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Question: Is it bad to pair a bold lip with a smokey eye?

Answer: The answer to this depends very much on your personality. Sure, there are ways to pull off both bold looks simultaneously, but it’s vital that you don’t overdo it.

The bold lip automatically demands attention. If you’re hoping to exaggerate your lips, then it’s best to avoid a dramatic, ultra-layered eye look. Use a neutral palette and highlight your tear ducts to enhance your bold lip look. If a neutral eye palette isn’t bold enough for you, wing your eyeliner to pump it up without going overboard. The combination of the cat eye with the bold lip will look clean and daring!

If you are looking to enhance your eyes, a nude lip paired with a dramatic eye is recommended. The nude lip definitely draws the attention and focus up to your eyes as proven time and time again by Kim Kardashian and Jennifer Lawrence.

Of course it’s not impossible to combine the two looks, but it can oftentimes be very hard to find the perfect balance. When you combine them, make sure don’t overdo the smokey eye. It depends on the shade of your lipstick, so be sure to find time to do some experimenting before you hit the town! For darker and bolder shades of lipstick, vouch for a lighter smokey eye and focus on blending the eyelid and not your entire eye. As for lighter and brighter lip shades, you can go ahead and line underneath your eyes with eyeliner for a more dramatic eye look. And remember—there’s nothing wrong with asking for opinions from your loved ones! They will always be honest and upfront when you ask them how much is too much.