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4 Beauty Looks That Are Inspiring Us To Update Our Makeup Bags

By Deanna Pai

Putting a fresh spin on your makeup look is the beauty equivalent of a closet overhaul — clearing out the old to make way for the new. That was the goal with these four looks, which feature striking brights, a modern take on winged liner, and glowing skin (always) to put your best face forward. Best of all, recreating them won’t require your entire next paycheck, because Ulta Beauty’s 21 Days of Beauty event is back!

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While winged eyeliner and red lips are a timeless combo, this version gets a refreshing update with a few key changes: think big, fluffy brows and out-to-there liner for starters.


Brush Benefit Cosmetics Gimme Brow+ Volumizing Eyebrow Gel in an upwards direction through the base and middle of your brows. Then, from the mid-brow to the tails, brush the gel back and forth to coat brow hairs on both sides, which adds fullness. Lightly brush upwards throughout the brows to finish.

Then, make a classic cool again by lining the upper lashes with Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner and extending it out past the outer corners. The key is to draw the wings in a super straight, long line without any curve.


Layer It Cosmetics Superhero Elastic Stretch Volumizing Mascara onto the upper lashes for volume and fullness; skip the lower lashes.


Give traditional red lipstick a twist with a rich, rusty shade. The matte finish and burnt tone of Kylie Cosmetics Velvet Liquid Lipstick in Shook keep it looking 2020.


"More is more" sums up this pairing of bright pink and cherry red. It’s ideal for any moment you want to be the center of attention.


Apply the shade Pretty, a neon pink in the Kylie Cosmetics Birthday 2018 Sipping Pretty Palette, all over the lids. Next, blend Jungle Juice, a deep fuchsia, into the creases for definition. Finally, apply On the List, a shimmery pink, at the inner corners and just under the brows. Blend well to diffuse. Finish with two coats of Benefit BADgal BANG! Volumizing Mascara, making sure to cover both sides of the lashes. Add one coat to the lower lashes.


Blend the matte shade from COVER FX Monochromatic Blush Duo in Mojave Mauve just beneath your cheekbones. Dust the shimmery counterpart high on the cheekbones — that’s your highlighter.


Apply Lime Crime Wet Cherry Lip Gloss in Maras Cherry to lips. It’s pigmented as is, but you can add more layers to intensify the color.


Pretend it’s summer anytime, anywhere with this sun-kissed, gold-flecked look. A blend of matte and shimmery neutrals on the eyes adds brightness, while champagne highlighter and lip gloss impart a subtle gleam.


Brush Benefit Cosmetics Gimme Brow+ Volumizing Eyebrow Gel through the brows in an outward direction. Then, using the Lime Crime Prelude Exposed Palette, sweep shade 1484, a shimmery champagne, across the lids. Blend Nude, a warm terracotta, beneath the brows. And brush Immortal, a dark brown, into the creases for definition — smudge it along the bottom lash line as well to get the look of a smoky eye.


Sweep Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Matte Bronzer into the hollows of the cheeks. Then, dust on the baby Rodeo Drive Highlighter from the Ofra Cosmetics Rodeo Drive Mini Glow Set for a gleaming look.


Swipe on the the shimmer-flecked, champagne-gold Rodeo Drive Lip Gloss from the Ofra Glow Set, which gives lips a plumper appearance.


Call off the search for a glamorous look that you can wear 24/7, because this is it. Warm peach tones are universally flattering, and false lashes add extra oomph.


Using the Urban Decay Naked Reloaded Eyeshadow Palette, start by blending the shade Bribe (a creamy ivory) under the brows. Sweep Boundaries, a warm terracotta, all over the lids, and smudge it beneath the lower lash lines. Brush Retro, a bright peach, into the creases. For even more definition, brush both Retro and Boundaries back and forth into the crease to intensify the color. Next, layer End Game (deep brown) and Burn (metallic copper) just above the upper lash lines using a small shadow brush.

Apply the matte shade from COVER FX Monochromatic Blush Duo in Soft Peach to the hollows of the cheeks. Dust the shimmery shade on top of the cheekbones for highlight.


Apply concealer to your lips, which helps bring a nude or neutral-tone lip color to life. Then, line the border with BECCA Ultimate Love Lip Definer in Vacation, which is slightly darker than a peachy-nude. Finally, swipe BECCA Ultimate Love Lipstick in Dune onto the lips.


Use scissors to trim Velour Lashes Worst Behavior Luxe Faux Mink False Lashes to fit your eye shape. After carefully applying glue to the lashes, gently bend them with your fingers, making them more flexible while the glue has time to get tacky and sticky. Place the falsies against your upper lash lines, and press down at the corners to secure.

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Photography: McKenzie Thompson; Makeup: Tiffany Patton; Hair: Nicole Blais; Wardrobe Styling: Rachel Gilman; Nails: Jini Lim; Art Direction: Molly Kugelmann/BDG; Production: Nancy Valev/BDG; Branded Beauty Lead: Irma Elezovic/BDG