By Baze Mpinja
With everything you've got going on in life, it’s easy to slip into makeup-routine autopilot. That is, until you see beauty looks like these. Get inspired by this trio of standout looks, created by makeup guru Michael Anthony, for when you’re sick of the same old thang all day, every day.
This bold statement is understandably NSFW for the corporate 9-to-5, but that’s exactly what makes it so much fun to wear — when it's the freakin' weekend!
1. Load up the color. Apply a look-at-me metallic green like L’Oréal Paris Infallible Paints Eye Shadow in "Mint Detox" all over your lid and up through the crease, leaving a small gap near the inner corner where you'd normally put highlighter. “You can outline the shape [on your lids] first, then fill it in to make it easier,” Anthony suggests. When you’re done, step back to make sure both eyes are even and fix any changes with a cotton swab dipped in makeup remover or micellar water as needed.
2. Wing it. Pick a complementary color, like L’Oréal Paris Infallible Paints Eye Shadow in "Shady Violet," to add a cat-eye wing to the outer corner of your eyes. If you need more control, use a tiny eyeliner brush. Glide the color from the center of your lid along the lash line, overlapping the green shade and extending out past the outer corner.
3. Amp it up. This look pops even more when you add a third daring color. Apply a light blue shade, like L’Oréal Paris Infallible Paints Eye Shadow in "BRB Blue," to the inner corner of your eye to form a V-shape. Anthony’s goof-proof technique: “Look down into a mirror; use a small brush and short strokes,” he says. Finish with a bit of mascara and a neutral lip color to avoid competing with your vibrant eyes.
Sometimes perfection is overrated, as evidenced by this effortlessly smudged lip look.
1. Prep your pout. “If your lips are dry, they’ll pick up color unevenly," Anthony says. "Smooth them first with a scrub or wet toothbrush, then apply lip balm." If you’re using a balm that’s really rich, blot your lips on the back of your hand to get rid of the excess.
2. Apply it right. To create a pretty wash of color, “apply lipstick onto the center of your lips,” says Anthony. You can choose whatever color you want, but a bright shade like L’Oréal Paris Infallible Paints/Lip in "Fearless Fuchsia" is particularly pretty and poppy for this look. Blend the color outward just a bit with the accompanying applicator, but not all the way to the edge of your lips. “The goal is to make it look like a softer version of the color you’re using,” he explains. Press your lips together to soften any lines and to make the color look more ~ombré~.
3. Soften up. If you need to further diffuse the look, use a small fluffy shadow brush to blur any harsh lines. To make your pout look fuller, apply a touch of highlighter above your Cupid’s bow. While you’re at it, add a bit of the shimmer to your lids and a coat of mascara — it’ll make your eyes pop without stealing your lipstick’s thunder.
Grab all the attention in the room with this statement-making mix of dusk-inspired shades and sharp blue under-liner.
1. Start with a bold base. Apply a warm pink shade, like L’Oréal Paris Infallible Paints Eye Shadow in "Sunset Fire," from the base of your lashes to up above the crease, extending it out toward the tail end of your brow. Don't worry about perfection. "Life is so full of color inspiration," Anthony says. "I don't think there's a right or wrong way to wear it."
2. Create contrast. Add dimension to the look by layering purple shadow, like L’Oréal Paris Infallible Paints Eye Shadow in "Shady Violet," at the outer corner of your eye. Blend the purple toward the center of your lid, and sweep it along the outer half of your lower lash line for extra depth.
3. Dab on the sparkle. Highlight with a Champagne-colored shadow — L’Oréal Paris Infallible Paints Eye Shadow in "Cool Ivory" will do the trick — onto the inner corner, and then use a fluffy shadow brush to blend it onto your lid to add brightness.
4. Add a vibrant pop. Anthony used L’Oréal Paris Infalliable Paints Eyeliner in "Intrepid Teal" here for a major color boost, but if the sunset shades are speaking to you, you can just end the look there. If you're down to experiment, pick up a bright teal shade and trace along your lower lash line from the inner corner all the way to the outer corner until it meets the purple shadow. Voilà!