The Raddest New Way To Wear Makeup

Foil. Velvet. Metallic. Cashmere. Gone are the days of beauty choices limited to creamy versus matte. The newest makeup comes in textures so varied, we sometimes have a hard time deciding which to wear. But, what's the point of choosing just one? Textures are the building blocks to a look — and the juxtaposition of different finishes, even within the same facial feature, turns out to be a gorgeous thing indeed.
With this in mind, we brought in makeup artist Elisa Flowers and charged her with the task of combining all the new textures we've been eyeing in a way that's gorgeous and wearable. Paired with ultra-texturized, beachy hair created by Austin Call from Aveda, the looks that Flowers painted on our model's face were so breathtaking, we were tempted to copy them while she was still working.
We also had the pleasure of a multi-textured manicure created by the one and only Jin Soon Choi — making this shoot the full beauty package. Click through to check it out.
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Photographed by Ben Ritter.
The Melting Lip
Orange is definitely our new favorite lipstick color. Since the new citrusy shades are available in all kinds of finishes, we thought we'd combine two textures from opposite ends of the spectrum: matte and glossy. The result? A gradient effect that's making our bold-lip dreams come true. It's like a scoop of partially melted orange sorbet.
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Photographed by Ben Ritter.
To create this juicy-to-dry look, Flowers covered our model's lips in MAC's Chromagraphic Lip Pencil in Genuine Orange. She then added MAC's Lipmix in Orange. "Just apply the cream to the central area of the lips, and then blend it out towards the lip line," she says. A dab of clear gloss in the very center of the lips finished it off.
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Photographed by Ben Ritter.
The Sparkle Party
Who says that pink sparkly eyeshadow can't be the edgiest statement in town? Paired with a boyish striped shirt and a whole lot of attitude, big sparkles might the key to cool. Hey, if it works for Chanel... Flowers actually used Make Up For Ever's Rouge Artist Intense lipstick in 5, a matte violet pink, to get that creamy eyeshadow look. As she put it, "You don't have to use things the way they're intended to be used. In fact, don't!"
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Photographed by Ben Ritter.
Afraid of pink eye makeup? Flowers says to line your inner eye with black and use a ton of black mascara, "So that you don't look ill." As for the glitter, it's from the craft store, and not technically the safest thing to wear near your eye (so don't try this at home — try Make Up For Ever's glitters instead.). Our model only had it on for about twenty minutes, though, so we weren't putting her in danger, promise.
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Photographed by Ben Ritter.
The Gilded Accent
At first glance, this bronze look seems pretty monochromatic. But, upon closer inspection, you'll notice that those lips are catching the light with the help of some gold foil. Talk about mixing textures!
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Photographed by Ben Ritter.
To create this gorgeousness, Flowers coated the lips in Benefit's Cha Cha Tint, a sheer mango. She then lightly tapped on Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Metallic Cream Shadow in Goldstone. To balance out the look, Flowers also used Goldstone on the eyelids. She says, "You can use any color palette here — just pick your favorite lip stain and use your favorite eyeshadow to highlight it."
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Photographed by Ben Ritter.
Matte-And-Shiny Mani
Of course, we didn't want to leave nails out, and Jin Soon Choi seemed like the right woman for the job. She created a texturized mani so stunning, we wanted to leave the makeup simple so as not to take attention away from the nails. Is that not the most perfect pink-red lip, though?
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Photographed by Ben Ritter.
The metallic green base of the nails was painted with Jin Soon's Epidote. It was then covered with a matte topcoat, which muted the shine of the green and created an earthy effect. The final touch was to draw lines in Obsidian as though the sparkly black color was dripping down the nail — the creativity and gorgeousness was out of control.
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Photographed by Ben Ritter.
Splashlights For Your Eyes
Splashlights as a hair phenomenon might not have taken off in the way we'd hoped, but that doesn't mean we're ready to abandon the beam-of-light effect. Flowers designed this smoky look to create the illusion that the light is hitting our model square in the eye — minus the squinting.
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Photographed by Ben Ritter.
Flowers used Tom Ford's Eyeshadow Quad in Cognac Sable to create this artful, punk-rock eye. She went all the way around the eye with the darkest shade, leaving the center of the eyelid bare. She purposefully didn't line the waterline, and instead lined the lower lashline with Laura Mercier's Kohl Eye Pencil in Black Gold. "It's a great way to add emphasis around the eye without darkening it," she says.

The final step: Flowers lightly tapped pale gold eyeshadow from the Tom Ford palette into the bare center of the lid. The result? Magic.
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