When it comes to makeup, every woman has her certain go-to shades—and an equally solid list of ones she stays away from. Then there are those colors that are just so universally out there, that they are often relegated to only making an appearance on Halloween, the stage or in the sale bin. But before you dismiss these decidedly non-traditional colors and trends, give them a chance—they may look wild in the packaging but work perfectly on just about everyone for creating a polished look. “Makeup is all about bringing in fun colors in an artistic way,” says e.l.f. color director Achelle Dunaway. “You don’t have to go bold and look like a clown to add a little pop of color, sometimes adding just a little eyeliner is perfect! If you don’t want to go for a trendy electric blue, try deepening the color to a navy for a more subtle effect. You’ll still be on trend by rocking the popular shade but in your own way.” Here are 9 editor-approved ways to fearlessly, yet beautifully, rock a pop of color.
This green-colored crayon goes on sort of clear and initially feels like a really moisturizing balm; within seconds magic happens to reveal the perfect pink shade that’s the color of your lips, only amplified. It lasts a really long time, doesn’t smudge and makes lips feel smooth.
It sports a color that is undeniably bubble-gum Barbie pink and looks so glittery in the pot it’s almost blinding, but this cushiony cream leaves behind the most beautiful pearlescent shine when applied on top of your favorite eye shadow. An added bonus: Its gel formula stops fallout and creasing from occurring so your shadow stays truer, for longer.
The blue shade looks downright crazy when you crack it open, but this super-sheer lipstick creates a cool berry tone that’s really subtle with the slightest sheen.
Small enough to fit in your pocket, these creamy K-Beauty formulas look like little tubes of paint but work wonderfully to add a pop of “lit-from-within” color to lips and cheeks.
This eco-chic, high-voltage palette is all about daring pigments. There’s sparkly ones, matte ones and pearlescent ones; no matter what you pick, the brilliant magnetic palette lets you swap out, refill and refresh your color combo. Don’t be afraid of the shades of blue in this set. “Blue is one out-of-the-box color that is totally on trend right now,” says butter LONDON Global Colour Ambassador Katie Jane Hughes. “It’s a color that suits most skin tones and is surprisingly easy to wear every day. You’ll get a dark-vintage vibe when wearing pops of blue eye shadow.”
“I am obsessed with this teal blue/green lacquer that works on everyone,” Hughes says. “It’s a very unique shade that’s simply—but surprisingly—gorgeous!” According to Hughes, when sporting non-traditional nail colors, keep the shape of your nails natural and the length short. “This gives off a classy, not trashy, vibe.”
One of the biggest makeup trends on the Spring 2016 runways (sported by the likes of Nanette Lepore, Karen Walker, Phillip Lim), an aqua eye offers an unexpected pop of color that’s universally flattering on all skin tones. If you want to start off slow, try lining your eye with this easy-to-use one that creates a soft effect.
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