introducing your new favorite makeup palette

    the nylon x memebox sweet 16 collab

    by · March 19, 2015

    If it seems like we’re all drowning in a sea of nude eyeshadow and “natural” contour sticks, well, you’re not far off. And while we love a glimmering brown look, we’ve grown a little weary. So while working on our Sweet 16 issue, we contacted one of our favorite Korean beauty brands, Memebox, to collaborate on a vibrant makeup palette. Gathering inspiration from some of our most of-the-moment cover stars, we created eight original shades (under the direction of our senior beauty editor Jade Taylor and e-commerce assistant Blake Vulgamott): a shimmering opalescent rose wash (“The Moment”), a matte white (“Lilo”), a glittering olive (“Mary-Kate”), a deep red (“Mischa”), a sparkling copper (“Lana”), an eye-capturing hazel (“Paris”), a bluish-brown (“Nicole”), and a highly pigmented hot pink (“Sweet 16”). Each color is specifically designed to be your go-to palette—you know, the one you throw in your bag and can use to take you from day to night in a pinch.

    Scroll down to see three super-fun looks we created—The Party Girl, The New Smokey Eye, and the New-Age Grunge. With a step-by-step tutorial by makeup artist Michael Chua, you can recreate each look yourself. So go ahead, pick up a palette here and, if you feel so inclined, crash some Sweet 16s.

    The NYLON #ItGirlPalette is available for pre-sale at a 20% discount exclusively on nylonshop and

    The Party Girl

    modeled by Taylor LaShae, photo by Alana Tyler Slutsky, makeup by Michael Chua

    Step 1:
    Prime eyelids with a wash of concealer as a base, and to cancel out any redness, follow by a dusting of translucent powder all over. Gently pat on NYLON’s signature hot pink shade in “Sweet 16,” a beautiful bright matte pink on the lid up to the crease. Blend the edges out with a fluffy blending brush, then pick up “The Moment,” a gorgeous shimmering champagne pink and continue to blend, taking the color just past the crease, creating a beautiful halo of contrasting texture.

    Step 2:
    Line the lower lash line with a white eyeliner pencil, followed by patting on “Lilo,” a fresh matte white to further brighten and soften the liner.

    Step 3:
    Curl lashes and apply mascara to both top and bottom lashes.

    Step 4:
    Complement your work with a natural flushed cheek, a pink gloss, and a groomed brow.

    The New Smokey Eye

    modeled by Elisa Johnson, photo by Alana Tyler Slutsky, makeup by Michael Chua

    Step 1:
    Prime the eye with a wash of concealer and a dusting of loose translucent powder. Using an eyeshadow brush, lay down “Mary Kate,” a sparkly olive on the inner third of the eyes, then pat a little “Lana,” a gorgeous antique gold all over the lid before accentuating the outer “V” of the eyes with “Nicole,” a multi-dimensional blue-hued brown. Take the color slightly into the outer third of the crease for a little definition and then blend outwards into a cat eye shape. Using a pencil brush, run a little “Lana” along the lower lashline for a wash of color and a touch of definition while keeping the eye open and bright.

    Step 2:
    Curl lashes and apply mascara to top and bottom lashes.

    Step 3:
    Brush through brows and lightly fill in where needed and brush through once more for a defined but natural looking shape.

    Step 4:
    Line and fill in lips with a berry wine color and finish off the look with a complementary cheek color.

    New-Age Grunge

    modeled by Aliana Lohan, photo by Alana Tyler Slutsky, makeup by Michael Chua

    Step 1:
    Using a fluffy blending brush like a MAC 217 or Bdellium Tools 776, deposit “Mischa,” a grungy rust color along the top and bottom lash lines, then blend and buff all over the eyelid, past the crease for a diffused, lived in look. Use the same brush without picking up anymore eyeshadow and blend out the lower lash line as well. To create a little more interest, use a flat shadow brush or your finger and dab a little “Paris,” an expensive-looking hazel to the middle of the upper lid.

    Step 2:
    Apply generous amount of mascara to top and bottom lashes. A little clumping works, as the look is meant to look effortless and lived in.

    Step 3:
    A little brow gel brushed through the brows upwards helps accentuate fullness and give a rebellious “perfectly imperfect” effect.

    Step 4:
    Apply a soft gray-toned contour cream in the cheek hollows and a lipstick or lip stain to complete the look.

    Photographer: Alana Tyler SlutskyHair Stylist: Karl PaytonNail Artist: Jessica TongStylist: Blake VulgamottVideo: Daniel Huskey

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