Total package: How to match your hair, make-up, clothes

Recent fashion trends would lead you to believe that mismatching is in. Bold, clashing prints are put together on a single handbag. Bright, mismatching colors are paired with interesting textures. But how much mismatching is too much? It’s time to get back to the matchy-matchy basics. Find out how to match your hair, clothes and make-up in a chic, subtle way.

Woman with monochromatic look

Cursive number 1Go all out

So you want to skip the subtlety and get right to the point with an all-over pop of color? Start with your hair. Are you rocking a shade of blonde, brown, black or red? Instead of taking your fiery red hair to the t-shirt department to find an exact match, take an adventure to the dress department to find a print or solid style to match your hair color. The lack of contrast between your hair and dress will help you stand out. Head to the beauty counter to find flattering shades of red, brown, gold or black to compliment your personal color scheme. Keep it demure with a bold lip and bare eye, or vice versa.

Cursive number 2Monochromatic match

In design, a monochromatic color scheme is the different variations of a single hue. For example, beige, honey and chocolate are all monochromatic colors of a standard brown. Take this design cue to your wardrobe. Brunettes, pair a nude heel with an eggshell pencil skirt, chocolate shirt and varying monochromatic accessories. Add a smidge of nude lip gloss, brownish-pink blush and earth-toned eye shadow for a natural, yet sexy make-up look. Black-haired beauties can employ the help of dark grey, silver and jet black pieces with a sultry smoky eye. Blondes should take advantage of their gold-hued undertones with trendy metallic purses, shoes, dresses and more. A touch of bronzer, gold eyeshadow and dark brown mascara finishes the look.

Cursive number 3Tone it down with neutrals

You don’t have to use your new matchy-matchy style from the top of your head to the tips of your toes. Tone down any potential tackiness and flashiness with neutrals. Whites, nudes, browns and blacks are your new best friend. They can add stunning dimension to a heavily matched outfit. Plus, neutrals work with just about anything. Use your brown or blonde hair as a neutral, or go easy on the make-up with a natural-looking color scheme of browns and beiges.

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