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Wardrobe matters

Posted by on Jan 13, 2013

makeup and wardrobe

Working closely with a wardrobe team or a fashion stylist is an essential part of my job. The clothes we wear affects how our makeup appears and how dramatic or natural the effect will be.

The easiest way to illustrate this is by comparing your basic makeup look when wearing a white shirt as opposed to a black top. If you’re wearing a white shirt, your makeup is most likely quite noticeable. Yet on a black top, the exact same makeup hardly shows up at all. Why does this happen? It’s all about the principles of light and shade. Light clothing reflects colour, highlighting your makeup. While darker clothing absorbs colour, allowing only stronger shades of makeup to show up. This is why it makes sense to do bridal makeup trials with the bride-to-be wearing a top similar in tone to their wedding dress.

So next time you’re getting ready to go out, consider what you want to wear first. Applying your makeup second will make it easier for you to judge whether the makeup colours are reflected or absorbed, how dramatic or natural you want your makeup to be, and how the overall look fits together.

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