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Beauty Rule to Break: Strictly Following Skin Tone Recommendations

When it comes to beauty rules, we hear a lot of advice, some of it conflicting. Cool-toned people should only wear cool tones, except when their lipstick should have orange undertones instead of blue. Warm-toned people should prefer gold, except that silver looks equally pretty on most. It can be extremely confusing, but if you've put yourself in the narrow confines of a certain shade spectrum, now's the time to break out of it. To find out why it's OK to break this beauty "rule," just keep reading.

  • Color and undertones are both way too varied and complicated to be absolute: It's all about balance. Sticking with just one color undertone can sometimes look flat and even boring. Keeping things in line with your own tones can be a good general guideline, but using it as a hard and fast rule is a bad idea.
  • The truth is that when you see a color that appeals to you, you should always try it on: It may not work out, but at least you'll know, and you won't be cutting yourself off from the possibility of wearing something that you love. Plus, a little opposing tonality can be nice sometimes, like when you need to brighten up around your eyes, or when you've been sick and your complexion looks sallow.
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