Add a Pop of Color to Your Summer Look
Punch up your look
When it's 90 degrees out, the goal is simple: you want to look great with the least possible effort. By applying a single splash of bright makeup, you'll look completely put together (and totally on trend).
To pull off this hot look in the prettiest way possible, remember the golden rule: "Keep the focus to just one feature—eyes, cheeks, or lips," says Lori Taylor, lead makeup artist at Smashbox Cosmetics. You can always add further dazzle with a vibrant top or accessory. It's the summer of color—so dive in!
Play up your nails
Sheer pink? Yawn. Instead, make a statement with one of summer's show-off shades: amethyst, lime green, turquoise, or fuchsia. "When you're going bright, file nails short and slightly rounded," says Essie founder and color director Essie Weingarten. "And apply a UV-blocking top coat every other day to minimize chipping and fading from the sun."
Style boost: Slip on a cocktail ring. A fun faux (or real!) rock highlights your nails—and glams up everything from jeans to a little white dress.
We like:Sally Hansen Hi-Definition Nail Color in Cyber ($6; drugstores).
Pull off a pink pout
"Bubblegum and watermelon flatter light to medium skin tones, while deeper almost-purple pinks work well for darker complexions," says Uzo, international lead makeup artist for Nars Cosmetics.
Go with a semimatte formula, like BareMinerals Pretty Amazing Lipcolor in Ambition ($16; bareescentuals.com), for a hit of color that's still moisturizing. Make sure your lips are smooth, then apply color to the center of your top and bottom lips, blending out with a brush.
Style boost: Add nature-inspired accessories, like these seagrass-colored hoops.
Get cheeky with coral
Wearing warm, vibrant shades like coral actually perks up your skin tone, says makeup artist Vincent Longo. Even better, it adds life to your face without packing on the bronzer. To find your ultimate orange, let your skin tone be your guide: If you're fair, go for soft peachy-pink hues, Longo says. We like CoverGirl Cheekers Blush in Pretty Peach ($4; covergirl.com). The darker your skin tone, the more blood-orange you can go. To apply like a pro, start at the apples of the cheeks, then blend up and out.
Style boost: Wear a short strand of bold beads (or wrap a longer necklace around your neck a few times), so the color lights up your face—there you glow!
Rock aqua liner
Back-burner your usual eye-makeup routine, and shine in a vibrant teal liner. For foolproof application, "line with a black pencil first, then trace over it with teal, extending just beyond the outer corner of the eye," Taylor notes. "The black defines your eyes, while the teal top coat illuminates every eye color." Try Revlon Grow Luscious Lash Liner in Emerald ($9; drugstores).
Style boost: Go ahead, wear the brightest thing in your closet. Blue-green liner looks sophisticated with the season's boldest hues—lemon yellow, neon pink, and orange.