Behind the scenes of New York Fashion Week, I spent 20 minutes discussing the unflattering look of pastel yellow with a fellow reporter. As she swiped through the multiple options on her phone, we came to the conclusion that daffodil—whether you wear it short or long, strapless or one-shoulder—is a color that looks better in nature than it does when worn by bridesmaids. When it comes to your makeup, however, it’s a whole different story. The pale yellow shade is clutch.
Backstage at Vera Wang, makeup artist Lucia Pieroni reached for a rather optimistic hue: Clé de Peau’s powder shadow single in Juggle, a sunny yellow. “It opens up the eye,” Pieroni said of the shade, which will be available in February. “You can hardly see it, but you can.” Dusted all over the lids and into the inner corners, the hue made exhausted models appear instantly wide awake this morning after last night’s Kardashian-studded celebration at Up & Down in New York City. A wash of antique gold pigment over top (another solo dubbed Cream Soda) added a bit of shine to catch the light and detract from dark circles. For darker complexions, Pieroni suggests a warm peach tone for the same brightening effect in lieu of lemon, which has a tendency to turn gray. (Try the range of colors found in Clé de Peau’s Luminizing Face Enhancer in Golden Apricot on lids.)
To complete the look when you’re short on time, skip mascara and quickly clamp your curler over lashes instead. Brush brows up and apply a peachy lipstick to the apples of your cheeks for that fresh-from-an-early-morning-run flush. Nobody will ever know that you just rolled in from last night’s party.