Latest Stories


Make way for bold brows, punk mod fusion, matte pastel and poppy lips


KATIE Holmes wears Bobbi Brown’s Long- Wear Cream Shadow Stick in Bark.

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.

Strong brows

BOLD brows are in full swing this season.

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.

Gilded lids

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.

Pucker punch

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.

SATIN or suede formulas help bright lip color look sophisticated.

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).

Matte pastels

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.

Pixie revival

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.

BENEFIT’S Fine One One

“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.

Ombré overload

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

EXPECT more designer-artist collaborations in makeup and skincare.

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.

Copper tone

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.

Follow Us

Follow us on Facebook Follow on Twitter Follow on Twitter

Recent Stories:

Complete stories on our Digital Edition newsstand for tablets, netbooks and mobile phones; 14-issue free trial. About to step out? Get breaking alerts on your mobile.phone. Text ON INQ BREAKING to 4467, for Globe, Smart and Sun subscribers in the Philippines.

Tags: 2013 , beauty , Lifestyle

Copyright © 2014, .
To subscribe to the Philippine Daily Inquirer newspaper in the Philippines, call +63 2 896-6000 for Metro Manila and Metro Cebu or email your subscription request here.
Factual errors? Contact the Philippine Daily Inquirer's day desk. Believe this article violates journalistic ethics? Contact the Inquirer's Reader's Advocate. Or write The Readers' Advocate:
c/o Philippine Daily Inquirer Chino Roces Avenue corner Yague and Mascardo Streets, Makati City, Metro Manila, Philippines Or fax nos. +63 2 8974793 to 94
  1. Ford Mustang turns 50 atop Empire State Building
  2. Are your favorite malls open this Holy Week break?
  3. ‘Labahita a la bacalao’
  4. This is not just a farm
  5. Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Nobel laureate, dies at 87
  6. Clams and garlic, softshell crab risotto–not your usual seafood fare for Holy Week
  7. Sarah Geronimo and Matteo Giudicelli sing ‘All of Me’–and we all swoon
  8. Why is the lifestyle set now afraid to wear jewelry–before Kim Henares?
  9. Moist, extra-tender blueberry muffins
  10. How Vitamin B can be a remedy for ‘manhid’ and neuropathy
  1. Dominique–Gretchen and Tonyboy Cojuangco’s daughter–now an endorser
  2. Why is the lifestyle set now afraid to wear jewelry–before Kim Henares?
  3. Marcos grandson to wed beautiful Rocha scion
  4. Sarah Geronimo and Matteo Giudicelli sing ‘All of Me’–and we all swoon
  5. Are your favorite malls open this Holy Week break?
  6. How Vitamin B can be a remedy for ‘manhid’ and neuropathy
  7. France makes work beyond 6 p.m. illegal
  8. Ever heard of HydroBob?
  9. 90 percent of Filipino households don’t practice proper toilet hygiene, sanitation
  10. Boots Anson-Roa to wed in Eddie Baddeo
  1. Mary Jean Lastimosa is new Miss Universe Philippines
  2. Did Angara ruin Pia Wurtzbach’s chances at Bb. Pilipinas?
  3. Dominique–Gretchen and Tonyboy Cojuangco’s daughter–now an endorser
  4. Manila in shock over model Helena Belmonte’s death
  5. Vinegar test helpful vs cervical cancer
  6. From Jeannie to mom of suicide victim
  7. San Vicente beaches hidden but not for long
  8. Borgy and Georgina are back; others are off–again
  9. Sen. Angara: I thought Pia Wurtzbach gave a good answer
  10. Why is the lifestyle set now afraid to wear jewelry–before Kim Henares?


  • Suspected militant, son killed in Thailand’s south
  • Iran mother spares life of son’s killer after campaign
  • Japan to hunt fewer whales in Pacific this season
  • Deal brings no immediate change to eastern Ukraine
  • China says one-fifth of its farmland is polluted
  • Sports

  • Pacquiao shorts in Bradley fight sold for P1.7M in LA auction
  • Ryu pitches Dodgers past Giants
  • Alonso sets the pace in Chinese GP practice
  • Heat seek Three-peat but Spurs, Pacers top seeds
  • Can Spurs get back at Heat? Can they survive West?
  • Lifestyle

  • Levine designs womenswear with help from fiancee
  • Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Nobel laureate, dies at 87
  • Ford Mustang turns 50 atop Empire State Building
  • Pro visual artists, lensmen to judge Pagcor’s photo contest
  • ‘Labahita a la bacalao’
  • Entertainment

  • EXO postpones release of mini album ‘Overdose’
  • ‘X-men’ filmmaker slams ‘fabricated’ sex attack claims
  • Singer Chris Brown’s bodyguard on trial in DC
  • Whoopi Goldberg debuts as marijuana columnist
  • ‘X-men’ director accused of sex assault on teen boy
  • Business

  • Italy sells luxury state cars on eBay
  • Asian shares mostly up in quiet trade
  • Dollar up in Asia on US jobs data, Ukraine deal
  • Barbie doll has a problem
  • Oil prices mixed ahead of long Easter weekend
  • Technology

  • Nokia recalls 30,000 chargers for Lumia 2520 tablet
  • Facebook rolls out ‘nearby friends’ feature
  • Netizens seethe over Aquino’s ‘sacrifice’ message
  • Filipinos #PrayForSouthKorea
  • Taylor Swift tries video blogging, crashes into fan’s bridal shower
  • Opinion

  • Editorial cartoon, April 17, 2014
  • A humbler Church
  • Deepest darkness
  • ‘Agnihotra’ for Earth’s health
  • It’s the Holy Week, time to think of others
  • Global Nation

  • DoH denies Filipino nurse no longer positive for MERS virus
  • WHO warns vs spread of MERS-Cov, urges vigilance in taking precautions
  • Last call for nominations to ’14 Presidential Awards
  • San Francisco business coalition slams proposed tax on sugary drinks
  • A ‘time-travel’ production of ‘Les Miserable’ at Stanford