand. I have about six of them and they seriously suit everyone, smell amazing and are made by Aussie babe Jo French.

My favourites right now are Raspberry Sorbet and Fire Engine Red. In the new collection called ‘Cocktails at Sunset’ there’s Miss Jean’s Cotton Candy that Jo describes as “bombshell Barbie pink that reminds us of sweet fairy floss” and is “not for the faint hearted.”

Miss Jess, Cotton Candy

Miss Jean’s Cotton Candy

While we’re talking about makeup, let’s finish with summer skin. It’s still all about being au natural.

Keep your foundation subtle and add some highlighter for extra glow. Dior’s nude air luminiser powder is a universal shade that adapts to your skin tone.

I’m a big fan of Becca Cosmetics and the champagne highlighter in the Jaclyn Hill collection gives you max effect with minimal effort.

becca champagne pop

Now go on and please enjoy the colour ride.

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Debby Harrington

Debby is a journalist by trade who grew up in Perth before making her way to Canberra. As long as she can remember, her mother has always followed a beauty routine methodically, morning and night, which is where Debby developed her taste for the world of beauty. Debby loves trying new products and can’t live without lip balm, sunscreen and concealer. She also has her own blog featuring all things fashionable and beautiful so check out www.debbywithawhy.com.au. More about the Author