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Color Clash: Hair Color and Cosmetics

Aug 18, 2007
Ever get back from the salon after you changed your hair color and think, "This is totally wrong. This color doesn't work for me!"? Chances are that your new hair color is gorgeous but you are still wearing the same make-up! As odd as it sounds, the shades of cosmetics you wear can make or break a new hair color. If you are changing your hair color don't forget to change your make-up too!

Why Changing Makeup with Hair Color is so Important

When you change your hair color your whole appearance changes. The new shade can make your skin and eyes look more pale or more intense. Your new locks can bring out hidden undertones in your skin and new dimensions to your eyes. New hair color can also make you look younger and more confident, but if you continue to wear the same make-up then you can also look a little odd. This clash of colors comes down to color theory. The lipstick that might have looked fabulous on you as a blond now can look decidedly odd with your new red locks. Why? Because the new hair color and cosmetic undertones clash.

The color of our hair really does affect our overall appearance and so when you change it, it is essential to change everything else too from the clothes you wear to your make-up. This allows you to give a better balance to the face and it also finishes off the overall new look. The wrong cosmetic colors can make your look go from pale to dull to downright clownish.

How to Find New Makeup to Suit Your New Color

When it comes to finding new make-up to suit your new color, you may have trouble knowing what to opt for. Though you might not want to overhaul your make-up bag, you should seriously consider adding a few key colors to complement your dramatically changed hair color. The right make-up to compliment your hair color and skin tone with help you get the most out of that expensive dye job!

You should look at a number of factors first in order to choose the right colors for you. Some of these factors include hair color, eye color, and skin tone. Still confused? If you need guidance to get the most out of your new hair color ask the stylist that is dying your hair to suggest cosmetic shades that will fit your skin tone and match your new mane. Often times your salon will have a cosmetic line on hand and can do a mini make-over to demonstrate the power of the correct colors. If your stylist is of little help go to visit your local department store's cosmetic counter or just pop on-line and ask the Beauty Advisor at your favourite cosmetic website for guidance and shade suggestions.

Overall cosmetics should be chosen with various things in mind. When you change your hair color your make-up should definitely be changed too. So the next time you color your hair, take these tips into consideration to get the most out of your new look.
About the Author
Kristin Adams is Founder and President of Afterglow Cosmetics, an all natural line of color cosmetics including certified organic ingredients. Discover your natural beauty at www.afterglowcosmetics.com
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