Brighten up your make up box and brighten up your day

It’s no secret that the S/S 14 runways were washed with colour. And not only the clothes, faces were also painted with the boldest and brightest rainbow shades including bright orange lipstick and purple eye shadow – capturing the vibrancy and laidback nature of the summer months.

As we prepare to enter the winter months here in the UK, I suddenly had a thought – why does this mean that we have to put our rainbow colours away?

It’s a given that when even the tiniest peek of that warm ball of fire appears, it makes me want to splash the brightest shades on my eyes and lips. But why not embrace vibrant colour all year round?

Fuchsia, tangerine, yellow, lime, purple, scarlet, magenta and blue are all colours that will complement and enhance both your facial features and your outfit choices this winter. Trust me; there is nothing more comforting than opening up your make up box and painting your face with a host of rainbow colours on a dark, miserable morning in England.

Make up is just as important as the accessories you choose to pair your outfit with. It can be the perfect way to brighten up an outfit, add a new dimension of colour or simply enhance a high impact look.

For me, it’s the perfect opportunity to brighten up my dull, dark winter wardrobe of black, brown, maroon and green. During the winter months, we all tend to wear dark colours – mostly black, especially during the Christmas period. Let’s face it, we all have that little black dress that we dig out of our wardrobes at any opportunity.

Choosing bright, bold make up is the perfect way to integrate colour into your outfit. The best way to inject a splash of colour is on your eyelids. I always cover my eyelids in matte shades of raspberry, mint, tangerine and sky blue – this will automatically create a high impact effect and add a new dimension to your overall look. Using electric blue to inject colour is also a fun and exciting way to create a striking look – drawing all of the attention to your eyes!

Liquid eyeliner in bold striking shades is another great way to add colour. Investing in a good quality liquid eyeliner is the perfect way to create dramatic winged eyes. Using a fine, angled brush will give you a polished, striking and detailed finish. You can pick up a host of great colours and palettes at a range of high profile make up counters including M.A.C, Channel, Rimmel and L’Oreal Paris –these should be your first port of call.

If you’re feeling adventurous, you could always try using orange-red, violet and emerald to paint your lower eyelid. Results are mesmerizing. Of course, no face is ever complete without a bold, glossy lip – experiment and be daring with colour. Oh, and don’t be afraid to clash colours for a high fashion look.

Dare to be different, step outside the norm and experiment with colour this season.

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