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Trend on Trial: We tried Ashley Williams' orange eyeshadow & bright pink blush

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Bright red and sizzling orange might not jump out as colours to pair together, let alone on your face, but Ashley Williams (and Adwoa Aboah) have built a strong case in favour.

Some trends are better left on the catwalk, but the colourful make-up seen at Ashley Williams’ show was too good not to try out. That is, too good on Adwoa Aboah.

Whether the Stylist beauty team feel universally in favour of the intense blusher and eyeshadow remains up for debate.

Lucy Partington, Stylist’s beauty editor says:

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There’s no denying that this is a pretty cool look, and as much as I wish I was cool enough to pull it off, I’m pretty sure I’ll never be that person. The brightness of both the orange and the pink makes my pale skin look even paler which, quite frankly, completely washes me out. 

So, sadly, it’s a no from me – and in the words of a colleague, “Lucy, I’ve definitely seen you look better, babes.” Touché.

Hanna Ibraheem, Stylist’s beauty writer says:

I had high hopes for this look but, sadly, the colours didn’t pop against my skin quite like I hoped they would. I applied layer upon layer of hot pink blush along my cheekbones and patted copious amounts of orange eyeshadow onto my lids before even a hint of colour showed up. 

And when it did, I felt like it made me look sick rather than chic. While it was fun to experiment with new shades, I don’t think I’ll be revisiting this look any time soon…

Ava Welsing-Kitcher, Stylist’s junior beauty writer:

I wasn’t expecting to love this at all - the combo of lucid orange and salmon pink seemed too Eighties for my liking. But there’s something really flattering about how eyeshadow blends into the blusher in a gradient, and the colours themselves surprisingly flatter my skintone. I took the orange around my entire eye, sweeping it upwards towards my temples before swirling some blusher in the hollows of my cheekbones for a slightly contoured ‘draping’ effect. With low-key hair and the rest of my make-up kept subtle, I love it. 

Verdict

Overall, the orange and pink combination teetered on the border between “pretty nice” and “once is enough” for us. Minor tweaks, such as a dusting of bronzer or stronger pigments, might tip the scales but it’s pretty safe to say that this look isn’t an automatic crowdpleaser. 

Plus, it’s especially hard to carry off such warm hues in the bleak depths of winter…

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