Nude may be timeless, but learning how to rock color from locks to lips is a must-have skill for any woman who doesn't mind getting noticed.
If you're hooked on nude lips, pair them with bold eye shadow for a change. Always start with a lid primer, which serves as a smooth, even base for your color of choice; be sure to apply the base from lash line to brow line.
Next, apply a warm or cool all-over shadow that is very close to your own skin tone; I like Terra Peach from LemonChi Cosmetics ($8). Finally, pick your color pop of choice — think purple, orange, green or the like and apply the color just to the lid below the crease and the inner corner of eye. Use your all-over shadow to blend as needed. Layer on mascara to complement your newly bold lids and light up the town.
Summer is the ideal time to pair bold lips with glowing skin. And while red is my go-to lip color of choice, I love the crisp bright pinks and chic shades of melon that are de rigueur this season. And I'm bound and determined to drag you, kicking and screaming if need be, into fashion by showing you just how wearable these colors can be.
Novices should pick a nude lip liner to line lips before filling in with a bold and beautiful new lip hue. Skip the gloss, as that can be messy. Opt instead for a flattering hue without any glitter or shine. No idea where to start or what hue will suit you? Pick up a palette of lip colors, then mix and match until you find the shades that suit you best.
Liven up locks with a pop of color thanks to temporary hair extensions called Featherlocks, feather hair extensions that have been spotted on a number of red carpets of late. Featherlocks come in a variety of colors and are safely applied by licensed stylists. In Tampa Bay, head to Le Salon Rouge (113 E Brandon Blvd., Brandon). Featherlocks there are applied in quantities of three for $25.
Wear it well
Now that you've dipped your foot into a more colorful life, it's time to wear the walk. Some experts will tell you to add a pop of color via accessories; I expect more from you. I love nothing more than a little yellow cocktail dress or a fuchsia pencil skirt when the weather heats up.
You can do it, just follow my rules for wearing color well. Don't wear more than two to three items in the same color family. Don't match your purse and shoes to your outfit; opt for nude or metallic accessories to complement vivid hues. And whatever you do, please don't match your eye shadow to your outfit. It's tacky, not trendy.
— Carolyn Brundage is the founder of TampaBay.PrettyCity.com, a guide to the best in local beauty. Need beauty advice? Tweet Up with Carolyn on Twitter @tampabaypretty.