If you’ve spent any time perusing the makeup counter over the past several weeks, you’ve probably noticed a new trend that involves a lot of neon and ultra-bright pretty products. From pots of gloss to shocking shades of polish, I’ll guide you through using this season’s hottest shades without abusing them!
The good news is that most of these crazy colors only appear to be outrageous in the container. Once smoothed over skin, they make a light splash of color, accentuating your features without taking away from them. Let’s start with cheeks because they don’t need too much attention. You already know to apply your blush right on the apples of your cheeks, but instead of using your usual blush brush, switch to a larger powder brush, sweeping the light, electric pink across your cheeks and nose. This will create the illusion of a natural flush and set the tone for the rest of your face.
I like to do my eyes before my lips because I have a lot of fun playing with the shades and shapes. It’s easy to get creative with your eyes and still look glamorous. Many eye shadows come in palettes, but you only need to use one color at a time on your eye. Bring the shadow from your lash line to your crease and no further. This can make your eyes appear brighter and fresh. If you want to use a bright liner like teal or magenta, try a large swoop across your top lid. You can leave the line thick or smudge it for a softer look. Follow the bright liner with a black liquid liner just along your lash line. You want to see the color coming up from underneath, but you still need a bold color to keep your eyes from looking freaky! Follow with a black mascara or use something like a rich blue to finish the funky theme.
Sheer shine is a constant theme this season. Thick pots of sticky gloss glisten like stolen jewels from department store counters, but they have a secret. Most of these glosses are jelly-based and go on with the slightest hint of color. I refer to the look as “kiss me lips” because the color draws just enough attention without scaring your man. Guys hate thick lipstick and this trend is anything but! These shades will leave your lips looking luscious and irresistible. My favorite gloss is a pot of Camellia Ruby Balm by Julie Hewett. It’s the perfect hint of color, but isn’t sticky at all! It’s also organic, paraben free, $20, and it makes your lips super soft! You can get my favorite gloss at http://cart.JulieHewett.net.
I don’t want any of my SuperModel readers walking around looking like a box of crayons exploded on their faces, so please be careful! If you want wild lips one night, go lighter on the eyes. I think of wearing makeup like wearing an outfit. Make one thing the focal point and try to have the rest accentuate that thing. Showing off your eyes? Then the lips job that night is to help draw attention to the eyes. Showing off your legs? Then the arms should be covered to keep the focal point there. This method will keep you away from the fashion police and right on trend!