Bright eye shadows and lipsticks can be intimidating given the fine line between being on the cutting edge and going into an early 90′s time machine. If you aren’t sure which bright color is right for you, take the time at a local department store, Sephora, or even pharmacy (Rite Aid and Duane Reade have recently expanded their cosmetic sections, even allowing you to test products at certain stores) to play around with the colors. Only select the colors you feel comfortable and un-clown like in. This is one of those beauty scenarios when confidence is key to nailing the look. Also learn some basic ideas of which colors are making a mark this season, and stick to tones similar to those to keep your look up to date. Remember, there was very limited access to the internet in the 1990′s, so not everyone had this sanguine advice. Below are three color trends that are sure to keep you from accidentally slipping two decades into the past.
A new classic, Coral/Orange
After purchasing what I thought was a red, or was it orange, or was it neon red (does that exist?) sweater from H & M, I immediately began noticing this color popping up everywhere! Nail polishes, lipsticks, t shirts, hand bags, and of course eye shadow. This is a bold look, so those with high confidence factors need only apply. Performers and celebrities have been spotted with orange eyeshadow and coral lips (not at the same time). Those with very pale skin or very dark skin look best with this extreme look, especially the more pure orange colors. A coral lip works well with a large range of skin tones, play around with which exact color looks best on you.
Rediscover your childhood favorite, Hot Pink
Go gothic, glam, or chic with a hot pink eyeshadow. Search for hot pink eyeshadow images on the web and the range of looks this color can provide is astounding. From a demure look of pink mixed in with a more neutral color, to a more Avril Levin-eqsue punk rock wanna be style, pink’s range has increased of late.
Green eyeshadow has made a resurgence on the runways and red carpets. Nothing says spring like the color green, and many cosmetics companies are the idea of green spring to the max. This may be the most accessible bright color for the masses, since it comes in such a huge range of shades. From a subtle light mossy tone to a deep emerald green, this is one Spring trend to try without fear of ridicule. I’ve been using a Sue Devitt eye intensifier pencil in Bangalor which is a khaki green and doubles as an eyeshadow for an evening look.