Amidst the grey skies, quarantine life, zoom calls and endless baking sesh, I almost forgot that September was here—the onset of a fresh new season with countless things to look forward to. My favs though: a mug of spicy hot chocolate and the gorgeous amalgamation of striking beauty looks that will wake us up from this monotonous haze; think: striking pop colors that can vanquish all your moody blues and make a statement wherever you go—be it your next digital date or your neighborhood grocery store. Girls, there are no rules anymore!
However, if you think pop colors are tough to pull off IRL, you can’t be more wrong. To put things into perspective, I and my colleague Lakshmi dabbled with a myriad of cheery hues to create three uber wearable looks for different skin tones, that are oh-so-easy to emulate. While Lakshmi opted for pearly blues, deep salmon and bold scarlets, I chose pretty lilacs, moss greens, vivid pinks and dazzling orange as my armor of choice.
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BB Editor: Synjini Nandi
1. Dual-Toned Eyes
The easiest way to incorporate oodles of color is to paint ‘em lids. To rock this 2020 fall makeup trend, I have used a vivid lavender toned hue on my upper lashline and a green hue for the bottom ones. (PS: If you have hooded eyes like me, draw a thick line along the lower lashline to create an impact.
2. Sunset Blush
Looking for a way to offset ‘em sunset eyes? A stunning mix of orange and peach blush on your cheeks, ofcourse. The color looks stunning on all skin tones and makes them pop; plus, we love how the look is oh-so easy to put together. I also added a pair of falsies for good measure, because why not?
3. Look-At-Me Lips
A bright colored pout paired with glossy skin and a winged liner is a match made in heaven. I choose the fuchsia hue that is perfect for just any time of the day and occasion. In fact, this has been my constant for all my Zoom meetings.
BB Editor: Lakshmi Nayar
1. Mermaid Lids
For my eyes we’re talking bold doses of aqua wash, splashes of midnight silver, a pair of flirty falsies, and a pitch-black mascara. If you’re not an expert at applying falsies, don’t sweat. Cheat it by drawing a thin black liner on your top lash line, like I did (tee-hee).
2. Salmon Cheeks
Confession: when it comes to the right blush, brown girls have it hard. Keeping that in mind, I tried my hand on crispy pink cheeks for an extra lift. To get this look, you need two shades of pink. A deep pink and the other that’s on the lighter side. The reason I fell in love with this shade is due to its versatility. It’s perfect for all occasions (including impromptu zoom calls with friends).
3. Scarlet Pout
Come rain or shine, a bright red lipstick will never fail you (or your lips). I picked a scarlet red to remind every woman of color that a good revolutionary color will always have your back, no matter what. I highly suggest dabbing on some concealer on your lips for those with darker lips, to help deliver a stronger color payoff.