Left: Kelis via Femburton; right: Me.

Left: Kelis via Femburton; right: me, after filling in my brows with blue eyeliner that I bought at a drugstore (the pencil is so old I can’t even tell what brand it is).

After I got a red weave not too long ago, I found myself wanting my eyebrows to match my hair. I pulled out a ruby eyeliner and went to town on my brows. I liked the result a lot, and I wondered what other shades I might be able to use above my eyeballs.

Since then I’ve experimented with green, purple, pink, and blue matte and shimmery eyeliners. I prefer the matte varieties, because they make your brows look more like they were dyed (the shimmery colors don’t cover quite as well). If you want to try this yourself, I recommend that you find the brightest cheap drugstore eyeliner you can get your hands on, because lining and filling in your brows to make the color really stand out takes a LOT of product.

You can let your technicolor arches make their own statement by keeping the rest of your look simple, like I did in the photo above, but there may be days when you want to go all out. On those days, why stop at bright colors on just your brows?

Left: A look from Donna Karan's spring 2013 collection; top right: Green mascara on just my bottom lashes; bottom right: Blue mascara on my top and bottom lashes.

Clockwise from far left: a look from Donna Karan’s spring 2013 collection, via Beautylidade Pública; a now-discontinued yellow mascara by Chanel on just my bottom lashes; blue mascara by NYX on my top and bottom lashes.

You can find rainbow-colored mascaras at practically every drugstore and beauty counter these days. (Drugstore brands like NYX make blue and purple ones; Hard Candy is one of many boutique brands that also sell them in gold, green, red, gray, and pink.)

Left: NYX color mascaras, $7; top and bottom right: Hard Candy "Lash Call" mascaras, $6.

Clockwise from far left: brown, blue, and purple mascaras, $7 each, NYX; Hard Candy Lash Call Lengthening Mascara in Limelight and Hot Pink, $6 each, Walmart.

You can wear a colored mascara on its own for a dash of color, or wear a shade that matches or contrasts with the shades of your eyeliner, eye shadow, and/or brow color.

brighten up dazzle

You know how at carnivals you can get your face painted with butterflies, balloons, and other cutesy, whimsical pictures? I’m a big fan of that look, so I occasionally add decorations like little hearts, sparkly stars, and colorful faux freckles into my routine. All you need is a black liquid eyeliner, an assortment of hyper-colored liquid liners (my favorites are by the drugstore brand Nicka K), and a steady hand.

Nicka K “Shimmer” liquid eyeliners, $5 each.

Shimmer Eyeliners, $5 each, Nicka K.

I suggest you draw the shape you want first, let it dry, then carefully outline it with black liner. My go-to doodle is a single tiny heart, but sometimes I get carried away, which is OK, too!

Left: A blue-lip look from Ann Yee's fall 2014 show via Huffington Post; center and right: My interpretations.

Left to right: Blue lips at Ann Yee’s fall 2014 show, via Huffington Post; two of my own interpretations.

Makeup-artist types tend to posit that there’s a perfect shade of red lipstick for everyone. I’d argue that the same is true for colors like blue, green, and gray—and the only way to figure out which one’s best for you is to try as many as possible until one clicks.

Top, left to right: Impulse opaque matte lipsticks in "Lobotomy" and "Circus," $7 each; bottom, left to right: Melt opaque matte lipsticks in "Space Cake" and "By Starlight," $19 each.

Clockwise from top left: Opaque Matte Lipstick in Lobotomy and Circus, $7 each, Impulse Cosmetics; lipsticks in By Starlight and Space Cake, $19 each, Melt Cosmetics.

It’s easier than ever to find a wide variety of lip colors, and for not a lot of money. Lines like Melt, Impulse and Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics are known for their pop-y lip colors, and now even drugstore standbys like Ruby Kisses make them. And there’s always Krista’s crayon lipstick DIY, rendering the possibilities next to endless! ♦