Q&A with Kate McCarthy: Finding Balance with Bold Colors

Q&A with Kate McCarthy

Q: Hi Kate! I love experimenting with bold trends but how do I keep my look balanced and avoid looking overdone?

Kate: Trying new looks can be intimidating. With all of the intense colors that are popular right now, and the bold trends that go with them, it can be hard to create a balanced look! In the next few weeks I will tell you how to find and keep balance with this season’s best trends and colors!

What to pair with this season’s popular jewel toned smokey eye? Well, on the runway the smoky eye is paired with equally intense lips and cheeks... Sounds scary, right? This is completely wearable with the right application.

After applying your smoky eye (might I suggest the Limited Edition Eye Shadow Quad in glam from our Deluxe Holiday Kit), choose a blush in a bright shade and place it on the side of your cheekbones. I love Cream Blush in plumeria or guava or Blush in begonia.  Keep the blush close to your temple and side hairline while keeping the apples of your cheeks clean. Then try mixing Gloss in poppy with Lipstick in cabaret or Gloss in plum glaze with Lipstick in aubergine.

All of these colors are super bold, but the blush placement is what keeps the look balanced. Instead of drawing attention to the center of your face first by placing blush on the apples of the cheeks, which would be a little overwhelming to take in, the eye is drawn first to the eyes, then the cheeks, followed by lips. The 'diamond' shape you created is what gives this bold look perfect balance.

Makeup Finding Balance with Bold Colors