Monday, February 23, 2009

What's In for Spring!

(Picture above: A gorgeous look from Smashbox's Muse Spring 2009 collections: Green & Gold Eyes)

Ah! Spring is near! Each new season brings with it new fashions and makeup trends. I'm sure many of us are eager for Spring for a host of reasons but let's get excited for the new makeup looks, colors and trends! Here are some great makeup ideas for Spring!

1)Spring is all about blended, soft looks so now would be the time to stray away from looks with harsh lines. Try a very blended heavier liner on the bottom lash line in gray, green, bronze, or navy.

2) Try gorgeous shades of pink and peach for cheeks. Experiment and maybe go a little bit brighter than your usual.

3) One trend that looks great this season is using a shimmery nude shadow and pair it with black mascara and a bright pink, red, or berry lip gloss. Add a bit of apricot blush and you'll look radiant!

4) Go Bright! Spring is the perfect time to try bright colors for eyes, cheeks, and lips! Purples, greens, pinks, corals and blues look incredible!

5) Dewy, healthy, glowing skin is in for Spring. Try mixing an illuminating tinted moisturizer with your foundation or using a luminous foundation primer to give your skin that "angel" effect!

6) For a change, switch your black mascara out for a colored one. There are great color options in all price ranges. If you don't want to be too daring, just layer a colored mascara over your normal brown or black:-)

7) Go for the gold! Gold shadows, lipsticks and glosses with gold flecks in it, and gold highlighters look so beautiful!

8) Try mixing bright shadows with gorgeous metallic shadows for a real dramatic, playful look.

9) One of my favorite spring colors for makeup is the amazing shades of lavender and lilac seen in all forms this spring. Clothes, shadows and lipsticks. (Try lipsticks likeLavender Whip by MAC or Fashion Mews from the Hello Kitty collection by MAC- They're incredible colors for Spring!)

10) Soft neutrals and pastel colors are a big trend as well and can work for so many different occasions. (I love the gorgeous Muse Artist Eye Palette by Smashbox!)

So have fun this spring and be playful-that includes your makeup! Makeup is fun, so above all, remember that being creative and having fun with makeup is the most important rule of all! Don't forget to enter the 88 Shimmer Palette Giveaway! There are perfect spring colors in that palette and you can create dozens of different looks with it! Just click on the top link at the right and comment, being sure to leave your e-mail address. That's all it takes to enter! Contest winner will be announced on Feb. 28th!