When Good Old-Fashioned Matching Works

When Good Old-Fashioned Matching Works
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Matching your makeup to your outfit might sound kind of retro, but sometimes the ladylike notion packs a necessary punch, as demonstrated by the slew of celebrities above. Makeup artist Kate Lee—who works with actresses like Rooney Mara, Anne Hathaway, and Kate Bosworth—attributes the rising trend to the rise of color cosmetics. “Using bright colors has not been super fashionable since the ‘80s,” she says. “But I think we are moving into a new era that will change the way we use makeup.” Sure enough, makeup artist Charlotte Tillbury matched the models’ lips to their dresses at Prabal Gurung’s spring show in New York earlier this month, Peter Philips did the same at Fendi, and a gaggle of street style stars are matching their nail polish to their frocks. Click through our slideshow for our favorite looks.

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    Rachel Bilson did her own makeup at ComicCon, pairing navy blue eyeliner with her similarly hued 3.1 Phillip Lim dress. Try Maybelline’s Define-A-Line Liner ($6) in Navy Blue.

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    Lee used Chanel's Ombre Essentielle Soft Touch Eye Shadow ($29) in Amethyst on Keira Knightley at the premiere of Can A Song Save Your Life. She says that if you are going to try matching your makeup to your outfit, "go for a gentle hue and not a very dense application."

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    Emma Osborne, Rita Ora’s go-to makeup artist, used M.A.C.’s Lipmix ($15) in Fuchsia to get the same shade as Ora’s leather top.

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    It looked like Cate Blanchett’s blush was plucked straight from her Dior gown at a New York screening of Blue Jasmine. La Prairie’s Cellular Radiance Cream Blush ($70) in Plum Glow offers a similar flush.

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    At the Toronto Film Festival, makeup artist Melanie Inglessis used Make Up For Ever’s Aqua Liner ($23) in Diamond Aqua Blue to mirror Olivia Wilde’s printed dress.

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    Solange’s bold orange lipstick reflected the accents on her Prada dress at New York’s Museum of Modern Art. You can’t go wrong with M.A.C.’s Lipstick ($15) in Morange.

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    If you dye your hair various hues at once, like British model Amber Le Bon, it’s easy to match your outfit!

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    PHOTO: Ian Gavan/Getty Images for Jaeger-LeCoultre

    The up-and-coming actress stars in the newest Spiderman film, out early next year. For now, she’s on our radar because of this killer lipstick-meets-dress combination.

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    Makeup artist Hung Vanngo used the purple shade from ck one’s Eyeshadow Quad ($28) in Denim to match Rose Byrne’s floral dress at a New York screening.

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    British makeup artist Wendy Rowe found a winning shade of pink lipstick to pair with Sienna Miller’s Dolce & Gabbana dress. (Try Burberry’s Lip Cover Soft Satin Lipstick ($30) in Blush No.9 for a similar look.)

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    Freida Pinto’s shimmering pink eyeshadow complements her slightly brighter Miu Miu dress in Venice. Rimmel’s Glam Eye Shadow Quad ($6) in Smokey Purple includes a similar color.

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    The charcoal gray on Lowe’s nails pops against her pale pink skirt while blending into her cozy sweater at London Fashion Week. Sephora’s Color Hit Nail Polish ($5) in Face Your Fears is the perfect match.

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    Hannah Bronfman’s told us about her love of Bite Beauty before. Here, she wears the brand’s High Pigment Matte Pencil ($24) in Grapevine Fuchsia.

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    M.A.C. Lipmix ($15)

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    Make Up For Ever Aqua Liner ($23)

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    M.A.C. Lipstick ($15)

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    ck One Eyeshadow Quad ($28)

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    Bite Beauty High Pigment Matte Pencil ($24)

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    Sephora Color Hit Nail Polish ($5)

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