Spring makeup trends: Tropical hues, dramatic eyes and lips will be the hot looks
BY BRAVETTA HASSELL World Scene Writer
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
2/26/13 at 7:10 AM
The spring and summer in makeup is nearly tropical and absolutely watercolor inspired.
Full of jewel tones, in sheer to light intensities, for both soft and dramatic application, this spring will be prime time for the fashionista to go runway glam and the more conservative makeup wearer to stick her beauty brush in a new compact and bring some fresh energy to her look.
Makeup artist Natalie Nicole calls this spring and summer's makeup "all the tones people love to see in their gardens, your favorite get together or just a having brunch with family and friends."
Getting the spring look is all about prepping a flawless face for oceanic and floral-type hues, said Amanda Viles of Saks Fifth Avenue Tulsa, and the focus this year is all about the eyes.
The bright blues and emeralds and other rich colors continue into the spring and beg for application on your lids. Stick with one color or work with a couple. If full-on eye shadow is more than you're used to, consider a colored eyeliner, which makeup artist Ashlee Bivins said will be popular this spring.
This season's eye shadows are made to cater to the wearer who wants a sheer wash of turquoise for one occasion and something heavier for another. Build the intensity of your shadow by added application.
Bivins added that thick eyebrows will be big this spring, as will luscious eyelashes. If you are lacking in either department, don't fret. A myriad of lash enhancers are out there, and bold brows can be beefed up with the soft stroke of a brow pencil for shape and some filling in with powder. Choose a color one to two shades lighter than your hair color, and Bivins recommended skipping drug-store brands and investing a little cash in a quality product that will produce a quality look.
"Not a lot of girls feel like they can walk out of the house with a really bold lip, but that's kind of what the thing is right now," Bivins said. The season's preferred lip colors range from a raspberry-like fuchsia to apple red and every shade of red in between. Orange will also be a look to try on the lips this season.
Just be sure to go demure on the eyes if you're doing a strong lip and vice versa for the eyes.
An emerald shadow with a tinge of gold paired with a soft pink or coral lipstick will jibe beautifully this season.
Cheeks, skin care
With all the color everywhere this spring, the last place it's needed is on the cheeks. Viles and Bivins said this spring's cheeks are natural as possible. Highlighter or a bit of bronzer should be enough.
Before diving into this season of color, make sure your face is in tip-top shape, a ready canvas for the work you will do.
"Everything is so much lighter, which demands that you have your skin geared up," Viles said.
Once you've gone through your skin routine, Bivins offered a few steps for a long-lasting look: "Lotion, primer, concealer, foundation."
Natalie Nicole's makeup tips
Makeup artist Natalie Nicole offers some advice to keep in mind when making your spring and summer face.
"The best way to do any kind of makeup especially for the season is to break down your face into categories," Nicole said. "Find out which of your features you personally love the most, whether it's your dreamy eyes, high cheekbones, luscious lips, etcetera."
Once you know that answer, the makeup you do will be effortless because you've just found the most important key. Don't be afraid to play up your favorite feature.
If you decided that this is your feature, then let's make them remarkable, Nicole said. "Lashes are definitely a must." Add a very soft look or a very dramatic one.
"Less is always more," Nicole said. Always use a primer before any type of shadow. Fill in those eyebrows to give them a fuller look, and use a great volumizing mascara.
Trend: Look for a hint of blue or green colors on the eyelids this spring.
"Contour, contour, contour," Nicole said. After you apply your base and powder, it's time to contour. It's an amazing way to give the appearance of structured cheek bones. Nicole recommends puckering up as if you were about to kiss someone, and starting at the cheek bone, get your bronzer and make an upward motion all the way to the side of the outer eye. Then go back with your blush and to where you originally started your contouring adding a hint of blush.
Trend: Pastel pinks will be popular.
The same as your lids - make sure you always have a primer. Whether you're going nude on the lips because you have a dramatic eye, or you're being bold and vibrant on your lips because you have a nude eye with just some lashes, make sure you always use lip liner. Between the liner and the primer, it sets the tone for how well your lipstick looks and how long it will stay on.
Trend: Shades of orange and crimson are definitely trending this spring.
Original Print Headline: In for spring
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Ocean-inspired hues will be popular this spring in eye shadow. MATT BARNARD / Tulsa World
Jessica Cooley has a lip pencil applied at Saks. MATT BARNARD / Tulsa World
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