Yellow makeup: Yay or nay?

Last updated 14:47 10/06/2014
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LET THE SUN SHINE IN: MAC Lipglass in Bright Side, $38, Revlon Rio Rush ColorStay Eyeshadow Quad, $29.95, Fudge Paintbox in Yellow Fever, $24 and Maybelline Color Show Nail Colour in Fierce n Tangy, $8.49.

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Sunny hues are lovely for flowers, rubber duckies and beach towels - but what about yellow makeup?

Lots of it has been passing my desk, but I think this trend might be a bit of a stretch even for the most fashion forward.

Here's the verdict on mellow yellow.


MAC Lipglass in Bright Side, $38 (other yellow options from the new MAC Playland collection are Lipstick in Playland, $40, and Pigment in Ever So Yellow, $48).

- Pros: The gloss could work for adding a golden sheen to beige lippy, or turning bold red into orange. Faked a sickie at the office? Wear this lippy the following workday, to give off a suitably off-colour façade.

- Cons: You might be mistaken for having jaundice or a nasty lip infection.


Revlon Rio Rush ColorStay Eyeshadow Quad, $29.95.

- Pros: Yellow can work in small doses, especially at the inner corner of the eyes to highlight (use it in place of gold, which can be too sparkly for day). The other three colours in this palette are perfectly lovely.

- Cons: Step away from the lady with conjunctivitis.


Fudge Paintbox in Yellow Fever, $24.

- Pros: You'll look perfectly on trend for winter 2014 and if you use hair chalk, this look's temporary so you can funk it up for one big night out. (This Fudge colour lasts up to 30 washes though.)

- Cons: Brassy yellow tones are usually what blondes try to avoid, as they are often unflattering to skintone. Also, you could look like you've been fagging up a storm since cigarette smoke can cause yellowing hair.


Maybelline Color Show Nail Colour in Fierce n Tangy, $8.49.

- Pros: Lemon hues can be cute on toes, and they can even look good on fingers if you have olive skin. If in doubt, choose a lighter buttercup shade rather than sunflower yellow.

- Cons: Ugh, is that nail fungus?

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