If you’ve always wanted to try some bold funky colors but don’t know where to start then this is the tutorial for you. Bold and funky doesn’t always mean bright and garish; by using softer shades of bright colours we can turn it around and the results are super-stylish!
Step 1: It’s all in the prep
Highlight any pink spots around the nose and cheeks and blend to give a base coat where most needed.
If you have red skin try using vanilla rose foundation, just a tiny amount will help to disguise any red patches or blemishes. There’s no need to apply it to the whole face, just keep it to a light layer that blends with your natural skin tones. A concealer can be added later for any darker areas.
Blend everything together with a nice even application of bronzer which will bring a healthy glow to your skin. If you have paler skin then be careful not to go too overboard.
Pro tip: Don’t forget to blend down into the neck! The ‘mask’ is a common oversight and best left for Halloween.
Step 2: Proper contouring
Kiss and Blush is great for giving dimension to the face. Dab a little along the hairline and use a soft brush to blend it into your skin. Highlight the cheeks, blend these lines so they fade out towards the nose which will help raise the cheekbones.
Using a matt product will sink into the skin perfectly.
Step 3: Magic in a bottle
Dot a few spots of concealer beneath the eyes and tap with your finger tip to reduce any remaining under-eye red patches or blemishes, soften this into the cheeks and outer nose areas to give a seamless finish.
Step 4: Red v Orange
If you suffer with redness to your skin then orange should be your weapon of choice. Here we’re using a gorgeous coral shade that will disguise these pesky areas and keep the dreaded red outbreaks away.
Step 5: Summer cocktail colours
Apply a light funky orange eye shadow to the lower eyelids.
Go higher with the orange if you’re feeling brave or add a touch of white beneath the eyebrows if you really want to pop the eyes. We decided to kept it simple today but both looks work well with these coral shades.
Apply a fine electric blue line of powder close to the upper lash line, as you would an eyeliner.
This is a great trick that suits all eye shapes and being a powder means that it won’t melt and disappear the way a regular eyeliner might. A lower line can also be added half way under the eye to shape to give definition without being too intense.
Pro tip: Photoshop for the face
Any remaining blemishes can be hidden with a final few dabs of concealer.
Step 6: Lighten up those brows!
Keep the brows light, use a softer shade of brown to just fill in the gaps of the eyebrows.
Step 7: Trial and error
Don’t be afraid to experiment with different lipsticks, you won’t always get it right first time but it’s easy peasy to remove or reapply. So mix it up and test out different shades to complement your chosen eye make colours.
Kiss and Blush to the lips. Sometimes contrasting colours work but you won’t know until your try. In this case it didn’t, so using the same Kiss and Blush shades on the cheeks and lips was the best option.
Pro tip: Shock horror - lining and defining your lips is not always necessary! Sometimes just a humble lipstick will give the perfect finish.
Step 8: Finishing touches
Blue mascara might sound like something your mum wore in the 1980s but a light application to the top and bottom lashes will give that final va-va-voom to finish the colourful, summer cocktail look.
Before & After
- YSL Color Neutralizer in green
- Perricone MD No Bronzer Bronzer
- L'Oreal True Match foundation in vanille rose
- YSL Babydoll Kiss & Blush no. 12
- Urban Decay Naked Skin concealer in fair
- YSL Babydoll Kiss & Blush no. 7
- Urban Decay Electric eyeshadow palette
- Kryolan Variety eyeshadow palette
- Derma Color concealer in D4
- Kryolan eyebrow powder
- Collistar Shock mascara in blue
- Kanebo The Lipstick
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