Things are heating up. Spring’s long awaited arrival is nearly here, bringing with it a switch to lighter textures, a return to open-toed shoes, and a playful skip in our collective step. It’s time to experiment—and what better way to gather inspiration than from celebrity makeup artist, Nam Vo? The pro has made a name for herself giving dull cheekbones a dewy “dumpling” sheen while also peppering her colorful Instagram account with aspirational images of larger-than-life makeup looks.
From a risky pop of eyeshadow to a new way to wear glitter, here are 5 expert-approved ideas to get out of a beauty rut this season.
The Neon Lip
“I love adding a neon lip with almost no other makeup,” Vo explains. Toss your full coverage foundation in favor of something that lets your skin breathe, and grab an electric hue, like Tom Ford’s Fame. “No hard lines or heavy contouring,” Vo recommends.
Risky Statement Lids
With pastel, candy-colored lids taking Fall fashion month by storm, Vo favors playful shadows off the runway as well. To make it wearable for every day, “only apply the color in the center of the lid, so it is controlled in one area,” Vo advises. “I think women are intimidated by strong color,” she adds. “By buffing the shade out with a sandy brown color, you can take down the brightness without taking away the statement.”
Used in the right way, a daring pop of glitter can actually be quite chic. Vo’s advice? Dab a wash of shimmer with a purple undertone on the tops of cheekbones and the inner corners of the eye for a fun take on highlighter.
The Popsicle Pout
Named for the lip-stained effect that’s the result of eating a cherry popsicle, the understated pout is one of Vo’s signatures, and it’s quickly gaining speed. “It’s just so fresh and youthful,” she explains of the slightly blurred statement. To try, cover the whole area with concealer then “swipe a red lipstick at the center of the lip,” she says. After, blur the lines with a clear or nude-colored gloss for a totally undone look in 3 minutes or less.
The Unexpected Wing
This season, skip traditional black liner and reach for something surprisingly bold. “A deep, blood red color is unexpected but timeless,” Vo says, and “you don’t have to be a makeup artist to do it.” “Start by applying small strokes and connecting the dots.” And to get a precise winged tip, Vo advises drawing from the outside in. “Slow and steady is the secret,” she says.
Here’s to getting creative—and really, really good at doing your own makeup this spring.