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Have fun with coloured brows

1) Color Mascara in blue; 2) Mascara Volume Effet Faux Cilsin Violet Fascinant; 3) Pressed eyeshadow; 4) Eyeshadow in Atlantic Blue; 5) W Eyebrow Colors in Caramel Gold
1) Color Mascara in blue; 2) Mascara Volume Effet Faux Cilsin Violet Fascinant; 3) Pressed eyeshadow; 4) Eyeshadow in Atlantic Blue; 5) W Eyebrow Colors in Caramel GoldPHOTOS: MAC, NYX, RMK, SHU UEMURA, YSL BEAUTE

Make eyebrows and lashes pop by using a bold colour, but keep the rest of the face neutral to avoid looking like a clown

How do I pull off coloured brows and lashes for a daring day out?

Bold coloured brows or lashes in a bright and refreshing shade can perk up a face and be a daring and fun look for a party.

But wearing too much colour or being too heavy-handed with the pigments could make you look like a clown.

Cosmetics brand MAC's senior artist Ryuko Lau, who is from Hong Kong, says: "Having coloured brows or lashes is definitely eye-catching and will look good if you wear it correctly."

The 40-year-old gives some tips on how to wear the look.

•Pick one colour

Choose one bold colour for either your brows or lashes and make that the focus. This will keep the look sharp.

•Keep the rest of the face neutral

A sheer cheek colour and a faint lip will complement the bold eyes. Do not go overboard with the rest of the face or you risk looking like a clown. The toned-down colours will help to balance out the look.

•Matching skin tone

Those with a darker skin tone can wear brighter colours without them seeming too loud. The darker skin tone helps tone down the colour slightly, so bolder colours such as magenta and bright blue can match well.

If you have fairer skin, colours will stand out more, so slightly toned-down shades such as pastel colours or dirty pink and green will still be colourful yet not overwhelming.

•Choosing your product

A bright coloured mascara can be used on the lashes as well as applied lightly to the brows. Make sure you apply it in thin layers so there is no clumping. Alternatively, you can use a pigmented eyeshadow on your brows. Use a stiff angled brush to apply the powder in firm strokes through the brows.

Here are some products to try:

1. Color Mascara in blue, $15, from NYX stores

A vibrant shade with pigmented payoff to give the lashes intense colour.


2. Mascara Volume Effet Faux Cils in Violet Fascinant, $55, from YSL Beaute counters

Get dramatic eyes with this mascara that will add both colour and volume to your lashes.


3. Pressed eyeshadow, $25, from Shu Uemura boutiques

Go bold with red brows to celebrate Christmas.


4. Eyeshadow in Atlantic Blue, $30, from MAC counters

Be adventurous and go with bright blue brows for a look that is both fearless and fun.


5. W Eyebrow Colors in Caramel Gold, $52, from RMK counters

A subtle gold hue for that festive sparkling look.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 15, 2016, with the headline 'Have fun with coloured brows'. Print Edition | Subscribe