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Sure, most of us don’t have enough time in the morning to do more than a dash of simple, light makeup before we head to work. But aren’t there some days, for whatever reason, we just want to go bold with our makeup?

Those are the days when we’re bored of all the nude, rose lipsticks, the typical black or brown eyeliner and just want something that’s really going to leave a mark on the world when we are out and about. We found some bold makeup essentials that will be your best friends during those go bold or go home days.

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1. L’Oreal Paris Infallible Le Rouge

bold look essentials loreal infallible le rouge lipsticks lip swatch

bold look essentials loreal infallible le rouge lipsticks

Top row, left to right:

  • 212 Rambling Rose
  • 337 Refined Ruby
  • 227 Eternal Rose
  • 421 Charismatic Coral
  • 423 Perpetual Peach

Bottom row, left to right:

  • 519 Tender Berry
  • 543 Charming Lilac
  • 712 Everlasting Plum
  • 737 Persistent Plum
  • 741 Bold Bordeaux

These lipsticks are not only infused with moisturising Vitamin E to keep your lips plump and soft, but it also claims to provide 10 hours of wear time. Despite the glossy finish, this lipstick promises that the colour will last through a meal with no touch-ups needed. Curious to know if it’s that good? Try it for yourself!

Bold doesn’t necessarily always mean dark. Lighter and brighter shades could also make great combinations for a bold gradient, or even by themselves! If you’re ready for something really neon, Daily Vanity recommends Eternal Rose and Charismatic Coral.

L’Oreal Paris Infallible Le Rouge lipsticks retail for SGD 23.90 each at leading pharmacies and supermarkets.

2. Maybelline Color Sensational Loaded Bolds

bold look essentials maybelline loaded bolds swatch

The newly released Maybelline Loaded Bolds are said to deliver one-stroke intensity on your lips. We know your attention was probably immediately caught by Pitch Black, Wickedly White and Audacious Blue on the swatches above. If those shades work for you, you should absolutely go for it and rock the look.

If you’re a little cautious putting yourself out there, DV recommends starting out with these:

  • Sunny Coral
  • Midnight Date
  • Smoking Red
  • Berry Bossy
  • Fearless Purple

Maybelline Color Sensational Loaded Bolds retail for SGD 19.90 each at Maybelline counters in leading pharmacies and supermarkets.

3. Kat Von D Pastel Goth

bold look essentials kat von d pastel goth palette

The shades, from left to right:

  • Star: matte dandelion yellow
  • Clementine: matte peach
  • Meow: matte lilac
  • Dope: matte lavender
  • Doom: matte sky blue
  • Gloom: matte meadow green
  • Dagger: matte stone gray
  • Skull: matte pure white

Obviously, bold looks aren’t always about statement lips. Think that eyeshadows are over-the-top in Singapore? Think again. You can pull off some awesome colours on your eyelids with great confidence, great technique, or a great mix of both.

The new Kat Von D Pastel Goth eyeshadow palette will be everything your rainbow soul ever needs. These shades are high-pigment, easily blendable and buildable, and all using the same beautiful matte formula that is Kat Von D’s signature.

DV recommends pairing Star and Clementine, or Dope and Gloom, depending on your mood.

Kat Von D Pastel Goth retails for SGD 60 at Sephora stores and on Sephora.sg.

4. Shu Uemura Glow On Blush

bold look essentials shu uemura creamy blush

The classic Shu Uemura Glow On formula was first launched in 1970, quickly achieving cult favourite status because of its unique translucent formula that does not mask the skin but blends naturally into it.

bold look essentials shu uemura glow on blush

In 2017, 36 new shades of Glow On blushes were released with the original powder formula, as well as a new creamy formula that will give the skin a natural tinted glow. Best of all, powder and cream formulas can be layered on top of each other! (Only 30 shades are available in Singapore)

shu uemura glow on blush swatch

DV recommends these shades, left to right:

  • P light silver 005
  • P soft coral 332
  • M soft pink 330
  • M medium peach 561
  • M medium pink 375

Shu Uemura glow on blush retails for SGD 33 at Shu Uemura counters, Sephora stores and Sephora.sg (not all shades available).

5. Marc Jacobs Highliner Matte Gel Eye Crayon

bold look essentials marc jacobs highliner

The shades, left to right:

  • Finewine
  • Grapevine
  • Mist Me
  • Out of the Blue
  • Overnight
  • Pink Of Me
  • Popular
  • Whirlpool (DV recommends this!)

Eyeliners are one of the easiest ways to give your face a pop of unexpected colour without really going all out, when you’re still experimenting with bolder looks. What’s more, some of the darker colours might even be work-appropriate without being boring.

Marc Jacobs Highliners are a great choice to start from, with its waterproof formula that are matte, not flat. These are highly pigmented but glitter-free despite the shine, so it can be worn with comfort on the water line too.

Marc Jacobs Highliner Matte Gel Eye Crayons retail for SGD 38 each at Sephora stores and Sephora.sg.

6. Make Up For Ever Aqua XL Eye Pencil

make up forever aqua xl eye pencil

One of Make Up For Ever’s cult classics, the Aqua XL Eye Pencil also comes in a whole range of awesome colours to make you shine like a diamond in the crowd. This pencil will offer a super-precise and ultra-resistant line of colour, but can also be easily blended out with a brush if you’re looking for a softer pop of vivacity on your lids.

DV recommends these bold shades, from left to right:

  • ME-42: metallic bronze
  • M-40: matte pastel yellow
  • M-92: matte pastel purple
  • M-22: matte majorelle blue
  • M-26: matte pastel blue
  • M-30: matte pastel green
  • I-32: iridescent lagoon green
  • S-20: satiny navy blue

Make Up For Ever Aqua XL Eye Pencil retails for SGD 38 each at Make Up For Ever Boutique (Downtown Gallery; full range available), Make Up For Ever Pro Loft (Armenian Street; full range available), Sephora stores and on Sephora.sg.

7. Make Up For Ever Aqua XL Ink Liner

make up forever aqua xl ink liner swatch

Love the Aqua XL Eye Pencil but want something that lasts even longer? Enter Make Up For Ever’s new range of Aqua XL Ink Liners. These liners are highly pigmented but yet intensely water-resistant. (Did you know the Make Up For Ever Aqua range was initially created for synchronised swimmers? You better believe that waterproof claim.)

After drying, the liner forms a waterproof layer on top of your colour that will keep that line intact and vivid all day.

make up forever aqua xl ink liner swatch

DV recommends these bold shades, from left to right:

  • M-24: matte majorelle blue
  • M-26: matte pastel blue
  • L-40: lustrous bright yellow
  • L-90: lustrous lavender
  • ME-42: metallic gold
  • D-28: diamond teal

Make Up For Ever Aqua XL Ink Liner retails for SGD 38 each at the Make Up For Ever Boutique (Downtown Gallery; full range available), Make Up For Ever Pro Loft (Armenian Street; full range available), and Sephora stores (limited range; the above recommended shades are not available at Sephora).

8. Make Up For Ever Color Paint

make up forever aqua xl color paint swatch

This crazy range of eyeshadows are lightweight and waterproof. Just make sure you don’t accidentally use them as acrylic paint for arts and craft! The Color Paints have a gel-creme texture which are easily applied, easily blended and dries to a powdery matte finish that’s going to be budge-proof all day.

make up forever aqua xl color paint swatch

DV recommends these bold shades, from left to right:

  • M-72: matte deep red
  • M-70: matte bright orange
  • M-40: matte golden yellow
  • M-24: matte pastel blue
  • M-20: matte majorelle blue
  • M-90: matte purple
  • M-82: matte fuschia
  • L-22: lustrous teal blue
  • I-12: irisdescent silver

Make Up For Ever Aqua XL Color Paint retails for SGD 40 each at the Make Up For Ever Boutique (Downtown Gallery; full range available), Make Up For Ever Pro Loft (Armenian Street; full range available), Sephora stores and on Sephora.sg (limited range).

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