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Makeup Colour Rules That Are Worth Breaking

While most beauty advices make sense, some rules are just simply outdated – especially when it comes to colour cosmetics. Makeup is meant to enhance our beauty, and what’s more beautiful than having fun with the process while taking several risks along the way. Here, we’ve listed down five makeup colour rules that are definitely worth breaking.


  1. Never wear an eyeshadow shade with the same colour as your irises.

In the colour wheel, complementary colours oppose each other. Similar with makeup colours, shades that complement the eye colour makes the natural hue of the iris pop. Blue and green, for instance, are opposites on the colour wheel, making copper a good eyeshadow shade for blue eyes. Still, there’s no need for you to stick with complimentary and neutral colours.

The old theory that matching eye colour and eye makeup creates competition – wherein the eyeshadow overpowers the eye colour – tend to oversimplify things. In breaking this rule, you only need to ensure that your eyeshadow isn’t the exact colour of your eyes. So don’t be afraid of wearing an eyeshadow in the same colour family as your eye colour. Just remember to pick a shade with a different intensity.

  1. Always match your manicure colour with your pedicure.

Given that most nail polish is short-lived, it’d be a shame to confine yourself to one colour at a time. The field for using different shades of nail polish is actually wide open. Colours within the same colour family create an elegant combination (like royal blue on toes, and powder blue on fingers).

Alternatively, contrasting formulas and colours create an edgier combo – try sheer pink and shimmering plum, or metallic gold and opaque coral. Finally, your nails don’t have to match each other. A red-to-pink-to-white colour evolution is a clever twist on classically feminine colours.

  1. Avoid wearing navy and black shades together.

One makeup look featured in the fashion runways this year showed that this colour rule is already a thing of the past. A smudged black eyeliner blended with a metallic navy eyeshadow creates the chicest smoke-y eye there is.


  1. Never wear eye makeup in a shade of purple.

Purple developed a bad reputation over the years, and it’s quite understandable why we’d want to avoid the candied purple tone of the past. Fortunately, purple comes in various shades and there’s probably one shade that’s perfect for you. Deep violet is perfect for flattering dark complexions, while plum shades look enchanting on green eyes. Pale skin, on the other hand, is ideal for eyeshadows set in purple-tone greys. Shades set in powdery lilac, however, should be skipped unless you’ll use it on your nails.

  1. Match your eyebrow colour with your hair colour.

As what beauty experts explain: eyebrows are not warm, regardless of the tone of your hair and your skin colour. Eyebrows that are filled with warm shades tend to look artificial, so opt for ashen or toned brow pencils. Apart from sticking with cool-toned bro pencils, don’t feel pressured to keep your brows light if you’re blond. Dark eyebrows look striking on a blond.

Playing with colours is essential to create your signature look. So start experimenting more with you makeup colours by breaking these rules first.


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