April showers bring May colors…
MAKE UP FOR EVER Director of Artistry, Jenn Karsten contributes her views on spring trends:
For Spring 2013 it’s all about minimalism. The looks are graphic, monochrome, and then there is a splash of cultural print injected in to shift dresses, kimono-style jackets and leathers of all texture and tone. It is more important than ever to make your total look an effort in styling.
PRO Tip: Play one signature feature off of perfected, sculpted skin and groomed perfect details. Black, white, camel, emerald green, lapis blue are the go-to colors to get it right.
Eyes: It’s a retro liner with a light matte lid and a softly sculpted crease. Liner is classic, black and tucked neatly into the roots. Use a cream black liner pot, MAKE UP FOR EVER - AQUA BLACK, and a small, firm liner or angle brush. Start by wiggling the liner in between the roots of lashes before you paint the line across the top. On top, always start in the center of lids to mark the width of the top line, then from outer corner sweep liner in to meet the mark. Finish the inner corners by sweeping liner in to meet the mark from the other side. It is easy as one, two, three! Don’t go over-dramatic by extending way out or flicking up the ends. Just keep it simple. Finish with a jet black mascara to “fan” the lashes, especially on ends. I like MAKE UP FOR EVER - SMOKY LASH.
Lips: Play a bold, over-saturated lip color off of sculpted cheeks and eyes. Try bold, bright fuchsias, electric oranges and cherry reds. Line, define and blot to perfect and make it last all day. I love MAKE UP FOR EVER ROUGE ARTIST INTENSE #36 AND AQUA LIP 16C for bold bright fuchsia lips. Be careful when contouring the shape of your lips with lip liner to stay neatly tucked into the corners and only add extra volume in the center. Apply the lipstick to fill in and then blot kiss once with tissue. (Available at sephora.com)
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The beauty industry welcomes the warm weather with their spring offerings:
In addition to the suggestions above, MAKE UP FOR EVER presents their new Technicolor Palette for spring. The palette features eyeshadow in eight classic neutrals and statement colors along with two step-by-step tutorials. (Available at sephora.com)
MAC’s new Fashion Sets are four coordinated sets of Lipstick, Lip Gloss, Nail Lacquer and Eye Shadow. The bold brights come in Heroine, a powerful purple, Silly, a playful pink, Ablaze, red-hot scarlet, and Embrace Me, fuchsia. (Available at maccosmetics.com)
shu uemura celebrates spring with the blossom dream collection. The unmask palette, featuring five coordinating eye shadow shades, comes in pink, blue and green. rainbow feathers false eyelashes feature orange, pink and green colors accented by blash lash hair. gloss unlimited lip gloss features PK 10G, a cotton candy-inspired sparkling baby pink, AT 20G, dazzling gold, and CR 20S, light coral. (Available at shuuemura-usa.com)
Art of Nature is the Aveda Spring/Summer Makeup Collection. petal essence single eye color comes in soft shades such as lemongrass, a light iridescent green, bare bellis, a satiny baby pink, and lantana, a fresh coral. petal accents in hibiscus features bronze, highlighter and blush, featuring a soft coral, a bright coral and a nude highlighter. The nourish-mint sheer mineral lip color comes in sheer melochia bloom, a light baby coral, and the nourish-mint smoothing lip color in cana is a red-orange. Both lip colors feature the Aveda signature spearmint and vanilla flavor. (Available at aveda.com)
BECCA recently launched the Ultimate Matte Lip Colour, a color-intense, ultra-matte lipstick. Vitamin E and emollients leave a creamy long-wearing finish. The eight colors come in neutral shades like Claudine, a soft pink/beige, and Amelia, a poppy pink, to darker ones such as Adele, a deep raspberry, and Josephine, a dark crimson. As the warm weather puts a shine on oily skin, The Ever-Matte Poreless Priming Perfector is a great way to tackle it. It creates an invisible veil that minimizes pores and creates a matte finish for up to eight hours. (Available at beccacosmetics.com)
jane iredale gears up for spring with her newbies. PureGloss from jane iredale is a new lip gloss that’s glossy but not sticky, creamy but not too heavy. It’s available in eighteen shades ranging from darker shades such as Black Cherry and Raspberry, to super light shades such as Pink Candy and Bellini. Rose Dawn is a new Quad Bronzer shade. The cool pink/bronze shades can be used on cheeks, eyes and lips. (Available at janeiredale.com)
Merle Norman boasts Julianne Hough as a celebrity fan. Her favorites include Liquid Shimmer and Lip Polish – her shade of choice is Mademoiselle. The Soft Touch Eye Pencil in Navy is featured in the new Spring 2013 Color Collection. Navy is a great alternative to black: it’s not as harsh on fair skin and adds a pop of color. The creamy pencil features a rubber tip on the other end to smudge. (Availabe at merlenorman.com)
AERIN presents her glam spring offerings. The Spring Color Palette is an eyeshadow/blush combo housed in its own pretty zippered case. The collection features the neutral Garden in Bloom and the bolder Garden at Dusk. Multi Color For Lips and Cheeks is one-stop shopping in one compact and comes in Freesia, a pretty coral, and Sweet Pea, a soft pink. (Available at aerin.com)
Anastasia’s new Hypercolor Brow and Lash Tint provides vivid color for both lashes and brows. Each shade includes a bonus Mini Lash Genius Clear Waterproof Topcoat to set and waterproof. Intense shades include Ultra-Violet, Electric Blue and In The Pink. (Available at Anastasia.net)
As the season finale of The Walking Dead is now behind us, Demeter keeps the zombie apocalypse alive with their Zombie fragrance (for real!). Zombie for Him is a combination of moss, earth and dried leaves. Zombie for Her is similar lighter version with a feminine touch. (Available at demeterfragrance.com)
There are quite a few spring nail offerings at your fingertips:
Sally Beauty Finger Paints – Spring Collection has fun colors such as Hoppy Go Lucky, a deep teal, Are You Hoppy, a purple glitter, and Fishin’ For Fun, a pink glitter. (Available at sallybeauty.com)
LCN’s Blossom Sorbet Spring 2013 Collection features nail polish inspired by sugary confections. Lilac Blossom is a radiant lavender, Soft Daisy is a delicate yellow, I Love Mint is a blue-green and Vintage Rose is a rosy pink coral. (Available at lcnboutique.com)
COVERGIRL’s Outlast Stay Brilliant Nail Gloss has a wear-resistant glossy shine. The 3-in-1 formula combines a base coat, high-gloss color and chip-resistant topcoat. Choose from a huge selection of 45 colors. (Available at covergirl.com)