Three ways to improve your neutral makeup

Context is everything when it comes to wearing makeup. At least, it's important to me. I try to match my face to where I'm going because I believe that makeup should complement the situation and not be too much in contrast to it. You know what I'm saying? Paint your face and dress appropritately, too, and people will respect you. 

(Then again if respect isn't your priority then go ahead and wear whatever the hell you want. Seriously.)


So! A couple of girls asked me about the makeup I had in one of my recent reviews. It's something I wore to a lunch meeting, hence the thoroughly neutral color scheme. But neutral doesn't necessarily mean "flat and boring", which is how some people seem to do it. Neutral makeup can be fun, beautiful, and equally effortless, too! Here are some tips on how to liven up your neutral makeup.

1. Matte eyeshadows are lovely in photos but in person, they just look...flat, unless you're a crazy gifted makeup artist who can layer and blend it perfectly. I still prefer to wear satin or shimmery eyeshadows since they brighten my eyes better. There are tons of awesome neutral palettes out there, but this time I tried an old one from revlon called Graffiti.

I wore the shimmery champagne on the lids, the light tan on the crease, and contoured with a tiny bit of that charcoal color on the outer v. Easy and simple, true, but it's the finish that takes the cake. 

2. Forget black and brown for a while, try a plum eyeliner instead! Plum looks beautiful on the eyes, especially brown-black Asian eyes. I love this color! One of my faves is this eyeliner from Stila called Tetra. I'm not sure if it's still available as I got it as part of a palette. Stila has a matte dark plum also called Black Diamond, which is also an excellent color.

Plum eyeliner softens the eyes and brings out the brown in it even more. It looks natural, too.

Stila Smudge Stick Waterproof Eye Liner in Tetra

3. Lips and cheeks should match each other. One should not be brighter than the other and both should be in the same color family. Promise, your complexion will look much improved! I think mismatching your blush and lippie looks nice too, but it just doesn't look as harmonized and flattering as when you match them.

Here I'm using my fave MLBB lippie EVER, the Clinique Chubby Stick in Curviest Caramel. For my cheeks, I used a similar peachy-browny nude blush from Ellana called Peach Passion (it's part of a duo). The blush has a bit of golden shimmer in it which also serves to illuminate my complexion. Yes, shimmer is your best friend when it comes to blushes. A little of it can make your skin look amazing.

The contour I wore from Revlon is matte; it has the same warmth of the blush.

So there you go! Just remember to keep the colors in harmony, and to play with different textures whenever you wear neutral makeup. :) Hope this helps! Let me know if you have tips, too!