EAR MARKED!

Move over ear piercing, single earring, ear cuffs and the other such accessories. Make way for “ear makeup”. Yes, you heard me right.

I have never been “crazy” about “crazy makeup trends” from the runways. Nail art, jagged eye liners, printed lips and such have seldom excited me. But this new makeup technique of extending colour, glitter and shadow to the earlobes, has caught my fancy. For me, a dramatic trend is attractive only when it is wearable off the runway. So the reason why my interest is piqued by the ear makeup craze is because I see scope of adaptability in it and it is quite versatile. You can go all cray cray with it or you can play it safe and keep it subtle – all depends on your imagination and personal style.

For instance, I can see myself opting for a dusting of rose gold pigment on my ear lobes to set off my pearl tops and pink muslin saree, while my “cat-eyes-loving” friend could totally rock different strokes placed at perfect angles along the ear edge. My niece could create a perfect canvas for her single danglers with a sparkle of glitter on the earlobes. All you need is some inspiration and your regular makeup tools and colour cosmetics like eye shadows, pigments, glitters, eye liners and so on. Here are five tips that may help you adapt the trend better:

Create A Base: Before anything else, ensure that your foundation/makeup base extends up to your ears. This will maintain uniformity and balance. Plus it will help the makeup last longer.

Show It Off: If you take the trouble to dress your ears with such beauty, then it is only logical that you flaunt it. However, the trick is to do it in style. The ear makeup should be an extension of your overall makeup. So for instance, if you are sporting a goth look, just a hint of black or any other noir shade at the tip of the ear lobe would rock the look, while a bride would look stunning if the golden glow would extend to highlight the bones of her ears. And of course, keep the hair off the ears as much as possible.

Let It Echo: To dress your ears choose a colour or pattern from your outfit. This trick is the safest and surest to blend the trend to your look and personality.

Work At It: Search the Instagram and Pinterest for ideas. While runway pictures are fine for inspiration, doable ideas will be available on these forums. Here are some that I liked:

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Wear the Attitude: Like most trends, to adapt it you have to have the comfort and confidence to wear it. So before you step out in it, practice the art. perfect it. Only then will you have the ease of carrying it off well.

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