4 Rules for Matching Your FOTD with Your OOTD

Having an inspired #OOTD (outfit of the day) can be a daily struggle, especially if you want to come up with something new continuously. Luckily, makeup is a fantastic way to switch up your looks and outfits without having to spend all your rent money on a never-ending closet.

#FOTD (face of the day) is an integral part of every fashionable woman’s look, but if you are confused about how you can match your face and clothes without looking like a clown, read on for four rules for matching your FOTD with your OOTD.

  1. Don’t match colors exactly.

When you are looking to match your FOTD with your OOTD, you want to keep the same color palette, but you don’t want the colors to match exactly. Otherwise, it will look too planned and cliché.

Instead, select a color and then mix it up with either darker or lighter shades.

  1. Do spread the matching colors out.

If you do decide to match similar colors on your face and body, then you want to spread the matching colors out among your whole look. Think one feature focus, instead of a clown outfit. This translates to one part of your face being enhanced with color, instead of overwhelming the whole thing with the color.  

For example, if you are wearing a pink dress, choose one accessory that can match (such as shoes or a watch) and one make-up product (such as lipstick or blush). Spreading out the matching colors in this way will make you look polished, but as though you didn’t try too hard.  

Colors such as red, pink, and coral are excellent to start experimenting with as they are easy to find in a wide variety of lipstick shades. Pink lipstick, pink dress, pink watch = an FOTD and an OOTD match made in heaven. Just remember to choose varying shades (as mentioned in #1).

For more advanced FOTD and OOTD matchers, pair a multicolored OOTD such as a Mirchi denim vest with one of the featured colors on the lips and another one on your eyes.

  1. Don’t forget your hair.

Your hair is undoubtedly part of your FOTD, and you want to keep the color in mind when planning a matchy-matchy look. Don’t choose a color that is too similar to your hair color, as this is a surefire way to go too far overboard.

With a matching makeup and clothing look, you want your hair to be a neutral background for the outfit. Even choosing a different shade of the same color can create problems when putting together a cohesive look. If you are looking to switch up your hair color, make an appointment with a skilled hair colorist.

If you do choose to match your clothing colors with your hair, then opt for a natural, neutral makeup look.

  1. Do experiment with funky color combinations.

A white and gold outfit palette pairs well with a cool blue eye look. A bright blue top and pants combination can be worn with a smokey grey eye-shadow. A sheer pink-brown eyeliner looks perfect with a brown jumpsuit. For an event, wear a jewel-toned dress with creamy, beige lips.

If you live by the motto “I will stop wearing black when they make a darker color,” then try an all-black outfit with a burgundy lip, dark lashes, defined brows, and un-blushed cheeks.

In other words, experiment with a range of color combinations while keeping these other rules in mind. Don’t be scared of trying something out, whether it’s a vibrant denim jacket or an elegant silk shirt; you will never know what looks good and what works if you don’t spend time experimenting. Look to makeup bloggers and magazine spreads for funky color combinations that you may not have considered on your own.

Rules Are Made to Be Broken

Over time, matching your FOTD to your OOTD can be a style that you will master. You will start to see which shades work well together, as well as what makes you feel good. However, don’t shy away from it just because you find a piece of clothing that is challenging to match.

Start out with easy, more basic combinations and then increase the difficulty as your skills and confidence grow.

Not every pairing is going to be your best look, but you should always wear what makes you feel good and the most like yourself. And, remember, rules are made to be broken! Your unique style is what makes you, you, so take risks, be daring, and enjoy learning more about yourself along the way.


Ethiopian-born and Dubai-based fashion designer Feiruza Mudessir discovered her curiosity to mix the traditional with contemporary at a young age, and this has become the trademark of her designs today. When you slip into one of Feiruza’s creations, you can almost hear the rhythms of Africa, the beats of India and the vibrancy of Dubai – this distinctive and colourful mélange is just what Finchitua is about.