Joyful moments may have felt few and far between during lockdown, but they can be found in the depths of your makeup bag; from sharp coloured eyeliner, pink flushed cheeks, eye-catching bright nail varnishes to bold lip shades, your makeup bag is full of a rainbow of uplifting vibes you can tap into. A vibrant touch to your makeup can boost your mood and give your look a stylish edge because, despite what you might have heard, bright makeup can still look chic and low-key.
So, how do you make popping hues look subtle, sophisticated and chic? The trick is to use a light, deliberate hand and pare-back the rest of your makeup, keeping your base clean so you can let that soft splash of colour do the talking! And, in the same way an interior designer selects colours for a mood board to create a room’s ambience, you can select hues to influence your mood too.
If you’re looking to switch up your makeup routine for summer, here are four ways to add subtle vibrancy to your makeup, alongside some of my favourite products to create these looks with. Use one for understated chic, and if you’re feeling bold, mix and match these tips and swap in different colours.
Here are 4 subtle ways you can add vibrancy to your makeup look…
1. A Fun Eyeliner Shade
The Urban Decay 24/7 collection has a whole host of exciting tropical hues you can choose from. I’ve chosen a gorgeous glistening teal blue shade called Deep End. I love how fun and bright the colour is, while still managing to be chic. When applied with a light and deliberate hand, the blue creates a gorgeous flick that enhances your natural eye shape to transform your everyday look into something unique and unexpected. You’ll be surprised at how stylish this small touch of vibrance can make you look!
2. A Flushed Cheek
Just a dab of vibrant pink blush over your cheeks will make you look flushed and feminine! A well-placed application of bareMinerals’ Bounce & Blur Blush can liven your complexion while adding just the right amount of colour to give you a healthy flush that looks incredibly skin-like, thanks to its creamy, blendable mineral formula.
3. A Bright Lip
A lick of vibrant lipstick to your makeup look can take you from everyday to chic and stylish. (Plus, it makes your teeth look whiter. I can’t be the only one who finds this?) As soon as I swipe a red lip, I feel more confident and happy because of it. My favourite at the moment? Yves Saint Laurent Vernis a Levres Water Lip Stain 605 – Bain De Corail; I find this suits my skin tone, eye and hair colour really well, but the key is to simply wear what makes you feel good!
4. A Coloured Mascara
Like most, I’ve shied away from experimenting with coloured mascara for fear of looking ‘too overdone’, but as long as you pare back your look in other respects, you can create something fun and tasteful. The Shiseido Controlled Chaos is a small touch of colour that will take you out of your comfort zone, which can be easily swapped in just like an edgy accessory to help style out your outfit!
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