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From Cray Cray to Everyday

When it comes to daring makeup, there’s a thin line between looking fashion forward and resembling an insane asylum escapee. Because we love a challenge, we took a few out-there styles singers have rocked and toned them down for real life.


We love her catchy tunes, but Kesha’s makeup choices can generally be filed under "do not try this at home"—and this eyebrow-studded look is no exception. To make it socially acceptable, swap out the harsh black lipstick for a rich crimson or bold maroon hue. Rather than styling your coif into an Alfafa-esque ‘do, try an aerodynamic faux hawk. Instead of gluing sparkles to your eyebrows try a bold, on-trend brow.

Nicki Minaj

We’re big fans of her Minajesty’s rap rhymes. But this dramatic Barbie doll get-up is a little too Vegas showgirl for our taste. Rather than piling on neon lipstick, aqua eyeshadow and fuchsia blush, hone in on one of these eye-catching makeup standbys. Now that it is officially spring, we suggest opting for a fresh-looking petal pink lipstick, like this one from Pop Beauty. Remember: When it comes to color, it’s best to adopt a less is more mantra.

Lady Gaga

No story about cray cray makeup would be complete without a nod to the reigning queen: Lady Gaga. Her Little Monsters might give this look a resounding yes (or rather, yaaas), but the whole shiny human disco ball look isn’t exactly practical for everyday life. To make it less bananas, swap out the bedazzled helmet for a’s pretty and sparkly Crystal Crush Bobbi Pin. For a softer smoky eye, follow this tutorial.

Photos: Helga Esteb and s_bukley/

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