Think you can’t wear brights? From yellow liner to purple shadow to orange lips, these celebs are embracing colour like whoa!

Rachel McAdams Morning Glory premiere yellow eyeliner

Toldjah! Colourful makeup was one of my 2011 trend predictions—as in orange and fuchsia lips and all kinds of brights on the eyes—and whaddaya know. We’re not even halfway through January and already I’m seeing my pet trends on our celebrity friends.

I love when that happens, because even though they’re celebs (and therefore have makeup artists and derms and facialists on speed dial), they’re still a fraction less genetically perfect than the teenage freaks of nature who initially demonstrate this stuff on the runways. So, you know, we can get ideas from them on how WE can wear these shades.

And ideas we need because brights, understandably, can be scary. But if beauty editors—who typically don’t wear much makeup—have embraced them (and they HAVE, because anytime I’m at an event these days I’m swimming in a sea of fuchsia lips), then you can too…

But first, eyes! (Which are harder than lips.) I’ll understand if you choose NOT to embrace the yellow eyeliner that Rachel McAdams was sporting at the London premiere of Morning Glory. Here’s a closer look:

Rachel McAdams Morning Glory closeup Think you cant wear brights? From yellow liner to purple shadow to orange lips, these celebs are embracing colour like whoa!

Remember when we saw a version of this on Scarlett Johansson last year?

scarlett johansson yellow shadow Think you cant wear brights? From yellow liner to purple shadow to orange lips, these celebs are embracing colour like whoa!

Whereas Scarlett’s yellow takes the place of a highligher at the inner corners, Rachel’s is inspired by the Derek Lam spring/summer ’11 show (just in yellow instead of orange):

DEREK LAM SPRING 2011 RTW BEAUTY 014 runway Think you cant wear brights? From yellow liner to purple shadow to orange lips, these celebs are embracing colour like whoa!

I still think I prefer the ScarJo version (it’s a bit more subtle when paired with the smoky eye), but PROPS to Rach for giving this a try. And wearing it in the exactly right way (read: not much other makeup).

Speaking of brights on the eyes, we already knew Nicole Richie was a big fan of the purples, but it’s so delightful to see her wearing them comme ça:

Nicole Richie Lucky cover party Think you cant wear brights? From yellow liner to purple shadow to orange lips, these celebs are embracing colour like whoa!

How fab is the application? All the way around the eye and the extended up at the outer corners. Too cool, Nic.

Moving on to lips… I’ve had more than a few readers comment that they don’t think they could evah wear orange lipstick. Oh noes? May I present Miss Lucy Hale (from Pretty Little Liars)…

Lucy Hale Golden Globe announcements Think you cant wear brights? From yellow liner to purple shadow to orange lips, these celebs are embracing colour like whoa!

Now yes, she’s verrry close to the matchy-matchy orange lids n’ lips that I dissed on Mila Jovovich, but not quite (probably the black hair and beige-coloured dress saves her). But how good does that lip look? Everyone expects you to bust out Old Friend Red (lipstick), but the orange is fresher, younger, more modern… yada yada yada. You know what I mean.

But if pink is still more your style, take a peek at how Cameron Diaz is wearing hers. With—gasp!—a RED dress:

Cameron Diaz Green Hornet Think you cant wear brights? From yellow liner to purple shadow to orange lips, these celebs are embracing colour like whoa!

I’m really feeling that pink + red combo and I def want to try that this summer, when I’m more (faux) tanned. You? Again—the red, while okay, would’ve been too easy. Do you see now?

Still, I’m not altogether bashing red here. You may recall when the spring/summer ’11 shows were happening, I showed you a “smokin’ hot update” for it, as per the Gucci show.

And said update is to add a super-shiny, vinyl-looking finish just like Mena Suvari has here:

Mena Suvari Hollywood Style Awards Think you cant wear brights? From yellow liner to purple shadow to orange lips, these celebs are embracing colour like whoa!

Yes, Mena looks a little scary here, but I do like these lips. Sexy sexy sexy in that Robert Palmer way.

And speaking of red… I know this is a makeup post, but we MUST discuss Khloé Kardashian again. (Sorry for all this Kardashian talk in one week.) She not only *still* has red hair (which you know I was against), but has now gone back to the salon to make it even MORE red. Behold:

Khloe Kardashian red hair Think you cant wear brights? From yellow liner to purple shadow to orange lips, these celebs are embracing colour like whoa!

Yikes. I’m all for adding more colour to our lives, but not this kind of colour. Are you with me now?

As for the other celebs…

What do you think of all this colourful makeup?
Which celeb do you think wears it best?
Aren’t you glad Rachel McAdams is Canadian? We heart you, Rach.

10 Comments

Anya
Thursday, January 13/2011 at 6:11 pm

Love the colourful lids! Especially Derek Lam’s runway look.

Cameron looks awful. Stay out of the sun people!

But on the second thought: Mena, please go find the sun! It’s easy: just look for the bright yellow thingy in the sky.

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Wednesday, March 16/2011 at 6:00 pm

HAHA! Cameron makes me sad though… she is so beautiful but her skin really shouldn’t look that rough at what – 37??

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Arianne
Thursday, January 13/2011 at 11:16 pm

I would SO wear that yellow eyeliner in a heartbeat. So bold! :)

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Marina (Makeup4all)
Friday, January 14/2011 at 4:42 am

I love colour! And I can easily wear yellow or coral eye shadows. Moreover, I am sure that almost anyone can, you just have to know how! And, really, if you don’t like it – you can always take it off! I’ve convinced some of my girlfriends to try colourful looks (by doing their makeup) and they were REALLY surprised that they CAN actually pull it off ;)

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Tracy
Friday, January 14/2011 at 8:05 am

that Kardashian looks like the daughter Judd

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jude
Friday, January 14/2011 at 10:05 am

you must not have seen rachel mcadams hair and makeup DISASTER at the berlin premier! scary. just scary.

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Wednesday, March 16/2011 at 6:01 pm
Lauren
Friday, January 14/2011 at 10:22 am

Nicole Richie has come so far with her image; these purple eyes are ridiculously beautiful, the colour is perfect for her.
I feel like this season we are seeing a wide variety of trends that are flattering to most faces (colour, eye width, face shape). I like it!

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Kathy
Friday, January 14/2011 at 2:37 pm

Love the yellow liner, I think it is fun. I prefer kind of a neon-ish green (sounds gosh-awful) but I get compliments whenever I dare wear it like Scarjo!

The orange lipstick…..I think that is maybe for the under 30 crowd. I would have rocked it back in the day, but at 40 …nah…

But Cameron….oh dear…that girl needs to invest in better sun screen. Makes me wonder if she is a secret smoker….every smoker I know gets that crinkly eye business when they hit 40. When you don’t bake your face every week and don’t smoke those sort of wrinkles don’t happen yet.

Mena…if she is naturally that pale I hope she takes Vitamin D. But agreed- lvoe the lips!

Seriously you couldn’t have picked 2 people more far apart on the skin spectrum! Sorry….kind of funny and sad…..

But yay for bright colors!

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Wednesday, March 16/2011 at 6:02 pm

Interesting theory about Cameron – I think you might be right! Otherwise yes – maybe I need to do a side by side of Cammy vs. Mena in my next sunscreen post.

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