It’s everywhere: the runway, the fashion office, your favorite club. Big color is dominating the beauty scene this spring—and if it looks like so much fun, that’s because it is. But doubling down on your favorite shade of chartreuse takes guts. To make it easier, we enlisted makeup artist Fara Homidi, who created major buzz last month after neon-color-washing Kendall Jenner’s ears—yes, ears—in Off-White’s Fall ’19 runway show.
“There’s aspirational makeup, and then there’s wearability,” says Homidi. “Right now, there’s a lot of crossover happening. People are looking for the fun factor, and they’re willing to take some risks. The key is figuring out how you put it all together.” Grab your fuchsia lipstick and follow along.
1. START SIMPLE
If your usual color palette is somewhere between beige and more beige, start with baby steps. “Pick a brighter color eyeliner instead of a brown or black, but create the shape you usually do and are comfortable with seeing on yourself. For example, if you are good at creating a black cat eye, try an electric blue cat eye instead,” says Homidi. If your usual lipstick is a natural rosy hue, choose one step bolder in the same color family to start.
One to try: Chantecaille Les Perles Eyeliner in Bleu
2. COVER YOUR BASES
Prepping your cheeks and eyes with a neutral base before you apply color helps absorb and blend the shades together, especially key if you’re aiming for a layered look. “If I’m doing a bright cheek, I’ll use a tawny-brown blush first, they go over it with brighter colors,” says Homidi. “The base color helps brighter tones blend out more effortlessly, making it more wearable.”
One to try: CHANEL’s Palette Essentielle in Caramel Intense
3. CHOOSE A WASH
Eyes and cheeks with clearly delineated bands of color are a dramatic editorial look—but a questionable decision if you’re going out to dinner. Find a happy medium by using washes—products with more transparency that blend seamlessly into your skin so you’re not left with any sharp lines. To create a subtle wash of color, lay down a cream shadow first and then lightly apply the powder shadow over it. The cream will allow for blend-ability and control.
4. PICK YOUR SPOT
One mistake women make is playing up too many areas of their face at once, says Homidi. “You need to know which part is your statement,” she says. “If you’re doing a bright lip, the color on the eye should have less intensity. Don’t go heavy on both.” An orange lip, for instance, pairs well with a green-hued eyeshadow, but it should be applied softly instead of stamped on.
5. OPPOSITES ATTRACT
This season’s look is all about contrasts. If you do a matte red lip, consider partnering it with a sparkling eyeshadow. Glossy lipstick? Choose a smoky matte shade for your eyes. If you’re feeling extra adventurous, do as Homidi did in a recent runway show and experiment with eyes of two different colors entirely. “For the show, I did a camo green on one eye, and soft gray on the other,” she says. To take this look from runway to real life, choose two muted colors from the same palette. The contrast is there, but it’s subtle. Pair them with a bright red lip for a total look.