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Color Coordination: Makeup for Summer’s Prettiest Trends

Back in the ‘80s, it might have been cool to match your powder blue eyeshadow to your acid-washed jeans, but nowadays we like to take a more subtle approach. Think coordination, not matching. To help, we’ve picked summer’s hottest trends and designed the perfect makeup look for each one.

  • 1 PAIR SUMMER WHITES WITH: Neutral eyes and a vivid pink lip
    OUR PICK: stila prime pot and NARS Funny Face We love a great all-white outfit in the summer. Anytime you have a monochromatic look, it’s a good excuse to play up one of your features with a pop of color.

  • 2 PAIR COLOR BLOCKING WITH: A neutral face and bright eyes
    OUR PICK: Jouer Luminizing Moisture Tint and stila eyeshadow in Mimosa This look is huge for summer, thanks to Prada’s ubiquitous Spring ’11 collection. One bold color plus another bold color calls for…more bold color. It’s not for the faint of heart, we grant you.

  • 3 PAIR BRIGHT YELLOW WITH: Bronzed cheeks and a chocolate smokey eye
    OUR PICK: Cargo Bronzer and stila eyeshadows in Dune, Kitten, and Coco Nothing brightens up a room like a gorgeous marigold yellow outfit. Stick to complimentary brown tones and let the clothes do the talking.

  • 4 PAIR FLORAL PRINTS WITH: Soft pink cheeks and lids
    OUR PICK: Laura Geller (Blush –n- Brighten](product:452) in Boysenberry and Makeup Forever Eyeshadow in Dusty Pink We love a small floral print (cute! vintagy!) but they can look a little fussy if you don’t pull the look together. Pick one shade to base your makeup on.

  • 5 PAIR SEERSUCKER WITH: A fresh rosy cheek and matching pink lips
    OUR PICK: stila custom color blush and Lipstick Queen’s Jean Queen Gloss The ultimate summer fabric and a favorite of preppies the world over, seersucker is a graphically similar to a pinstripe. It calls for a youthful, natural look.

  • 6 PAIR LEOPARD PRINT WITH: Black eyeliner, va-va-voom mascara, and nude lips
    OUR PICK: Sue Devitt Eye Intensifier Pencil in Pointe Noir, Benefit BADgal Lash Mascara, and YSL Rouge Volupte Lipstick in Nude Beige Despite the frequent association with “maneaters” we happen to know that leopard print can be quite sophisticated. Play up your eyes and all attention will be on you.

  • 7 PAIR IKAT WITH: A wash of light violet shadow, a touch of highlighter, and a shimmery gloss
    OUR PICK: stila eyeshadow in Wisteria, RMS Living Luminizer, and Jouer Moisturizing Lip Gloss in Glisten Woven and dyed Ikat prints have been a staple in our wardrobe for the last few seasons. They’re cuter than tie-dye but just as trendy. Look for a toned down version of the most prominent color in the print.

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