Spring is no doubt a beauty season. Colors are in full bloom, and 2013 promises to bring a splash of vibrant hues on lids, lips and tips.
A little north of the visage, a thicker crop of arches are expected as the full brow makes a strong comeback, as seen on the runways of Chanel and Marc Jacobs. And though we left behind Christmas last year, tinsel tones are here to stay, as platinum, copper and bronze metallic eyes sparkle on the catwalk.
Last year, Karl Lagerfeld teamed up with Shu Uemura to create a makeup collection. This year, expect more designers to try their hand at creating capsule collections for the face. Lanvin’s Alber Elbaz is already slated to come out with a collection for Lancôme.
Here are some of our favorite trends and tips on how to wear it every day.
Put down your tweezers and step away from the mirror. Growing your brows is going to be a test of extreme patience but it will be worth it. If you’re unsure about what strong shape works best for your face shape, consult a specialist after you’ve grown your arches.
Naturally sparse? Fill in the gaps with your brow product of choice. We love the precise tip of K-Palette’s 24h tattoo eyebrow liquid pen, which lets you draw hair-like strokes for full brows that don’t look filled in.
MAC’s brow duos (out next month) pair two powders in matte and satin which blend together to create the right shade to match your brows.
Makeup artist Peter Philips used platinum eye shadow at Chanel’s show. He also recommends balancing a metallic eye with black-rimmed eyes and mascara to bring back definition to the eyes, since metallic shades can make eyes look washed out. Look for formulas that are creamy, with an almost wet look for a glistening lid, like Bobbi Brown’s long-wearing cream shadow sticks.
Red will always be a staple shade for lips, but this season, pink and poppy take center stage as the shade du jour for lips. To avoid hot pink from becoming too Barbie girl, skip the glossy, wet formulas and go for a suede or satin finish that coats the lips in color, like Revlon’s ColorStay Ultimate Suede lip color.
High-pigment paints for lips, layered on using a lip brush, will give you a bright pout with staying color. Try Sweetpea & Fay’s liquid lipstick, available at Digital Traincase (www.digitaltraincase.com).
Spring won’t be spring without a fresh crop of pastels for the eyes, cheeks and lips. Shu Uemura makeup artist John Pagaduan recommends pastel shades of cornflower, lilac, buttercup and mint blended with brown for a feminine earth-nymph look.
To wear pastel shadows on the eyes, dab color instead of rubbing or swiping. This technique will help build up the color on lids without looking chalky. Make sure to pair pale eyes with dark, spiky lashes amped up with mascara for contrast. Keep the rest of the face glowing and dewy with a multitasking blush highlighter like Benefit’s Fine One One stick.
The runways of Marc Jacobs ushered in Edie Sedgwick look-alikes with a punk edge. Meanwhile, Anne Hathaway’s close-cropped cap for “Les Miserables” has now grown into a soft pixie that is all the rage, says hairstylist Louis Philip Kee.
“Soften a short cut with a side-swept fringe; this hairstyle is bound to become a favorite, especially when the scorching summer comes,” he adds. The key to maintaining a shorn ’do is regular conditioning treatments to keep hair shiny and lustrous. Kee recommends Kérastase’s Vitacement and Pixielist intensive repair treatments.
Last year’s two-tone hair color shows no signs of waning this year as coloring experts create lighter contrasting tresses. Consumer brands are also hopping on the ombré bandwagon as they roll out DIY ombré coloring kits.
Emerald lids and tips
Pantone’s color of the year is emerald, a perfect complement to the year of the snake. This gorgeous vibrant hue can be worn on the eyes as an alternative to smoky black or gray, or rim eyes with an emerald eye pencil for a statement stare. If colored eyes aren’t your thing, wear the shade as a mani-pedi. Keep nails short to keep the look fresh and modern.
Expect your skin to reap the rejuvenating and anti-aging benefits of copper this year as skincare brands turn to this ingredient to help give sagging skin a boost. Named by Vogue as one of the “it” ingredients to look for in beauty products, copper has properties that help strengthen elastin fibers, while its natural antioxidant powers help protect skin from premature aging. Try Kiehl’s Powerful Wrinkle Reducing Cream with Copper PCA and Abyssine.