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Jaw-Dropping Makeup Looks Guaranteed To Inspire

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    You know that feeling you get wandering through an art museum? Or a park, or a mall, or your neighborhood (hey, beauty is in the eye of the beholder). Whatever the source, you've come upon some form of stimulating masterpiece that inspired your own creative genius.

    As beauty editors, we get that feeling watching great makeup artists. It is truly remarkable to see how they play up the transformative effects of makeup on a variety of faces. So we teamed up with artist Michael Anthony to give you four gorgeous, completely original looks that'll have you ooh-ing, ahh-ing, and imagining how you can bring a piece of that beauty into your own life. And, just as fine artists work in multiple mediums, Anthony used everything from craft-store stickers to multitasking beauty buys, like Maybelline’s Lip Studio Color Blur pencils, to achieve what you're about to see. We also seized this opportunity to glean whatever applicable advice we could while watching him work, bringing you some of his expert tips and tricks. Know that we’re not expecting you to show up to the office Monday morning in a full, sticker-adorned face (though we’d be the first to compliment you if you did) — these looks are meant to entertain, inspire, and remind you how fun it is to get creative with makeup.

    Don't worry, we’ll keep featuring the latest in contouring tutorials and step-by-step cat-eyes. But for now, lose yourself in some art.







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    Technicolor Contour
    You’re probably sick of hearing about contouring. We feel you. Tontouring, vontouring…enough already. Your natural bone structure is good enough. That said, Anthony created this colorfully contoured look that’s just mesmerizing. It’s as subtle as it is bold, using the sculpting principles of contouring to define cheekbones and other high points of the face. The result is a wash of sunny yellow that's surprisingly flattering.

    Dior dress, Miu Miu earrings, Eddie Borgo bracelet and ring.

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    “We’re trying to break the beauty rules,” says Anthony. So when it comes to choosing a color, there are no restrictions — go with whatever looks best on your skin tone. (If it helps, think of the clothing shades you gravitate toward first.) Prefer to stick to the more usual makeup shades? If you’re wearing bright-pink blush, try a light contour with purple. There’s a whole world out there that’s not bronzer.

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    If you do decide to go all out (hello Instagram Likes!), Anthony suggests getting three hues of your chosen color. Here, he started with lemon yellow all over, followed up with a deeper saffron to intensify the contour, then finished with a bright, white-yellow for a complementary highlight. Blend the color far past your usual comfort zone (who said it should stop at your brows?), add a touch of gloss to the eyes for maximum shine, and show the world a #selfie that's never been seen before.

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    Ultra-Modern Metallics
    When you want to amp up a simple look, metallic accents are a no-brainer. Just a swipe of shimmery pigment on eyes, lips, or cheeks offers an instant wow factor.

    Anthony took this basic idea up a notch...or 10, as is his specialty. Featuring craft-store foil paper cut into the thinnest of strips, this look puts a new spin on the face jewelry seen at Dion Lee’s New York Fashion Week show. (Just be sure to check the toxicity of the paper if you’re placing it anywhere near your eyes.) Swapping out frosty highlighters for warm gold tones helps the foil strips blend in almost seamlessly.

    Fausto Puglisi dress, Eddie Borgo necklace, Pomellato ring.

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    This might be intimidating at first, but there are plenty of takeaways for IRL makeup application. After creating a warm smoky eye with shimmery brown shadows, Anthony added an eye-catching pop of gold to the inner corners. He then placed the strips of foil paper as close to the lashline as possible (without actually touching them to the lashes), securing the strips with clear lash glue. The shape creates a cool new dynamic you could try with your actual liner: Follow the shape of your upper lashline, winging it ever so subtly past the outer corner, then create a straight line along the bottom that purposely doesn't connect. It's a graphic take on the perennial cat-eye that also plays with negative space.