With summer just around the corner, I’m becoming more and more open to the idea of wearing brighter makeup. Lately, I’ve been experimenting with bright lipstick. I know, such a rebel, right? All jokes aside, I didn’t think I could pull it off for a long time. And I know I’m not alone.
There’s more than just mascara when it comes to vivid, summer makeup. I’m here to tell you that I can wear bright makeup. And so can you. (Without looking like you’re headlining a Las Vegas burlesque show.)
The key here is to focus on one part of your face. If you’re playing up your eyes, you’ll only need a lip balm or gloss on your lips. Likewise, if you’re going for a rich lip color, the makeup on the rest of your face should be subdued.
If you’re fairly committed to the colored mascara trend, try Chanel’s limited-edition Inimitable Waterproof mascara, which retails for $30 and comes in pretty cobalt, aqua and mustard shades. CK One offers a violet shade for $18. For an even more wallet-friendly option, look to Mark’s Lash All You Want High-Volume Mascara in wine.
In a recent post, I mentioned wanting to try The Beauty Department’s trick for colored lashes. Using liquid liner on your bottom lashes is a great way to try using color on your lashes if you’re not ready to go full throttle. Try Sephora + Pantone Universe Graphic Lift Liquid Eyeliner in Emerald ($17). If you’re feeling even more festive, go for NYX Cosmetics’s Liquid Crystal Liner. It’s a steal at just $4 a pop.
I don’t always wear blush, but I reach for it in the summer — it’s a great way to put some vibrant color into my look. If all else fails, remember the virtues of cream blush in hot weather. For a great summer flush, try Tarte Cheek Stain in Tipsy (a sheer-coral pink). Trust me, it’s worth the $30. Blissful (a warm peach-toned pink) is another option.
My summer lip color was an impulse buy, but I’m so happy I took the plunge. If you haven’t yet tried Clinique’s Chubby Stick Intense lip balm, get thee to a makeup counter, stat. I have it in Heftiest Hibiscus, but I can’t promise I won’t buy other shades. It’s rich enough to give me a gorgeous coral pout, but not, like, man-repeller intense. Revlon’s Color Stay Just Bitten line has some great summery shades and they’re just $8.99.
Corals, orange-tinged reds and berry colors are all great for summer. Ready to be bold, ladies?