Just like the year’s hottest fashion trend, make-up artists have embraced “colour blocking”, too, by pairing vivid bursts of complimentary shades on both eyes and lips. “It’s fabulous, fun and who doesn’t want to stand out and look beautiful?” asserts make-up maestro Napoleon Perdis. Unsure which hues to choose? Perdis suggests pairing forest green with orange, or pastel blue with lolly pink. But when in doubt, opt for purple-based eyeshadows or lip shades. “It’s a universally flattering hue that enhances any eye colour or skin tone,” points out Perdis.
Not game enough to play up your eyes and lips together? Perdis explains that you don’t have to go OTT to incorporate colour into your party make-up routine. He suggests choosing just one feature – eyes or lips – and then slowly building up to the desired effect. So, for instance, if a bold lip is too much, try a tint or stain and gradually work your way up to a stronger intensity. Or if you’re wary about wearing a bold shadow all over your lids, then simply smudge a little into your top lash line for a subtle hint of colour.Insider secret:
“To avoid fallout when applying coloured shadow, try wetting your brush before applying shadow to it. This will help hold pigment between the bristles of your brush to adhere to your eye more easily,” says Perdis.How To Choose Your Perfect Bright Lipstick Shade
Summer’s new crop of lipsticks makes a serious statement. But if you’re not sure whether to opt for a fire engine red or fuchsia pink, don’t worry. Here’s our guide to finding the best shade to enhance your skin tone.If your skintone is Fair:
Best buys: Max Factor Lipstick in Magenta Divine, $20.95; Lancôme L’Absolu Rouge Lipstick in 134, $49; Maybelline New York Lipstick in Fuchsia Fever, $18.95; Youngblood Lipstick in Tangelo, $38.If your skintone is Medium:
Best buys: ck One Color Pure Color Lipstick in Wow, $35; Shu Uemura Lipstick in Rouge Unlimited 570, $42; Tom Ford Lipstick in Aphrodisiac, $65; Sisley Lipstick in Mandarin, $62.If your skintone is Dark:
Best buys: Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Cherries In The Snow, $21.95; Rimmel London Lasting Finish by Kate Lipstick in 22, $11.95; NP Set Lipstick in Gold Coast, $22; Australis Lipstick in Make
A Wish, $12.95.How To Choose Your Perfect Bright Eyeshadow Shade
From pretty pastels to vivid violet and electric blue, choose a shadow to help brighten your eyes and enliven your complexion.If your skintone is Fair:
Best buys: M.A.C Eye Shadow in Beautiful Iris, $33; Eles Mineral Matte Shadow in Bermuda, $26.90; Shu Uemura Pressed Eye Shadow in IR Soft Yellow Green 435, $28; Napoleon Perdis Color Disc in Wild Sunflower, $29.
Best buys: JK Jemma Kidd Hi-Design Eye Colour in Modernist, $21.95; Rimmel London Glam’Eyes Mono Eye Shadow in Celestial Sapphire, $10.50; Maybelline New York Color Tattoo by EyeStudio in Edgy Emerald, $11.95; Nars Eyeshadow in Goldfinger, $39.If your skintone is Dark:
Best buys: L’Oréal Paris Infallible Eyeshadow in Purple Obsession, $19.95; Bourjois Eyeshadow in 03, $20; Illamasqua Powder Eye Shadow in Fame, $24; Shiseido Luminizing Satin Eye Color in YE 306, $37.