1. Revisit the classics. The eyes are the part of the face we notice first. If you can’t let go of neutral eye shadows, do something different with them. Rather than putting pale taupe on your lid and a dark one in the crease, sweep the darker colour on the lid and the lighter one above it. Then brush black mascara on the upper lashes and brown on the lower—it’s a makeup artist’s trick for opening up the eyes.
2. Dust off your cheeks. If you’re scraping away at the last grains of your powder blush, consider a cream or gel. The new formulas contain extra-fine pigment particles, so the colour is incredibly sheer. Apply a tiny speck of gel with your fingers, and blend it in quickly—before the colour has a chance to set—for a natural look. Or swirl a cream blush on the apples of the cheeks with a foundation brush.
3. Update your lipstick. Try one that has a little gold speckling or a slightly different texture. Another trick to make lips seem fuller is to rub a bit of shimmery cream eye shadow on the lips, then top it off with gloss.
4. Play around. Take a few risks—you might just love the results. Experiment with bronze, chocolate and gold shadows, rose cheeks and lips — the worst that can happen is you wipe them off.