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Add A Little Drama On Your Make Up

Updated on November 30, 2015

Want a 5-minute makeup update? Try a flatters-everyone neutral face (whew – that’s a relief!), spiced just right with sophisticated color combos. It’s the perfect way to punch up your look and still let the true you come through.

Lips are Loud and Proud

Red lips are in, and yes, they’re eye-poppingly bright. But feat not: They’re surprisingly easy to pull off. Blue-red lipcolor goes with any skin tone. The cleaner the color, the better, which means avoiding orangey or brownish hues. If you find a shade you love but aren’t ready to go bold, “sheer it out” by mixing it with clear gloss. Red’s a one-swipe away to add drama to a carefully neutral face – or to make a totally bare face totally there.

perfect red lips
perfect red lips | Source

Estee Lauder Sumptuous Lipstick in Rubies

Chanel Infrarouge lipstick in Matador

Christian Dior Diorific Lipstick in Racy Raspberry

Clarins Le Rouge lipstick in Passion

Cover Girl Triple Lipstick in Gem

Laura Mercier lipstick in Moulin Rouge

Blush is Back

Great cheeks are romantic and rosy, and new dab-on cream formulas give skin a soft, natural texture. (If you get oily, opt for a powder blush instead). Pick a shade close to your natural flush. Brush it on the apples that form when you smile, blending along cheekbones toward the hairline (but not all the way – the idea is rosy cheeks, not inflamed temples).

rosy cheeks
rosy cheeks | Source

L’Oreal Touch-On Colour in Get Down Plum

Bobbi Brown Creamy Color in Pink Truffle

Sola Shimmer Powder in 10 and brush #19

foundation formula
foundation formula | Source

Skin Gets Pampered

New foundations offer more than just coverage. Options like Neutrogena Visibly Firm (with skin-toning copper) and Origins Dew Gooder (full of essential oils) raise the bar on what’s expected of base. And using them helps get skin that won’t need base at all. Genius! Now if only they’d apply themselves…

Neutrogena Visibly Firm Moisture Makeup in Natural Buff

Neutral’s a Natural

Basic browns and taupes are big news, thanks to tons of different textures like shimmery powder and translucent cream. Mix them for a quietly gorgeous and current face: A matte foundation plus an iridescent eye and a glossy lip (all in neutral hues) equals a can’t-miss look. Bonus: New neutrals still boast easy, blend-into-skin application and wearability that work on any skin or eye color. For eyes, brush a hue like ecru from lash line to brow bone, then add a darker color (like chocolate) in the eyelid crease and beige shadow on brow bone. Finish with black mascara and a lipstick that’s nude or close to your natural lip color.

Aveda Shadow Plus Vitamins in Shard

Almay Stay Smooth Beyond Powder Eyeshadow in Bronzed

Stila Lip Glaze in Vanilla

Clinique Rich Texture Eye Shadow in Mink

Christian Dior Duo Couture in Dior Light

Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Bare Beginnings

YSL Pure Lipstick in Rosy Beige

Helena Rubinstein Ritual Rouge Lips in Brief Success

Victoria’s Secret Suede Touch Modern Matte Lipstick in Pink Tulle

Eyes, Dramatized

The smoky eye is as sexy as ever, but this season’s looks use deep burgundy or navy shades – a wearable update on their charcoal and black predecessors. For serious drama, line top and bottom rims of eyes with pencil, then pat matching shadow over the pencil on the top lid and work your way up to the crease. Want subtle? Simply blend cream shadow along lash line and up toward the crease. Both burgundy and navy shadows work with any eye color and look best with black mascara.


Shiseido Liquid Eyeliner in Caviar Black

YSL Eyeliner Moire

MAC eyeshadow in Embark

Linda Cantello Eyecolor Cream in Shifty

Defile eyeshadow in Glitterati

Sue Devitt Studio eyeshadow in St. Barth

Laura Mercier eyeliner in Aubergine

Maybelline Cool Effect eye pencil in Black Frost

Try a Hint of Tint

Spark up a neutral face with colored mascara. Subtlety is key (bye bye, electric blue), so try a hue like spruce or navy that’s a deeper version of your iris color. Added incentive to try navy: The color makes the whites of your eyes look whiter.

Bobbi Brown Lashtint in Blue Graphite


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