Now is usually the time when you're ready to switch up your makeup routineyou're tired of dark nail polishes, red lips, and if you see one more Kardashian-inspired smoky eye you might scream. So it's only natural that with all of the pretty, new spring makeup rolling out you want to add a pop of color to your routine. Below, Dalia Monasebian, founder of Prema Naturals and Daliia Cosmetics shares how to pull off this look without having to apply as a roadie for the circus.
Rachel McAdams's Day-Glo, Yellow Liner: FAIL
"This yellow liner overpowers Rachel's entire face," says Monasebian. "She's drawn so much attention to her lids you don't notice anything else about her look."
When it comes to using bright eyeliner, Monasebian says it should be used only to accentuate, not create your entire look. "If you want to use a bright yellow, blend in a darker color on your lids to balance it out," she explains. "No matter what color you use, you should never use such a thick line. Instead, draw a fine line around the lid directly above the lash line so you don't notice it until you blink."
Katy Perry's Multi-Colored Smoky Eye: SCORE
Though a little risky, Perry makes this look work by picking colors that complemented her eyes and skin tone. "By choosing plum for the top lid and a soft green for the bottom, Katy also matched the tones in her dress and makeup to make it a success," explains Monasebian.
See which bright colors work best for your hair and skin tone:
If you have a creamy skin tone with lots of freckles, dark blonde to light brown hair, and blue or green eyes: Apply warm colors like camel, peach, golden yellows, and browns. Steer clear from excessively dark and dull colors. This rule of thumb applies for strawberry blondes, too.
If you have blue undertones in your skin (being either very pale or very dark), brunette hair, and dark colored eyes: Experiment with daring colors like white, black, navy, reds, and bright pink. Start slow, opt for frosty tones (but stay away from pastels). Avoid subdued colors in beige and orange; these will wash your complexion out.
If you have fair skin with pink or yellow undertones, you're a natural blonde or brunette, with green or blue eyes: Take a cue from Katy and use lavenders, plums, copper browns, and soft blues. Yellow and oranges will take away from your look, as Rachel proves here.
If you have a skin tone with golden hues and you're a redhead or brunette with golden brown eyes: Since you already have a lot of gold going on in your eyes and skin, don't use them in your makeup too. Instead, try taupe, beige, orange, deep purple, and chocolate browns. Keep navy and pastel shades in your wardrobe, but away from your face.