Welcome to our series In the Detail, where we take a magnifying glass to the hottest new beauty trends and zero in on what makes them great. This is the ultimate guide to zeitgeist beauty and how to wear it your way.
Lazy, hazy summer nights fueled with Aperol spritzes are the best kind of evening out. On a night like this, you want a makeup look that is seriously standout without being try-hard. The secret is keeping your complexion and hair pared-back and natural, and zeroing in on one or two focal points max. But looking beyond your usual smoky eye, how do you even start to shake up your makeup?
Well, gitter eye makeup is up 25% in Pinterest searches, Pantone made a green hue its color of 2017, and millennial pink is still very much in demand. So we decided to play with these three color and texture trends, tasking makeup artist Lan Nguyen-Grealis to create low-key amazing summer-night makeup looks that feel fresh yet easy. For each look, she used Revlon's Mega Multiplier Mascara.
The Green Wing
There's something totally modern and incredibly sultry about this deep-green liner look. It works incredibly well on brunettes, but Nguyen-Grealis told me that if you're blonde, apply a line of black first; then layer the color on top to deepen the hue so it looks sassy, rather than too bright and playful (read: young).
Nguyen-Grealis layered up Revlon ColorStay 2 in 1 Angled Kajal in Evergreen ($10) with Revlon Colorstay Eyeliner in Jade ($5) before applying tons of Revlon Mega Multiplier Mascara ($9), focusing in on the bottom lashes. Keep the complexion monotone (perhaps a little bronzer if you're feeling pale) and wear a nude lip. The eyes are the focus.
The Glitter Ball Eye
How do you make glitter feel young, modern and fresh? Stick to silvers and golds. Work with small particles of glitter, and then add texture with some larger pieces. But the real key to keeping this look sophisticated is with the dewy complexion, subtle flush of blusher, and the natural pink lips.
Glitter is messy, so don't worry if you get bits dropping down and moving around. Essentially, glitter is for the free-spirited among us! Pat a balm like Vaseline over your eyelids before using a small brush to pat the glitter in place. We used Inglot Body Sparkles in 50 ($17) before adding lashings of black mascara for definition.
The (Millennial) Pink Wash
Find the right pink tone, and a wash of this hot-right-now color can suit anyone. To stop it looking too twee, Nguyen-Grealis doubled up on the pink, creating a modern monochromatic look with a punchy fuchsia pout. As with the glitter eye, plenty of black mascara adds flattering definition to the eyes.
Having trouble finding the right shade of pink to suit you? Try a blusher instead. Nguyen-Grealis added a wash of Revlon Powder Blush in Haute Pink ($10) over the eyelids and under the lower lash line.