How To Wear A Swipe Of Bright Pink Eye Shadow

Kristen Wiig at the ’Paul’ premiere in Hollywood on March 14.
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We’re gonna give it to you straight. As pretty as pink is, it’s one of the TOUGHEST shadow shades to pull off. If you get it wrong, you run the risk of looking like you have a case of conjunctivitis (ewww, stay over there…), you’re behind on your allergy meds, or you need to sleep (for 15+ hours). But, actress Kristen Wiig (likely inspired by the makeup at Derek Lam’s Spring 2011 fashion show) got it sososososo right while attending the Paul premiere yesterday in Hollywood. Here are the rules that helped her work it out, without looking all contagious. P.S. Thanks, Kristen, for closing your eyes so we could get the full effect!

Keep clothing colors neutral. By wearing monochromatic black, tan, white, or gray there will be no competition with your poppy peepers. And, that’s a good thing (Note also the simplicity/sparseness of her jewelry).

Balance your makeup with warm everything else. Since pink is a cool color (#makeuplesson), avoid cool blush and lipstick/gloss shades (i.e. red, pink, berry). Wear warm coral or tan shades instead. OR, keep your face natural and just wear a little clear balm on your lips.

Don’t fuss too much with your hair. Wear it up in a haphazard bun or ponytail, or wear it unstyled and down.

Don’t go overboard. A thin swipe close to your lash line is all you need. For an even subtler look, copy Kristen by swiping ONLY the outer corner of your eyes.

A model at the Derek Lam Spring 2011 fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York on Sept. 12.
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