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Spring beauty trends report
1. Baby blues (and greens)
• Seen at Anna Sui, Karl Lagerfeld.
• The look Blue and green are the big colour trends for spring eyes, says Chase Aston, international makeup artist and spokesperson for The Body Shop. “Makeup is so modern now that a simple wash of colour on the eyelids looks fantastic,” he says. “But don’t try to match it to your eye colour; it’s all about contrast.”
• How to get it A sheer wash of colour from lash line to crease looks best for daytime. For evening, go bolder by applying shadow with a wet brush for a liner effect. Smudging soft black eyeliner around the lash line will soften any colour.
2. Day-glo lips
• Seen at Carolina Herrera, Badgley Mischka, Narciso Rodriguez, Fendi, Valentino.
• The look “I love bright lips,” says Mark Carrasquillo, global makeup artist for ck Calvin Klein Beauty. “If you’re not into red, go for a really strong fuchsia And don’t bother with a lip brush or lipliner; just apply it straight from the tube — it’s more carefree and sexy.”
• How to get it Bright lips look modern on clean, bare skin. Skip the foundation and apply tinted moisturizer and a hint of cream blush. Slick on a satiny — not matte — lipstick in a bold hue.
3. Flawless skin
• Seen at Calvin Klein, Matthew Williamson, Emilio Pucci.
• The look “It’s about making skin the most important feature on your face,” says Gordon Espinet, vice-president of makeup artistry at M.A.C. “You create a face that’s highlighted and shaded with all the tones that naturally exist in your skin. It’s as if to say ‘I’m not wearing any makeup — it’s just the lighting on me that’s perfect!’”
• How to get it Play with texture, not colour. Choose a dewy or matte foundation, then create dimension with a touch of gloss on the cheeks and a pearlized shadow on the lids.
4. Nouveau bronze
• Seen at Donna Karan, Michael Kors, Tuleh.
• The look “We’re not seeing the hard-core bronze goddess anymore,” says Carrasquillo. “We’re backing off tans and going for something softer and more approachable — like a girl fresh from the beach or after a couple of days on holiday.”
• How to get it Choose a bronzing powder or gel that’s just a shade darker than your skin tone and apply sparingly — only in areas that naturally catch the sun. Finish with a pink blush and fruity lipgloss.
5. Considered brow
• Seen at Zac Posen, Rocco Barocco, Loewe.
• The look “The eyebrow is going through a rebound,” says Carrasquillo. “It’s being reconsidered as a way to express who you are rather than through a lot of eye makeup. The perfectly groomed brow with a strong lip is a big look for spring.”
• How to get it Start with a professional brow shaping — keep your arches on the full side — and add depth with a brow pencil or powder in a shade lighter than your hair colour. Clear brow mascara adds staying power.
6. Soft metal
• Seen at Oscar de la Renta, Salvatore Ferragamo, Versace, Yves Saint Laurent.
• The look “This is the new version of metallic,” says Espinet. “It’s not obvious; rather, it’s like taking a skin tone and making it more metallic on the eyes or lips. It’s almost ’70s — think Lauren Hutton.”
• How to get it Let your skin tone be your guide to choosing the most flattering hue. Light complexions suit soft shades of gold and silver, while darker skin tones can pull off deep coppers and bronzes. Sweep colour over the lids, cheekbones or lips.
• Seen at D&G , Erin Fetherston, Hash.
• The look “White has become a really important part of makeup,” says Espinet. “But you’re not creating a ghastly effect; rather, it’s about white eyeliner, white eyeshadow or white highlights [on the contours of the face].”
• How to get it White is most wearable when paired with a fresh complexion, so start with a tinted moisturizer and peachy blush. Apply white liner on the inside rim of the lower lashes, or dust a frosty shadow from lash line to crease. Black mascara keeps the look grounded.