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Be bold, be beautiful, be seen
by Katie |  Jul 17, 2013

There's no better time than the present to take your look from standard to stand out. None of us are getting any younger, so it's important to start experimenting with makeup and other products ASAP - before you get stuck in a boring beauty rut for good. Though I try to branch out from time to time, turning heads wearing products like chantecaille faux cils mascara to give my eyelashes major life, I'm less bold when it comes to the eyeshadow hues. Here are a few shades you shouldn't say no to this year.

Not so mellow yellow
Yellow might seem like a color best reserved for a sundress, scarf or even sunglasses, but the pros at Elle magazine report this shade can be just as stunning as eye makeup. However, this doesn't mean wearing yellow comes without restrictions. If you're willing to be bold and sunny with this shade, the key is moderation.

According to the pros, blue-eyed beauties look best in yellow, and should opt to use yellow eyeshadow as eyeliner on their top and bottom lids. The surprising pop of color will help bring out the blue and help your eyes stand out without looking overdone or too wild. Pair golden lids with a coral or peach-toned gloss like chantecaille luminous gloss (pink melon) for a gorgeous pop of color. 

Pretty in (hot) pink
It's time to step out of your comfort zone and explore the bolder side of pink. Not only can hot or fuchsia pink shades add major drama to your eyes, but they can also enhance your pout, cheeks and even your nails. To add some intensity to your complexion, start by swiping a matte powder like the chantecaille hd perfecting powder on your top lids. 

Next, grab your hot pink eyeshadow and apply it on your top lids from the lashline to the creases, the matte powder will help keep the pink hue in place and as bold as it should be, the experts report. Rock pink-toned eye makeup with a clear or gold-speckled lip gloss and nude cheeks to ensure you don't overpower the fresh look.

Not your average jade
Green is the color of the year, according to Pantone, and while the winner is emerald specifically, all variants of the green have been popping up in fashion as of late. If you're looking to step just a bit out of your comfort zone, then dazzling your date or girlfriends on a night out with green accents on your eyes is a must.

Elle recommends adding green into your beauty routine by way of eyeliner. Opt to apply shimmering gold shadow on your top lids first and then get a green liner of your choice and use it to line either just your top lids or just your bottom for a surprising, yet understated pop of color. 

Unlike other fashion rules - mainly ones that say you shouldn't have multiple bold features on your face at once - the experts at Glamour report when it comes to green, brighter shades tend to flatter overall complexions. In fact, the gorgeous Solange Knowles stole the show recently donning both green and yellow eyeliner as well as fresh coral-tangerine lipstick.

The combo might sound a little loud, but it's a great option for a fun beach or outdoor event during the summer months.  

Other ways to achieve bright eyes this summer include donning a mix of blue colors ranging from baby blue to navy and deeper rich violet shades. 

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