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What to Wear Now: Summer Makeup Colors
Update your look with these easy makeup tips
-Paige Herman Axel
Weekly celebrity tabloids are a guilty pleasure of mine, and as I flip through the pages I’m always wondering how the stars look so great, even when they’re running errands or doing otherwise mundane tasks. Their clothes aren’t much different than mine, and they aren’t all made up or blown out. So what’s the secret? One way the stars manage to look fresh both on the red carpet and off isn’t really a beauty secret at all, it’s simply a matter of staying on trend. (Pictured here: Twilight’s Rachelle Lefevre rocking the blue eyeshadow look.) Keeping current with the latest colors can make an old outfit look new, and give you a fresh-faced appearance in just a few minutes flat.
I’m a big believer in the power of a manicure. Somehow, groomed nails make an impact on any ensemble, whether you’re going for a sophisticated or edgy look. On the classic side, a pale pink will never go out of style, but wearing the latest shade on your nails gives your look an instant update. This summer, we’re seeing a lot of bold colors for the nails, from glitter polishes to fluorescent hues, and nail color is a great way to experiment, since a manicure is virtually commitment-free. Even if you hate the color, just take off the polish and put on a coat of clear. You’re still left with freshly shaped nails and smooth cuticles that tell the world you care about your appearance. One to try: Essie “Flirty Fuscia” from the Neon Collection. $8, amazon.com
Say bye-bye to your neutrals and browns, and have fun with your eye makeup this summer. Playing with color doesn’t necessarily translate to a heavy look, as long as you do it right. Try a boldly colored shadow in blue or green, and lightly sweep over your lid for a little pop of color. Summer is the perfect time to try a cream shadow since it’s more likely to stay put and you can build the intensity by layering it on. To dial up the drama, line your upper and lower lids with a similarly colored liner. (Pictured above). One to try: Nars Cream Shadow in “Carioca” (turquoise) or “Nomad” (moss green). $21, sephora.com
Any trendsetter – or trendwatcher – knows that the lips are possibly the best place to experiment. This season’s bold pinks, peaches and oranges can be worn as a tinted gloss or a rich lipstick – and just about anywhere in between. For the subtlest look, go with a tinted gloss in one of the season’s hottest colors. If you feel a little more daring, color your lips with a coordinating liner and top with a light gloss. For the most dramatic effect, go with a full-on lipstick, but get ready to attract attention.
One to try: Clinique Superbalm Moisturizing Gloss in “Raspberry”. $13.50, clinique.com
So now that you’re armed with the best ways to freshen up your look, it’s up to you to decide whether or not to share your latest beauty secret!