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The face of makeup is constantly changing, and every season brings about something new, or at least a variation of something old. Certain trends don’t make the cut in the next season and are quickly discarded as a fad, a novelty that was just not worthy – case in point, the overdone brows. Some might argue that nothing is actually ever new and that old ideas just go through a recycling process and are then delivered to us as innovative and groundbreaking.

However, every now and then we are bestowed with something amazing, relatable even; certain techniques, shades and hues appear or reappear to shake things up. The reason we love these trends is that they are actually wearable, just a tad edgy and sent to us to brighten and enrich our makeup game. Stay tuned cool girl, the curtain behind which these new goodies are hiding is about to be unveiled.

A color-filled universe

The era of neutral summer eyes is behind us, or in the very least, it has been put on hold. This summer has a different air to it, and it’s not afraid of welcoming colors, splashes and splashes of colors. If you’ve been a longstanding devotee of the neutral eye, store away your neutral palettes and go for something fresh and bold.

For color neophytes, it’s best to take baby steps and ease yourself in with a pop of copper shimmer just to the center of your lids. Fear not, this shade is flattering on everyone, regardless of skin tone and hair color. Once you’ve crossed that bridge, it’s time to step over to the dark side – dark red that is. Maroon and merlot eye shadows will not only bring out the color of your eyes but will provide a mixture of sophistication and edginess – and let’s be honest, we could all stand to be a bit bolder.

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Ok, once you’ve let go of your fear of colors, it’s time to have some real fun, so let’s explore some more. While in the universe of color, why not jump in and try every flavor? For instance, jewel tones like emerald and sapphire blue are simply an impeccable choice, and you won’t be wrong by picking any of them. For this bold and super cool look kick things off by filling-in your entire lid with a creamy and colorful eyeliner to get the maximum opacity. After that sweep a matching shadow across your entire lid; don’t be afraid to color outside the lines—this is a time to throw caution to the wind. Warm tones, cool tones – who cares? As long as they are shimmery or metallic and make the eyes pop in a way summer has never seen before, you’re all set.

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What about the lips?

When it comes to lips, it’s time to step outside the summer’s ‘comfort zone’ look of ‘been there seen that’ nude lip-glosses and give the summer that splash of color it so craves and deserves. First in line is the mighty fuchsia. Very few women dare to try this shade, and even when they do, they quickly wipe it off thinking they can’t pull it off. Let go of your fears, grab that perfect shade, something like the Gorgeous Cosmetics Lipstick in Musk Stick and let the world see your perfect pout in full bloom.

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Next in line is the iconic red. Most women shy away from this color and place it in the ‘special occasion’ category. Ladies, it’s time to learn that even an afternoon coffee can be a special occasion, so take out the safe nude shade you always carry in your bag, and replace it with the perfect shade of red. When wearing red, you have the luxury of keeping the rest of your face bare, therefore placing the entire focus on the lips. The contrast of raw, natural skin against the bright lip looks just about as cool as it comes.

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Let there be light

Now that we’ve discovered the mighty highlighter, we’re never letting it go. Through thick and thin, rich or poor, we will be sticking with the magical product that so perfectly highlights our best features, gives us the glow we didn’t even know we needed, and just makes the face look fresh, healthy, plump and radiant. What more could a girl want? Forget the fountain of youth – the highlighter is here.

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The right way to play with this product is to swipe it your cheekbones, down the bridge of your nose, along your cupid’s bow, and dab it on the inner corners of your eyes. With a touch of concealer or a sheer foundation, you won’t need much else.

So, bold eyes, luscious lips, glow for days. The only question that remains is – which of the three cool girls are you?