Best eyeshadow for each hair color

Choosing the best eyeshadow for your hair color is key to bringing the most attention to your gorgeous face! Follow these guidelines to help you choose the shades that best suit you!

*For best results and ease of application, use lighter colors for light skin, medium colors for medium skin, and darker colors for dark skin.

Medium skin with brown hair and eyes. Golden brown eyeshadows and pink berry lipBROWN HAIR

Light brown hair looks best with a natural flesh color base (for a natural look), all taupe, yellow brown, medium to dark gray brown, light green, yellow green, eggshell, buff, and cream hues work perfectly as well!

For medium brown and dark brown hair use the same hues as the above but in a darker shades!

red head beauty close upRED HAIR

Red hair looks good with a natural flesh color base that can stand alone or with any of these colors added: all taupes, deep greens, dark warm browns, powder blue, brick, copper, eggshell, buff, cream, and pale reds. You can also use iridescent or matte shadows in yellow, red-orange, copper, bronze, warm brass, strawberry, and red-gold.


Auburn hair looks great with a natural flesh colored base that can stand alone or with any of these colors: all taupes, fair greens, light to medium warm browns, all gray greens, strawberry, rust, terra cotta, adobe, eggshell, buff, and cream. You can also use iridescent or matte shadows in reds, yellows, rust-golds, and orange.

Hair and makeup by www.jenniferleejohnson.comBlack hair
Black hair looks good with a natural flesh color base that can stand alone or with any of these colors added: all cream colors, all eggshell colors, dark gray browns, flat steel and gunmetal colors, periwinkle, midnight browns, onyx and blacks, and all dark iridescents.
Makuep and hairstyling by Jennifer Lee JohnsonBlonde hair

Blonde hair looks good with a natural flesh color base that can stand alone or with any of these colors added: cream, light to medium gray, light to medium buff, light powder blue, light powder green, iridescent pearl, iridescent yellow-gold, antique gold, and all taupes.

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How to clean your makeup and brushes

 Chicago Makeup Artist

Occasionally I work with talent that brings their own makeup. Sometimes they bring their own out of fear that an artist will not be available or out of personal preference for their specific brand. Often, their bags look very dingy and in need of some major tender loving care. This article is dedicated on how to clean your makeup and brushes.

I got to thinking about how we treat our pretty makeup packages after we glowingly come home with them and ceremonially place them in our caboodle or bag. It doesn’t take long before we toss them around, drop shadows on the floor, keep products we don’t use, and apply them with dirty brushes! I myself have a bag covered in a film of broken powders and eye pencil remains and I am guilty, guilt, guilty of hoarding makeup I don’t like! I am also given quite a bit of makeup for free from companies that I have worked with. I can’t possibly use all of this stuff before it expires. I know you’re thinking, HEY! GIVE YOUR EXTRAS TO ME! Visit me in my salon and I have have a little basket of free samples and goodies for clients to sift through. Moving on…

How do we keep our makeup supplies neat and tidy?

Here are a few steps you can take to live a happy and sanitary makeup life:


makeup you have not used within the last 6 months. That “tinker bell” glitter you have been holding onto since grade school has probably had its day in the sun and shouldn’t be renting space in your beauty supply closet.


broken packaging. Tape, pin, rubber band, or MacGyver your way through those broken pieces of plastic. If you want to take it a step further, depot your shadows into a Z-Palette. The Z-Palette saves space and makes it easier to see what colors you own in a pretty display. Click here for instructions how to de-pot your makeup. If you want to repair broken powders, you can press it back together with a few drops of 99% alcohol or Beauty So Clean. I don’t personally like doing this with my broken powders because it messes with the integrity of the oils in the makeup. I prefer to place broken powders loosely in new containers.


all surfaces with a baby wipe damp with alcohol. A paper towel damp with alcohol is also sufficient.


I cannot stress how important it is to clean your brushes. It is unsanitary to reuse a brush as well as ineffective in applying makeup.It is unsanitary because once you touch your brush to an area where there is inflammation or lesion on the skin (such as a pimple or acne), you risk transferring the same bacteria to other areas of the face that are otherwise healthy. A dirty brush is ineffective in applying makeup because it muddies the true color of the product. For example, you cannot use a brush dipped in black and brown and then try to swipe a cream or light pink over the lid with the same brush! You are an artist and the tools your use on your canvas should be clean so that you get the best results! For the average consumer, I recommend cleaning your brushes with a hair shampoo. It is gentle on the brushes and very effective. If you want to splurge, purchase Cinema Secrets brush cleaner or MAC Cosmetics brush cleanser. I tend to use a bar soap found at the art store called the Masters Brush Cleaner.

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6 Questions to ask yourself when choosing a foundation

When it comes to choosing the right foundation, there are a few guidelines that you should follow. Here are a few questions you should ask yourself before purchasing a new foundation.

  1. Do I need to wear foundation? Can you get along with little or no foundation? A lot of people do well with the just the right application of concealer over discolored spots on the skin. This is the most natural looking and attractive finish for the skin.
  2. What is your skin type? Do you have oily, combination, dry, or sensitive skin? Depending on the condition and sensitivity of your skin, you will need to find a product that will not irritate your skin or clog your pores. You should have a trial period with each new product where you test the way it affects your skin. Don’t be afraid to return a product that does not work well with your body! Most companies such as ULTA and Sephora have great return polices. For those with sensitive skin, a mineral-based formula or a formula that does not add fragrance are good to try. If you have an oilier skin, look for a foundation that will not clog your pores. If you have very oily skin, look for a primer that will absorb excess oil as it comes to the surface of your skin. A primer with aloe is great for oilier skin types. If you have dry skin, look for a foundation that is moisturizing or add moisturizer to your foundation for added ease of application.
  3. Are you young or do you need something that is better for more mature skin? Younger people can get away with wearing more makeup and mature women need a makeup that won’t settle into creases. For those with smooth skin, a foundation’s texture is not as important. For mature skin, one should look for thinner formulas with waterproof qualities. I like Makeup Forever’s Face and Body for mature skin.
  4. What finish do you want? Do you want a dewey or matte finish? How about something in-between? This choice is obviously personal preference but should be based on how and where you will be wearing the makeup. For example, if you live in a humid climate, a dewey finish will not work out.
  5. Where are you going and for how long? You want a foundation that can be layered up for light to heavy wear. On days you don’t need as much makeup, a foundation that can be applied sheer will be better than a cream makeup that needs to be thinned with astringent. On days that you want a fuller coverage, simply build the foundation on the skin in layers from sheer to opaque. Once set with powder, a thicker application of makeup should stay in place. For days where your picture will be taken you should hire a professional makeup artist who knows how to apply makeup for HD cameras and different lighting situations.
  6. Does the color suit my undertones? This is the most important question to ask yourself before buying a foundation!!! Look at the bottle you are about to purchase. Does it have a pink, yellow, orange, green, or brown undertone? Look at your skin. Does your skin have a pink, yellow, orange, green, or brown undertone? These are serious questions! If you don’t know, ask a professional makeup artist at a counter to help you. Your hairstylist may also be able to tell you your undertone. I suggest purchasing two shades of foundation that can be mixed. You will want to choose a lighter shade for the winter and a darker shade for the summer. For the in-between times use both foundations to make the perfect shade!

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