I love spring. The air is fresher. The sun goes down later. And it presents the perfect opportunity to switch up my beauty routine. In honor of the new season and the trends it inspired on Spring 2013 runways, here are some tips to incorporate into your look.
From rose-colored shades to peach or coral hues, blush is a no-brainer for spring. A little color on your cheeks helps you look instantly fresh-faced. We’ve already extolled the virtues of cream blush for warmer temps, so it’s no surprise that many of my spring picks fall into that category. Sephora Collection offers some beautiful rose colors, great for contouring. I love the shimmery “coral flush” and the understated “rose glow.” Drugstore mavens will love Maybelline’s Dream Bouncy Blush. If you’re looking to splurge a bit, Chanel has some gorgeous shades — the peachy “frivole” will work on a variety of skin tones.
The spring-pastels connection is obvious to anyone who has ever dyed Easter eggs. Look to Pinterest for inspiration (pinspiration?) — pinners offer a gorgeous visual guide to using pastels on your eyes, nails and cheeks. If you’re worried about looking like a sorbet sampler, try the pastel trend in one place — “Glee’s” Naya Rivera garnered beauty buzz when she rocked a bold lavender eye (seriously, who knew that lavender could be bold?). A pastel shade will look pretty and work appropriate on your nails — I can’t wait to use RGB’s Dew.
I can’t get enough of illuminator. It can instantly brighten your look and draw attention to your best features (hello cheekbones!). The best part is that while there are plenty of products on the market, you probably already have what you need in your makeup bag. Find a light, shimmery shadow (chances are you already have one in your favorite eyeshadow palette) and dab it on the inner corners of your eyes and on your browbone. For cheeks, you can go with an actual illuminator (I love Nars Illuminator in Laguna or Orgasm) or look to tried-and-true tricks like swiping Vaseline or Aquaphor along your cheekbones.
And while you’re at it, remember that a good highlighter can work beyond your face. I like to dab it along my collarbones to make them stand out. You can also use it to get a subtle glow on bare shoulders or legs (apply to the shin area). St. Tropez has great illuminators in three shades — rose and gold will work better for warmer skin tones, if you have a cooler complexion, reach for the violet.
Trendsetter Jason Wu sent models down the Spring 2013 runways with cherry red lips. At Prada, crimson stole the show. Vogue.com explains how makeup artist Pat McGrath used CoverGirl Lip Perfection in Hot to punch up the design house’s otherwise muted beauty palette. McGrath’s team added a white line along models’ cupid’s bows to highlight the bold matte texture. Before you grab your favorite red lipstick, watch this tutorial from Hollywood makeup artist Sunnie Brook. Before I saw it, I was convinced I couldn’t pull off a red lip. Definitely try this one at home, but remember that a bold lip is, well, bold. It’s best to keep the rest of your makeup light and neutral.