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Beauty Inspiration

Cool to clash

Break the matchy-matchy make-up rules for a look that really pops


Duo-flash face

There are no hard-and-fast rules when it comes to colours on lips and eyes. ‘Keep it chic by using only one shade on your eyes and giving lips a blotted-on wash of colour,’ says Lisa.


HOW-TO ‘Press the grass-green shade from Revlon ColorStay 16 Hour Eye Shadow Palette in Inspired, £7.99/799 points, over your entire lid, just up to the socket line – any higher makes it look old-fashioned and is ageing,’ says Lisa. ‘Contrast this with a fuchsia lippy [we love Barry M Lip Paint in Vibrant Pink, £4.99/499 points], pressing it on with your finger instead of straight from the bullet for a subtle, blended effect.’ Finish with a few coats of black mascara.


THE PRO TIP ‘For eyeshadow that lasts, add a base of foundation to your lid first – this absorbs any oil and helps the colour stay put.’


COLOUR SHY? ‘Just ditch the eyeshadow, and trace a coloured liquid liner across your top lash line.’


Lip & nail colour twist

Lots of us are nervous about wearing bright colours on our eyes, so clashing nails and lips is a great first step in the trend.


HOW-TO ‘Opt for a banana-toned yellow nail polish rather than a neon,’ says Lisa. ‘I used Nails Inc Gel Effect Seven Dials in Vibrant Yellow, £15/1,500 points (14ml), as it really pops on darker skin and even makes fairer complexions look tanned.’ For lips, Lisa chose Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Carina, £16/1,600 points, as a gloss prevents make-up looking too flat. ‘A creamy blush will give cheeks a healthy glow,’ she adds. Finish with black mascara on top and bottom lashes.


THE PRO TIP ‘A wash of a neutral metallic shimmer over lids will give them a barely-there sheen without detracting from the juicy colours on lips and nails,’ says Lisa.


COLOUR SHY? ‘Paint nails with the brighter colour and keep a more subtle pink for lips.’


The two-tone eye

Wearing two very different shades on your eyes needn’t be daunting. ‘The secret is to apply a black eye pencil along the upper and lower lash lines to add definition,’ says make-up artist Lisa Valencia, who created these looks.


HOW-TO After lining eyes with a black pencil, Lisa used a purple shade, Sugarlite, from the Sleek MakeUp i-Divine Eyeshadow Palette in Ultra Mattes V1, £7.99/799 points, on lids, blending up into the socket. For a more intense look, she traced a black liquid eyeliner across the upper lash lines, then added a sweep of Lancôme Artliner 24H in Sapphire, £21/2,100 points, just under the lower ones. ‘A liquid liner makes it easier to be more precise,’ she explains. Finish with black mascara on top and bottom lashes.


THE PRO TIP ‘With a clashing eye look, keep lips natural – a slick of nude shimmer gloss is all you need,’ says Lisa.


COLOUR SHY? ‘To soften this style, try “double lining” – just layer shadow over your eye liner.’


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Words Donna Francis  Photography Will Whipple Hair and make-up Lisa Valencia at Carol Hayes Model Portia at MOT Illustrations Sally Faye With thanks to Beaches Ocho Rios Resort, Jamaica


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