We’ve finally gotten to the point at which we totally ignore lame fashion rules (no white after Labor Day! Match your bag to your shoes! Don’t mix patterns!) but for some reason, the same bravado doesn’t always apply to makeup choices. We all have fears about wearing something that isn’t considered “right,” but really, that’s a sad reason to stay in a cosmetics rut. Some of our favorite makeup artists share how they make anything work on anyone.
MYTH: Bright Colors Don’t Work on Thin Lips
The deal here is to recognize the difference between bright (good) and dark (bad). Deep tones like burgundy and blackberry will serve as a way to announce, “Look at my thin lips!” because the dark color recedes and makes lips look even smaller. But vibrant shades such as coral, tomato red, and hot pink, especially ones made with shine and a slight shimmer, will also add to the optical illusion of plumper lips.
MYTH: Sparkly Eyeshadow Is Only for Teenagers
On the contrary, flat matte shadows can actually accentuate the eyelid crepey effect that sometimes plagues more mature women. Shimmer shadows attract and reflect light and can actually make your eye area look more awake (plus, the reflective properties help draw focus away from fine lines). Stick to neutral-based tones with a shimmery—not glittery—finish.
MYTH: You Can’t Pair Smoky Eyes With a Bold Lip
You can teeter close to drag queen territory here if you’re not careful—unless that’s your thing, in which case, let RuPaul be your spirit guide! The key to pulling off a face full of makeup is contrasting the finishes (think shimmer on eyes with satin or matte on lips), while keeping the rest of your face minimally defined, with groomed brows and softly contoured cheeks.