You Can Pull Off Bold Makeup Colors. Here's How

By Erica Metzger

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Photo by Alex Cao

Grape Expectations

These new powder, cream, gel, and pencil formulations are ripe for the picking.

From top to bottom:

A shimmery lilac is subtle, not scary: Make Up For Ever Aqua Cream in #18, $22

This gel liner comes with its own brush: Laura Geller Inkwell Eyeliner in Purple, $16.50

Looks neon in the compact but goes on sheer: Bobbi Brown Shimmer Wash in True Violet, $21

The fine tip makes it easy to be precise when applying: Mary Kay Eyeliner in Violet Ink, $12

Dries fast so apply it quickly -- it won't budge later: Maybelline Color Tattoo in Painted Purple, $7

Go deep for a shimmery smoky eye: L'Oréal Paris Infallible Shadow in Perpetual Purple, $8

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