Adventures in Makeup: Wild Looks to Try

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Adventures in Makeup: Wild Looks to Try
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Have you ever wanted to try out a daring and dramatic makeup look? A bold, colorful lip will set you apart from the crowd; a neon eye shadow could showcase your peepers in a way you never thought possible! Experimental and theatrical looks dot the runways and red carpet, and now you can make them work for you with help from makeup artist Kehsa Batista.

Lips: Mellow Yellow
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Lips: Mellow Yellow

Are you a lover of all things citrus? Try out a fruity color on your lips! To get this look, start by using a lip primer to help lip liner glide easily on dry skin. Next, line the perimeter of your lips with a mustard yellow lip liner. “Look for a lip liner that is a shade darker than your yellow lipstick,” Batista suggests. Next, apply the lipstick liberally, making sure to fully saturate your lips. Add a dab of gloss to the bottom lip for a moisturized and “juicy” finish.

Lips: Bold and Bright
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Lips: Bold and Bright

You’re happy to use colorful eye shadows, but have you ever considered that your favorite shades could look fresh and spunky on your lips? For bold colors such as blue and purple, use a lip brush and your chosen lipstick to detail the color slightly outside the natural lip line. “This gives you a more pronounced lip,” advises Batista. Apply the lipstick to the rest of your lips. Finally, use a flat brush to line the perimeter of your lips with concealer for precision.

Lips: Orange Crush
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Lips: Orange Crush

If you’re a fan of coral lipstick, then step up your game with an orange look. First, prime your lips to help when applying lip liner. Then line the perimeter of the lips, the crevice of the mouth opening and the center of the lips with a lip liner; Batista prefers a tangerine shade. Apply an orange lipstick and dab on lip gloss for added shine.

Lips: Back in Black
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Lips: Back in Black

A black lipstick is sexy and daring, but it can look flat if done incorrectly. To avoid this, Batista suggests pairing lip liner in a deep color with black lipstick to create a bit of dimension. First, prime your lips to avoid staining. Then trace the perimeter of the lips and the center of the lips with a dark lip liner, such as a deep plum. Apply the black lipstick, then dab the center of the lips with gloss for a hint of moisture.

Eyes: Ocean-Inspired
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Eyes: Ocean-Inspired

The right shade of eye shadow can make your eyes pop, and ladies with brown or grey eyes definitely benefit from a blue-toned choice. To get Heidi Klum’s makeup, use a blending brush to sweep a turquoise shadow on the entire lid up to the bottom of the eyebrow. Apply silver shadow to the inner corner of the eyes near the tear ducts using a flat eye shadow brush. Line the waterline with a purple eyeliner pencil. Finally, use a pencil brush to apply the turquoise shadow to the bottom lash line.

Eyes: Double Dare
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Eyes: Double Dare

Who says you can only rock one bright color at a time? Multiple colors are a surprising and interesting visual. For this look, Batista advises using cream eye shadow sticks. Apply a purple cream stick over the top lid, curving it into an oval shape at the outer edge of the eye. Use a teal cream stick along the bottom lash line, connecting the opposite colors at the corner of the eye. To ensure clean lines, remove any smudges with a wet wipe. Use a puff to set the eyes with a translucent powder.

Eyes: Neon Invasion
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Eyes: Neon Invasion

The contrast of Rihanna’s neon yellow eye shadow and thick black liner is striking. To get the look yourself, prime the lid area with a white base primer. Using a flat eye shadow brush, apply a yellow shadow to the lid and underneath the bottom lash line. Add a warm brown shadow to the crease with a blending brush. Line the top lid and the waterline with eyeliner. “A black gel liner will give you the boldest depth,” notes Batista.

Eyes: Pastel Finish
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Eyes: Pastel Finish

Nicki Minaj is known for her wacky costumes and makeup, and this pigmented look delivers that signature personality on a smaller scale. To replicate it, prime the lid area with a white base primer. Apply a mint shadow to the lid with a flat eye shadow brush. To detail the shape, “use a concealer matching your skin tone with a flat definer brush to ‘erase’ some of the shadow,” suggests Batista. Use the same brush to wing out the shadow toward the end of the brow tail. Finish off with a swipe of lengthening black mascara.

Eyes: The Silver Lining
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Eyes: The Silver Lining

To get Christina Aguilera’s silver-lined cat-eye, prime the lid with a concealer matching your skin tone. Next, use a flat eye shadow brush to apply a melon-colored shadow to the lid. Blend a soft brown shadow into the crease. Use a black liquid liner to create a thick line across the base of the upper lid, continuing slightly past the tear duct. Switch to a black gel liner and liner brush to connect a line from the outer corner of the eye to the tear duct. Color the waterline with a white eyeliner pencil to create a bright, open eye.

Adhesives: Sticker Art
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Adhesives: Sticker Art

“Temporary tattoos and stickers are time-savers,” notes Batista. To replicate Ke$ha’s shimmering makeup art, start by using a flat brush to apply silver eye shadow to the top lid. Mix silver glitter in eye sealant and cover the top lid and bottom perimeter of the eye. On one eye, use a gel eyeliner to create a comet wing; embellish the wing with the silver glitter. On the opposite eye, apply your sticker. “Line the edges of the sticker with black gel liner for extra definition,” Batista recommends. Add rhinestones and glitter to your sticker using an eye sealant.

Adhesives: Lace Lashes
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Adhesives: Lace Lashes

If you’re making the jump from mascara to false eyelashes, you might as well go big, bold and beautiful. To get this lacy look, use black eyeliner and eye shadow to create a tri-winged smoky eye that extends slightly past the lid. Be liberal with the smoky eye and try using a smudge brush in between each wing. Next, highlight the inner corner of the eye socket with a frosted white shadow. Apply a single-strip lace eyelash using an extra-strength lash adhesive to keep the heavy lash in place.

Adhesives: Feathers Abound
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Adhesives: Feathers Abound

From jewelry to hair wraps, feathers are making their way through the fashion world. Now it’s time to put a beauty-spin on them with feathered eyelashes. For a bit of peacock inspiration, create a smoky eye using a hunter green shadow. Extend the shadow up to the brow bone and line it along the bottom lid. A pop of frosted white shadow near the tear ducts will keep your eyes from getting lost in the dark shadow. Apply a peacock feathered eyelash strip using an extra-strength lash adhesive.

Adhesives: Brow Brilliance
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Adhesives: Brow Brilliance

Caution—this look is not for the faint of heart! If you’re willing to take the challenge, then read on. First select a brow decoration with a sticky adhesive backing. Next, cover your eyebrows with concealer that matches your skin tone. Apply medical tape to brow hairs, making sure that the tape stays within the brow region. This will protect your eyebrow hairs when you remove the adhesive. Finish up by sticking on your brow decoration. And remember Batista’s final words of wisdom: “Any look is achievable when you wear it with confidence!”

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