How do makeup and clothes go together? Should they match or just have the same vibe? When you change outfits, do you need to change makeup to? Good questions! Guest blogger Gwen Lewis gives us some insight on what on quick ways to match our makeup and outfits for that perfect look.  

If you are in need of an exciting new way to punch up any outfit, be it day or night, the perfect accessory is a perfectly made up face. Your face represents you, just as much as the clothes you wear. The great thing about make-up is that it is an easy, complementary and far less expensive way to jazz up any ensemble without having to wear the designer bag of the moment, although let’s face it, us gals love our shoes and bags! Read on to discover some tips to match your make-up to your outfit for that perfectly polished look!


Night and day. 

A lot of us struggle with heading straight from work to a function. There are some quick solutions; if you know you’re heading straight from work to an event or gathering, pack accordingly the night before.

A fun statement pair of heels and a catchy neckpiece will do the trick. Even simpler? A swipe of eyeliner and a pop of lip color will make all the difference between day and night. Try a simple cat’s eye liner on your top lashes and a vibrant, long lasting red that will take you from demure and professional to va-va voom in ten minutes. Alternatively, layer on some darker eye-shadow to add some night-time drama, highlight your cheekbones and layer a dusky nude or pearlescent pink with a shimmery gloss for an extra dazzle.

Don’t be afraid to experiment. 

Make up is fun! It is meant to be an expression and extension of who you are. Don’t be afraid to try out the colors of the season, or even start your own trend! Do what you think makes you look good and feel your best!

Avoid being matchy-matchy.



If you are wearing a brightly colored dress, aim to use a lip or eye color in a slightly different shade. For example, if you are wearing a vivid purple dress, pair it with a delicate lavender eyeshadow, and a nude, glossy lip.

Be bold, but keep it classy.

There’s a difference between being bold with eye, lip and outfit color, and looking a bit like coco the clown. Always avoid wearing a bold eye and a bold lip, especially if your outfit is matching them. If you are wearing a red dress, for example, a strong red lip, and subtle, yet well defined eye is key.

The idea is to have a pop of color to enhance and draw the eye to your best features. Perfectly groomed brows, and eyes framed with dark mascara are often more than enough to compliment a bold lip.

Coordinate your colors. 

Again, this boils down to shades. A cream or pink outfit palette will go superbly with a darker eye, a rose/bronzed cheek, and lighter, more neutral lip. Pick an accent piece such as a jacket, scarf, pair of shoes or a purse to match your lipstick.

Timing is everything.

Even the most perfectly coordinated ensemble may end up being over-shadowed, or under-shadowed by your make-up choices. You want to be noticed as an overall polished piece, and not just for either your outfit or your face.

If you’re heading out in the daytime and are wearing a more casual outfit, keep your face as clean as possible, with an emphasis on keeping one of your features enhanced. Casual jeans and a white t-shirt in the day look classy with a bold lip and more subtly defined face, whereas an overly done up face may not quite match the function. At nighttime, extra layering on cheeks, lips and eyes is an ideal way to accessorize your ensemble.


Gwen Lewis is a freelance writer who lives in California. She has been in the beauty and fashion industry for 7+ years. In her free time she loves to bake and remodel furniture. Twitter  /Google+

Terri Tomlinson- Makeup Artist based in Dallas, TX creating hair and makeup for print, film, video, runway, Television and the real world for over 20 years. She loves super natural, clean makeup, HD, and getting people “camera ready”. Terri owns Makeup Training Academy offering professional training to new and existing makeup artists. She consults on makeup for HD, speaks publicly, and serves as an on-camera Beauty Expert.