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7 Beauty Looks Perfect for Mardi Gras

Green, purple and gold will be everywhere you look this Tuesday as collegiettes everywhere celebrate Mardi Gras! Whether you're in New Orleans or not this year, now is the time to be festive. But with such bright and bold colors, Mardi Gras looks can end up making you look a little clownish. So how do you get the look without being totally overwhelming? Below are a few ideas to help you celebrate Mardi Gras without going overboard!

1. Gold nails

Get an awesome gold glitter polish, like the Milani Jewel FX in Gold ($4.49) and give yourself a mani. No one will be able to look away from your sparkly fingers!

2. Plum lipstick

Purple lipstick might be a little much (it's hard to pull off!)—but just about anyone can work a rich plum shade! Splurge on MAC Lipstick in Diva ($16) or save on this Wet N Wild MegaLast Lip Color in Sugar Plum Fairy ($2.29)!

3. Gold & purple smoky eye

For a subtle and classy Mardi Gras look, use a shimmery gold shadow on your lid. Define your eye by using a dark purple in the crease. The Chocolate Bar Eye Shadow Collection ($49) from Too Faced has both shades!

4. Boho headbands

Head to your local craft store and buy some green, purple, and gold ribbon and create a braided headband. You can also find ribbon that's already Mardi Gras themed and use that as well! Add some big, beachy waves for an adorable boho-chic look.

5. Cute accent nail

Using green, purple, and metallic gold polish, create a fun pattern on your ring finger as an accent nail. Paint the rest of your nails with a glitter polish, like China Glaze in Glitter All The Way ($4.95)!

6. Purple hair

Don't worry, you don't have to permanently dye your precious locks! Stock up on some temporary hair color, like L'Oréal Hairchalk in First Date Violet ($19.95), to apply to your hair—you can wash it out as soon as you're done celebrating!

7. Bold eye shadow

Create an amazing eyeshadow look using all of the Mardi Gras colors, which you can find in the IT Palette Color Spectrum ($19) by Sephora Collection. Apply green to the inner third, gold to the center, and purple to the outer corner, making sure to add color to your bottom lash line, too. You'll definitely get the party going!

Which Mardi Gras look will you rock tomorrow, collegiettes? 

Emily is a 21 year old from Alexandria, Virginia who studies marketing at Clemson University. She's an avid traveler and a huge concert junkie, with a knack for nail art. After studying in London she fell in love with the city, and hopes to move to New York and eventually London in the pursuit of a career in fashion. Follow her! Twitter: xxem_ily, Instagram: @em_smoot
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