I know most of us are slowly getting fed up with the cold and dark weather and are looking forward to wearing pastels without having to panic about every passing car that might cover that new, gorgeous powder pink blazer or bright green pencil skirt with splashes of not-so-pretty mud (although tobacco is coming back in fashion as the new neutral) as we're trying to inject our everyday looks with as much "springtime" and as little layers as we can.
The exact same goes for make-up - easy and soft is the way to go. Deep reds and ruby lipsticks are being replaced with just-there bitten berries, a bit of cream blusher instead of the strong contour and choosing the lighter, shimmery family of colors in your favorite eyeshadow pallete. The whole spring make-up look to go for can be summarized as "young, fresh and glowing".
- The no1 trend to go for if you want an instant boost of "careless and romantic" (and that has actually been around for a while, turning more "careless" each season) is a soft yet strong, bushy brow. Frames Your eyes without overpowering the look and adding more structure to any face shape. Add a rounded arch and ditch the geometric brow. Keep them well groomed to avoid looking too heavy and tired (opposite of what we're going for!) and keep in place using a brow gel like MUA Academy Mascara in Shade 1. Brush the hairs in different directions before coming through to create a softer line.
- Skin - go for a soft, illuminating foundation that will bounce the light off all the imperfections but will not look to heavy or thick in any light (and the first sunshine of spring is not the most flattering one if You're not prepared). I am absolutely in love and obessed with NYX HD Photogenic Foundation The light-diffusing ingredients will make You look flawless and the formula gives the perfect amount of coverage without over-powering Your natural beauty and glow. My trick is to buff it in with a bronzer brush for a light, airbrushed effect or apply with fingers using a dabbing motion over the cheeks, nose and forehead for a more natural look. Must-have! Don't powder, if Your complexion is too oily, use a mattifying primer underneath instead!
- To inject some color, use a cream blusher with a bit of light reflecting particles for that dewy look rather than the usual blusher+highlighter combo. My new favorite is Illamasqua Cream Blusher in Sob (Cool candy pink, dewy finish). Go for Dixie if You have warm undertones instead. Dab it on the apples of Your cheeks and go for an 80's curve if You're daring - taking it up to the browbone for an instant lift and brightness. Don't be scared as the blusher is the perfect combination of "pigmented" and "sheer"!
- Last but not least - lashes. Same as the brows, it's about creating a smoky halo that frames the eyes. If using falsies, go for bushy and natural ones (Good old Eylure Naturalities collection will give You the perfect range of options), if You are keeping it more natural, go for a dark brown mascara with a lifting effect to hold an eye-widening curve! Lancome Hypnôse Drama in 02 - Excessive brown will be the perfect finishing touch!
Hope this will inject a bit of sunshine in the overwhelming gray all around us and scares away the last of the winter blues,
dreaming of springtime and sending lots of love,