The Heat is On
The heat is on with the season's newest makeup looks. From lip stains in smoldering reds and corals to nail lacquers in hot pinks and outré shades of orange, there’s no shortage of high-watt hues to reach for this spring. The trick, of course, is how to making them wearable.Try these versatile options for a subtle or bold effect.
Build up a bright color on your lid
Look for sheer eye shadows that you can layer on for a more or less saturated effect. To keep things chic (not circus-like), concentrate the color from the lash line to the crease, applying one sweep if you’re fair and a few more if you have darker features.
Try:Yves Saint Laurent Ombres 5 Lumieres, $58, yslbeautyus.com.
Ease your way in with vivid metallics
Eye shadows with a gold or silver base help cut the intensity of neon just a bit, toning down these electric hues for the day.
Try:Dior Eyeshadow Palatte, $59, dior.com.
Experiment with bold liner
If a full lid of color is too much, try pairing a neutral eye shadow with a thin streak of blue or orange liner just on the upper lash line.
Try:Sephora + Pantone Universe Color of The Year Eyeliner set, $22, sephora.com.
Makeup For Ever Aqua Liner High Precision Waterproof Eyeliner, $23, sephora.com.
Take your blush one step beyond
Try a more daring shade of blush. Fair complexions look best in bright pinks while those with deeper skin tones can carry off corals. Apply bronzer first to soften the contrast with your complexion and focus your swirl on the apples of your cheeks.
Try:Estée Lauder Pure Color Blush, $28, esteelauder.com.
Juice up your complexion
Pat a drop of this mango-tinted stain over cheeks and lips for sun-kissed look that won’t smear or smudge, should you be outside in the heat.
Try:Benefit Cha Cha Tint, $29, benefitcosmetics.com.
Try a modern pink lip
It wouldn’t be spring without a hot pink lip, and this new find is formulated with illuminating mother-of-pearl particles to impart the perfect amount of shine.
Try:Make Up For Ever Rouge Artist Natural, $19, sephora.com.
Keep your color rich and shiny
For those who want the impact of a lipstick with the texture of a gloss, these revolutionary new lip stains deliver intense color with an airy feel.
Try: Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pur Couture Glossy Stain, $32 each, yslbeautyus.com.
Brighten up your balm
A low-key take on the tropical trend, this coral lip balm gives you a sheer touch of color along with SPF 15 protection.
Try: Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment, $23, sephora.com.
Paint on rainbow polishes
Thakoon teamed up with NARS to design these limited-edition colors, which make a fun statement on hands and toes. Pick up a similar tone on your eyes or lips to round out the look.
Try:Thakoon for NARS Nail Polish, $18, narscosmetics.com.