Step out of your safety zone, and go bold. Whether it's rocking radical shadow or pumping up your locks, the '80s revival is about taking risks. Unstoppable pop star Natasha Bedingfield shows you how it's done.
Stacking up three bold colors is the daring new way to do a smoky eye. "This dramatic, fun look would be perfect for a night out partying," says Natasha Bedingfield. "I might even add some glitter."
Create this funky night-out look using pinks and purples, which pop on every skin tone. You'll need a light and medium shade from the same color family, plus a darker hue to add drama and definition. We like Dior 5-Colour Eyeshadow in Mystic Smokys.
Get the look: Apply the lightest shade all over your eyelids, then from the inner corners up into the brows and to the outer edges. Dot the medium complementary shade on the center of lids, and blend upward and along your creases. Use the darkest shade to line your upper and lower lashes; for a softer look, smudge color so it looks smoky. Finally, extend this shade from the outer corners of your lids diagonally to the tail of each brow.
Striking the balance between feminine and edgy, this combo cranks up your notice-me factor. Natasha, whose new record is scheduled to drop early this year, became an instant fan, saying "I'd rock these two trends anywhere — they'd make any outfit pop."
A nude color infused with a shot of shine is sexy and chic on lips. "The sparkle catches the light, making it attention grabbing," says celeb makeup artist Christy Coleman.
Get the look: Choose a metallic nude that's rich in pigment (skip sheers). For light skin, avoid too-pale nudes, which will make your lips look washed out. We like Avon Lipstick in Sheer Naturale, a bronzy shade. Play up medium and darker skin tones with gold or silver finishes, like YSL Pure Lipstick in Glazed Sienna.
Inyour-face adhesives (such as the cheetah print by Minx) are impossible to ignore. And bright polish adds instant edge — think of it as the color equivalent of zippers and studs.
Get the look: Pick a hot graphic at a Minx salon (find one at minxnails.com ) or paint on a vibrant lacquer. "Bright pink will never go out of style," says celeb manicurist Kimmie Kyees. Another updated '80s trend: flecks of sparkle. "It's more grown-up than full-blown glitter," says Kyees. Look for light-reflecting pearlized formulas (like Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Nail Color in Purple Pizzazz or Nicole by OPI Nail Lacquer in Believe It, Do It). And go slow to get a clean line around the edges.
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Never thought you'd be shopping for a crimper? Neither did Natasha. But the gotta-have-it texture quickly changed her mind. "This style really accentuates your wild side," she says. "It'll bring out your inner Debbie Harry."
Have hair so fine or straight that you're afraid it could never reach '80s proportions? A little crimping will be your secret volume- and texture-producing weapon, says celeb stylist Ted Gibson, who added fierce height to Natasha's mane. And when your locks are wild and untamed, you're likely to feel the same way.
Get the look: Rather than crimping your entire head, which screams old-school '80s in a bad way, leave bangs and roots straight, and crimp random sections, stopping an inch short of the ends. This will add enough bulk without leaving you looking like a Def Leppard fan. Another awesome option: Pull strands into a ponytail, and crimp the tail for a rock-star vibe. But skip this trend if you have thick hair; extra texture will appear frizzy, not sexy.
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