It takes a few tips and tricks - plus a small dose of confidence - to pull off colourful cosmetics. But the wow-factor is definitely worth it. Here's how to do it right.
The good thing about eyeshadow is it can be applied to suit your comfort level: a sheer wash of green, blue or purple, on the eyelids is subtle enough for daytime, but can also be built up into a more graphic swatch for evening, try: Dr Hauschka Eyeshadow Trio in Ametrine – just be sure to add lashings of mascara and groom your brows beforehand to keep it modern. Coloured eyeliner such as Dr Hauschka Eye Definer in Plum is another one that can be adapted: lining just the lower waterline with a colour, and pairing with black mascara, is subtle but still eye-catching, and if you’re looking to make more of a statement, ditch the black and brown eyeliner and use a bold pencil to etch a strong cat-eye. And if the last time you tried blue mascara was somewhere around the 1980s, you’re missing out. Cobalt mascara (try: Dr Hauschka Defining Mascara in Blue 03) has a vivid, eye-opening effect on all eye colours (it makes the whites of the eyes appear white), and is especially dazzling on brown eyes, while purple mascara compliments green and blue eyes. Wear coloured mascara on just the top or bottom lashes, and use black on the opposite fringe, or go all-out and wear coloured mascara top and bottom.
When it comes to blush, remember: it always looks brighter in the pot. Whether you prefer a mineral powder like Nude by Nature Virgin Blush or cream such as Velvet Concepts Crème Chic Blush in Marachino, blush can be layered to achieve a result that reads as either a translucent tint or a brilliant pop of colour. A bold pink will instantly brighten the face and revive a tired complexion, while vibrant orange or peach adds warmth and makes the complexion appear healthier.
Because it's not on your face, nail polish is perhaps the easiest way to experiment with colour. You can't go wrong with a classic cherry red or poppy pink, but if you really want to stretch your limits, try tangerine or lemon. The key is to keep nails short and squoval - too-long tips can read as tacky – and the finish glossy. For an instant pop of colour (and pick-me-up) we can't go past: Butter London Patent Shine 10x Nail Lacquer in Flusher Blusher or OPI Nail Lacquer in OPI Red.
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