Spring Make Up
The beach is months away and your face is showing the distance. Pasty, dry winter skin cries out for a glow and achieving the luminous bloom of spring is possible with expert tips and the right products. Go for the glow Achieving the luminous bloom of spring for pasty, dry winter skin is possible with expert tips and the right products. Kimara Ahnert, of the Kimara Ahnert Makeup Studio in New York City, said to begin the glow regimen with a skin care masque to hydrate dull, dehydrated winter skin. Try Skinceuticals Clarifying Clay Masque Deep Pore-cleansing Skin-refining Masque, 2-Ounce Jar “It stimulates the skin, bringing a natural, healthy glow that will enhance the look of any makeup product,” she said. Richard Class, makeup artist at bluemercury in Chicago’s Lincoln Park community, favors tinted moisturizer as foundation and suggests going a shade darker than your natural complexion. A good one to try is MD Skincare All-In-One Tinted Moisturizer Sunscreen in 6 Shades, SPF 15, 1.7 oz Bronzer is essential Cover Girl celebrity makeup artist Molly R. Stern suggests applying a light dusting of bronzer where the sun would naturally hit the face – cheek bones, bridge of nose, forehead and chin. Opt for more natural brown tones instead of terra cotta orange bronzers. Ahnert also likes illuminators in cream or powder form that add glow to the skin on tops of cheekbones and on the forehead. Try Guerlain Terracotta Bronzing Powder Eyes should shimmer Eyes for spring are awash in light, not heavy liner and dark shadows. Ahnert said neutral shades like copper, gold or champagne lit with sparkle flatter all skin tones and ages. Adding a touch of shine to the eyes’ inner corners via an almost-white, shimmery powder or cream will make them pop, she said. Class also favors a bare-eyed look, with minimal shadow and a coat of mascara, to allow glowing skin to take center stage. Try Duet Eyeshadow Chai 2.4g by DuWop Brush your lips Let your toothbrush get lips started for spring. A gentle brush exfoliates dry lips and gives a plumping effect, Ahnert said. She likes glossy lips but opts for lipstick. “The color is richer, smoother and lasts longer.” A bit of neutral shimmery eye shadow drawn subtly over the top lip can accentuate the shape. Try Bare Escentuals Buxom Lips Spring’s flush of colors Gold: Even though the economy is poor, eyes are rich with the soft, luminous glow of this neutral. Packed in everything from eye shadow to lip gloss, it runs the gamut from almost-copper to champagne. Pink: The shade of just-kissed skin is ideal, as pink becomes rosy for spring. This baby-soft tone is just a whisper on the skin, a flush of color on cheeks and lips, not a stripe or contour. Peach: Dewy, luminous skin is the perfect counterpart to coral-fused peaches this spring. This shade creates a ripe, luscious cheek to complement rosy lips. In salmon tones, it’s perfect for an evening lip color. Lilac: While purples and plums dominated the winter, lilting lilac wafts in for spring, bringing a pop of color to eyes without making them too heavy. Pair with white eyeliner to enhance spring’s baby-doll face.