Naturally, tangerine-orange lids are O’Brien’s secret weapon to achieving Gorman’s dreamy springtime makeup look. “I love a bold pop of color paired with clean and perfected skin,” she explains. “Especially now that we’re often in masks, our eyes are the ideal canvas for a little fun.”
If an entire lid moment isn’t for you, she says, try a bright or bold eyeliner — like the Fenty Beauty Flypencil Longwear Pencil Eyeliner or the Urban Decay Waterproof 24/7 Glide-On Eyeliner Pencil — as a toned-down hack. “I personally love to circle through the rainbow while keeping the eyeliner shape that I’m used to,” she says. “If liner isn’t in your skillset, a pop of matte neon color in the inner corner of the eye (where many people place highlight or shimmer) is an unexpected and playful pop that won’t overwhelm the eye.”
For that unexpected flash, O’Brien has a couple of recommendations up her sleeve: the Natasha Denona Mini Tropic Eyeshadow Palette or the Anastasia Beverly Hills Mini Norvina Mini Pro Pigment Palette Vol. 3. For a technique that’s even easier, look no further than your peachiest blush, which you can use to achieve the springy style with one less product from your arsenal.
With a bright eye serving as the face’s anchor, O’Brien makes sure to accent the cheek with a similar shade without going over the top, and Estée Lauder Pure Color Envy Sculpting Blush in Peach Passion complements the electric eye shadow. But placement is key: “Placing it closer to the temples and not going too far past the outer corner of the eye will give you a nice flush without feeling overdone.”
But let’s not get ahead of ourselves: Skin — and a commitment to a clean, healthy complexion — comes first. “To see the effects of a skin-care routine, you have to stick with it,” says Joshua Zeichner, M.D., a board-certified dermatologist based in New York City. “Just like getting on the treadmill, you don’t see results overnight.” Product-wise, Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Serum Synchronized Multi-Recovery Complex and Estée Lauder Revitalizing Supreme+ Moisturizer Youth Power Creme are a solid place to start.
Where the former is chock full of ingredients to plump and lift, like hyaluronic acid and peptides, the latter contains a blend of botanicals, like hibiscus extract and moringa seed extract, to strengthen the skin — an especially important step in any regimen. “We know that the skin undergoes circadian rhythms,” says Dr. Zeichner. “Skin repairs itself while you sleep, undoing the damage that occurred during the day.” With a fresh facial slate, your makeup will melt on like butter.