Last month, Allure magazine called orange their absolute must-have color for spring: orange. Helping play out the joke a little longer, Sephora crowned hot pink and coral the season's hottest new hue hookup, offering up a tip sheet on creating the "sorbet shadow" look at home.
But does crazy eyeshadow work anywhere but a catwalk? To test it out, I headed to the makeup counter and asked for an "orange-you-glad-to-see-us" makeover.
Our consultant, Sonya, created my look with Make Up For Ever's Flash Color in Rust (a deep orange brown) and Orange (a shade so bright it's practically neon). Starting with Orange, she smudged it from my lash line up to my crease, then used a shadow brush to dot a little under my lower lashes. She blended Rust into my creases for depth, then softened the effect by dusting my lids with a little of the sand-colored shadow in Sephora's Moroccan Sunrise palette. With a look this intense, she recommended keeping everything else neutral, finishing with a tinted moisturizer, a coat of black mascara and candy-pink gloss.
With my lids freshly squeezed, I hit the streets to test the response. Click here to find out how Jenny's orange experiment went.
Do choose one fun grape accessory, like Marisa Tomei.
Don't let that one accessory be a Devo-style hat, like Irish songwriter Roisin Murphy.
Do pair purple with a bold contrasting shade, like Cate Blanchett.
Don't choose hot pink as that shade, like Janet Jackson.
Do let the bold hue play up your best assets, like Elizabeth Hurley.
Don't let a grandma shade of lavender de-sexify your bustline, like Sarah Chalke.
Do wear the tone draped to perfection, like Eva La Rue.
Don't choosea gown that looks like you're wearing drapes, like Taylor Swift.
Do wear a shade and a fabric that flatter your age, like Diane Lane.
Don't think that fabric is lame, like Patricia Field.
Significant Other: "What happened to your ... oh, hey. This is one of those girl things I shouldn't ask about, right?" His Buddy: "Do I need a hardhat to look at your construction-cone eyes?"
Best Friend: "I love it ... just not enough to wear it myself." New Real Best Friend: "Are you kidding? She looks fierce!"
Sister #1: "Idiot." Sister #2: "Wow! Now, I like that!"
Friend We Aren't Talking to Anymore: "Honey, Cirque Du Soleil left town months ago."
Taxi Driver: (Insert unsettling silence of unwavering review-mirror stares) Hipster Waitress: "Your eye makeup is dope." Bouncer at Hip Club: "Are you a model? No? Cover is $10."
While it wasn't the zaniest beauty trend I've ever tried (that honor still goes to my experiment with blood-red lip liner/nude gloss), this look is too much carnival reject and not enough color-full trend. Much like past-the-date orange juice, it's a look you'd have to be hungover to appreciate.
Jenny Muller is a beauty writer living in San Francisco, Calif.
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