Essential Cosmetics Tips for Enhancing Your Natural Beauty and Personality
Over the years we have researched and developed recipes and
techniques for making natural cosmetics. These are harmless to the
skin, unlike many commercial products, are cheap to make and do not
harm the environment. People who come to our courses or learn from home
using our education packs and starter kits have chosen an alternative
to shop-bought, mass produced make-up products which are tailor-made to
their own unique skin condition.
An obvious advantage of making your own cosmetics is also the
opportunity it provides you to be creative; to experiment until you
find the exact look and feel that you want your skin to have, whatever
mood or occasion and whatever your skin-type, colour and physical
This article provides some tips and advice for how to combine
colours in your home made cosmetics, so that you are able to control
the exact look that you want to achieve. In this article I show how 4
different 'looks' or 'moods' can be created, these being spring,
summer, autumn and winter. You can experiment with each of these and
develop an almost infinite and subtle range of effects within each of
these basic 'moods'. You may identify yourself as being best suited to
one of these looks or choose to change your make-up depending upon the
occasion or your mood, for example by switching between spring and
Choose as a basic colour two colours which suit you well. Mix these
two in different ratios so you end up with several examples of the
different tones you can make. Mix these with black to darken the tones
or silky white or mother of pearl white or titanium dioxide to lighten
the tones. This way you can create many different colours using the
same basic colours without having to buy more than four of these. Mix
small quantities at a time and test on the skin as it is not always
possible to see from the powder how it will look on the skin.
Warm, light, clear, pastel, gold. Use silky white in colour mixtures
to make them more pastel-like. Add a little warm yellow to make them
Best colours for Spring types: coral, salmon pink, light turquoise, royal blue, ivory, gold and bronze.
Worst colours: dark green, dark brown, grey and black.
Grey colours, often ruddy, purple and blue. Grey colours can be
created by starting with the 'Winter' colours and then adding a touch
of light grey (light grey = white + a touch of black).
Best colours for Summer types: Silver is good for summer types.
Worst colours: Strong colours and earthy colours make summer types 'disappear'.
Warm, deep, intense, earthy, golden colours. Use a touch of silky
black or dark brown to tone down colours. Mix with gold or
orange-yellow to make colours warmer.
Best colours for Autumn types: bright yellow, warm orange, dark turquoise green, olive, copper, gold, bronze, orange-brown.
Worst colours: icy blue, blue-red, grey and silver.
Strong, clean, intense colours, silver, black, white, bright red tinged with blue, bright blue tinged with red.
colours for Winter types: Black, deep red, bright blue and silver,
clear, icy pastel colours (mix with mother of pearl white).
Worst colours: earthy colours, olive green.
Colours for Lipstick, Rouge and Lip Pencils
Spring - Silky white, gold, bronze, salmon pink/coral, copper, sienna red, yellow ochre, light orange, silky black
Summer - All the whites, pearly pink, violet, purple, bordeaux red, lilac, bright red, both blacks, silver
Autumn - Silky white, gold, bronze, copper red, sienna red, brown, yellow ochre, orange, silky black
Winter - All the whites, bordeaux red, purple, pearly pink, lilac blue, bright red, both blacks, silver
Colours for Eye-Shadow, Eye Liner and Eye-Pencils
Spring - Silky white, sky blue, turquoise blue, turquoise green, pearly green, pigeon blue, gold, bronze, violet, silky black
Summer - All the whites, violet, lilac blue, duck egg blue, pearly green, sky blue, turquoise green, violet, silver, both blacks
Autumn - Silky white, bronze, copper, turquoise green, olive green, brown, gold, peacock blue, purple, silky black
Winter - All the whites, silver, pigeon blue, sky blue, purple,
turquoise blue, peacock blue, violet, ultramarine blue, lilac blue,