Maximise the new season with an effortless update
New season update
One of the simplest — and least expensive ways — of giving yourself a new look is to radically change the way you make over your best feature. Take what you get complimented on the most — your eyes, say, or mouth — and emphasise it. Normally wear red lipstick? Transfer to a soft milky pink-nude. Vice versa if you mainly go for muted shades. If you usually wear neutrals on the eye, go for colour. It will freshen your look instantly. The approach is also pretty risk-free because there are few rules to remember with modern, bright eyeshadow formulations — since they are sheer, most colours are flattering. There is one proviso: radical experiments won’t be quite as successful with not-so-perfect features. For example, it’s more difficult to wear very bright lipstick if your lips are ultra-thin or to apply heavy shadow to dark, deep-set eyes.
Get the look with:
NUDE LIPS: There’s a shade of nude for everyone but if you’re experimenting it makes sense not to spend too much. Burt’s Bees Lipstick in Suede Splash ($ 22) will enhance your natural lip colour, has enough rosiness to stop you looking washed-out and won’t break the bank. BRIGHT EYES: As a brand, Bobbi Brown doesn’t do many bright shadow colours — usually favouring the more universally flattering neutrals — so when brights are introduced, it’s usually with a lot of thought. Cream eyeshadow is a great option for brights novices since it’s easier to apply (a clean fingertip will do) and can be layered for a more intense look. Bobbi Brown Cosmetics Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick in Violet Plum ($60) or Heather ($ 60 each) are both good options. If you are feeling a little more daring, try a shade in Shiseido’s Paperlight Cream Eye Color collection ($ 49 each, pictured Hisui Green). All are vibrant, translucent, bright and offer a modern matte finish.
RED LIPS: Moisturisation is key here. Don’t skimp on red lipstick; many of the cheaper formulations will stain and will be more difficult to apply. Some of the best are from brands such as Estee Lauder, Channel and Elizabeth Arden. Try one of the reds in Arden’s Beautiful Color Bold Liquid Lipstick range ($ 41) each, all of which are longlasting, creamy and less likely to feather or bleed.