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Add a little colour to your day…

Samara Gentle

My clients are constantly telling me they don’t know how to embrace colour in their makeup. They’re afraid of bold lipsticks, eyeshadows, eyeliners — pretty much everything outside their go-to beige or lightly pink spectrum.

Adding colour to your makeup is a great way to show off your personality and appear a refreshed. You can incorporate small pops of colour without looking like Cyndi Lauper from the the 80s with these great subtle tips:


Keep your makeup fairly natural and add a pop of colour by investing in a coloured eyeliner. Make sure you keep the liner as thin as possible to avoid making an overpowering statement.  You just want to add an interesting and fresh element to your everyday look.

If you’re not confident using eyeliner and are not a fan of the ‘flick’, try eyeshadow. Using an angled brush apply coloured eyeshadow like you would eyeliner, gripping the lash line.

Recommended Product: Revlon ColorStay Creme Gel Eye Liner


Over or under but never both. Follow your lash line with a coloured eyeliner to add a hint of colour

If you have hooded eyes and applying coloured eyeliner on the top can’t be seen, try opting for the bottom lash line instead. Also ditch the eyeliner and go for coloured eyeshadow. 

You need only use a little colour on the bottom as you don’t want to entirely over power the eye; you just want to help bring attention to it. Apply an eyeliner to the top lash line to help balance the eye.

Also match the colour you’re using with your own eye colour. If you’re a blue eyes beauty opt for a light blue eyeshadow, if you have green eyes opt for a greener eyeshadow.

Recommended Product: Maybelline Eyestudio Hyperdiamonds Eye Shadow Sapphire Diamond


This is what you want to avoid...Looking like an 80s tragic.

Slight Lip Colour Pop

If you’re yet to embrace bright lip colours there’s no shame in starting small! If you don’t normally where lipstick, start with a colour fairly close to your natural lip colour.

When you’re feeling brave enough, invest in a lip colour only slightly brighter or darker. If you gradually change your lip colour it will make you feel more comfortable – trust me! Once upon a time I was not a bold lip wearer, now after gradually embracing colour I am!

Recommended Product: MAC Lipstick in Creme Cup


Samara Gentle

Samara is a Canberra based freelance makeup artist who specialises in bridal and event makeup but loves the creativity of fashion and editorial. She has a passion for sharing her pro knowledge and seeing other women embrace makeup to help share their personal style. More about the Author

  • Hi Samara, I was wanting to have a make-up party for my three teenage girls and their friends to teach them about make-up and how to choose and apply properly – of course they won’t listen to me. They are most aware of the girls at school who DON’T know how to apply properly and are afraid to be one of them. Of course they would enjoy learning both natural looking and fun night out tips.
    Would you or someone you know do that sort of thing. Of course willing to pay for the service.

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