This spring, welcome back the sun with makeup that's just as bright. Play up your favorite feature—eyes, lips or cheeks—in these hot hues.
If the smoky eye is your go-to look for a night out, try this new twist. "Instead of gray shadow, use blue," advises Christopher Del Castillo, MAC Cosmetics senior artist. Start by lining your top lids with black eyeliner, then sweep on shadow (whether matte or sparkly is up to you) from your lashline to just above the crease. Add a touch of light brown shadow at the crease so the blue blends in seamlessly. Del Castillo's rule of thumb: "When you're playing up any one feature, keep the rest of your look simple."
ON MODEL: MAC Cosmetics Eye Shadow in Electric Eel, a bright blue with a hint of shimmer, $15;
LIGHT SKIN Bright royal blues are best if you have a rosy complexion.
1 | Wet n Wild Shimmer Eyeshadow Single in Stagedive, $1.99; at drugstores
2 | Mehron E.Y.E Cream in Deep Blue, $6.95;
MEDIUM SKIN True navy pairs perfectly with warm caramel undertones.
3 | Stila Cosmetics Jewel Eye Shadow in Blue Sapphire, $20;
4 | Revlon Matte Eye Shadow in Riviera Blue, $4.99; at drugstores
DARK SKIN Vibrant icy or midnight blue will pop against darker skin tones.
5 | L'Oréal Paris 24 HR Infallible Eye Shadow in Infinite Sky, $7.95; at drugstores
6 | Topshop Make Up Eyes in Uniform, $14;
The naturally flushed look is out; the rich, I-just-hit-the-gym glow is in, says celebrity makeup artist Mathew Nigara of NYC New York Color. To get the look, he recommends using the tip of your ring finger to dab a cheek stain or cream blush (they're more vibrant and last longer than powders) along your cheekbones, then layer on the color until you reach the desired shade. Hint: Apply blush on top of foundation, then a translucent powder to set your makeup.
ON MODEL: Benefit Cosmetics Posietint, a bright pink cheek stain, $29;
LIGHT SKIN A pinkish flush stands out against alabaster skin.
1 | Sonia Kashuk Super Sheer Liquid Tint in Peony, $9.99; at Target stores
MEDIUM SKIN Warm peach and gold give balance.
2 | Tarte Maracuja Blush & Glow Brightening Luminizer and Cheek Tint in Sunlight, $32; at Sephora stores
DARK SKIN Bold fuchsia adds a lit-from-within glow.
3 | Urban Decay Afterglow Glide-On Cheek Tint in Crush, $24;
"Purple is the 'it' lip color for spring," says Sonia Kashuk, makeup artist and founder of Sonia Kashuk Beauty. And, surprisingly, it's more wearable than red. "If you look closely, you'll notice that your lips have more plum than red undertones, so a purple lipstick is actually quite flattering." Still unsure? Try this: Apply color with a lip brush, spreading it from the middle of your lips to the edges. This method will help control the intensity, so you'll end up with a shade you're comfortable with.
LIGHT SKIN Soft, sheer orchid won't overpower a fair complexion.
1 | On the model on the previous slide: Too Faced Lip of Luxury in Living in Sin, $20;
MEDIUM SKIN A warm plum matches best with olive tones.
2 | Wet n Wild Mega Last Lip Color in Ravin' Raisin, $2; at drugstores
DARK SKIN Go for a deep eggplant shade.
3 | Smashbox Be Legendary Lipstick in Black Plum, $22;