Summer’s Hottest Makeup — Go Mild Or Go Wild

You may think that, as beauty editors, we here at R29 would be totally on top of our game when it comes to trying out the newest beauty trends. Cobalt liner, neon shadow, even white nails — it’s all temporary (and, duh, kind of our job), so why not take these of-the-moment shades for a spin? Well, dear readers, we have a confession for you: Sometimes, we’re not as daring with the trend-trying as we’d like to be. 

With that in mind, we figured that for every textured-nail-wearing, beauty-maven reader we have, we also have a reader who loves checking out new primpers, but would maybe like the lite version, so to speak.Thankfully, the world of pretty is not one-size-fits-all, and there are many ways to take beauty trends for a spin without going full-chartreuse-smoky-eye, if that’s not your thing. (And, if it is? Go on with your bad self.) 

Read on to check out ten products that will help you get whatever look you’re going for, whether it’s a hint of blazing blue on your lashes, or a full-on deep scarlet lip for a night out. We’re listening, ladies, so tell us —which of these trends are you most excited about, and how will you rock the look?


Cobalt Case 

A Little: Anastasia Beverly Hills Hypercolor Brow and Lash Tint in Electric Blue 
A Lot: Sephora Collection Waterproof Smoky Cream Liner in The Deep End 

Bold, powerful cobalt blue eye makeup brightens eyes while making a major statement. The problem? Many of us still remember days when blue eye makeup was more Malibu Barbie than Mary Katrantzou. If you want to dip your toes into the trend, try a super-bright lash tint with a clean face — you’ll enjoy the brightening power in a subtle way. Makeup pro? Try this opaque, in-for-face liner, either on the upper or lower lashlines. With some bronzer and a nude lip, it’s the chicest update to basic black. 

Anastasia Beverly Hills Hypercolor Brow and Lash Tint in Electric Blue, $22, available at AnastasiaSephora Collection Waterproof Smoky Cream Liner in The Deep End, $12, available at Sephora.


Summer Blackberry 

A Little: Jouer Tinted Lip Enhancer in Shiraz 
A Lot: Laura Mercier Le Rouge Nouveau 

You already know how much we love a dark summer lip — deeper shades can be so refreshing in a sea of coral gloss. At the same time, we know that darker lips can take some getting used to. If you’re feeling bold, go for this sheer yet powerfully matte crimson lipstick — and if you’d just like a hint of the trend, go for the tinted gloss. 

Jouer Tinted Lip Enhancer in Shiraz, $16, available at JouerLaura Mercier Le Rouge Nouveau, $24, available at Nordstrom.


Neon Party 

A Little: Givenchy Gelée D’Interdit Smoothing Gloss Balm in Electric Purple 
A Lot: Make Up For Ever Eyeshadow in Iridescent Acid Green 

In our minds, neon shades still reign in hot weather — whether in the form of clothing, accessories, or beauty products. Neon nails are super-cool, but if you’re ready to graduate to the next level of awesome, try out some hyper-brights on your face — in the form of a sheer fluorescent gloss for the shy, or an acid-green shadow for the bold. 

Givenchy Gelée D’Interdit Smoothing Gloss Balm in Electric Purple , $29, available at SephoraMake Up For EverEyeshadow in Iridescent Acid Green, $20, available at Make Up For Ever.


White Lies 

A Little: Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in Sheer Bliss 
A Lot: Sephora X Nail Color in Flawless 

White polish for summer is huge, but it can be hard to find an opaque white polish that flatters. If you’re digging the clean look, try out a sheer white — we’re crazy for this iridescent offering from Sally Hansen. If you’re ready to go full-on, this perfectly balanced shade of blanc is a sure bet. 

Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in Sheer Bliss, $7.99, available at CVSSephora X Nail Color in Flawless, $9.50, available at Sephora.


Bronze Age 

A Little: Lorac Lip Lustre Gloss 
A Lot: Illamasqua Gleam Cream in Supernatural 

Digging a bronze glow, but worried that it’ll come off as overly faux? This bronzey gloss adds the perfect minimalist hint of tawny. On days that you really want to glow, you can’t go wrong with this sheer, flattering bronzing cream, applied lightly all over for a realistic hint of tan. 

Lorac Lip Lustre Gloss, $15, available at LoracIllamasqua Gleam Cream in Supernatural, $26, available at Illamasqua.

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