Sometimes I contribute to Elle.com and gush to their readers about my latest beauty obsessions. In a recent post I wrote about one of my favorite trends that looks amazing all year long–bright shadows. See the full story with my tips below–
In this roundup, you won’t find any shrinking violets. Instead, I’ve gathered the boldest purples, yellows, pinks, and more that I can’t get enough of this season—and shared my tips on how to wear them for that ultimate pop of drama.
Best Suited For: This hue is a real standout on brown, green, and hazel eyes.
How to Wear It: Smudged violet eyes are gorgeous on summer days—and nights. Apply a thick layer of purple to your top lash lines, gently smudging it with a sponge or your fingers for a messy look that is both relaxed and refined. Finish by wearing a pale pink lipstick, or go for a daring combination by highlighting the shade with a bright red pout.
Best Suited For: This sunny shade pairs perfectly with blue eyes.
How to Wear It: A little of this color goes a long way. Start by applying the shadow as an eyeliner, hugging the top and bottom of your outer waterlines. This will make your eyes stand out without appearing overdone. Round out the look with a pale glossy coral lipstick.
Product Picks: Nars Soft Touch Shadow Pencil in Corcovado, $24; narscosmetics.com; Shiseido Luminizing Satin Eye Color in Solaris, $25; shiseido.com; Make Up For Ever Eyeshadow in Matte Brilliant Yellow, $20; sephora.com
Best Suited For: Green hues work well on brown and hazel eyes.
How to Wear It: Rich green shades look gorgeous when worn as eyeliner, or apply the pigment onto the contours of your eyes for a bolder effect. If you used the green as a liner, opt for a deep berry lipstick; if you created a full green eye look, keep your lip neutral by brushing on a clear gloss.
Product Picks: NYX Single Eye Shadow in Lagoon Sparkle, $4.50; nyxcosmetics.com; Sephora Color Code Prismatic Shadow Block in Emerald, $22; sephora.com; Lancôme Color Design Infinité 24HR in Enduring Vert, $24.50; lancome-usa.com
Best Suited For: Bright pink complements blue and hazel eyes.
How to Wear It: A soft, shimmery pink is easy to use for creating a pretty wash of color on lids, but don’t fear turning it up a notch with fuchsias. Swipe intense matte powders onto your lids or brush creamier formulas up onto the browbones. Either way, you may want to consider lighter brows and lashes and a pale matte pink lipstick for a finishing touch.
Product Picks: Dior Diorshow Mono Wet & Dry Backstage Eyeshadow in Bow, $29; dior.com; Maybelline Color Tattoo Pure Pigments in Pink Rebel, $6.99; cvs.com; Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Woodstock, $18; urbandecay.com.
Best Suited For: Blue shadow is stunning on brown eyes.
How to Wear It: Apply black or brown liner to define your eye shape. Then work your blue shadow into the creases above your eyes, blending it up and outward before finishing the look with mascara. Let the eyes remain the focal point of your look, opting for barely-there blush and a soft pink lip.
Product Picks: Estée Lauder Pure Color Gelée Powder EyeShadow in Fire Sapphire, $24; esteelauder.com; Giorgio Armani Maestro Eye Shadow in 21, $30; giorgioarmanibeauty-usa.com; YSL Ombre Solo Smoothing Effect Eyeshadow in Topaz Blue, $30; yslbeautyus.com