Brighten Up Your Spring Makeup Look

As the sun inches a little bit closer to this here state of ours and summer threatens to come too early, not only are the days a lot sunnier, but even my wardrobe seems to be getting brighter. For example, today I sported a hello-I’m-wearing-a-super-bold neon pink shirt and a matching neon green headband. So obviously for me, switching my wardrobe from fall/winter to spring/summer is no challenge. However, I realized that there was another part of my style that didn’t seem to match this new sunny disposition of mine—my makeup.

So I went on an Internet hunt for some great ways to update my spring makeup look and now I’m sharing them with you!

Usually my eye shadow tends toward a palette of well, brown and bronze and pink. I honestly never really thought to venture into the blue zone until Elle made it sound this good:

Waves of blue washed over eyes at many of the spring 2012 shows. Try the look at home with M.A.C Chenman Mineralize Eye Shadow Duo in Love Cycle and Nars Soft Touch Shadow Pencil in Dark Rite.

This colored liner look is amazing and I can’t get over it. This may take a bit of courage… but do muster some and try it with me. I mean I can only imagine the colorful possibilities. Find the tutorial at

Thanks to the savvy ladies of the (of which Miss Lauren Conrad is one) we have a chart for pretty spring pink lip colors. All you have to do is pick one, here is what the ladies at tbd have to say:

FAIR: For a pale pink like Anna Paquin’s, try Hourglass Femme Rouge in Edition, the color I used Sunday night on her. For a petal pink like Emma Stone’s, makeup artist Rachel Goodwin used Revlon ColorBurst Lipgloss in Crystal Lilac. And for a bright pink lip like Michelle Williams’, makeup artist Angela Levin blended two shades together; Chanel Rouge Coco in Paradis + Destinee.
TAN: For a pale pink like Selena Gomez’s, makeup artist Jenn Streicher used Chanel Rouge Allure Laque in 76. For a petal pink like Li Bingbing’s, unfortunately I couldn’t track down her makeup artist, but I’m obsessed with Bite Beauty Luminous Creme in Granache and it’s a close match. And for a bright pink lip like Cameron Diaz’s, her makeup artist Robin Fredriksz used Lancome Rouge in Love in Love in Roses.
DARK: For a pale pink like Octavia Spencer’s, her makeup artist Valerie Noble used a light shimmer gloss like Iman Luxury Shimmer Gloss in Velvet. For a petal pink like Maya Rudolph’s, makeup artist Molly Stern used NARS Matte Velvet Pencil in Never Say Never with Laura Mercier Lip Gloss in Bonbon on top. And for a bright pink like Rashida Jones’s, makeup artist Jamie Greenberg used Emani Hydrating Lip Color in Drama Queen.

And finally cheeks! Makeup Maven Bobbi Brown tells us how to get a spring look with Bobbi Brown award winning blush. I suggest using ‘Apricot’ for the perfect “peachy” look:

Apply on the apples of cheeks using the Blush Brush, blending up into the hairline, then downwards to soften. Finish with a pop of brighter blush, applied just on the apples of cheeks. For a shimmery glow on cheeks, follow with a Shimmer Brick Compact.

By Kristianne Young

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