How to Wear Your Makeup with an Animal Print
Hello, my animal lovers…(we’re talking animal print here)! Over the weekend, I decided to take a photo of my makeup to showcase how to wear makeup with an animal print. I think for many people, coordinating makeup with a print can be a little bit of a challenge, lacking a sense of a style direction. Keep in mind, there honestly is NO right or wrong on this subject, but here I will enlighten you with how I styled this look.
A break-down of the makeup look I created with the animal print top and a further explanation behind my color/styling choices:
EYES: - I wanted to stick with the shimmery brown and copper family in terms of my eye shadow selection because they compliment the colors within the animal print itself.
I did NOT want to go too smokey (the top in itself already has some drama being that it is a print, so no need to overkill with the eye makeup), nor go too natural (as I still did want the eyes to pop a little bit). Basically, I wanted a nice balance where there was some emphasis on the eyes, but not too much.
I started with a light shimmery copper lid color and then added depth by blending in shades of brown into the crease and outer crease.
Many people often question if a cat wing eye liner is necessary. Potentially, I think you could do a cat winged eye liner effect with an animal print, but for me personally, that’s taking it a step too literally. As I said, I’m not against the idea completely, it’s just not something I would do because it’s really not that original (I’ve just seen it too many times before). (It’s kind of like wearing a red dress with a matching red lipstick. It can be done, but it’s not the best styling choice because it’s too matchy-match. Again, it lacks visual interest and creativity).
[FYI, black liner and false lashes are my staples with any look and this was no exception! I am rocking my signature MAC #48 lashes of course! They are dramatically long and full bundles of lash goodness...just the way I like my lashes to look! No mascara could ever do that!]
CHEEKS: - I think there are a lot of options with the cheek color. I chose a peach, which is typically the blush color family I stay in, but also what I think looks the best with this print. I could definitely see a bronzy color though as well (or just bronzer if you’re blush-shy although I ALWAYS push some sort of blush on all people because it makes the face look youthful and happy). Pink, maybe…just not my first choice. Plum, not so much because it is a cool tone and I think the warm tones on the cheeks match nicer with an animal print.
LIPS: – I don’t know why, but I think CORAL hands down goes with animal print more than any other color for the lips. Being that there are usually warm beiges/brown within the animal print, the lips should be a warm color as well.
And since the eye shadow colors are all within a neutral color palette, that leaves room for the lips to be a little more playful. Coral coordinates nicely because it’s playful without being TOO flashy. Hot pink or red would be a little too loud in my opinion as then you would be left with a look where the makeup and the clothing are BOTH competing with each other.
[As a general rule (which can sometimes be broken of course), choose to make a statement with your outfit OR your makeup. Not both at the same time].
DOES ANYONE NOTICE WHAT IS DIFFERENT in this photo compared to the original?! Two styling changes…
1 – I changed my hair a little bit. AFTER I took the first photo, I realized I wanted to style this with the original black headband, but WITHOUT bangs (I decided I didn’t want any hair to be in the front…for some reason, I think it looks more stylish). This is a small nuance that to me makes a huge difference and I’m not even a hair person!
2- I wanted to showcase that I’m wearing my “Malibu Creamsicle,” a GIELLA custom blend lipstick I created and just blogged about! This way you can see what it looks like on and how nicely it goes with the overall look. (As I said, it goes great with a lot of things, animal print is just one of many things!).
(In the original photo, I’m wearing MAC “Costa Chic” lipstick, which I am a huge fan of. Both of these lipsticks are coral, the only difference is that the “Malibu Creamsicle” is softer in terms of the brightness).
[Do you have any other ideas on how to wear your makeup with an animal print?]