BRIGHT IDEAS

Stars stand out with high­lighter hair hues and match­ing makeup — but for some, the bold look is a bust

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Stars like Ke­sha ex­per­i­ment with bright hair color and match­ing makeup — but it doesn’t al­ways work

Peace out, pas­tel tresses — celebs are now draw­ing hair color in­spi­ra­tion from the rain­bow. And in true “go big or go home” fash­ion, they’re swip­ing on co­or­di­nat­ing eye shadow shades. “Vi­brant locks aren’t just an­other way for celebri­ties to seek attention,” says celebrity hair col­orist Rona O’con­nor, who has worked with Blake Lively and Bella Thorne. “These shades can ac­tu­ally com­ple­ment the com­plex­ion by play­ing up the skin’s un­der­tones. And an ac­cent of a sim­i­lar toned eye mar­ries the look over­all.” The key to a vibe that’s #cool­girl and not clowny, O’con­nor adds, is to strike the right hair-toshadow ra­tio. “A lit­tle goes a long way with pri­mary pig­ments, so a sub­tle sweep of shadow on the lid will suf­fice.” Take cues from these stars for the col­ors that flat­ter (or flop) for each skin tone.

YEL­LOW + MEDIUM TO DARK SKIN = EDGY

Root-to-tip sun­shine strands would have made Cassie’s skin look sallow, but go­ing om­bré with yel­low (like Manic Panic High Volt­age Hair Color in Elec­tric Ba­nana, $14, man­ic­panic.com) cre­ates a smooth tran­si­tion that keeps skin look­ing ra­di­ant, and golden eyes am­plify the ef­fect.

PURPLE + DARK SKIN = SEXY

Jus­tine Skye, aka The Purple Uni­corn, was al­most a green uni­corn — but Mom ve­toed that. “She let me do purple in­stead be­cause it was more sub­tle.” Jewel tones on eyes and hair (like Splat Hair Bleach and Color Kit in Lusty Laven­der, $10, target.com) warm up skin for a pretty glow.

ICE BLUE + MEDIUM SKIN = WITCHY

Sil­very locks wash out Ke­sha’s skin, and heavy eye makeup cre­ates an un­flat­ter­ing con­trast to make skin look even pastier. The fix? Nix the rac­coon eyes and dye hair dark blue (like Vi­dal Sas­soon Pro Se­ries Hair Color in Mid­night Muse Blue, $9, target.com).

RED + FAIR SKIN = RA­DI­ANT

Ge­or­gia May Jag­ger’s fiery locks would make even the Lit­tle Mer­maid jeal­ous! The pa­prika shade (like Manic Panic High Volt­age Hair Color in In­ferno, $14, man­ic­panic.com) leaves a flush on fair skin that’s en­hanced by a pale or­ange shadow on the lids.

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