Does the thought of rocking a bold eye colour with a bold lip completely freak you out? Oh, stop it. You’ve probably just heard that old, “Play up your lips or your eyes, never both,” rule.
To that we say, “Pssh. Rules, schmules.” And it’s not just us. Make-up geniuses say the exact same thing.
“Some people shy away from a darker eye with a deep lip, but I think if you want a dramatic look you can really go for both,” says celebrity make-up artist Kirin Bhatty. “Instead of going for a traditional black-and-grey smokey, you can opt for a pop of colour. There are no rules!”
But before you do, WAIT ONE SEC, says celeb make-up guru Tina Turnbow. “I don’t think you should ever have strict rules for your make-up,” she says. “That said, the color combination totally has to click. The way you pair up colours can either turn you on, or turn you off — it can either be like, ‘Eh, ugh,’ or ‘Oh, yeah!'”
Naturally, we want the latter for your rebel heart. So here’s a little expert cheat sheet on how to break the rules the right way:
Makeup don’ts it’s about time you got over
Cobalt & PeachTurnbow recently did Leslie Mann's make-up for the 2015 Vanity Fair Oscar party, and decided a double-dose of bold colour was in order. “Her suit was all-white, and I focused on her eyes at first with this purpley cobalt shadow -- but then at the last minute, we were both like, 'This could use some more colour.' So, I added this peachy, coral lip," she recalls. “It totally brightened her whole face." Photo credit: Getty Images
Dakota JohnsonPost-Oscars and NYFW, the eye look of the moment is decidedly a warm, smokey copper. Which, we'll say, you can consider as good as a neutral, and it pairs well with pretty much any lip colour that errs on the warm or natural side. Take a cue from ScarJo and opt for bright-yet-smudged fuchsia, or channel Margot Robbie and Dakota Johnson with a bold coral-red. "I don't love matchy-matchy," says Turnbow, who often makes of-the-moment decisions on her clients. "Sometimes, it's just about playing, figuring out what works for the face and the outfit."Photo credit: Getty Images
Pistachio & PinkPair a little pistachio green with your pretty pink pout, and you've got an ultra-fresh lip/eye combo for spring. “A bright lip with a colourful eye can look chic and modern when done right," says celeb make-up artist Darlene Jacobs. “Keep the colour on the eye simple with a graphic pistachio-green liquid line and you won't look overdone. Dior's Pastel Eyes satin patch liners are great if you aren't savvy with the liquid liner. Then, add a matte pink lip." Boom, boom, done.Photo credit: Getty Images
Teal & FuschiaTurnbow is obsessed with cool colours on the eyes. “I love blues, teals and greens with an earthy tone for the lip – or fuschia! A hot pink can also look amazing," she says, recommending you keep that hot pink a little more subtle with a sheer formula (try Urban Decay Sheer Revolution in “Anarchy"). This is a combination beauty savant Lupita Nyong'o has rocked to perfection in the past, like at 2014 SAGs. Photo credit: Getty Images
Chocolate & Rose“I am a huge fan of earthy tones and pinks together," says Turnbow. “One of my absolute favorites is chocolate eyes with a rosy lip." Check out Cate the Great's combination for reference, which is a perfect pairing for spring. For browns and pinks, though (or any combo, really), Turnbow issues this reminder: “Just remember, if you go all metallic with the eye colour, keep your lip more matte." You don't want to be “shiny," folks. Photo credit: Getty Images
Red & BlueLast summer, tons of us freaked out at how weirdly well Taylor Swift's ACM make-up worked – but not Bhatty, who uses this combo herself. “I love the smokey, blue-toned eye with a true red lip," she says. “It's definitely a dramatic look, but can be really beautiful and a play on primary colours." She says to pair Sisley's Eye Shadow Quad in Phyto 4 Ombres Mystery with Sisley lipstick #29 Ruby Red.Photo credit: Getty Images
Bronze & BerryTurnbow gave Taylor Schilling a berry-stained lip for the 2013 Emmys, and a smokey eye. But she kept it a little more muted with coppers and bronzes instead of the steel grays and charcoals that you'll traditionally see. “If you're wearing a neutral, you can play with colour on the face, but if you're going to do eyes and lips, then keep the rest of the face colours to a minimum," she says. “Jewel tones like garnet and topaz tend to work well together."Photo credit: Getty Images
Violet & OrangeDid we say violet and orange? Yeah, we did! Both Jacobs and Turnbow gushed about this specific hue pairing. “The key to wearing that bright a lip with a colourful eye is to keep the skin as natural and fresh as possible and to keep all other makeup to a minimum," Jacobs says. “I love violet eyes with orange lips."Photo credit: NARS