This article discusses cosmetic colors that are right for brunettes.
Brunette women are lucky. We really do have the widest choices of colors available when it comes to cosmetics. Because brown hair covers such a wide spectrum, from light golden brown, to coffee bean, most women find they have an equally wide range of colors to choose from.
The first thing a woman needs to look at when choosing makeup colors if she is a brunette, is, of course, her hair color. Where does she fall on the brunette scale? Those in the lighter ranges generally do better with lighter colors, while those in the darker ranges can often carry bolder colors successfully.
Skin tone also plays a major role in a brunette's palette. Brunettes run the gamut here, also, from a peaches-and-cream complexion, to ruddy, to porcelain, to olive. A woman's unique combination of hair, skin and eye color will determine her best shades.
It may be easier to discuss what colors to avoid. Brunettes rarely, if ever, look good in peach. Salmon, vivid coral, maybe. But true peach? Nor often. It tends to give a brunette's skin and hair a gray cast. Peach accents, such as piping on a T-shirt, may work, but too much gives an ashen appearance. So, a brunette should avoid peach-toned blusher or base. Most brunettes wear pinks well, darker or lighter, depending on skin and hair tones. They should also usually avoid orange, mustard, chartreuse and lime greens. If a brunette has sallow or ruddy skin, these colors will tend to emphasize it ? and not attractively.
Teens will want to go for trendy tones, but a mature brunette woman will want cosmetics that play up her strengths and camouflage flaws. One good example is eyeliner. A non-teen brunette will want to look at dark brown, navy, charcoal, smoky blue or black eyeliners, with a preference going toward the brown and smoky tones. These define the eyes and make them "pop" without looking too stark.
Regardless of hair color, women should go with as neutral a base as possible. They should aim for one that closely matches their skin. Wearing a pinker tone to reduce sallow skin, or a yellowish one to reduce ruddiness rarely works. Remember: yellow and ruddy make orange. Less desirable skin qualities can be camouflaged better with powder and a good blusher.
Eyeshadow is another area where the color is limited mainly by the brunette's imagination. In general, eyeshadow should match, or not compete with, the colors a woman is wearing at the time. Blue and green should be used carefully and sparingly, but there is a whole rainbow available, otherwise. Most brunettes should have a warm brown and a light tawny shade in their arsenal of eyeshadows. These colors match almost any outfit or situation. They will usually not compete with anything. A brunette should also have a plum shade and a lavender and a pink shade in the palette, as well. Armed with these colors, she can go anywhere!
Lipstick pulls together a woman's makeup. Lipstick should be chosen in consideration of hair, skin, clothing and occasion. Most brunettes wear red well. They may look better in reds that have a warmer undertone or a cooler one, but every brunette should have a knockout red lipstick in her cosmetic case. A good, solid pink or rose is usually a good brunette choice. Brunettes should not choose lip colors that are so neutral as to make the lips blend in with the rest of the face. With darker hair, this makes their faces appear unbalanced. A blonde might be able to get away with very neutral lips, but brunettes must have some color. A neutral lipliner is good as a base for most colors. It gives the lipstick something to cling to and helps it last longer.
Brunettes should generally aim for clear colors. They can be soft, even "smudgy," but should never be muddy. Brunettes (and all women) should choose colors that make the most of their good points, and minimize their flaws with subtlety.
Homemade cosmetics recipe such as hand cream, deoderant, mouthwash and even wrinkle cream can be made at home.
With the saturation of cosmetics on the market today, from soaps to shaving cream, we have absolutely no need to make our own as people did generations ago. In fact, it might be more difficult to find some of the ingredients required for making the product than it is to find the finished product itself. So why go on? More and more people today desire to get back to the basics. They long to be self-sufficient and they love the feeling of satisfaction that comes from taking care of themselves. Here we will take a look at some cosmetics and creams that can be made right at home. First, let's take a look at some recipes for hand creams. A simple hand lotion made with glycerin requires 1 ounce of soft soap, 4 fluid ounces of glycerin, 15 fluid ounces of rubbing alcohol (alcohol content must be at least 70%) and 15 fluid ounces of distilled water. Mix the water with the rubbing alcohol. Add the soft soap until it dissolves. Add glycerin and stir. You can experiment with different scents by adding perfume if you wish.
A honey and almond cream that works great for dry skin requires 2 ounces of honey, 4 ounces of lanolin, and 2 ounces of almond oil. Melt the honey in a double boiler. Add the lanolin and mix thoroughly. Remove from heat and let cool. When cooled, add the almond oil, stirring well. Add perfume if desired. A shaving cream that can be made at home requires 8 ounces of heavy mineral oil, 8 ounces of glycostearin (diglycol stearate), and 40 ounces of water. In a double boiler, heat the mineral oil and glycostearin to 150 degrees. In a separate pot, heat the water to 150 degrees and then slowly stir it into the glycostearin mixture. Let cool. When cool, you can add perfume if desired. Any extra mixture can be stored in jars. Natural deoderants can also be made at home. Add 4 drops of lavender oil to a teaspoon of water. Apply to clean underarm. If you have a chrysanthemum plant nearby, do what grandma used to do. Pick and then crush fresh leaves and rub them gently on the underarm area. It is important to note that these two suggestions are for deoderant purposes only and they will not act as antiperspirants.
An anitperspirant solution is not included here, as one of the necessary ingredients, aluminum chloride can be extremely irritating to many people, as well as cause damaging stains to clothing if it comes into direct contact with them. How about some quick refreshers for your mouth? The best mouthwash is a pint of warm water and a teaspoon of table salt. And, as many people already know, one of the best toothpastes can also be found in the kitchen cupboard, and that is baking soda. To make a homemade wrinkle cream you need 1 tablespoon of lanolin, 2 teaspoons of sweet almond oil, 2 teaspoons of water and 2 teaspoons of cod liver oil. In a double boiler, melt the lanolin with the almond oil. Add the water, then remove from heat and allow the mixture to cool. Add the cod liver oil. Apply gently to the face. As you can see, getting back to the basics is not always the easiest way to do something, but when you see what you have made on your own, it is by far the most rewarding.
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