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Foundation- What’s your colour?

Choosing the correct foundation that matches your skin tone can be a frustrating experience. How many times have you picked the wrong shade? It is either too light, too dark or worse still, the wrong tone? On the day of your wedding, your foundation needs to be right in both the tone and coverage.

Here are some tips to assist you in selecting the correct tone and shade.

Undertone

Undertone refers to the colour that is beneath your skin. Foundations come in 3 undertones:

  • Warm – if your skin has yellow, gold or peach tinge
  • Cool – if your skin has pink, red or blue tinge
  • Neutral – if your skin has neither pink/red/blue nor yellow/gold/peach but somewhere in-between. Olive skin colour tends to be categorised as neutral

So how do you know what your undertone is?

You have a Warm undertone

  • Veins on your wrist are blue or purple
  • You burn quite easily in the sun
  • Silver jewellery flatters you the most

You have a Cool undertone

  • Veins on your wrist are green or olive
  • You tend to tan easily
  • Gold jewellery flatters you the most

You have a Neutral undertone

  • Veins are blue-green
  • Your skin doesn’t contain any obvious pink, olive or yellow undertones
  • You can burn but also tan easily
  • Both silver and gold jewellery flatter you

 

 

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Foundation

Now that you have identified your undertone, you have to choose the right foundation best suited to you.

Here where it becomes complicated. There are numerous types to choose from;

  • Cream
  • Oil-based
  • Sheer
  • Mineral
  • Matte
  • Oil free
  • Whipped
  • Stick
  • Powder
  • Waterproof

Once you determined your undertone and the type of foundation you prefer, you now need to select the correct shade. Sounds all too complicated doesn’t it? But there are some handy tools out there that assist in finding that perfect shade for your complexion. Here a couple of examples:

Mecca Australia have the Foundation Finder.

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It begins by asking you the type of coverage you are seeking:

  • Sheer
  • Medium
  • Full

It then asks you for the type of finish you want

  • Dewy
  • Natural
  • Matte

It then asks you for your skin type

  • Dry
  • Combination
  • Oily

http://mecca.com.au/makeup/complexion/foundation/

Based on your choices, you will be given various brands to choose from. This is a good starting point. The disadvantage with using this is that you need to know your skin undertone in order to select the correct shade.

L’Oréal Paris have quiz that you can take on their website. What I like about this is that it matches the foundation to your undertone. It asks a series of questions such as

  • What happens to your skin out in the sun
  • What colour are your veins
  • What colour combinations work best on you
  • What colour jewellery flatters you the most
  • What is the colour of your hair and eyes

Based on your undertone, it will provide a recommended shade. Once again, this is also good starting point in choosing the shade of foundation that gives you the most coverage.

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http://www.lorealparis.com.au/cosmetics/face/true-match/diagnostic.aspx

How do you pick the correct shade?

A good way to check find the correct shade that gives you the desired coverage is to apply a bit on your neck and test in good lighting. Where possible, I test it outside in the natural light. Unlike your face or décolletage, your neck does not get the same level of sun exposure so the neck area is a good guide to see which shade gives you the most coverage.

Do not be afraid to try different brands. Not all brands have the same level of coverage. What I do is pick a shade based on my undertone then select a 3 different shades ranging from light, medium to dark. I place a streak of each on my neck then pick the shade that I see the most. This means that I am getting the optimal coverage.

If you do not feel confident in selecting your own shade, ask for assistance.

If you are using a makeup artist, do not be afraid to test the shade of foundation they pick for you. You don’t want the wrong colour!!

How do you know if you have the wrong colour?

  • If you look washed out then you have gone too light. I recommend going one shade up
  • If you look to dirty then you have gone a bit too dark. Try going down one shade
  • If you look too pink, try a foundation with a yellow undertone or even neutral. The same applies if you look too yellow

If you cannot find the correct shade for your undertone, try different brands. Not all foundations are the same. Beige from one brand can look completely different in another brand. As I mentioned, do not be afraid to experiment with different brands!

Whether you are doing your own make-up or engaging in a make-up artist, the shade and coverage needs to be correct. One thing to keep in mind when selecting your foundation are your photos. The shade of foundation should be in-line with your photo locations otherwise you run the risk of your face looking too light or too dark.

 

The Power Of a Concealer Part 2

Part 2:

Following on from my previous article, so what other concealers are worth considering. Obviously most of you would engage in a makeup artist for your wedding. But for those who are looking to do their own makeup and for any pre and post wedding events, below are three concealers that I find fulfil the claims they make and are easily accessible in Australia.

Cover FX cream concealer

I found the cream concealer to be comparable to AmazingConcealer from Amazing Cosmetics. It has a similar consistency and the coverage is fantastic. Being a thick consistency, you need to really work the product into the area. However, you can still build it up to obtain the desirable amount of coverage. It boosts that is clinically tested, gluten free and vegan friendly with no nasties such as parabens. This is a huge plus.

The Cover FX has a shade system which covers a lot of skin tones. It comes in 3 different undertones;

P=Pink, N=Neutral (equal parts pink and golden), G = Golden. The lower the number, the lighter the shade. For example, if you have a pink undertone, you would select the N series in which you have 3 different shades to choose from; each being three percent darker than the previous shade in the series.

This is a bit confusing especially if you don’t really know what your undertone is. They recommend you start with the N series. If you find it too pink, then your undertone is Golden. If it is too yellow, then your undertone is Pink. I was quite overwhelmed by this shade system so I took their advice and started with the N series.

The Cover FX range of cream concealers retail at $40 and can be easily purchased from Sephora Australia. Unfortunately, the N series seems to the most popular so it tends to run out of stock quite easily. To overcome this, I would recommend, you go into the store, confirm your shade and order it online.

Kat Von D – Lock-It Concealer

I really like this concealer. It is creamy and blends in really easily. Being so highly pigmented, the coverage is amazing. What I like about it this concealer is that it is long wearing, probably due to the fact that it is oil free. I hate it when concealers wear easily. It layers quite well so you can get the optimal coverage you are after.

When choosing the correct shade, The Kat Von D Lock-It concealer isn’t as complicated at Cover FX. It just doesn’t have the same extensive shade range but in saying that you have a choice of 9 shades.

The Lock-It concealer retails at $32 from Sephora Australia. Again, availability can be an issue. Once again, I recommend you identify your shade and order it online

Becca – Ultimate Concealing Crème

Whilst in the US, I visited Sephora (as you do) and asked for them to recommend a concealer that provides good coverage, is long lasting and doesn’t feel too drying and cakey. I was recommended to try Becca’s concealing cream. There is no doubt that this concealer does hide dark circles and it is quite light weight so you build up the coverage without it sitting into your fine lines. But to get the most out of this concealer, I was recommended to use the under eye brightening concealer.

In Sephora Australia, both these products retail at $50 each. Thankfully, in the US, the price of the Becca concealer was half that. The coverage is better when you combine the two products. But in all honesty, I just tend to use the concealer on its own as it still covers nicely. On special occasions, I use the two products together, just to get that extra bit of coverage.

What I like about this product, is the delivery system. As the product comes in pods, the product seems to last. The delivery system is much more user friendly and has less wastage when comparing it to concealers in a tube. It also comes in 12 different shades.

Like I have mentioned previously, concealers are a personal preference. Regardless of which brand you choose, make sure that you get a concealer that gives you good coverage, is long lasting and gives you a flawless look. These three that I have recommended are my personal choice. And from my personal experience, they all deliver what they say. So for any of your pre and post wedding events and even on your big day, these concealers might be something to consider.

WedZtyle

 

Welcome to my first blog! I’m so excited to blog about all things weddings. It can be very overwhelming for couples who begin planning their wedding. Let’s face it, unless you are in the know, you really don’t know that the reception you just booked will be what was promised or that the cars you hired will even turn up.

Wedztyle has been created to eliminate all those uncertainties by giving couples useful information, dos and don’ts. It will cover a range of topics, such as choosing the right wedding dress, what to look for in a venue, themed weddings, topics that will steer couples in the right direction.

And in an effort to help you find the correct florists, hairdresser etc, we will be working with various suppliers (handpicked by us) that will offer all couples reliability, assurance and great savings. The current suppliers that have joined Wedztyle include:

Mikheal East – Personal Trainer.

Mikheal has been a full time personal trainer since 1993 teaching in Australia and overseas. Mikheal has lectured in various institutions and have written fitness articles that have been published. Mikheal has created personal training packages to get you and your bridal party extra fabulous for your special day. Please following the link http://mikhealeas7.wix.xom/wingephysique

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Alessandra Argese – Fashion Stylist

Alessandra has worked for the esteemed fashion house of Dolce&Gabbana in Milan and has been styling different industries in Australia. Having a fitness and fashion background, Alessandra has a sound knowledge of a woman and man’s physic and what looks great. Please email her andyale1@bigpond.com

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John from Dreamingtree Studios is a wedding photographer skilled at transforming simple moments of pleasure into the most memorable snapshots of a lifetime. With hisorganic approach to photography, John strives to capture romance, emotion and perfection as a true reflection of each and every individual wedding. Together, along with families and friends, Dreamingtree Studios create the perfect day to be remembered forever capturing your special occasion in a way that is uniquely you, so you can focus on what’s most important… Each other. To contact John:                                                                                              E: dreamingtreestudios@bigpond.com      
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about WedZtyle

 

WedZtyle came about by a family of sisters who feel passionate about assisting couples in planning their wedding day. Our first introduction to weddings was back in 1997, where we started on the journey of designing and decorating wedding cakes. Over time, we developed an intimate exposure within the wedding industry. Here is where we realised that a lot of couples feel overwhelmed and stressed when it comes to planning their big day. Because of this, WedZtyle was created to give couples a valuable tool to guide them in planning their special day. 

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