Electric Blue and Metallics Too: The 2014 Make Up Trends


Forget bashful and think brave; forego dainty and think daring. The make up colors that are sprouting up all over the runways, cosmetics counters, and household vanities are abandoning any pretense at delicate and opting for audacious instead. This summer especially, it’s all about the feminine but fiery looks that are equal parts sensual and playful. Next time you’re painting on your face for an evening with Johnnie Walker and his pals (your pals), embrace your inner wildling and try one of these fearless colors.

Her Kisses Are Metallic


Metallics are typically splattered across lids, vamping up the eyes for a gaze that truly sparks, and while there are plentiful opportunities to add glimmer and glitz to your lashes, cheeks, and eyelids — see Dolce and Gabbana’s The Eyeshadow Smooth Eye Colour Duo in Gold or the psychedelic-like CoverGirl Flamed Out Shadow in Fired-Up Pink, the real sweet treat is the power line pout. Obsessive Compulsive’s Lip Tar comes in a variety of shimmering hues, so keep this beauty trend in your pocket until the perfect event arises, such as a holiday weekend in Las Vegas.

Rock Down to Electric Avenue


Alchemists aren’t the only ones getting thrilled about this year’s beauty tricks. Rock stars are plugging in their instruments in honor of the charged colors coming down the runways, especially the cobalt, azure, and, you guessed it, electric blue hues sweeping not just the nation, but the lash lines of beauties everywhere. For a pencil thin ‘stache-like contour, try Nars Larger Than Life Pencil in Blue, or play it fast and loose across your lids with Shiseido Luminizing Trio in Punky Blues. Not content to sit idly by when you’re feeling too blue to boogie, get a little emotional with a navy blue smoky eye using Estee Lauder Stay in Place Pencil in Midnight Blue.

Deep, Dark, and Lovely


Sometimes the sun’s too bright, the world too harsh, and the cupcakes too infrequent. In that case, you’re going to want something dark and lovely to soothe your twisted soul. Oxblood lipsticks are just what the emo ordered, as are chocolate brown nail polishes good enough to eat (your feelings), and very berry cheeks that are a day too ripe to be sweet. Try Essie Little Brown Dress for a coffee colored manicure and Maybelline Dream Bouncy Blush in Plum Wine for what must be the most Barbie-lite name for a bruised bite of a color.

As always, the catwalks command you to follow their beauty trends like so many daubed-up sheep. Fortunately, fashion avenue has dictated some seriously fresh trends that bring out the angsty, attention-loving party animal inside each one of us. So, next time you’re browsing the beauty counter at Sephora, stake your claim on some electric blues, metallic golds, and coagulated reds.