Color Couture

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Want to create an incomparably chic and completely polished look? Just build your makeup around your favorite accessory (instead of the other way around) to tie the two in for a head-to-toe style that’s totally pulled together.


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The Accessory That Inspired It

Roberto Coin Horse Cuff in 18K rose and white gold with diamonds, $27,000 robertocoin.com
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On Your Lips: Light and Neutral

“Since the focus is on the eyes, lips will look best with just enough color to mute their natural color without taking it totally away,” says celebrity makeup artist Beau Nelson. A rich formula like Guerlain KissKiss in Golden Girl gives a hint of beige color and keeps lips soft, full and hydrated. $37, saks.com
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On Your Face: Get Glowy

Celebrity makeup artist Mally Roncal of Mally Beauty says to use a champagne highlighter to accentuate the stones in the jewelry. “Apply below the brow bones, above the cheeks, on the cupid’s-bow and chin.” Becca Beach Tint Shimmer Soufflé in Guava/Moonstone gives an illuminated look. $27, sephora.com
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On Your Eyes: Glitter Glam

This decadent bracelet deserves a sexy, smoky eye, says Nelson. “The eyes look modern when metallic blacks are used.” Make Up For Ever Aqua Matic D12 adds shimmer to black liner. $21, sephora.com
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The Accessory That Inspired It

Hermès Printed Leather Boots, $3,400, hermes.com
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On Your Lips: Perfectly Nude

Pair the minimalistic yet contoured eye with an equally minimal yet modern lip such 
as MAC Lipstick in Peachstock. “An almost nude, creamy lipstick will work nicely,” says celebrity makeup artist Kristee Liu.  $16, maccosmetics.com
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On Your Eyes: Soft Yet Defined

Nelson suggests wearing eye shadow in tones of beige, pink beige and gray beige. “These colors sculpt the eyes, so they look made up but in a natural way.” With eight neutral hues, bareMinerals Ready 8.0 Power Neutrals contains a sampling of versatile shadows to create a sexy eye. $40, sephora.com
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On Your Face: Full Coverage

“These Hermès boots are such a statement in and of themselves, 
so the face should be matte with creamy, neutral tones,” says Nelson. Free of oil, for fresh-looking skin, Marc Jacobs Beauty Genius Gel Super-Charged Oil-Free Foundation is a gel formula, which is light in texture but perfect in coverage. $48, sephora.com
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On Your Cheeks: Pretty in Pink

Swipe blush in a peach-meets-pink shade—we like Burberry Light Glow Cameo Blush No.02—to add some warmth to your cheeks. For 
a more diffused application, use a large fluffy brush; for more concentrated color, opt for a smaller, more dense brush. $42, us.burberry.com
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The Accessory That Inspired It

Bulgari Serpenti Plisse Handbag, $2,100, bulgari.com
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On Your Lashes: Mile-long Lashes

Long, lush, full lashes draw attention to the eyes. Orlane Volume Care Mascara coats and defines lashes, so that even the shortest ones look extra long. $40, orlane.com
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On Your Eyes: Sheer Shimmer

Play up the eyes with shimmery shadow in a “brownish shade and add lashes,” says Liu. Apply Nars Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow in Dione wet to pop the color. $29, sephora.com
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On Your Nails: Jewel Toned

If you don’t like to wear red lips, opt for a more muted tone and add in color by matching your nails to the bright tones in the bag, either the red or the green in the eye of the serpent. The deep green color of Essie in Trophy Wife is a perfect pick. $8.50, essie.com
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On Your lips: Showstopper

A bright, bold red lip color, like Dior Addict Fluid Stick in Pandore, complements the vibrant scarlet tones in this bag. The long-wear formula gives 
a glossy finish. $35, dior.com
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The Accessory That Inspired It

Chanel Gold/White Metal/Aluminum Necklace, Price available upon request, chanel.com

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The Accessory That Inspired It: On Your lips

Liu suggests, “Add a touch of color to the 
lips in a muted pink 
or coral color,” like Bite Beauty BB for Lips in Flush. Going too bright will contradict the eyes. $24, sephora.com
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On Your Nails: Megawatt Drama

Perfectly shaped nails in a dark shade will complete the edgy look. OPI Today I Accomplished Zero (inspired by Coke Zero) fuses a shiny black base with red glitter. $9.50, opi.com
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On Your eyes: Dark + Sultry

“This piece needs rock ‘n’ roll eyes,” says Spob O’Brien, Illamasqua 
head of professional development. Get a smoldering eye with Tarte Limited Edition Amazonian Clay Dual Liner. $28, sephora.com
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On Your Face: Flawless and Perfect

Matte skin, accomplished by using a primer, matte liquid foundation and translucent powder, provides the perfect backdrop for this look, letting the eyes and lips take center stage. The ultraluxurious YSL Fusion Ink Foundation provides a natural finish that’s never cakey. $60, yslbeautyus.com
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The Accessory That Inspired It

Louis Vuitton Beige Monogram Empreinte Bag, $3,000, 

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On Your lips: Bright and Pretty

To finish off the look, add a bit of color, so you don’t look washed out. Dolce & Gabbana Passion Duo Gloss Fusion Lipstick in Natural gives 
perfect pink lips. $36, saks.com
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On Your Eyes: Lush Lashes

“Play up the lashes with mascara to give the face a central focus,” says Liu. Chanel Le Volume de Chanel Mascara in Noir not only gives volume 
to lashes, it swathes them in a coat of intense dark color, too. $30, chanel.com
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On Your Nails: The Modern Nude

“A bag like this deserves to be held by hands that feature a new take on the classic nude nail,” says O’Brien. Formula X Sparklers in Love Chemistry takes nude to the next level with a metallic base and flecks of pink glitter. $12.50, sephora.com
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On Your Cheeks: A Warm and Healthy Glow

Nelson says the skin should be finished with well-contoured cheeks in a taupe blush color with a hint of bronzer. To keep skin matte, Clinique Superbalanced Powder Bronzer has a mineral-enriched formula that contains oil-absorbing ingredients like silica, so skin looks healthy all-day long. $26, sephora.com

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