Take a cue from the runway and apply some colour block action to your makeup. Bold colours and contrasting hues will give you a fashion forward look.

Eyes on You


Want something striking? Go neon. The key to pulling it off is keeping the rest of your face as neutral as possible. Use a colour that contrasts your eye colour – orange and pink with blue eyes, green or purple with brown eyes and yellow for green eyes.

Throw some shade

Multi-coloured shadow is having a moment – mermaid-inspired makeup is one way to turn heads. Apply varying degrees of purples, greens and blues to really stand out from the crowd. If you are feeling daring, combine it with a glossy pink lip.

Warm two-toned shadow works for those of us who want something less complicated. Simply blend in a terracotta shadow on the eyelids and line your bottom lash line with a striking pink. Et voila!

Solid shadow is a quick fix for those who have little time. Just sweep on a vibrant eye shadow (glitter is a girl’s best friend) and colour block it with your outfit instead. Purples and electric blues compliment every eye colour. Exaggerate the look with a pair of false eyelashes to really frame the eyes.

Get Lippy

Top to bottom colour

A punchy lip is a sure way to make a statement, and what better way than to rock an ombré? Line the outer part of the top lip with a bold red, working towards the middle and downgrading to a flashy orange. For the bottom part of the lip work from the same orange to a very clear nude.

Another option is to work a fuchsia top lip and a glittery silver/pink bottom lip. Remember to keep the rest of your makeup simple.

Two toned lips

The most straightforward approach to a colour block lip is to combine contrasting lip colors – paint the top lip with one colour and the bottom with something a little different. Possible combinations would be red and pink, orange and nude, violet and black. Have fun and mix it up.

Hair and Nails

Contrasting nails are a great way to compliment a colour block. Paint your nails the opposite of your eye shadow or lip to really make a statement. For example, turquoise and gold makeup pairs perfectly with pink nails.

Hair styling could not be easier for this look ¬– the key is sleek and smooth. Hair needs to be blow-dried and straightened, allowing you to scoop it into a simple ponytail, secured with hairspray.