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Since I'm all grown up and stuff now and about to start a real job, I thought I might need to get some adult-ish things in the near future. My friends and family have been asking what to get me, and I suppose I should ask some of them for makeup. The thing is: I don't know anything about makeup. Okay, I know very little about it..

I have brown hair, blue eyes and extraordinarily pale skin. Whenever I've tried what I've been told are the "Go-To" colors of eyeshadow in the past (the taupes, browns, beiges), I look like I have serious eye inflammation within an hour or two. It just really makes the area around my eyes and whole face look... red. I don't get the same effect when I use nearly-black eyeshadow, but I obviously can't wear that to work.

Is there some color or some... thing... I can use to not look like I've been punched in the face repeatedly when I use these muted colors? Am I doing something wrong?
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[User Picture]From: heyfashion
2012-12-11 03:01 am (UTC)

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Do you have a lot of red in your skin? Maybe just a light foundation would help dull the redness. Bronze eyeshadows really do go well with your eye color and skintone. If you feel like you are getting that "punched in the face" look maybe go for a lighter shade, or it could possibly be your blending/application. Try looking at some eyeshadow tutorials on youtube to see how to properly apply and blend it so it's not so harsh. Also if you have an issue with smudging I suggest a eyeshadow primer.
[User Picture]From: h20
2012-12-11 03:02 am (UTC)

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Avoid colors that have any red in them.
[User Picture]From: piperki
2012-12-11 03:04 am (UTC)

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1. Maybe you're not used to lighter colors and
2. Maybe you have no yellow undertones at all and brown is just not flattering. Why not try gray, navy and green instead?
[User Picture]From: mylittlerants
2012-12-11 04:35 am (UTC)

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I agree with this comment.
[User Picture]From: belle_m
2012-12-11 05:16 am (UTC)

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Would it be weird to use greens and blues? I'm always afraid to even go there because I fear looking like a circus clown.
[User Picture]From: piperki
2012-12-11 11:42 am (UTC)

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Try using gray shadow and navy or green liner for starters. I do this a lot--I don't have the same coloring, but my eyelids are often too red and blue or green liner looks much nicer than brown on me.
[User Picture]From: nynaeve_sedai
2012-12-11 03:15 am (UTC)

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I prefer very natural looking make-up. I also have very sensitive skin so I have to be particular.

I use Physicians Formula - I use a yellow under eye concealer (I have naturally dark under the eyes. People will comment that I look tired when I don't. Saves me trouble). Then I use a tinted moisturizer to help smooth my complexion. I use a bronzer to give my face a bit of glow. The I use eyeliner and mascara. I keep some eyeshadow on hand, but even then I stick with colors that are close to skin tone. One of the other tricks is that I use my bronzer as eyeshadow.

[User Picture]From: gabardinedreams
2012-12-11 03:35 am (UTC)

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I had problems with makeup making me look like a vampire or like I got in a fight. The thing that helped me was I went to get my makeup done at Merle Norman. It was 60 dollars I think, but they gave you 60 dollars towards whatever products you bought that day. So maybe you could get gift certs for a makeup place that has a deal like that and get them to show you what looks nice and how to apply it?
[User Picture]From: oh_honestly_
2012-12-11 03:52 am (UTC)

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I feel like I would need to see a picture of what you're talking about.

I always look less put-together when I use eyeshadow but not foundation or concealer, so maybe that's the effect you're talking about? Also, are you using mascara and eyeliner? That makes a HUGE difference.
[User Picture]From: box_of_rocks
2012-12-11 04:01 am (UTC)

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How about skipping eyeshadow? I wore it for prom and my wedding, and that's about it - when I wear eye makeup I stick to eyeliner and mascara and it looks fine.
[User Picture]From: myswtghst
2012-12-11 04:31 am (UTC)

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Same here. For work, I rarely wear eye shadow, and when I do, it's either Laura Mercier Creme Eye Colour in Alloy or Nars Soft Touch in Goddess. Most days, I wear mascara, and maybe a little eye liner smudged down in to my lash line, and it's plenty of eye makeup in my office.
[User Picture]From: box_of_rocks
2012-12-11 03:04 pm (UTC)

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I'm too lazy to wear makeup to work every day (and my skin has been pretty much perfect since I stopped doing so) but when I go out I wear mascara, blush, and concealer and it's fine.
[User Picture]From: fleckerbug
2012-12-11 04:01 am (UTC)

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I'd go for gray... I love gray. I usually wear a gray liner because it just looks really nice on me and because brown looks too muted and black is too harsh. I never wear black shadow, but I wear various shades of silver and grey, and also pinks and golds usually. And brown-black mascara instead of brown or black mascara. I'm a super-pale red-head, but I have black eyebrows and lashes. For neutrals, I can wear pinky colors and I can wear champagne colors, but anything darker... taupe, brown, beige... doesn't work with my coloring, and it might not with yours either.

[User Picture]From: ginkaruja
2012-12-11 04:08 am (UTC)

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Try grays with a blue tone to them(cool grays), probably muted greens and possibly very blue based purples in tiny amounts. Ivory might...might be a good base color, but I tend to do weird things with my make-up when I do wear it. I'm thinking you may need to stay away from colors with a red tint.
[User Picture]From: actpassive
2012-12-11 04:28 am (UTC)

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Somebody else said this, but I think eye makeup can look sloppy when you don't wear foundation, even if you don't really need it. I'm by no means a makeup pro... but I usually wear tinted moisturizer and mascara. When I'm getting fancy also wear I wear brown or gray eyeshadow, but applied more like eyeshadow and less like, full eye... concealer under eyes, blush or bronzer (as contour so not sparkly), and tinted lip balm. Sometimes I wear liquid eyeliner but I use a gel one applied with a brush.

I use a good mascara (clinique high impact) because I can really tell the difference... don't really ever use pencil eyeliner because it doesn't work for me, don't like my lower lashline because it smudges and I get a punched in the face look. Eyeshadow for me is really tricky to make look right and I kind of have the same problem with black looking okay but brown being heavy. For me, this is kinda lame but if I'm unsure about my "look" I take a webcam picture of it. Honestly a lot of things look good photographed that I feel like are too much when I look in the mirror. Maybe it's just getting used to the way makeup looks on your face.

FWIW I have blue eyes, dark hair, pretty light skin.
[User Picture]From: actpassive
2012-12-11 04:29 am (UTC)

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sorry eyeshadow applied like EYELINER
[User Picture]From: aeila
2012-12-11 05:26 am (UTC)

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I don't think eye-shadow is really necessary, unless you're trying to cover up something on your eyelids. I used to wear it when I was having some sleep problems, because my eyelids looked a bit purple-ish. Nowadays, it's not such an issue. I do use a crap-ton of Neutragina under-eye corrector, though.

If you're having trouble with makeup colors, talk to the makeup lady at your local CVS. They're usually good about picking out appropriate colors/shades. Also, they have this guarantee thing - if you take it home and decide you don't like it, you can bring it back and they'll either refund or exchange it for something else. I used it once - I couldn't remember the exact shade for my foundation, and the one the lady picked out was slightly too orange (I have very pale, yellowy skin), so I brought it back and she gave me the other shade instead. I don't blame her for picking the wrong one, because they looked exactly the same in the package. The difference was only apparent once I applied it.
[User Picture]From: ohohmeaghan
2012-12-11 07:44 am (UTC)

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i've never been to a cvs that had a makeup lady.
[User Picture]From: ohohmeaghan
2012-12-11 07:43 am (UTC)

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your face sounds like my face. i'm pale, blue eyes, brown hair. i'm not great at makeup but i'm learning. i like to do a light/nude/shimmery color on my inner eyelid, something slightly darker (brown or gray, depending on my outfit) on the outer half of my eyelid, and i put a very light, gold, shiny color on the bottom rim of my inner eye so i don't look sickly or dark.
[User Picture]From: ohohmeaghan
2012-12-11 07:43 am (UTC)

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oh and for eyeliner i do my whole upper lid, then i make it thicker on the outer half and rub it all so it is smudgey, and i only do like 1/3 of hte bottom lid, on the outer side.
[User Picture]From: futurenurselady
2012-12-11 02:25 pm (UTC)

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I had no idea how to wear makeup, so I went to Macy's cosmetic's area.

The lady at the Origins counter helped me a lot, and demonstrated how to put on makeup. She was great because if I told her I didn't like how something looked, she let me wash it off and started over with different colors.