If your closet is a sea of gray and white, odds are good that you’re a uniform dresser. If your home is painted in shades of purple, you’ve probably worked with a decorator (or a five-year-old). But if all of your makeup is pegged to one distinct color palette, like vibrant gold or bright blue? Now that’s a sign of spirit, confidence, and individuality.
The golds are burned. The coppers are burnished. And the bronzes smolder. Evening makeup just got hotter.
1. Sex up a smoky eye with a hit of bronze on the center of the lid.
2. Remember when black polish was edgy? Make yours stand out with gold stripes. They don’t have to be perfect—it’s cooler if they’re not.
3. Sally Hansen Miracle Gel in Game of Chromes flatters all skin tones.
4. Opaque gold shadow can go in a lot of directions. We like it smudged along the lash line or over lids, but our favorite way to wear it is flicked up into a cat eye.
5. Champagne nails work with all of your summer whites and—if you own them—metallic clutches.
6. Buff gold and bronze shadow together with a small brush. If you prep your lids with foundation, the metallics will look even richer.
7. Champagne, bronze—CoverGirl Eye Shadow palette in Go for the Golds has shades for day or night.
Think of milky nudes, silvery taupes, and velvety plums as neutrals with a punch.
1. You can’t go wrong with a pale-pink polish that’s opaque and glossy, like OPI Nail Lacquer in Act Your Beige.
2. A nude that matches your skin tone (or is just a little lighter) makes your fingers look longer.
3. Smudged into a cat eye, black pencil goes from utilitarian to Cleopatra-esque.
4. A bluish purple, like Gucci Audacious Lipstick in Bitter Grape, is gorgeous on dark skin tones.
5. The best thing about neutral shadow is that you can really go to town without overdoing it.
__6.__The easiest way to find your ideal nude polish is to check it against a bottle of your foundation.
7. Dark purple can be a neutral as long as you keep the rest of your makeup minimal (mascara, barely there blush, done).
Take a soft pastel and turn it into a cat eye, and suddenly the hue becomes more cool than precious.
1. The key to pale-blue eye shadow is a shimmer-free finish. Easter-egg colors are less sweet without sparkle.
2. A pinkish nude, like L’Oréal Paris Infallible Eyeliner in Highlighter, makes the whites of your eyes look brighter.
3. Instead of a French manicure, paint two pastel stripes that don’t quite meet across the tip of each nail for a chic look.
4. Milk Makeup Matte Quad in Foursome holds creamy pastels you can wear all over.
5. Bubble-gum nails, stacked bracelets, a glitter clutch—sometimes more is more.
6. Skip the powder. Pink cream blush creates a dewier, sexy flush.
7. Pink lips are anything but demure next to a leather jacket (bonus points if your hair matches).
They’re not all primary colors, but they might as well be—they’re that rich. And you’ll never regret wearing one.
1. A vibrant blue or green makes any eye color more electrified.
2. Orange-red polish is brighter and chicer than classic blue-red—especially when color-blocked with purple and pink.
3. We like Maybelline New York Lasting Drama Gel Pencil in Silken Turquoise for supersaturated lines.
4. Matte red lips and kiss-covered denim take coordination to a new, inspired level.
5. If you’re standing dazed in front of the polish wall, remember: Royal blue looks un-freakin’-believable with bright or neutral clothes.
6. A mosaic of shadows is artsy—and island-y.
7. The brighter the yellow, the more flattering it is. Try NYX Hot Singles Eye Shadow in STFU.