How to rock multiple makeup colours at the same time: 4 bright eyed Beauty Panel tips

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You’ve perused numerous Pinterest boards and clocked countless YouTube hours obsessing over beauty junkies who fearlessly rock vibrant hues all over their eyelids. Isn’t it time you stopped being timid of those lonely and unused bright eyeshadows in your makeup bag and joined in?

While the Chanel Spring 2014 look offered an inventive way to wear just about every colour in the rainbow at once, we’re dialing the trend back and approaching bright eyeshadows from an everyday point of view. From creating an ombré across your eyelid to pairing complementary shades along your bottom and top lashline, this look is all about colour theory. So grab a bold eyeshadow you’ve yet to try (may we suggest one of the brights from the Nars Guy Bourdin collection?) and read on for expert tips from the Beauty Panel.

Challenge 34: What are your tips and tricks for wearing two colourful eyeliners or shadow shades at the same time? See the answers now! »

If you’ve ever wanted to try wearing yellow, check out Ellie Somfelean of My Beauty Box, who mixes the sunny hue with a bright blue. Marilou Moles of Twenty York Street whips up a quick paint job with shades of blue and green for her almost ombré-effect look. Kelly Freeman of Glitter Diaries shares tips on a daytime beauty look with varying shades within the same colour family.

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Marilou Moles
Ottawa | Twenty York Street

While a walking art deco look is definitely a head turner, channeling (pun intended) a full-on Chanel Spring 2014 look is probably not a realistic look during the day, especially not for work. You can, however, rock a bright shadow duo look as long as you pick two colours from the same family, for example: blues with greens and reds with oranges. Apply the lighter colour on the lid, I like using a stubby pencil as you can control the lines and with one sweep, you can cover almost your entire lower lid. Next, take the darker colour and start at the corner of the eye, apply on the crease going up and stop halfway. Lightly blend in the two colours together but try not to keep the two distinct so you end up with an almost ombré effect.

Since your eyeshadows are both bold and striking, keep the rest of your make-up minimal. One quick tip to try for your lips? The textured lips featured at this month’s Beauty Panel!

Products used: Rimmel Scandal Eyes Eye Shadow Stick in “Gossip Green (007)” and “Blamed Blue (009)” and Maybelline Master Precise Eye liner in “Black”

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Ellie Somfelean
Montreal | My Beauty Box

With the cold weather slowly creeping in and draining colour and life out of everything I can’t help but reach for bright hues in my makeup stash in an attempt to hold on to summer. This yellow Inglot eyeliner is the epitome of a warm sunny day. I applied it generously all over my mobile lid and locked it in with an equally beautiful and vibrant Annabelle Yellow Pigment to ensure longevity and settle the tackiness of the eyeliner. I kept the crease and rest of the lid clean by dusting on a natural shadow. To add some fun contrast I applied the brightest blue eyeliner to my lower lid and smudged it on the eyelashes in lieu of a coloured mascara. I then followed with a cream eyeliner and traced a sharp cat eye, which in my opinion ties the look together and tones it down a notch. Lots of black mascara makes for a great contrast between the dark lashes and the vibrant yellow shadow.

Products used: Inglot Yellow Cream Liner, Annabelle Pigment in “LOL,” Physicians Formula Black Cream Liner, Lancôme Hypnôse Drama Mascara and Sephora Nano Eyeliner in “Azur Blue”

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Kelly Freeman
Mississauga | Glitter Diaries

Bright colours can be worn bold for a fierce evening look or made softer for daywear. It all depends on the colours that you are using and how you’re applying them!

To pull off two bright shadows that won’t feel too intimidating to wear during the day, pair together shades within the same colour family (I chose a bright purple and blue) and apply them only to your lids. Soften the colours by blending them into each other for a pretty transition and then buff out the edges in your crease. I absolutely had to go a little bolder with this look and you can follow suit by applying a medium-toned grey to your crease with a fluffy crease brush to create a nice smokey finish. To give balance to this makeup look, apply a soft pink blush and neutral lip-gloss so your eyes remain as the main focal point!

Products used: Revlon Whipped Foundation in “220,” Cover FX Cream Foundation in “C20,” Marcelle Multi-Colour Powder Blush in “Pink Fusion,” NYX Eyebrow Marker in “Medium,” Make Up For Ever Eyeshadow in “#92” and “#159,” Emani Minerals Crushed Mineral Color Dust in “Icy” and “Smoke Out,” L’Oréal Telescopic Mascara in “Black,” L’Oréal Lineur Intense Liquid Liner in “Carbon Black” and Artdeco Hydra Lip Booster in “Translucent Rosewood”