How To Do Colorblocked Makeup That Doesn't Look Cray

Photographed by Erin Yamagata.
At 33-years-old, a wife and a mother of a beautiful little girl, my love and appreciation for beauty is more experimental than ever. I've always loved makeup. It's my favorite way to begin the day and creates an alternate universe for me to explore. So, I'd like to tell you about my most recent discovery.
It all started with the Chanel's Limelight mascara. My husband, Gunnar, gave this to me for my birthday as inspiration for my future beauty looks. I had just given birth to our daughter and was in between sizes and going through a complete transformation. I was trying to find my beauty identity all over again.
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I love an orange or red lip and feel most confident when I’m wearing one, but Gunnar encouraged me to try something new, like a bright color for my lashes with a gloss or light-pink lip. At first, I wasn’t sure and then slowly began to experiment. It wasn’t until recently when I was getting ready for work one morning, feeling uninspired with my wardrobe and like nothing fit quite right, I looked in the mirror and thought, "What if I combined color on my eyes, as if I was wearing it on my body?"
As a working mom, I don’t have a lot of time for myself. One of my best friends asked me shortly after my daughter was born, if I take time for myself each day. I laughed and said, "Does pumping count?" She replied, "No, you need to make time!" So, I started pumping while I do my makeup in the mornings. This way, I’m able to spend as much time with my daughter as possible before going to work and still set aside 15 to 20 minutes for myself while I prepare for the day. I have found that creating this space makes me a better wife and mother.
Click through for my how-to on this bold, colorblocked makeup look.
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Photographed by Erin Yamagata.
It doesn't take much to create this cool colorblock effect — just six products for a full look.

MAC Wonder Woman Opulash Mascara in Army of Amazons; Chanel Inimitable Waterproof Mascara in Aqua Blue, $30, available at Nordstrom; Kevyn Aucoin The Eyeshadow Duo in 202, $42, available at Beauty.com; NARS Semi-Matte Lipstick in Heat Wave, $26 available at NARS; NARS Larger Than Life Eyeliner in Via Veneto and Santa Monica Boulevard, $24 each, available at NARS.
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Photographed by Erin Yamagata.
The key to making this wearable is all in the subtlety of the "colorful" eye makeup.
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Photographed by Erin Yamagata.
I like to start with the top eyelid and do '60s winged eyeliner. To create this look, I use black liner and begin at the inner lashline of my upper eyelid, going from corner to corner and making a line from the outer eye corner upward and outwards, beyond the eye by an angle of about 45 to 55 degrees. I continue to apply the liner inwards, where it meets the lashline, until it fills up the wing. My eyes are on the smaller side and a winged eye gives the illusion that they are much bigger, which is why I prefer this to a traditional cat-eye.
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Photographed by Erin Yamagata.
Next, I trace the wing on the lower eyelid in white liner. There are many variations on where you can begin your lower lashline. I prefer to line only the wing, to give just a peak of white and accentuate, rather than overpower, the top eyeliner wing.
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Photographed by Erin Yamagata.
To create a clean eye, I apply the Shimmering Wheat shade in the Kevyn Aucoin shadow duo to my top lid with a flat shadow brush. I also do one swipe under the lower lashline to add a small highlight.
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Photographed by Erin Yamagata.
Now I'm ready to apply my mascara. On the top lashes, I use a green mascara — I like MAC's “Army of Amazons” Opulash Mascara from the limited-edition Wonder Woman collection. This '70s green color brings out the depth in my light-green eyes. I love mascara and believe you should apply it generously. If I'm feeling fancy, I use a lash curler first.
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Photographed by Erin Yamagata.
Next is the lower lash — my favorite part of this look. I begin with one coat of my Chanel aqua mascara and build from there, until I’m satisfied with the color. This mascara is magical and causes a ruckus every time I wear it. It’s like lipstick for your lashes.
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Photographed by Erin Yamagata.
Lastly, it’s time for the actual lipstick. I like to pair this look with either Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Volupté in Lingerie Pink or my NARS Heat Wave red-orange lipstick, depending on what clothing color story I am wearing that day.
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Photographed by Erin Yamagata.
I do this and believe in it, because it is so special to be a woman. You can share your personality and your identity with your makeup. Makeup always fits, no matter what size you are. It’s easy to feel confident and elevated with a beauty look like this one. You feel invincible. Makeup is a form of exploration and experimentation. It’s a privilege to be a lady and an art form. I hope this particular piece encourages others to be bold in their beauty and to start a conversation and make it feel accessible and easy for anyone to try.
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