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Marla Oddoye is a Emory University graduate who earned a BS in Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology and minored in English. While in pursuit of a healthcare career, she is a true fashionista who would describe her style as being feminine, simple, and sophisticated. She is a lover of all things beauty - from make up to nails - and art. Her passions don’t end there as she enjoys painting, volunteering, and has recently discovered a love for cooking low calorie, satisfying meals.

Color Block Your Lips And Nails

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We’ve been hearing about the color blocking trend for quite some time in the fashion world, but this popular trend has evolved yet again and has made its way into the beauty scene!

Color blocking is all about mixing and matching bright, saturated, or even muted hues to make a minimal yet bold statement. What better season to play with color than spring? One way to color block is to pair complementary colors, those are colors that oppose one another on the color wheel – red and green, blue and orange, and purple and yellow. So how do you incoporate this fun and chic trend into your beauty regimen? Try it with your lips and nails!

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Red is the classic lip color. For spring, there are so many shades of red you can wear in the warm weather. Green nails complement a red lip perfectly and the hues you can try are just as limitless. My personal favorite red- and green-based combination is coral and turquoise. It’s bright and screams spring/summer like no other. You can achieve the look with Nars Heat Wave ($24) and China Glaze Turned Up Turquoise ($5.80). If you prefer a truer red and green, look for brick red lip colors and kelly green nail polishes. For a softer and girly spin on this combo, try a soft pink lip and a mint green nail.

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A purple lip may sound a bit out there, but there are tons of ways to achieve the look without standing out in the “wrong” way. Pink-based and soft purple lipsticks and lip glosses that leave a subtle yet lustrous tint give a great purple lip. You can try this lipstick/gloss combo with Covergirl Devine ($5.99) topped with Revlon Lilac Pastelle ($7.99). Pastel yellow polishes like Revlon Sunshine Sparkle ($4.95) work well with soft purple lips. For a bold look on a night out, try a dark plum lip and sparkling gold glitter nails.

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Orange lips were all the rage last spring, so why not complement this it-color with blue nails for a trendy beauty look? A red-based orange lip with deep royal blue nails will look amazing under the sun. To get the look, MAC Pro Longwear Lipcreme in Good To Go ($17) and Essie Mesmerize ($8) were made for each other. For a more demure and office-friendly version, go for orange lipsticks in the peach family paired with soft blue tips.

Try the color blocking lip and nail trend with complementary colors or any of the other endless combinations for a fun and feminine look this spring season!

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