ONE LOOK-- DIFFERENT FACES
by Mamta Thakkar, Creative Makeup Designer, The Body Shop

HAVE YOU ever thought about this -- a makeup wardrobe for everyone, every age, every skin colour where the make-up colours are neutral, based on beige and brown ... where textures are enhancing, not dull? It is makeup with an almost-there texture and sheen. It enhances the skin allowing the skin's natural colour to come through … (not masking the skin) and this look different on each individual. How can these colours work for everyone?… It still has to do with how it is applied… subtly or with a little drama.

Try this and be your own judge.

BASE

A translucent foundation will give a sheen cover. A heavier base can be mixed with your moisturiser to create a translucent texture. Since your base evens out your complexion and covers minor irregularities, your foundation's tone depends largely on your own skin. To ensure that the foundation looks natural, you need to choose a shade that closely resembles your own colouring. Although we know what colour hair we have, we are sometimes surprisingly ignorant about the colour of our skin, and choose a foundation just because we like the way it feels and looks. Nobody's skin is exactly the same as everyone else's, but we do all fit into distinct groups of colour tones: yellow, ivory complexions without much redness, orange -- a mixture of red and yellow; and red-pinkish skin tones without much yellow.

When choosing a foundation, always test the colour along the jaw line. Do not test it on the wrist, neck or cheeks as the skin in those areas has a different texture and shade. Testing the foundation along the jaw line also ensures that you do not create a 'tidemark' effect between the foundation on your face and the bare skin on your neck. Foundation is best applied with a make-up sponge in the downward direction. It creates a smooth base and eliminates a streaky finish.

For those blessed with good skin…

Skip the foundation, dust some translucent loose powder and you are ready to go!!

EYE SHADOW
Deep coppery brown, taupe and creamy-beige eyeshadows work well on all eye colours. It's very versatile. A subtle blend of a cream-beige eyeshadow can work in several places: on the brow bone, on the eyelids as a single colour or layered with a second eyeshadow.

EYE DEFINERS

A rich dark brown emphasises the eyes. Eye Definer can appear natural when it is well blended. Blending an eye definer is easy with a Line Softener (a latex tipped applicator).

LIPS

Colours can be in deep or sheer shades of brown reds, brown pinks and plum browns. Matt or glossy. Try this -- if you use a lipstick straight from the bullet you create an intense colour. Use the same lipstick with a lip balm and you create a sheer wash of colour.

TOP TIP for colours -- the basic principle

  • Fair skin tone absorbs colour slowly -- light to medium shades work well.
  • Medium skin tone absorbs colour moderately -- medium to dark shades will do the trick.
  • Dark skin tone absorbs colour rapidly -- dark intense shades work perfectly.
  • Fair skin tone absorbs colour slowly -- light to medium shades work well.
  • Medium skin tone absorbs colour moderately -- medium to dark shades will do the trick.
  • Dark skin tone absorbs colour rapidly -- dark intense shades work perfectly.

    TOP TIP for application -- the basic principle

  • Sponge tipped applicators create a stronger and intense effect.
  • Brushes create a softer and natural effect.