Rest assured this is not a painful 80s flashback or a retro glam-rock moment. Colour is making its way onto dreary mugs, and it doesn’t have to look scary. Trends may come and go, but these vivid hues are pretty, feminine and worn without an ounce of irony. Think of your face as a blank canvas and then channel your inner Warhol. Here’s how to do it without looking like a drag queen.
Lips: Be a loud mouth
Nars International makeup stylist James Boehmer suggests using your lips as an accessory and trying a neon-orange or bright fuchsia shade. Not surprisingly, he suggests using Nars lipstick in Schiap – named after Surrealist designer and creator of the colour ‘shocking pink,’ Elsa Schiaparelli. ‘If you’re going to do it, do it. Go for it. Beautiful, matte lips look the best,’ says Boehmer. ‘It’s not supposed to be natural.’ Or, if you’re too hesitant, go for a sheer lipgloss, then apply a bright pink or bright orange blush for contrast.
Cheeks: Blush up
Sarah Lucero, a Stila makeup artist, recommends using Stila Convertible Colour, a cream blush and lip product in one. ‘Creams and gels are better in the summer and humid weather to create a soft sheen that’s not too glossy or powdery. Bright sheer colours will enhance clean, glowing skin and really make you look healthy, modern and youthful.’ Not like you need us to tell you, but let this be your reminder: Don’t overdo cheek colour – looking clownish is never in.
Nails: Hang 10
Don’t be afraid to try something new and let your personality show through. ‘No more matchy-matchy. Gone are the days when your fingernails had to match your toes,’ says Essie founder Essie Weingarten. ‘Try customising your own colours by mixing and layering shades. You can also add a twist to a French manicure by using your colours of choice.’
Eyes: Set your sights
Katie Pellegrino, Make Up For Ever makeup artist, can’t get enough neon. She says adding a pop of colour to your peepers is easier than you think: ‘Pencil the desired amount of colour directly on to the entire lid, and always sharpen your pencil before each application for the smoothest texture. Blend with a flat nylon brush until you get an even distribution, and allow it to dry completely. Or while it’s still emollient, follow with pressed or loose shadow to intensify the neon effect.’ Make bright hues your trademark this season: Would Cleopatra really have been quite so memorable without her kohl, Ditta von Teese without her ruby lips?
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