The Bold and the Beautiful

Spring's brilliant fashion calls for the most daring shades and the attitude to match.

bold and bright makeup colors and looks
Spring's brilliant fashion calls for the most daring shades — and the attitude to match.
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Max Cardelli
Bold Makeup Looks
THE BOTTOM LINE

An easy update for kohl-lined eyes? Flip it. As seen on the Matthew Williamson runway for spring, this edgier take adds modernity to the classic standby. Makeup artist Ashley Ward, who created the look here, recommends using kohl liner to create crayonlike soft edges. She balances the intense eye with nude lipstick and coral powder on the cheeks and forehead. And keep shimmer to a minimum: "If you go too iridescent, it looks clownish," she explains. "A matte finish makes the look more powerful."
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Max Cardelli
Bold Makeup Looks
DROP-RED GORGEOUS

Old-school glamour meets all-American girl in this fresh-face/red-lip duo. Notes Ward, "It's the startling beauty of a prom queen who requires very little makeup." All you need: apricot blush to warm up the skin and a sweep of opalescent eyeshadow. For lips, start with an orangey red liner, then glide on a creamy lipstick.
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Max Cardelli
Bold Makeup Looks
PURPLE GAZE

Inspired by the faces at Temperley, Ward likens this dramatic evening look to "the women Helmut Newton and Guy Bourdin shot in the '70s." When picking a shade, avoid violets with too much red, which tend to appear garish. Add a healthy flush with a dusty-pink matte blush, suggests our pro. "A muted, Elizabethan-era rose gives the face an almost porcelain-doll appearance that accentuates the eyes."
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Max Cardelli
Bold Makeup Looks
BLUE'S CLUES

Inspired by this season's Gucci show, "this look is for the woman who is all about having fun," says Ward. Here, she started with liner: a black liquid first to define the shape, followed by a kohl pencil and colored shadow to add texture. When selecting a shade of turquoise, consider your skin tone: "On most people, I try to avoid yellowish shades because they make the skin look sallow. Pale skin types benefit from cooler blues that give the look more of a smoldering quality."
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Jeffrey Westbrook
Get the Look: Bright Makeup
MAC Lustreglass in Flusterose, $14.
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Jeffrey Westbrook
Get the Look: Bright Makeup
L'Oréal Paris High Intensity Pigment Shine Struck Liquid Lipcolor in Arresting, $12.
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Jeffrey Westbrook
Get the Look: Bright Makeup
MAC lipstick in Big Bow, $14.
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Jeffrey Westbrook
Get the Look: Bright Makeup
Neutrogena Moistureshine lipstick in Cherry Twist, $9.49.
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Jeffrey Westbrook
Get the Look: Bright Makeup
Revlon Matte Strawberry Suede, $7.99.
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Jeffrey Westbrook
Get the Look: Bright Makeup
Nars Eyeshadow in Night Sun, $22.
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Jeffrey Westbrook
Get the Look: Bright Makeup
Make Up For Ever Glossy Full Couleur Extreme Shine Lip Gloss in 2, 4, and 5, $19 each.
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Jeffrey Westbrook
Get the Look: Bright Makeup
Avon Glossy Pencil in Sunset, $6.50.
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Jeffrey Westbrook
Get the Look: Bright Makeup
Vincent Longo Eyeshadow Quad in Aquila Diamante, $40.
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Jeffrey Westbrook
Get the Look: Bright Makeup
Essie Nail Polish in Mesmerize, $8.
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Jeffrey Westbrook
Get the Look: Bright Makeup
St'yli-Style Line & Seal 24 Twist Eye Liner in Emerald, $8.
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Jeffrey Westbrook
Get the Look: Bright Makeup
Stila Smudge Pot in Cobalt, $20.
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Jeffrey Westbrook
Get the Look: Bright Makeup
Urban Decay Matte Eyeshadow in Electric, $16.
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Jeffrey Westbrook
Get the Look: Bright Makeup
Victoria's Secret Beauty Rush Mascara in Violight, $7.
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Jeffrey Westbrook
Get the Look: Bright Makeup
Tracy Reese for Sally Hansen Nail Lacquer in Honeydew, $6.
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Jeffrey Westbrook
Get the Look: Bright Makeup
CND Nail Polish in Hot Pop Pink, $6.
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