If you’re anything like us, you're ready to release a flurry of pent-up fun by the time summer comes around. Pool parties, rooftop gatherings, mega music festivals: They all get us in the mood to play with our fashion and makeup. We want a look that kicks some serious ass and — let’s be real — makes us feel
kick-ass, too. Is it too much to ask for our cosmetics to give us superhero powers? We’re not asking for mind-bending skills (not that we’d pass them up) — just a surge of confidence and guts, so we can leave our low-key, plain-Jane, last-season selves in the dust.
Our secret weapon is makeup artist Allie Smith
. She started with everyday cosmetics and, pow
, created four impactful looks that are sure to blow up your Instagram. No special skills or tools required; each look is easy to recreate with a few products from COVERGIRL
that are available at any drugstore. And, thanks to her tips, a new look is just a few quick tricks away.
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Photographed by Aingeru Zorita; Styled by Sue Choi; Hair by Andre Gunn at Honey Artists; Makeup by Allie Smith at Sarah Laird; Nails by Holly Falcone at Kate Ryan Inc. ; Modeled by Kyra Green/IMG Models