Dare to Be Bold!

Hope for Women has five easy ways to take your look to the next level.May is finally here, and that means summer is well on its way! There is a reason that almost every great poet wrote a poem about summer. It's the time of long and glorious days, lazy warm nights and, yes, occasionally indulging in ice cream for dinner. It’s a special season that always brings new life and excitement to ordinary days. One of the best parts about summer is the resurgence of bold and vibrant colors, in everything from clothing to makeup. So without further ado, here are some simple ways to take your look to the next level and be bold this summer.

Experiment with bold eye shadow – Summer is a great time to try different colors that you may not attempt to wear in the colder months. Choosing a shade that works with your eye color, but is a bit out of your comfort zone, is tricky. But, don’t be afraid to embrace a vibrant purple or electric blue. Prime those lids by dusting loose transparent powder before a bright shadow to make sure it stays in place all day.

Rock a bright pink lip – Typically a nude lip fan? Upgrade to a bright pink lip, and pair with lush, black lashes to keep your look classic and far from being too similar to Barbie. One flattering color that looks good on everyone is MAC’s Candy Yum-Yum. Even the name is enticing!

Embrace the bronzer – Protect your skin from the sun, and fake a subtle, summer glow by applying bronzer in all of the right places. You can keep your makeup simple, but up your bronzer game when wearing a bright maxi dress. Is there anything better? Plus, one go-to bronzer is only $3.

Add some spice to a simple up-do – You can throw your hair into a high ponytail or a twist of some sort if you want your hair out of your face, but still want to look pulled together. Add an edge to an up-do by incorporating hair accessories, like a vintage barrette or thin headband. Here are some ideas for making your own hair accessories.

Brighten up your fingers and toes – There are few things many women love more than getting those first summer manis and pedis with their girlfriends. They spend an almost embarrassing amount of time picking out the perfect summer shades. Three great bold shades for summer come from Essie and have names you won’t forget: Naughty Nautical, Bachelorette Bash and Play Date.