The spring 2011 fashion shows have officially wrapped up, and when it came to beauty, this was one of the most exciting seasons in a long time. There wasn't a color of the rainbow that didn't make its way into the makeup. From neon eye shadows to the vampiest of rich lipsticks, the only look we didn't see on the runways was anything predictable. It was all as sprightly and upbeat as an episode of Glee, but just as we don't break into medley while strolling the street in real life (or at least I hope not), not all of these vibrant looks translate to real life. (Specifically those yellow and pink eye shadows, which off the runway just read as "jaundice" and "pink eye.") But here are five colorful looks that do roll over to reality beautifully—in a very healthy way.
1. Wine colored lipstick. It's hard to find your perfect red lipstick, but everyone looks good in a deep wine shade. Why? Because its dark pinkish base makes the lips look positively ripe. One of the best examples of this trend was at Yves Saint Laurent, where the merlot lips were richly painted on and paired with highlighted skin and just a pinch of mascara. So simple, yet so chic! For a similar shade, try Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pur Couture Lipstick on No. 8 Belle De Rose.2. Moss green shadow. Green is a tricky color around the eyes—if it's too bright it looks goofy, and if it's too dark it just ends up reading as black. But when it's a soft mossy green with flecks of gold as we saw at Alberta Ferretti, the color takes on a beautiful warmth. Just be sure to add definition with black mascara on your top and bottom lashes—otherwise your eyes can get a bit lost in the color. Maybelline New York Eye Studio Silk Eyeshadow quad in Green With Envy contains a beautiful golden moss shade.
3. Bright magenta lips. The acid orange and fiery coral mouths seen at shows such as Marni and Fendi are striking, but hard for some of us to pull off. Magenta, on the other hand, is bright without being glaring, and tends to flatter most skin tones. Try a similar color to what we saw at Sonia Rykiel, such as Lancôme Color Design Lipcolor in Fuchsia Clutch.4. Violet shadow. This is one shadow color you can do bright without it looking strange. Violet is a universally flattering shade and it looks amazing swiped on the lids and even faintly under the bottom lashes to create a toned-down version of what we saw at Victoria Beckham, where they used Lancôme Color Design Eye Shadows in Trendy. A thin line of black pencil drawn along the top lash line helps anchor the look.
5. Navy smoky eyes. The notion that smoky eyes are only worn in the fall and winter is as outdated as no white after Labor Day. By using an indigo shadow to lighten the intensity of the look as makeup artist Linda Cantello did at Giorgio Armani, it suddenly becomes warm-weather appropriate. Try the color Linda used at the show, Giorgio Armani Maestro Eye Shadow in No. 21.
PHOTOS 1, 2, AND 5 FROM STYLE.COM; PHOTO 3 FROM FASHIONOLOGIE.COM