The clothing fashions this spring had an interesting and wide array
inspirations; vintage 50's and 60's, sport chic, tribal, safari and
As far apart as some of the styles were, there is one thing they
all seemed to share, there interest in feminine
Louis Vuitton was
full on feminine with light sheer fabric, soft pastel shades,
floral detailing, 'lady like' 50's blouse, skirt, heels,
with pretty makeup and a 'girly' skinny head band on 'up do'
hair. Donna Karan, Karen Walker, and Prada were just a few of the
many more designers who really expressed feminine design
The spring makeup vision, designers (and their makeup artists) combined with their clothes this year? It also ranged in look and feel, but the most dominant design visual on the runways (and surprising) was the dramatic NUDE and/or NATURAL, face. From nude no makeup neutral, to nude combined with strong brows or lips, to natural ultra raw, to natural with soft details, to super natural dialed up color, the message was clear. The natural face is a design fascination this year!
We also had the flipside from soft, in a number of designer opting for spring makeup with dramatic design, statement eye makeup. I thought Alexander Wang, Peter Som and Prada had some of the most beautiful eye makeup looks. Rodarte and L.A.M.B. certainly took this idea the furthest (and the least likely to be replicated in the real world I might add- think of the most smokey black eye makeup, and enlarge the zone in normally takes in the eye area, and you've got it).
Here is a peak at the runways of New York and Paris to give you an
idea of the spring makeup trends.
non-makeup makeup look with these makeup details; monochromatic,
neutral toned, low color
bare look to the complexion.
It came in three main forms;
Complexion-Even out your complexion with a light weight
foundation in a perfect skin tone match. Light weight powder to
minimize shine but not heavy, and not completely matte. No blush.
Brows- Objective, bold and grown out feel. Use a
little deeper than match pencil and powder in your brow makeup
application will help pick up their intensity. Depending on where
you are starting from, an existing healthy full dark brow or fair and
fine, pencil in a slightly thicker width and length. Brush to
soften, and in upward direction. Add powder to set and increase
boldness (gauge to match your comfort zone).
Need, brow grooming tools and products, try Anastasia Beverly Hills , famous for the amazing, thought of everything, eye brow products and tools; this little double ended tool, Anastasia Brow Wiz is great.
Bold Lips- The key element is color choice (and just how bold you are). Orange-reds, reds and bold pastels are popular this spring.
Love that gorgeous orange you have been seeing, but don't think you can where it? Sephora (with the help of their new expert color partner Pantone - the authority on color in design world wide) offers a quick way to figure out what specific shade of this top color of spring makeup trends 2012, is going to work for you. ( I did it and this is the lip shade that works for me, Sephora Collection Lip Color Sunset Dream, now if I can get up the nerve.)
Like the NUDE Face, the NATURAL Face is a non-makeup makeup look, however, the makeup details enhance the 'natural' , not the neutral, elements.
The NATURAL face also had a range of finishes:
PURE Natural Face- As
light a weight foundation as you can afford for
as sheer and natural look to the skin as possible. Dust only areas of
excessive shine. Choose a sheer cream blush in a natural hue (coral
shade popular) working the apple, moving from the center out , blending
well. Emulate a light weight glow, and cream will help create
dewy skin feel. Finish with a little
mascara, well combed lashes and a natural tint lip balm.
SOFT Natural Look- Use the natural face tip above as a starting point, and then add soft neutral shadow definition for the eyelids in go to shades like taupe, skipping the eye liner, and finishing with a natural finish mascara and a soft coral-pink lip shade.
SUPER Natural Glow-
Again, use the natural face as a starting
point, then dial your blush and lip applications up a notch (don't go
too far, you are not on a runway making a design statement).
My personal favorite for natural finish blushes are made by Tarte (cheek stain, and amazonian clay are beautiful in color, and finish).
If Michael Kors has got your attention with his sun swept on safari/ tribal looks, use a sheer bronzer in a shade only one darker than your own (sure thing, fool proof natural looking, worth the premium price tag, easy to use powder bronzer: Guerlain Terracotta Bronzing Powder).
Dick Page was the professional artist for M.K.'s show and said he also used creamy gold eyeshadow at the inner corners of the eyes, finishing with mascara and caramel colored lipstick.
Definitely a shift from the style directions of the NUDE and NATURAL looks but it is by no means overdone. VINTAGE PRETTY captures simple elegance. The look of the makeup is clean, flawless complexion, soft lips and cheeks and pretty, lined, lash oriented eye makeup.
Flawless, clean, glowing complexion... achieved with light weight foundation, or tinted moisturizer, concealer to trouble zones, followed by a light dusting of sheer powder. Luminizing product like Benefit Highbeam or Tinted moisturizer like Smashbox Sheer Focus in Luminance will really help create that subtle glow.
Soft Cheeks & Lips- Choose a coral shade, and similar low key shade for lips. Application objective is to create a very soft glow to the cheek, and finished lips. Try fade free and flawless Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush in a shade like Tipsy-coral or Dollface-light pink.
Pretty Eye Makeup- The feel is elegant, pretty, perfect eye makeup. Louis Vuitton had their models' upper lids precision lined with black liner, and lashes beefed up with false lashes and lots of black mascara. Eye lids had neutral low key shades of shadow color, and lower lashes had soft mascara, and light or no shadow definition.
Precision Eye Line- whether creative, 'over the top' dramatic styling of lines or tight lash line placement, these two makeup products are awesome; Gel Eyeliner (MAC Fluidline or Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Eye Liner are great products) and a fine liner brush (again MAC and Bobbi Brown excellent makeup brushes and tools) are easy to use, more forgiving than liquid liner with non professional hands at work, and will achieve almost any of your eye liner style ideas.
Smokey Eye Makeup- Blending
and smudging are the name of the game for smokey eye makeup
styles. So, choosing a quality, pigmented shadow, smudgable
pencil liner and tools like medium eye shadow brush, blender and smudge
brush, are the perfect arsenol.
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