Unlike your sense of style (which can change on a seasonal basis), it’s unlikely you ever update your go-to makeup routine. Makeup is incredibly personal, as only you know which colors look best on your skin tone, which products you can afford, and so on. As a result, we tend to stick to the same makeup brands and looks for decades. However, we think that experimenting with your makeup doesn’t have to be such a scary endeavor. By testing out any of these risky looks, you’ll find that you probably already have all of the products you need, and you’ll be surprised at how easy it is to transform your face. Once you catch the bug, you’ll be cycling through new makeup risks every week.
1. Dragon smokey-eye
Emily Ratajkowski channeled reptilian-inspired eyes at the 2016 Emmy’s, and we can’t get enough of this fierce makeup look. The shimmering green works perfectly with a heavy smokey-eye that makes any eye color standout.
2. Bronze makeup with blue lips
You might assume blue lips will make you look like you’ve contracted pneumonia (and we can’t exactly blame you), but Cara Delevingne’s look at the 2016 MTV Movie Awards proves otherwise. The key to nailing this makeup risk is to make sure the rest of your body is absolutely glowing and healthy. Having a fake tan, using extra bronzer, and styling your hair in beachy waves will counteract the usually unhealthy hue of blue lips.
3. White-lined cat-eye
This simple take on a traditional cat-eye packs a huge punch and is sure to leave all eyes transfixed on you. Simply draw on a cat-eye with black, liquid liner as you normally would, then take the look a step further by tracing it with highly pigmented, white liner or shadow. This standout look is perfect for a date night, weekend party, or fashionable event. You’ll adore how instantly it makes you feel modelesque!
4. Bright orange tones
Reese Witherspoon is the ultimate master of rocking bright colors, and this preference extends far beyond her red carpet dresses. Witherspoon experimented with a bright orange makeup look at the Los Angeles premiere of Wild. On top of her neon orange lips, Witherspoon rimmed her eyes in shimmering orange shadow, and opted for coral blush. This is an ideal summer look that any woman would look smashing in.
5. Complimentary colors on your eyes and lips
No one sports rainbow-colored makeup better than Lupita Nyong’o. One of her signature makeup risks is the use of bright blue eyeliner, which works wonders to make dark, brown eyes pop. Follow Nyong’o’s example by lining your top lid in cobalt or sky blue. Though it takes a little while to get used to this unnatural color on your face, you’ll quickly come to love it.
6. Bleached hair and black lips
Taylor Swift’s risky Met Gala look received extremely controversial reviews, but whether you loved it or hated it, you have to admit that it’s worth talking about. If you have very fair or bleached blonde hair, we challenge you to rock the darkest shade of lipstick you can find. This contrast of light and dark isn’t just modern gothic, it’s also incredibly high-fashion.
7. Neon pink eyeliner
An easy way to elevate your makeup look is to deviate from standard brown and black eyeliner. These dark, neutral colors are advertised as the only acceptable eyeliner options, but frankly, the dated belief that bright makeup colors are childish needs to go. Neon blues, pinks, greens, and oranges can leave your eyes looking fresh and fun, so try this makeup risk and never look back.
8. All around brown
As one of the most beautiful women in the world, Joan Smalls can wear just about any unusual makeup style and turn it into something gorgeous. However, you don’t need to be a supermodel to pull off her all-around brown look from October 2016. Simply contour with a deep brown, wear a chocolate-hued lipstick, fill in your brows with a brown pencil, and line your eyes in a similar liner. It may sound a bit overboard, but it comes together beautifully warm.
9. Mermaid ombré eyeliner
Allison Williams tends to opt for an all-American look, so we loved when she deviated from her usually conservative makeup preferences to test this mermaid-inspired eye makeup. Like Williams, you too can rim your eyes in metallic teal, then turn it into an ombré with silver and grey accents.
10. Punchy rose tones
Rose gold is hands-down the hottest makeup color of the moment, so it makes perfect sense that we’re starting to experiment with it. Actress Dove Cameron took her rose gold affinity to the next level when she showed up to a Harper’s Bazaar celebration with rosy eye shadow, blush, and even rose gold hair dye mixed into her blonde locks. If you love rose gold as much as we do, start mixing it into your everyday routine for stunning results.