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24 Perfect Palettes To Light Up Your Summer Makeup

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It’s that time of the year when it’s sunny and bright outside, flowers are abloom and colours seem a lot more pleasant to the eyes than otherwise–it’s called the ‘dopamine’ season for good reason. To make this mood-boosting season even more colourful, Holi arrives right on time to add to our cheers.

With the pandemic finally behind us, we’re ready to dive into colours this year with makeup hues and trends that will match the Holi mood. It’s time to swap your monochrome eye makeup with sunny and vivid colour palettes; bring out your most vibrant lipsticks; and opt for bolder, more graphic styles. Ahead, we’ve listed out stunning colours and palettes for all your makeup needs.

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Brilliant Blue

A splash of aquamarine or navy or teal or turquoise will instantly rev up your mood. We’re thinking graphic eyeliners, smoky blue eyes, blue nail colours, or, if you’re feeling bold, even a streak of stunning blue hair.

Nykaa Recommends:

Faces Canada Ultime Pro Matte Play Eyeliner Blue - Sapphire, Nicka k Pop Neon Nine Color Palette - Ocean Eyes, Nykaa Insta Dry Fast Drying Nail Enamel Polish Sky Share 354 - Light Blue, Streax Professional Hold & Play Funky Colours - Wonder Blue

Tangy Orange

What better than the colour of the morning sun to brighten up your day? This colour is blazing yet pleasing to the eye, and it will instantly make you stand out and shine bright. Imagine warm yet rusty eyeshadows paired with beautiful coral blushes and lip colours or a cool rusty shade of lip balm.

Nykaa Recommends:

Colorbar Cheekillusion Blush - 014 Coral Bliss, Lakme Cushion Matte Lipstick - CO2 Orange Blossom, Flower Beauty Shimmer & Shade Eyeshadow Palette - Sun's Blazing, Just Herbs Enriched Lip and Cheek Tint - 02 Peachy Coral

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Sunny Yellow

A colour that reminds us of sunflowers, bumblebees and beachy goodness, yellow is all about positivity, hope and energy. Eyeliners and waterline kajals in this colour have become a trendy statement, while sunshine-hued nails are forever our instant mood-boosters.

Nykaa Recommends:

Kiko Milano Smart Colour Eyeshadow - 25 Pearly Yellow, SUGAR Eye Lit You So! Vivid Eyeliner - 04 Yellow Bird (Pastel Yellow), L.A. Girl Shockwave Neon Eyeliner - Screamin, Colorbar Nail Lacquer - Pineapple

Go Green

The perfect soothing colour to sport in hot summers, cool minty green needs to be in your palette this season. You can try it with eyeliners, a tropical eyeshadow palette, or a metallic shimmer eyeshadow. Mint green nails are also a perfect choice to welcome summers.

Nykaa Recommends:

SUGAR Eye Lit You So! Vivid Eyeliner - 05 Green Ray (Mint Green), Swiss Beauty Metallic Eyeliner - 3, Nykaa Nail Enamel Polish - Mint Meringue 65, Coloressence Satin Eye Shades - Forest Green

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Think Pink

Who doesn’t like pink? From pink shimmer and rose highlighters to blushes, eyeshadows, neon eyeliners and lipsticks, this colour is super versatile and lends itself to a number of stunning summer looks. You could pick one feature to highlight with the colour, or go monochrome with different shades of pink.

Nykaa Recommends:

M.A.C Prep + Prime Fix+ (Shimmer) - Pinklite, Kay Beauty Matte Blush - Mild Berry, Kiko Milano 3D Hydra Lipgloss - 07 Pink Magnolia, SUGAR Eye Lit You So! Vivid Eyeliner - 01 Pink Sphinx (Bright Pink)


This year’s colour of the year ‘Veri Peri’ is bold, vivid, stunning and can be experimented with a lot! We’re in love with periwinkle eyes, lips and even cheek tints.

Nykaa Recommends:

Kingdom Of Lashes Eye Glitter - Gold Ocean, Plum Candy Melts Vegan Lip Balm - Berry Feast, Nykaa GLAMOReyes Coloured Liquid Eyeliner - 07 Poisonous Plum, Colorbar Kissproof Lipstick - Plum Shot

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