Spring Makeup

Every year, designers have different looks. They talk about “what’s in, what’s now.” All the chic people want to know what colors are hot and what looks are not. In 2012, if you search spring makeup looks, you will see an array of looks such as bright red or orange lipsticks, colorful eyeshadows, flushed cheeks, smokey eyes, cat liners, bold eyebrows, etc. My take on this is, it should look good and it should feel good. Just because it’s on the runway does not mean that you should wear it on the streets of Los Angeles, New York, or whatever city you’re in.

If you are not used to wearing makeup, spring is a great season to try it. The weather is beautiful and and it feels good to be out, flirty and pretty.

FOUNDATION: You can start lightly by using tinted moisturizers or BB Creams or a water-based foundation such as Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation SPF 15. Set your foundation with loose powder.

CONCEAL and HIGHLIGHT: I find that YSL Touche Éclat is easily blendable is not heavy at all. If you’re going to use a highlighter, steer away from glitter. Use shimmer. Apply above the bow of your lips and above your cheek bone.

CONTOUR: I use Nars Laguna, which is a staple in my kit and I go through 3-4 a year. If you are slightly darker, you can use Casino. I see a lot of photos on Facebook where ladies still paint a line in the hollow of their cheeks. Use bronzer to contour your face, not to draw stripes on them. This should be used sparingly. When applying bronzer onto your face, draw a number 3 on the sides of your face: your temples, the hollow of your cheeks, and your jawline. (refer to the diagram on the left)

CHEEKS: I  love pinks and apricots, especially in spring. I use Nars blushes for a pop of colour  in my cheeks, but you can, of course, use your favorites. Choose a slightly brighter color to accent the apples of your cheeks. Swirl the colors with your brush lightly onto your cheeks.

LIPS & EYES: You have a lot of freedom when choosing your eyeshadow color and lipstick. Whatever color and formula you use, make sure that you don’t put too much. Think spring. Think light, feathery, and floral.

Like I said, you should look good and feel good. Try not to make it dated, so that years from now, you can look at your old photos and think, “oh, how gorgeous was I??!” and not, “oh, how pink were my cheeks and how much hairspray did I use?”

Your body makes you sexy, your face makes you pretty and your mind makes you beautiful.

– Unknown

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