Great Beauty: Rock Star Makeup

In the '80s, the typical rock star wore kohl-smudged eyes, teased hair, and a slash of red lipstick. In 2010, it's all about color, color, and more color! Think rainbow-hued hair, Crayola-drenched makeup and neon accessories. Whether you're actually a rock star (like Nicki Minaj) or you love to look like one (hello, 'Vampire Diaries' star Katerina Graham), this playful, super-bright look is fun, fierce, and here to stay.
ESSENCE.COM Aug, 30, 2010

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In the ‘80s, “rock star” was synonymous with kohl-smudged eyes, teased hair, and a slash of red lipstick. In 2010, it’s all about color, color, and more color! Think rainbow-hued hair, Crayola-drenched makeup and neon accessories. Whether you’re actually a rock star (like Nicki Minaj) or you love to look like one (hello, ‘Vampire Diaries’ star Katerina Graham), this playful, super-bright look is fun, fierce, and here to stay.

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Solange goes for the bold with a big sexy ’fro, neon orange lips and colorful, African-inspired necklaces.

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Ever the eccentric, Erykah Badu rocked ‘106 and Park’ in long, messy braids, a slash of hot pink eyeshadow and matching gloss.

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With her cherry popsicle-hued hair and metallic emerald eyeshadow, Rihanna lives up to her lyric: “Hey baby, I’m a rock star!”

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Amber Rose loves making a statement with neon brights—hence, the fuschia lipstick, dramatic yellow buzz cut and chunky turquoise jewelry.

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‘The Noisettes’ singer Shingai Shoniwa is the epitome of the new rock star! Here, she flaunts tangerine lipstick, golden-green eyeshadow and a pompadour afro. So unique.

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Katerina Graham always goes for the boldest beauty choice. At the Nickelodeon awards, she rocked out in orange-sprayed hair, neon pink lips and a wildly embellished cocktail ring.

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Indie music queen Santogold makes a fierce statement in electric pinky-violet lips and two-toned hair.

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The fairy godmother of eclectic rock star chic, Kelis gets funky in blue eyeliner, cool crimson lips and a curly,red-orange crop.