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making faces :: experiments in colour contrast, purple and red edition

the field of what colours are seen as going together is constantly shifting. i remember years ago a friend of mine told me with utter certainty that one never wore navy and black together. a few years later, the same friend was caught by surprise to find out that navy and black together was the look for that year. this year, pairing black with dark blue is said to "weigh down" a look too much. so colour combinations are much more about what looks current as opposed to dated and not about timeless maxims. that's one way to keep you on your toes, always looking for something 'modern', although it doesn't take long before you've more or less assembled all you will ever need to create any colour combination imaginable. [that's when they make you start worrying about shapes. -ed.]

what seems to be big right now is analogous colours- shades that sit side by side on the colour wheel. for years, that was one of the biggest no-nos. but now, "blue and green should never be seen" sounds like a piece of advice from grandma and runways abound with cosy combos of colours that rub shoulders on the colour wheel.

one of the ways i like to try these things out is by trying a contrast between makeup and clothing, rather than leaping into a relationship with a brightly coloured skirt or blouse. makeup seems like safe ground for experimentation.



so i thought i'd share one of my analogous colour experiments, trying out a "fresh" combo of intense violet purple [ralph lauren turtleneck picked up from the bay during one of their post-holiday sales] and coral red. the latter brings a little warmth to the look, while the purple is a solid, cool option. i find that i look better when i have a balance of cool and warm, although i don't necessarily need to balance both clothes and makeup.

the look features some eye colours i picked up from inglot:



#351m, a matte light ivory
#368m, a matte orange coral
#495ds, a coral red with pink and gold shimmer

inglot are a great place to start if you want to play around with colour. for my money, they're probably the best place to start, since they have a massive variety, a good range of finishes and are very affordable compared to any higher end brands.

also featured on the inner third of my lids is rouge bunny rouge "golden rhea". the finishing touches are urban decay "perversion" eye liner and armani "eyes to kill" mascara.

for the rest of the look, i went with the same sorts of shades, including:



nars blush "boys don't cry"
hourglass ambient lighting powder "diffused light"
guerlain rouge g lipstick "rouge sensuel"

the base is urban decay naked skin foundation in "1.0" and nars radiant creamy concealer "vanilla".

now that i've seen it in action, i quite like the combination and, surprisingly, i find the colours complement each other nicely. in a few years, i'm sure this will look hideously dated. but by then i'll probably have moved on to lasers no my eyebrows or something. get on that will you, beauty industry?

Comments

That's a lovely look, on paper I wouldn't have thought they would go but they really do work well. I think Inglot is a great brand to go to for trying more vibrant shades as well :)
Kate MacDonald said…
Thanks Clare! I'm glad you enjoyed it. I wasn't sure that it would work either, so it was kind of a surprise for me as well.
We're lucky enough to have an Inglot store here in Montreal, so I have quick access to a lot of their products. I always recommend people check them out if they're interested in playing with colour, but don't necessarily want to invest a lot.

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