Max­imise the new sea­son with an ef­fort­less up­date

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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.

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