Saturday, May 23, 2009

Mellow Yellow

Yellow is a big color for the summer so I thought I'd highlight some recent yellow makeup items. Yellow is a color that adds brightness and fun to any out fit or style but it can be difficult to find the most flattering shade.

For me, I'm fair skinned and mostly cool toned so a lemon yellow is the most flattering. Olive and warmer skin tones may find a more golden toned yellow to be the best choice. And those with deep, dark skin tones can pull of a bright, traffic light yellow with no problem. The fairest of fair or the color shy will favor an icy light pastel yellow hue.

Yellow nail polish is popping up everywhere, from high to low end lines. Check out these options to get on the trend:

You've probably seen Sally Hansen's newest Insta-Dri nail polish at various drugstores. The shade "Lightening" (yes, that's how they spell it) is a super bright yellow creme. I definetly reccommend this color is you want to test drive the shade at a lower price or if you're looking for stop-and-stare color pay off. Retails for about $5.29.

OPI's Need Sunglasses? is a bright, mustardy yellow shade. This hue is definetly one that will favor warm toned girls. Try applying the color over a white nail polish base to intensify color-pay off. Most OPI nail polishes retail for around $8.50.

Here's a color for light skinned lovelies and those shy of the yellow polish trend. Nubar's Lemon Sorbet is aptly named for its icy pale lemon shade. This color is subtle and very wearable. Retails for around $7.50.

Now here's a polish I can't wait to get my hands on. Butter London is an incredibly popular nail line at the moment with its salons finding great success in the 3-Free Market. Cheeky Chops is a fun, banana creme perfect for cool tones. It's worth a splurge and retails for $14.00.

Yellow polish can be hard to work with and quite often streaky. Your best bet is use a strong base coat with a ridge filler, such as Seche Vite Ridgefilling, and apply the polish with patience. Most likely, you'll need at least two coats. A speedy top coat is a most and I favor Out The Door.

The yellow craze doesn't stop with nail polish. MAC just launched it's Style Warriors collection featuring the eyeshadow shade, Bright Future. The eyeshadow seems to be a standout from the collection and retails for $14.50.

(Thanks to Temptalia for the photo of MAC's Bright Future).

For a less expensive option, try L'Oreal's eyeshadow duo in Flamboyant from their HiP line. I swear by HiP duos. I think they're the best drugstore shadows I've tried in terms of selection, pigmentation, and wear. This duo comes with a yellow and purple shade which can be worn seperately or together as a complement (purple & yellow are opposites on the color wheel so they work great together). The duo retails for about $8 but places such as CVS and Walgreens often have L'Oreal products BOGOF or BOGO 1/2 off.

Hard to believe, but yellow is even turning as a popular lip color! Yellow toned lip glosses add shimmer and dimension to lips alone but have great color changing properties when paired with a lipstick. If you're looking for a subtle yellow lip gloss you can wear along or along with other lip colors, I highly recommend MAC's Goldyrocks Dazzleglass ($18.00) and Victoria Secret's Beauty Rush Lip gloss in Appletini ($7).

Have fun embracing this trend whether you go subtle or full on!

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