Sunday, July 22, 2012

Summer Makeup Trends: Bold Colors

Today's post will be about 2 very popular summer trends that are basically completely opposite from one another. One draws the attention up to the eyes, and the other makes a statement with a bold lip.  Both looks where inspired by looks my cousin sent me as inspiration. She also has a beauty blog, focusing on beauty on a budget; how to look beautiful without breaking the bank.  To see her take on the Icy blue shadow look below, which is a great example of how to do it on a darker skin tone click here: .  While the colors are not exactly what I used,the concept is the same.
Look #1: Icy blue shadow, nude lip

As you can see this eyeshadow is quite bold. The nude lip, helps balance the look out, so it doesn't look overdone.  Highly pigmented shadow like this can be difficult to work with, so I usually recommend doing the eyes first here, so that you can clean up any fallout without ruining your foundation. I used a mix of many different shadows to create this look, but most notably a dark matte blue (NARS Outreamer) & E.L.F. Studio Line Eye Transformer.

Another popular look this summer is a bright lip, paired with a slightly more subtle cat eye.The inspiration was the look seen on Rhianna below:

Look #2: Hot Pink Lips, cat eye:

 I chose to go a bit more glossy with the lips, and a little less of a wing on the liner. I think this look looks better on tanned skin, so used a bit of self tanner & bronzer so it wasn't such a stark contrast against the bright lip.  Instead of using only black eyeliner, this look uses a little bit of navy liner as well. this helps to really make the whites of the eyes pop. On lips, I did a layering effect to make the look last all day.

 I started with Stila lip pencil in Obsessed, topping that with a hot pink lip balm.  I then layered on a hot pink lip stain. For the base color, I mixed OCC lip tars in the colors Anime & Trollop to get the exact shade I wanted. For shine, I used Urban Decay Lip Junkie Lip Gloss in the color Crush.  You could also obviously use a clear gloss, but I wanted to really add another level of intensity. It's very important when rocking a bold lip like this to make sure your lips are properly exfoliated & moisturized.

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  1. I've just become obsessed with lip products and I love that hot pink lip with the cat eye! thanks!

    1. erin- congrats this comment has won you a brand new Urban DecaySuper Saturated Lip Color in Naked. Please send your mailing address to my private email so I can ship:


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