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Go Bold
Q: I love wearing makeup, but I'm afraid of color. This leaves me with a pretty bland look. How can I experiment with brighter shades without resembling a drag queen?
—Jessica Dawson, Queens, New York

Dear Jessica, I know there are many things one might rightfully be afraid of (and I am), but color shouldn't be one of them. The solution to your problem is easy: Choose your favorite makeup shades and use them minimally. For example, if you love turquoise but are too timid to wear bright eyeshadow, dip a wet eyeliner brush in the shadow and draw a fine line very close to your upper lashes. A bright lipstick in a sheer formula, meanwhile, is a discreet, but very pretty, way to emphasize your mouth.
—Val Monroe, O beauty director