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All Eyes on Beachy Hues

Spring is just around the corner, which means refreshing splashes of color from head to toe – including your makeup. From flashy blue liner at Rebecca Minkoff’s Spring 2013 runway show to softer shades of coral, the hottest in eye-style right now takes its cue from the sun, sea, and sand. We asked Stila’s Global Creative Director Sarah Lucero for tips on how to get the perfect beachy eyes.

What were you thinking of when you created the beauty looks for Rebecca’s spring 2013 show?

For the pastel pop of turquoise I used on Rebecca’s runway show for 2013, I was thinking about a really beautiful, poolside day in Palm Springs. So it made sense, as a splash on the eye, and the models looked really gorgeous.

How can beauty lovers get a similar look at home?

I recommend Stila’s Smudge Stick Waterproof Eye Liner in Periwinkle (out now) and Turquoise (coming soon) to create this look.
 I love the effect that you get from wearing a really warm, peachy, coral cheek and lip, such as Camellia Convertible Color and Apricot Lip Glaze or Isla Color Balm Lipstick on lips with a pop of pastel or turquoise liner on the eye. The contrast of warm and cool works, and looks really glamorous on every skin tone.

What about a softer day look?

The perfect color palette for beachy eye makeup is Stila’s In the Know Eye Shadow Palette. This is the core palette that I used at Rebecca’s Spring 2013 fashion show. The palette was really inspired by colors that you would find in nature, on the beach (Driftwood, Desert, Fire, and Earth were all inspired by elements of the warmth around those types of places). A great day look is to dust Desert all over the lid as your base. The warm tone brightens up your eyes so you can get away with just mascara and a little bit of bronzer and gloss.

How can this look be transformed for going out?

To ease into a night look or more of a dramatic look, apply the deep, matte, chocolate brown shade, called Earth, and contour, shape, and add structure to your eyes by applying it all over the top lash line and adding it underneath the lower lash line, letting it fade into a soft, smoky eye. Apply Fire right over the eyelid and into the crease to really define and bring out your eyes for a night look. Fire is a burnt orange color that really enhances and complements every skin tone.

If going for a bright eye, how should the rest of the face be made up?

Wearing a bright eye means balancing out the rest of your features. This can be done easily with a gorgeous, caramel, peachy-toned blush like Stila Convertible Color in Camellia or Peony—my two favorite shades, which I often use on beach shoots here in L.A. and to re-create that healthy, CA sun-kissed beach look that we all love. Don’t forget to prep the skin and even out any discoloration first. Stay All Day 10-in-1 HD Bronzing Beauty Balm is the perfect complexion enhancer because it gives you flawless looking skin with a bit of a tan, naturally. My secret to luxe-looking skin is mixing Stay All Day 10-in-1 HD Illuminating Beauty Balm and Stay All Day 10-in-1 HD Bronzing Beauty Balm for the most gorgeous, luminous, luscious-looking skin—whether for backstage beauty or at home. These are the products that will completely set the stage and ensure that you are on point for a gorgeous, beachy look.

Bright eye makeup scares a lot of people. Is it suitable for the workplace?

Bright eye makeup is meant to be fun, and depending on your lifestyle and what you do for work, there’s always a way to incorporate color with your eye makeup. The key is to add a splash of color that will enhance your eyes versus take over or overpower your entire look. Bright eye makeup can be very wearable if you stick to a pastel, pop shade such as periwinkle or sea-foam green. Bright eye makeup reflects a carefree, fun attitude and allows every single woman to have or own a piece of the fashion trends.