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Recently, I’ve gotten really into matching makeup colour with my skin tone. I’d always heard about the importance of colouring and winter/summer skin tone designations in terms of clothing, but not so much makeup. I’m fair-skinned with freckles, so I’ve always identified as a cool-toned gal. Also, red/orange and warm toned lipstick looks terrible on me. But, I’ve also got these puzzling green eyes and a history of darker or smokier eyeshadows making me look dead.  I feel like an oxymoron. The literature associates freckles and fairer skin with cool tones but green eyes with warm ones. Do my veins look green beneath my skin or blue? Should that answer change with my tan? Is this normal?! Having veered towards the cool end of the spectrum with little success, especially with eyeshadows, I decided to go in a different direction.

Reading up on it and as mentioned above, a lot of people associate green eyes with warmer tones. But in the past, I’ve gravitated towards silvers, taupes, and cool browns. Thankfully, I’ve always known green eyes pair well with purple, and purple does complement my skin tone. Upon closer eye inspection, there are flecks of yellow near my pupils, though from far away they’re barely distinguishable and my eyes, depending on the day, can also look grey. Again the conundrum. The shades of yellow in green eyes pulls to the warmer side of the spectrum, but the grey does not. In the end, I decided to eschew the grey with a firm hand and give this warmer, unexplored side of the colour wheel a whirl.

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Peach blushes always made me look alive and vibrant, and I’d been wearing those shades for years. I don’t know if I could pull off full-on orange blush, but a pinky orange or pure peach looks great on my skin tone. Since that was true, maybe there really was something to this whole warmer tones thing?

Behold, my favourite skin combination of the moment to achieve a healthy glow that suits my skin tone. This combination of bronzer; orange blush; warm, gold illuminating powder; and rose gold highlighter has been making me look far more well-rested than I actually am. When I wear this, I don’t even need mascara to look awake, and it’s so easy to put on in the morning.

STEP 1: Using a the Real Techniques Contour Brush, I apply the Fitglow Mineral Blush in Sculpt to my cheekbones, temples, and jawline. This pressed powder product is amazing. The colour is buildable and the application smooth. I use it almost every single day and don’t even find myself reaching for another bronzer. I highly recommend checking it out.

STEP 2: I use my fingertips to apply the Kjaer Weis Sun Touched Cream Blush to the apples of my cheeks and along the tops of my cheekbones. This orange-hued blush adds a vitality to my complexion. It instantly brightens my face and makes me look lit from within.

STEP 3: Though I thought this colour would be the least impactful on the website, I have been loving the Honest Beauty Illuminating Powder in Dawn Reflection. It’s not a bronzer. There’s a deeper shade, Dusk Reflection, for that. It’s a natural beauty answer to the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powders. I take a big, fluffy brush to sweep this all over my cheeks and up my temples. It imparts an immediate, flattering glow. I freaking love this stuff! Even without the other steps, if I’m feeling seriously rushed in the morning, this product just makes me look better. It isn’t shimmery and there’s no chunky glitter, it’s just this beautiful, golden sheen. You should really, really check it out. I highly recommend it for spring and summer!

STEP 4: Dab on the RMS Beauty Master Mixer, the new rose gold highlighter, to cheekbones and eyelids. I do like this product, but I don’t love it. It isn’t as opaque as the Living Luminizer, and sometimes I feel it just imparts the dewiness of the coconut oil and not really the shade or colouring of the product itself. That being said, it does feel add a finishing touch of luxury to this routine.

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I’ve dipped my toes into the warm toned pool, and it’s been refreshing. There’s still the true test awaiting me of delving into the warmer side of the colour spectrum with eyeshadows. Is there an eyeshadow that I can use for a smoky eye that won’t make me like a zombie? To test this out, I’ve picked up some bronze, gold, and pinky red eyeshadows recently from Red Apple Lipstick and can’t wait to try them out. Stay tuned!

What’s your skin tone? Do you like or dislike the RMS Master Mixer? Can you pull off an orange-toned product?