As beauty fans, it should come as no surprise that bright colors are a major beauty trend this season thanks to brands like Derek Lam (pictured, top right) and Christian Dior. After all, when you have spent your entire winter experimenting with rich plum hues and soft neutral tones, a new palette is a must! Happily, it seems that a slew of stylish starlets agree—Rachel McAdams and Fergie have tried vivid eyelids, while Emma Stone and Lily Allen have tried juicy lip colors. On that note, today’s Beauty Queen story is devoted to finding out all the important details on how you can incorporate this playful new look into your beauty regime! Read on!
Pick The Right Color
The first thing you need to know about trying bright colors this summer is that there is something for everyone! “There is a great bright shade for any skin tone. Fair girls look best in blue-toned, primary brights—dip your toe into colorful looks by trying sherbet shades. Girls with deeper skin tones should move towards jewel tones and avoid sherbets,” says Brett Freedman, a celebrity makeup artist who has worked with celebrities like Camilla Belle and Sienna Miller. “Middle-toned girls have the most fun—they can safely wear anything!”
Try Summer Brights On Your Eyes
If you are leaning towards a bright eye, we recommend taking inspiration from Rachel McAdams and Fergie. Rachel tried bright yellow eyeliner for the London premiere of Morning Glory, while Fergie wore bright orange eyeshadow for the Kids’ Choice Awards. According to Brett, both methods are effective. “Liquid liner is a great way to add color to your eyes—you can do a neutral eye and then squeeze a touch of bright liquid liner very close to the lash line. But, a pop of eyeshadow on the lids is a tad bolder! Just be sure to use freshly-cleaned brushes so there is no mudding of color. I use disposable sponge applicators for the crispest color payout.”
Ready to try this look for yourself? We asked Andrew Sotomayor, a celebrity makeup artist who has assisted with the backstage beauty at Dior and Marchesa, for advice on how to recreate Rachel’s shimmering yellow look. “To get the brightest color payoff, layer your products. Try using Makeup Forever’s Aqua Cream in Gold ($22) on your lid and then topping it off with Cover Girl’s Eye Enhancer Shadow in Gold Sizzle ($3.29). If you want a softer finish, apply them with a liner brush.”
Andrew also offered advice on recreating Fergie’s bright orange eyelids. “Bright color can be sophisticated or tough. If you’re a rocker chic, use a firmer brush to apply color all the way to the crease, but don’t worry about blending perfectly.”
Try Summer Brights On Your Lips
If you would rather try bright lips, look to Emma Stone or Lily Allen for inspiration. Just last week, Emma wore bright pink lips to the Conde Nast Traveler Annual Hot List party in West Hollywood, and back in March, Lily sported a tangerine pout at the Chanel show in Paris. Brett recommends starting this look by applying “a touch of concealer around the lip line” before powdering lightly. Once you are all set, there are two ways to try this look. For a soft look, take Brett’s advice and apply your lipstick as a stain by “applying with fingers and then blotting in the vivid color.” If you want a bold look, take Andrew’s advice: “To prevent bleeding, line your lips with a pencil that matches your natural lip color. For the most color payoff, apply lipstick directly from the tube.”
What Products Should You Use?
On the eyes, Andrew says using L’Oreal’s HiP Bright Shadow Duo in Flare ($7.99) is “definitely the way to go.” Brett also recommends L’Oreal’s HiP Bright Shadow Duos—his favorites are Riotous, Showy, and Flamboyant. As for the lips, if you want to try a pink lip, Andrew recommends trying Benefit’s Silky Finish Lipstick in My Treat ($18) or L’Oreal’s Infallible Le Rouge Lipcolor in Forever Fuchsia ($9.99), while Brett recommends Revlon’s Super Lustrous Creme Lipstick in Cherries In The Snow ($7.99). If you want to try an orange lip, Andrew recommends Cover Girl’s Lip Perfection Lipstick in Flame ($6.99) or Dior’s Rouge Dior Lipstick in Rare Amber ($30), while Brett recommends trying NARS’ Lipstick in Casablanca ($24).
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