One of my favorite makeup tips is this: wear whatever you want whenever you want. Do you want to rock a smokey eye at 9am? Awesome! Hot pink lips when it’s below freezing outside? Knock yourself out! I’ve said this a million times before on this blog and I’m going to say it again: never let anyone tell you what you can and cannot wear because it might not be “seasonally” appropriate.
I personally like to bridge the gap between seasons by introducing colors in specific ways. I am always a fan of bright lips so that will naturally be a given in any look but I think it’s also appropriate to pair a bright lip with some bright but natural eyeshadow and a vampy polish on your nails. That way you’re kind of covering all of your bases while still creating cohesive look.
Recently I was browsing the Walgreens LOOK Boutique in the Empire State Building (one of the BEST places to shop for beauty items in New York City, by the way. I wish you could all shop here with me because it seriously is the ultimate beauty destination.) and was obsessed with all the new beauty releases I saw. One of the first products I gravitated towards was the new L’Oreal Extraordinaire by Colour Riche lip balms. The color selection was amazing and I just had to pick up shade “202-Coral Encore.” It’s a bright coral red that is absolutely perfect for me! Winter, summer, whatever! I’m wearing it all year.
If you want to rock a bright lip the key to making it wearable is to keep everything else a little subdued. The L’Oreal Colour Riche Eyeshadow Quad in “What Happens In Vegas” is perfect for this because it bright but neutral at the same time. Colors in this family will definitely add interest to a look without overpowering your entire face. The orange and warm brown really compliment the color of the lip stain and I’m pretty much obsessed.
As far as color theory is concerned, blue and orange are complimentary colors so I knew that in order to round this out and not get too colorful that I wanted to find a dark, vampy blue nail polish to tie the coral lip and warm eyeshadow together. “After Hours” is a gorgeous dark navy blue that looks black in certain light and blue in others. By keeping the nails dark the look is appropriately balanced out and your work is done!
Even though mascara isn’t a seasonal item at all I can’t resist a new release and I absolutely had to get my hands on the L’Oreal Voluminous Butterfly Mascara because I’ve heard great things! I’ll be honest – I was a little intimidated by the brush at first but once I got the hang of it I was really impressed with the way that it separated my lashes and gave them a bold, winged out look with maximum impact. I was born with pretty long lashes naturally so I am all about the volumizing and this mascara rocked it! I was a little afraid that I wouldn’t be able to find this since it’s such a hot mascara right now but luckily Walgreens didn’t let me down. They were fully stocked!
Speaking of the L’Oreal Voluminous Butterfly Mascara if you’re in the New York City area on January 15 you should totally head on over to Walgreens Time Square to attend the L’Oreal Voluminous Butterfly Mascara launch party from 11am-3pm! There will be all sorts of fun stuff going on and you can even get an in-store eye makeup makeover by a L’Oreal Artist!
Curious to know how I paired these items together to create a wearable look? I posted this picture on Instagram and got a good response (even with the duck face, haha). It was all L’Oreal, baby! Check out those lashes!
How do you like to bridge the gap between seasons? Are you a bright lip lover like yours truly? Comment below with your favorite seasonal makeup tip and I’ll pick one winner (US Residents Only) at random to win a tube of L’Oreal Voluminous Butterfly Mascara*!
Until next time 🙂
*No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited. Giveaway is open to residents of the United States age 18 years of age or older. One winner will receive one tube of L’Oreal Voluminous Butterfly Mascara – ARV $12.00. Winner will be picked via Random.Org and notified on January 19, 2014 via the email address provided in the comment form. Should the winner not claim their prize in 24 hours I reserve the right to choose another winner from the list via the same method above. Beauty 101 is not responsible for lost or stolen packages. For a complete list of winners please email beauty101blog @ gmail.com. This giveaway is sponsored by L’Oreal.