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How to Wear More Colored Makeup This Spring

Looking at this spring's makeup offerings, even the most barefaced among us will find that they're suddenly inspired to swirl a brush into the gorgeous hues and amazing textures. Like the adult coloring book craze, experimenting with your look can be a creative outlet that elevates your state of mind and sense of spirit. "Doing your makeup really is like creating a little piece of art," Chanel makeup artist Kara Yoshimoto Bua says. With that in mind, tuck away your well-loved lip balm and nude shadow for a bit, and reach for something else that speaks to you, whether that's a kaleidoscope of lip glosses, vibrant shadows, or mascaras. Then start painting.

bright lip color swatches

Watercolor Lips

Gloss is back and better than ever. The next-gen formulas supply high-beam gleam but act like long-wear matte lipsticks. "Their pigment sinks into your lips enough to stain them, while the shiny finish stays on top," Sephora Pro artist Jeffrey English says. And that shine creates a fresh and youthful effect. "A gloss makes lips look fuller and smoother," says English, who adds that when it comes to shade selection, there are no rules anymore, so simply pick the hue that inspires you.

Above photo, from left to right: Lancôme Paris Le Metallique in Brushed Gold ($22; Sephora), Sephora Collection Rouge Tint in Orange ($12; Sephora), Make Up For Ever Artist Acrylip in #301 ($18; Makeup Forever), Sephora Collection Rouge Tint in Red, Violet,and Magenta ($12; Sephora), Make Up For Ever Artist Acrylip in #200 ($18; Makeup Forever), Lancôme Paris Le Metallique in Purple Onyx ($22; Sephora), Make Up For Ever Artist Acrylip in #501 ($18; Makeup Forever).

eyeshadow powder swatches pink blue gold

Brilliant Eyelids

Pigment-packed shadows in gold, royal blue, and magenta offer a refreshing burst of intensity (here's how to make sure it stays that way). "It's a striking focal point but more subtle than you might think," English says. When you blend a single shade on your lids, staying below the crease, it's there mostly to enhance your eye color and really reveals itself only as you blink. Keep the rest of your makeup toned down; add a thin stroke of black eyeliner, black mascara, and a neutral lip color for the most modern take.

Above photo, from left to right: Maybelline New York ExpertWear Eyeshadow in Gold School ($4; Ulta), Dior Colour Gradation Eyeshadow Palette in Blue Gradation ($63; Dior), Urban Decay Eye Shadow in Woodstock ($19; urbandecay.com).

blue purple mascara swatches

Painted Lashes

Now for some pop art: Watch how bright and open your eyes become when you swap your black mascara for one that either mirrors or contrasts the color of your irises. Blues enhance blue eyes and also bring out the golden tones in brown eyes; purples look especially gorgeous on hazel and green eyes. "Coat all your lashes in the tint, or brush the color only on your lower lashes, especially focusing it under the iris," Yoshimoto Bua says. "You'll get a fresh yet toned-down effect that you can wear anywhere."

Above photo, from top to bottom: Marc Jacobs O!mega Lash Volumizing Mascara in Think Ink, Violet Incredible, and Peacock ($26; marcjacobsbeauty.com), L'Oréal Paris Voluminous Original Mascara in Cobalt Blue ($8, Ulta).

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