These Eyeshadow and Lipstick Pairings Were Practically Made for Each Other
For years idealised beauty "rules" had us believe we could either play up our eyes or lips—never both. "How garish!" I'm sure some oppressive piece of writing read, referring to the thought of a woman applying product to both parts of her face.
2018 feels like one giant record scratch, with both huge strides for intersectional feminism and just as many frightening setbacks. When it comes to makeup, the choice is yours. No one can make rules or set boundaries for how you choose to present yourself, at least not if we have anything to say about it. So, break with convention. Do you. Apply colourful eye shadow and bright lipstick. Wear glitter. Be happy.
Below find our favourite colour pairings for you to try and the products that will help you get the look.
Technicolour and Sheer Fuchsia
If you're going full-on technicolour (think '80s club kid) on your eyes, there's no reason you can't still wear a lip colour. Instead of doing something bold pigment-wise, try a sheer poppy pink with a ton of gloss. The vinyl texture of your lips will pull the sparkly look together without making you feel like you're wearing a costume.
Petal Pink and Siren Red
"When you think about it, pink and red are different tones in the same family. Plus, it's a juxtaposition—one element being hard and one soft," says Katie Jane Hughes on her signature look. She explains how textures are both hard and soft, the red is powerful and bold and the pink is dreamy and ethereal. "It's all about balance, and that's why it works so well."
Golden Brown and Beige
"Using brown mattes all over the eyes and lips sculpts and defines your features," explains Ashlee Glazer, Laura Geller's global artistic director. Then go in and layer over any flat, matte shade with a glowy, dew-like texture to add dimension to your lips and eyes.
Products: Tom Ford Cream and Powder Eye Colour in Sun Worship and Young Adonis ($87) and Lipstick in So Vain ($70)
Berry and Burgundy
Monochromatic makeup is still one of the easiest way to look undeniably cool—there's not a ton of fuss or blending, just shades that match and immediately make an impact. Get into it with a super glossy eye and matte, red wine-stained lip.
Chrome Metallic and Dusty Rose
A super metallic, jewel-like shadow so shimmery it almost looks wet looks incredible with a dusty rose pink lip balm. "Metallic and a little grungy—it's the perfect rock and roll pewter eye to pair with rosy lips," suggests Kelli Bartlett, director of makeup artistry for Glamsquad. Basically, your face will be a gilded, glowy dream.
Products: MAC Pigment in Old Gold ($39).