Is it ever OK to match your makeup to your outfit? Not just coordinate. I mean go full-on matchy-matchy. This is the question consuming us today thanks to the sharp eyes at Gawker, who noticed that Paz de la Huerta always matches her lipstick to her dress.
In case you don’t know Paz, she’s an actress in HBO’s Boardwalk Empire and did some indie projects prior to that. She has a reputation for being naked a lot. There’s an absolutely brilliant profile of her in New York Magazine which states, “Paz only wears black, so as not to detract from her personality.” Apparently that’s changed now that she has to promote her show and hit the red carpet regularly. She’s got the lipstick wardrobe to prove it. (I won’t comment on some of the other makeup issues she has happening in the pictures.)
I’m completely torn on this. Just yesterday I was admiring a pic of Anna Dello Russo on Jak & Jil in which her hot pink lipstick matches her Prada fur stole. Is that better or worse than matching it to your whole dress?
Designers actually use this technique on the runway quite a bit. Alexandre Herchcovitch took matching to a whole new level at his S/S 2011 show by matching the lipstick to every dress–including black, yellow, green, and aqua. The purple lipstick at the recent Armani Privé spring couture show was a dead ringer for the purple used through much of the collection. Do we give it a pass on the runway–because, you know, that’s all artsy and stuff–but not to the girl on the street?
I talked to Suresh, who is a celebrity makeup artist and owner of an eponymous makeup line. His Twitter stream (@SureshBeauty) is a must-follow if you’re the slightest bit interested in makeup. He posts detailed instructions, insider-y tips, and will often critique women he sees on the street for makeup mistakes. He does this all kindly and with a great deal of grace. He also recently posted that you shouldn’t match your makeup to your jewelry, so I had to get his opinion on this hot topic.
He was not quite as wishy-washy as I am and had this to say: “DON’T ever match your makeup to your outfit. It’s tacky, old fashioned, and not creative. DO choose colors that are a few shades darker or lighter. Coordinating is okay. Sometimes, choosing complementary colors (opposite color match of your outfit) works quite beautifully, too.”