To find out, I tested out the tangerine and electric blue shades recommended in Nylon. I copied their modelsâ€™ makeup exactly, even using the CoverGirl eye shadow palette featured in their spread. I purchased the brand’s four-shade Tropical Fusion, around $5 at drugstores. The eye shadow itself took about three minutes to applyâ€”the broad, cartoonish strokes were easy to copy. But I also had to spend more time than usual on my foundation and hair. With eye makeup like this, the rest of you has to be pulled-together, or youâ€™ll look like a particularly whimsical bag lady.
Then I went out for the day to see what people would think. Friendsâ€™ reactions ranged from â€śYou look like Lady Gagaâ€ť to â€śYouâ€™re wearing too muchâ€¦of everything.â€ť I expected some stares on the subway, or at least some creative catcall incorporating Rainbow Brite on my Brooklyn street, but most people were either too polite orâ€”more likelyâ€”too jaded to react.
Also worth noting: at night, this makeup is not nearly as bright. In a bar, a friend thought I was wearing smoky gray eye shadow. Try a different, more vibrant color if you need to stand out at the club.