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TOP FLIGHT:

9 essentials
for a modern
pop of color

Big, bright and—dare we say—‘80s-inspired color is back. Here’s your checklist for nailing the look in a wholly au courant way.


Photography By PAWEL PYSZ

Makeup By BENJAMIN PUCKEY

Hair By PANOS PAPANDRIANOS

Styling By MELANEY OLDENHOF

Nails By SHERIL BAILEY

Art Direction By VICEN AKINA

BEAUTY CREDITS
  • MAKEUP BY benjamin puckey
  • EYES
  • M·A·C chromaline hi-def cyan
  • M·A·C marine ultra pigment
  • M·A·C eye shadow in atlantic blue
  • M·A·C eye shadow in electric eel
  • FACE
  • bobbi brown blush in nectar
  • LIPS
  • M·A·C Lipglass in saint germain
     
  • NAILS BY Sheril bailey
  • nails
  • chanel le vernis longwear nail colour IN celebrity
FASHION CREDITS
  • STYLING BY melaney oldenhof
  • top
  • prabal gurung
  • earrings
  • vintage yves saint laurent courtesy of new york vintage

Seemingly every spring there comes the clarion call that “color is back.” We shall wear pink, feast upon fresh green shoots, and unceremoniously toss our winter woolens out the window. Sadly, only one of these usually occurs, and that’s upon the purchase of a sad, limp salad.

This season, however, color really is a big story.  These chromatic beauty looks are taking their cue from the spring runways, which were awash in acid and pastel shades. It perhaps started with Marc Jacobs, who showed a color-saturated homage to ‘80s New York. Or maybe it was Edward Enninful’s inaugural British Vogue cover, in which model Adwoah Aboa sported the kind of brilliant blue eye shadow not seen this side of 1987. Since then, we’ve seen a spate of colorful looks that neglect bromides like “eyeliners should be black” and “lipsticks are red or pink.” Mauve lips and green eyes anyone?

Off the runway, Our Ladies of Instagram have followed suit. Note Gigi Hadid’s gloriously ‘80s street style, and the resurgence of bike shorts and pink hair courtesy of the one and only Kim Kardashian West. And the trend shows no sign of abating anytime soon. The fall 2018 shows came with brilliant, diamante cat eyes in purple and green at Prada; neon swipes of eye color at Christian Dior; and gorgeous pale violets at Marni. A do-whatever-you-want ethos evidently rules.

Of course, in the spirit of realism, we don’t propose that you run out of the house with a perm and frosted lip liner. But you could think about vivid, block color for your eyes or a more coral tone for your lips (and maybe some statement clip-on earrings for good measure). Shop our edit here, then find somewhere with suitably neon lighting to show it off.

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Designed to be worn on its own or over pencil or lip color, M·A·C Lipglass in Saint German is perfect, high-gloss shade of candy pink. Infused with jojoba oil, the glistening formula also works to soften and condition lips. For a fuller-looking pout, concentrate product in the center of the lips.

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This blush and highlighter produce natural-looking radiance when used in tandem (the palette’s optically blended colors were designed and chosen to cultivate lit-from-within luster on a range of skin tones). Use fingertips to apply. 

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YSL’S most volumizing mascara pairs an hourglass-shaped brush with a high-intensity navy pigment. The unique wand allows more of the long-lasting formula to grab hold for an even application. The effect: lashes that shock but don’t smudge.

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Giorgio Armani’s Eye Tint in #8 Flannel is a universally flattering, irridescent mauve that illuminates eyes without looking too frosty. The liquid formula may be easily blended and layered to vary intensity of pigment. 

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A cult favorite, M·A·C’s Retro Matte Lipstick in Girl About Town is a blue-tinged fuschia that works equally well on all skin tones. Think vivid, but not offensively so. The matte, long-wearing formula is immune to smudging—so perfect for nights out. 

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Kevyn Aucoin’s soft, waxed-based formula glides on without skipping to deliver a beautiful semi-matte finish in a rich, deep blue. In addition to offering exceptional precision, it’s also waterproof, smudge-proof, and transfer-proof.

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YSL’s Rouge Volupte Shine Oil-in-Stick in 41 Corail A Porter is a cheerful, pinkish coral. Plus, the bullet’s impressively conditioning, long-wear formula (it’s sixty percent oil) melts into lips to keep your pout hydrated.

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Smooth like a cream, blendable like a liquid, and powdery in its finish, M·A·C’s Slow Fast Slow is a rosy-hued shadow that lends a subtle luminosity to the lids. Use wet or dry—the crease-proof formula lasts for up to six hours.   

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Armani’s smudge-proof liquid lipstick (expert note: it appears shinier upon application, but dries quickly to leave a thin matte film) is four times thinner and has twice as much color as a traditional lipstick. Apply to the lips from the center outward to avoid any bleeding, and use the pointed end on the corners and Cupid’s bow for precision.