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September 10, 2010

Dispelling Makeup Myths Part II

by Elegance Makeup: Looks By Uhuru
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Back in July, makeup guru Uhuru Freeman of Elegance Makeup offered her insight into several makeup myths. Today, she continues to provide the truth behind what is and what isn’t good makeup practices. So – let’s get to it!

Myth # 1: Warm, yellow tones of foundation are the most flattering


This is true if you have yellow-toned skin. Pink-toned skin should wear pink-toned foundation.     Foundation needs to match your skin perfectly. Always test color on your jaw line, so that you can compare to both your face and your neck. Wearing foundation which does not match your skin tone will result in a mask-like appearance. Foundation is designed to look like flawless skin, not foundation.

Myth # 2: Concealer should always be lighter than your foundation


Concealer has many uses and its tone depends on its use. Use a lighter-toned concealer for under eye

circles to counteract the shadow and cover blemishes using a similar tone to your foundation.

Myth # 3: Blush is for adding color, not definition


It can be used to add warmth to your face, shape and contour, enhance cheekbones or make your face

appear thinner. More neutral cheek color tones can also be used to contour other areas of the face,

such as the jaw line, temples and the sides of the nose.

Myth # 4: You should never pluck hairs from the top of your eyebrows


Plucking stray hairs on top is fine, however, I recommend that you do not stray too much from their

natural framing arch.

Myth # 5: You must always wear foundation


You do not ‘have’ to wear foundation, let alone apply it to your entire face. It can be simply used to

cover up a few blemishes or smooth out skin tone in certain areas. Apply it where you feel you need

it and blend well. If the foundation tone matches your skin well enough, you won’t have to smooth it

over your whole face. For a strong coverage, apply it to the entire face.

Myth # 6: You cannot wear eyeshadow the same color as your eyes


Contrasting colors do make your eyes stand out more, but that does not mean that blue eyes cannot

wear blue eyeshadow, for example. Here are some ideas for contrasting eyeshadow colors to try:

Brown eyes: turquoise, mauve/lilac, purple, gold, bronze, silver

Green/Hazel eyes: dark blue, purple, mauve/lilac, silver, turquoise

Blue/Violet eyes: gold, bronze, copper, pink, peach, chocolate

Myth # 7: You are either a ‘cool’ or a ‘warm’ colors person


Anyone can wear any color, anytime. If you are thinking about trying new makeup colors, try

softer tones or apply just a hint at first. For example, if you would love to wear bright purple

eyeshadow, but are afraid to take the plunge, try wearing a little mauve or lilac at first and build it up

until you feel comfortable with more color.

Uhuru is always available for personal or group consultations. Be sure to visit her site or email her with all your beauty and makeup questions.

About the Author:

For over 14 years, Chicago native Uhuru Freeman has been a face of many artistic and creative ventures such as dancer, singer, competitive beauty model & more.  Uhuru is the founder of Elegance Makeup where she’s made it her mission to not only enhance one’s beauty from the inside out, but to encourage and teach beauty from within. Visit Elegance Makeup at for more information or to book your very own elegant experience.

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