Pastels are pretty, but spring’s vibrant new makeup is a whole lot sexier, with striking red and fuchsia lip colors and sultry metallic shadows and glosses.Red Lips
Yes, you can wear red lipstick when it’s 70 degrees outside. Just pick one with a tinge of orange to brighten things up, and choose a satin or creamy formula (matte is too serious for spring). Apply with a brush—or, to tone it down for daytime, makeup artist Dick Page suggests tissue-blotting the lipstick away almost entirely, so all that’s left is a soft stain.
1. Avon Ultra Color Rich Lipstick in Poppy Love, $6
2. Dolce & Gabbana Classic Cream Lipstick in Velvet, $30
Khaki Eye Shadow
Livelier than brown, khaki shadow is one of the easiest colors to wear. To keep it fresh, Page likes a shimmery powder—”a matte khaki can look muddy,” he says—brushed on lids to above the creases (make sure to blend the edges well). For a smoky evening look, sweep a little along your bottom lash line, too.
1. Chanel Soft Touch Eyeshadow in Khaki, $28.50
2. Maybelline New York Eye Studio Eyeshadow in Khaki Craze, $5.94
Pink Cheeks and Lips
There’s no reason to be intimidated by hot pink. When you choose the right texture, it’s actually quite flattering. For blush, pick a shimmer-free formula in “a strong, almost fuchsia color,” says Page, and dust it on the apples of your cheeks for that you-know-what type of glow. For lips, choose a sheer, luminous gloss so the color isn’t too heavy. And if you really want to stand out, wear bright pink on both cheeks and lips.
1. Smashbox Blush Rush in Radiance, $24
2. Cover Girl ShineBlast Lip Gloss in Radiate, $8.49