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Smart application makes intense shades totally wearable: The key is to avoid blending shadow too far past the crease. To pull off bold mascara, Maybelline New York global makeup artist Erin Parsons advises picking a deep color and lining your waterlines with a pencil in a matching shade. Keep all other makeup minimal.
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Coral orange and fuchsia are “an exciting kind of a twist” on classic red, says celebrity makeup artist James Kaliardos. Parsons recommends matte formulas, which are more controllable and won’t slide around. For balance, keep your skin a bit dewy. “When you’re using matte lip color, the whole face can look flat,” Kaliardos says. “Glowing skin helps you pull off a strong look.”
The new way to wear blush is to highlight the face, rather than mimic a flush. Kaliardos suggests placing color high on the cheekbones, drawing attention to the outer planes of the face and creating “a sort of upper-cheek facelift.” Apply with a light hand to let your skin show through. Parsons’s shortcut: Tap a bit of bright lipstick onto cheeks.
Nail polish is the gateway drug for the brights trend. Celebrity manicurist Tracylee Percival says that while you can wear any shade you love, a quick way to find the most flattering hue is to look at your skin’s undertones: “Pinks and blues look great on cooler skin tones; orange and yellow-based reds look best on warmer complexions.”
This article originally appeared in the June 2018 issue of ELLE.