How to Choose the Right Makeup Colours for Your Skintone

If only choosing the right makeup colours was easy….perhaps for some it is, but for many of us, it’s a problem we face each time we choose a makeup product.

Hopefully, having a better understanding of COLOURS will help us to make better colour choices, be they for clothing or makeup.

Few people explain the COLOUR THEORY for makeup better than Robert Jones.  I’d just like to share this video with you so that you can gain an understanding of how our natural skin colour interacts with colours we put on our face.

I’m merely introducing the video here so you can decide if you want to check it out.  I’d just like to say that I gained a lot from this.

Click this:  Learn Makeup Color Theory Using the Color Theory with Robert Jones


I like how the description gives a detailed overview of the video, you know exactly what he’s going to cover….



Primary colours, secondary colours, tertiary colours


Bring attention to the eyes using complementary colours (colours opposite the colour wheel eg. blue is opposite of orange/brown in the colour wheel so blue and brown are complementary colours)


Skintone and blushers – the way to identify which blusher colour is better for your skintone


Skintone and lip colours – why certain colours do not suit certain skin tones


Robert Jones explains why the colour on our left is better than the one on the right, though both suit the skin tone they’re placed against.

Do spare some time viewing this video (15 mins) – I think it helps demystify some colour ‘issues’ we have with our makeup!

All credit goes to Robert Jones Beauty Academy, I’m merely introducing this to you readers so you could share my discovery! 


Change of Style – where do you start?

If you asked me what change creates the biggest difference in your appearance, I’d say it’s your hairstyle.

Why hair?
Your face is the focal point of communication, so you should do whatever necessary to draw positive attention to it. Isn’t it true that the most obvious change others notice in us is our hairstyle? Let your hairstyle be one that speaks for you.

Why change?
Change moves us out of a rut. Change is required to adapt to new environment, expectations or whatever situations that trigger it. The right changes can bring about positive outcomes, such as giving us more confidence and improving our image.

Be warned however that some of us take it positively but others might not, depending on the risks involved. And I’m sure that many of us agree that changing a hairstyle is high-risk! However, if necessary, it must be made.

What do you mean by a hairstyle change?

A hairstyle change is a change in your existing way of styling of your hair.  This can be achieved by a new cut, a perm, or just a different way of styling, or having a new colour or colour style.

How often should a change be made?
As often as necessary. That depends on one’s work, position, lifestyle, individual style preferences, fashion consciousness and time and monetary resources. The same factors apply to the style you choose as well.

Photo credit: jkmodel from

If you’re thinking of making a change, ask yourself these questions:
1. Do I need a change? Why?
2. To what extent am I willing to change?
3. Is the change for long term or is it just something strikes my fancy right now?
4. How serious am I in maintaining my new style? – consider the cost, time and effort involved in maintaining certain hairstyles. Talk to someone familiar with such things.
5. Do I know a hairstylist whom I can trust? If not, do my friends know anyone like that? Search actively for someone you feel comfortable with.

“I’ve done the assessment, and I’m not  game enough for a drastic change. What should I do?”
Get a new hair colour. Get highlights done too! That’s relatively low-risk and if done well, the results are extremely flattering. Good colour is done in the salon – I’d advise you to treat yourself to a good salon colour and see what it can do for you.

Changing your hairstyle makes a lot of difference to your appearance even though it isn’t the only component in individual style.

What homework can I do to prep myself for the change?
Go visit some of these sites:

Have fun!

Virtual Celeb Hairstyle & Makeup Makeovers

I had lots of fun with this software!  I urge all you girls to give it a try!

Which one of us hadn’t dreamed of being a star? :D    First I was Ciara, then Rihanna, then Taylor Swift.  So, I invite you all to have some fun with this – without spending a cent.  Let your hair down (or up) and see what changes you might want to make next!

This site allows you to personalize your experiments by uploading a picture of yourself.  Alternatively, you can select a model’s face and explore what the software can do for you.  Here we go…


Katie Holmes' hairstyle




Carla Gugino




Taylor Swift

You can also try out makeup items on your face. From foundation, tan, blush to eyelashes, shadows and lipsticks.  There are even selections for Cool and Warm Colours (which is great!).  On the screen, you can see that the wrong toned colours can make your makeup appear as if it’s sitting on your skin not blending in with it.


Example: (Click on each picture to see the text better。)


Select your eyeliner from Cool, Warm or Neutral colour palette

Lip colour from the Cool palette


  • Cool Lip Colour:  Notice how the lip colour above makes me look pale.  If that happens, it means that the colour isn’t in the right tone for my skin-tone.  I’m warm toned, therefore, the cool toned pink isn’t that flattering on me.


Warm lip colour


  • Warm Lip Colour:  I selected a darker warm lip colour to illustrate this so that it shows up better.  If a colour is in the same tone as your skintone, then it blends into your complexion well.  When selecting a lipstick colour that’s natural, make sure you select one in the right tone.


Without makeup

With makeup


  • I changed the hair colour and added subtle makeup to the look.

This software’s pros:

  • fun AND easy to use!
  • lots of colour options to explore for hair and makeup.  Even comes with the product names so you know which products suit you.


  • I’m sure you noticed that my face shape was changed each time I tried out a hairstyle belonging to a celebrity whose face shape is different from mine.  The Before and After pictures clearly show that difference.
  • When you’re trying out the hairstyles, look for celebrities whose face shapes, age and neck and chin size are similar to yours, or else the result might be something like this …..

Nonetheless, have fun with it!

Good websites to check out!

I read various websites and blog frequently for reviews and research.  After being inspired by two of them, I decided to link you to 2 of them so that you can learn from them too!

For Men:

Kino Wear – Fashion Simplified

This is a blog by 2 MALE Image Consultants.  Image is for men as much as it is for women!

For Women:

Viva Woman – Natural beauty inside out

Read the site for lots of reviews and information on fashion, beauty and skincare products.

From Viva Woman, I found this wonderful article “How to Turn 12 Garments into 80 Outfits”.  Check it out!

Thanks to these writers who are so generous with their knowledge!

What Defines Your Style?

I was in a mall for most of the afternoon and had a great view of the people walking by.  It’s Father’s Day today, and also the last day before school reopens after a 3-wk break.

I was here for 2 fashion shows, so it was an afternoon of ‘fashion’ and models.  What was more interesting to me though was the real-life ‘models’ – people in their ‘outing’ clothes.

I must say that many ladies dress well, but not everyone is eye-catching.  I see nice clothes, but I don’t necessarily see ‘style’.  Not every person who’s ‘well-dressed’ looks attractive.  And not everyone who’s attractive is ‘well-dressed’.  I guess that’s also why branded goods might not always look their worth.

We all have our definitions of who has or doesn’t have style; but we all attempt to look good in whatever we wear.

Let’s have a look at some common  ‘styles’ out there.  I rather like how my personal colour analysis trainer, Imogen Lamport, defines the various styles.  Below is a list with a brief description of each:

  • Classic: dominated by neutral colours, pearls, silver, gold jewellery, simple & clean designs in clothes, generally more conservative in dressing


  • Relaxed: neutral colours dominate, comfort is essential, wood and metal jewellery, casual and not very structured bags, nothing very shiny, comfortable shoes, very low or no heels


  • Dramatic: colours dominate, bold designs, shimmers and shine, unique and big statement jewellery, fashionista

Dramatic - Alexander McQueen

  • Creative: all colours or all one-colour (black), love handmade creative items in jewellery and accessories, original and unusual


  • Rebellious: loud designs and colours that go against the flow,  goth, piercings and tattoos, leather, metals and studs, stand out in the crowd, proud to be different!

A bit of a rebel

  • Feminine: soft colours dominate, soft material in clothing, frills, ruffles and bows, delicate jewellery and accessories


  • Elegant Chic: neutral colours, high quality fabrics, real gems and metals, classic branded accessories and shoes, designer wear, high maintenance!

Elegant Chic - Hermes

We’re usually a combination of a few styles.

I’m constantly honing my personal style, but after these years, I’d say I’ve narrowed down to a couple of things which define ‘me’.  I like ethnic elements in my clothes and accessories, though mostly I consider myself relaxed classic.  To ‘summarise’ my style, I’m a Relaxed Classic with elements of Creative in my accessories.

What about you?

Pictures for illustration purposes. (Pics for Classic & Creative from Nordstrom)


Cleansing Products – Eye and Lip Makeup Removers

My previous post talks about the removal of makeup and dirt on the face using a cleansing procedure called double-cleansing.

For women who use eye makeup.  Another step is involved.   Usually this step is performed before double-cleansing.

Eye-makeup = eyeshadows, eyeliners, mascaras

Product – a creamy cleanser can remove non-waterproof makeup quite well, but if you wear waterproof makeup, a remover with some oil does a far better job.

Examples of products I’ve used:

Cheaper range: Maybelline, L’oreal – good

More expensive range: Kanebo, Clinique – v good.  More effective.

For overall facial & eye-makeup removal – L’oreal Demaq.   (good for facial makeup removal but not for eye-makeup as the oil gets into the eyes)

Some of you might have noticed that the cleansers can be used for lip-makeup removal as well.  And it’s good to  perform this extra step as the removers do get rid of the remnants of  our lipstick quite effectively; preventing our lips from getting darker as we age, or so we’re told 🙂


Cleansing – Don’t skip this step!

This is the second of a series of recommended skincare routines for individuals.  They apply to both men and women because we all get the same assault from the sun and the environment.  For you men out there, read on to learn a little more about your skin, and you’ll find that looking after your skin isn’t a lot of trouble at all.

As a makeup user, I have to testify that the cleansing step is THE MOST important thing to do.  Without proper cleansing, your skin can’t possibly absorb the ‘benefits’ of the products you put on your face. 

A good cleansing routine removes the makeup, sunblock and dirt on your face.  

‘But I don’t use any makeup,’ you say.

Well, think about this: dirt, pollutants and all types of things you don’t see stay on your skin whether you like it or not. The sebum (‘oils’) secreted by your skin and/or the products you use on your skin help these particles to stick. Even the skincare products that you apply should always be properly cleansed away each day anyway.

Step 1 –  I use a creamy (more emollient) cleanser or a cleansing oil to first remove my makeup and then followed by a mildly foaming cleanser   (eg. Clinique’s Liquid Soap / Neutrogena’s Liquid Cleanser).

Cleansing Oil for makeup removal

Step 2 – After removing makeup, use a mildly foaming cleanser.

Mildly foaming cleanser

This routine, called double cleansing, helps to thoroughly remove any surface dirt accumulated on the skin.  And it’s done at the END of the day.

How much should I pay for my cleansers?

Cleansers aren’t meant to be expensive. And they don’t need to have lots of special hyped-up ingredients since you’re flushing them down the drain anyway. And no, your cleanser doesn’t need to match your entire line of skincare products from a particular brand.

One thing to note: cleansers shouldn’t leave your skin feeling tight. If your skin feels tight and dry after cleansing, your cleanser is too harsh for you.

If you have dry to very dry skin:  AVOID  foaming cleansers altogether. USE milky cleansers instead.

Morning:  Creamy cleanser (for dry to very dry skin) or Mildly foaming cleanser (for normal – oily skin)

Night: Double-cleansing = creamy / oil + foaming

Pictures are for illustration purposes only.