Add A Little Drama On Your Make Up
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.
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).
L’Oreal Touch-On Colour in Get Down Plum
Bobbi Brown Creamy Color in Pink Truffle
Sola Shimmer Powder in 10 and brush #19
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
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