ALL ABOUT BEAUTY: Head-to-Toe Color Blocking

Color blocking no longer solely applies to one’s outfit, and colorful fashion and makeup trends have graced numerous catwalks and trend reports for the upcoming season. As evidenced in Style.com’s Resort-themed In the Mood For editorial, current Resort collections (for both fashion and makeup) encourage (and applaud) the use of colors and color blocking. Despite this, however, I have still found that many Fashionistas are hesitant to combine these two colorful concepts: why color block on your body if you want to sport a bold lip (and visa versa)? In response to this hesitation, I now introduce this week’s Fashionista who proves that bold fashion and makeup trends can (and do) go hand-in-hand.

Sporting a pair of ocean-blue, wide-legged, satin trousers and a pink-and-red striped cashmere sweater would have been bright in itself – however, this Fashionista does not stop there when seeking to create a all-around color-blocked ensemble (and I’m so glad that she didn’t). To her vibrant outfit she adds a darker-toned red lip…completely proving that “going bold” does not mean you have to sacrifice a colorful lip for a vibrant outfit. So to not appear too over-the-top, this Fashionista has left her long locks down and loose, and her natural waves really balance out her multihued style. To finalize her look, this Fashionista expertly adds a pair of tortoise, cat-eye sunnies, an incredible bib necklace, a simple gold ring, sky-high black wedges, and a camel-colored satchel. This Fashionista truly proves that color blocking is no longer reserved for your clothing – one really can be colorful from head to toe.

While I do not necessarily condone wearing colorful eye shadow with a color-blocked outfit, I am a major proponent of the bold-lip-and-bright-ensemble style evidenced by this Fashionista. Interested in replicating this Fashionista’s show-stopping look? Make sure that your lips complement, not detract, from your outfit. I encourage trying a matte lipstick as opposed to a high-gloss alternative, especially when experimenting with this trend for the first time. For a deeper-colored red lipstick like the one sported by this Fashionista, try a matted lip color like NARS’ Pure Matte Lipstick in Vesuvio and let your creativity shine.

Expert Tip from Cassie: When choosing a lip color, make sure that the color is more muted like Jessica had mentioned. It's imprtant to stress that your color blocked outfit should be the focal point of your look, not your lips. If you are hesitant to play with an opaque color lip, go for a more sheer lipstick like Josie Maran Lip Stains. This line of lip stains will introduce you to wearing colors on your lips. Once you have become accustomed to seeing a sheer color on your lips amp up your look to a matte lipstick. Comapnies like MAC and NARS have wonderful colors to check out!

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