SPRING FEVER FOR THE FACE
Spring Fever for the Face
by Mister Makeup,
aka, David Maderich DavidMaderich.com
It’s almost Spring – I swear!
Mister Makeup is fresh off the frantic Fashion Week in NYC, and although the Fall/Winter shows were rather drab, the bright lips were hot – kudos to Maybelline for being one of the sponsors.
Spring is all about color – and nothing wakes up a winter pale face faster than a jolt of color. For inspiration, take a look at celebrity stylist Sherri Jesse’s spring sensation (photo taken at my makeup class – www.davidmaderich.com/news.html). Sherri created this fabulous face with cherry red lipstick and spring’s essential trend – bleached brows.
To get the look, try a true red or purple fuchsia lipstick. Start by choosing an intense shade like Rimmel Moisture Renew Lipstick in Cherrylicious (www.rimmellondon.com for store locations or www.ulta.com) and Mineral Fusion’s Lipstick in Gem – a rich purple found at www.mineralfusioncosmetics.com. To ensure the color does not bleed or smear, fill in the lip with a pencil that matches the lip color exactly. Also, try blending a touch of translucent powder such as Make Up For Ever HD Powder at www.sephora.com around the edge of your lips to further lock in the color.
With such a showstopper smile, it’s best to keep the eyes simple – but basic doesn’t mean boring, darling. Try a sheer silver or gold for your eyes – I adore Becca’s Jewel Dust Sparkling Powder for Eyes in Aspara at www.beccacosmetics.com. Now ladies, I’m not talking about a big metallic smear on your eye – just a soft wash of silver or gold to brighten your eyes – way better than any boring beige.
To get the bleached eyebrow effect, ask your hairdresser if the look is right for you. And if you’re too timid to bleach your brows, try mimicking the effect by combing an ivory concealer (i.e. CoverGirl’s Smoother Concealer at www.drugstore.com) through your brow hairs – fabulous!
For evening, pair that silver eye with a thin stroke of black liner – wing it out for a sexy Audrey Hepburn look. To achieve the thin line, try Smashbox’s Jet Set Waterproof Liner at www.sephora.com. Have trouble getting that line perfect? Try going from the inner corner to the outer corner – only when you have the line perfected do you add the little wing at the corner of your eye. If you make a mistake, don’t hesitate to clean things up with a Q-tip and makeup remover. Remember, practice makes perfect!
Don’t forget your cheeks! A cream blush (Nars Cream Blush in Penny Lane is amazing at www.sephora.com) will wake up your complexion. Pick one that has a touch of shimmer to make your cheeks shine. I received a question this month from a reader asking – “Mister Makeup, how do I apply blush?” I have to say that’s a question I hear all the time. Here’s my foolproof way to apply blush: smile into the mirror and apply a dot of cream blush to the apple of your cheeks – using your thumbs, blend the blush. If it looks too bright, add a drop of tinted moisturizer or primer (I love Jan Marini Age Prevention Face Primer at www.janmarini.com) and blend. If you prefer powder blush, I am in love with MUD Make Up Designory Cheek Color in Soft Peach at www.mudshop.com. Use a big fluffy brush and swirl the color onto your cheeks.
Polish your look by adding some color to your nails. The hot nail color of the moment is purple – try China Glaze Nail Lacquer in Grape Pop at www.chinaglaze.com. If you prefer neutrals, the new nude is the mushroom/putty shade, which falls between gray and nude.
For makeup lovers in the New York area, be sure to put May 16 and 17 in your calendars. That’s right – the fabulous The Makeup Show is making a return visit to the big apple. With over 75 exhibitors and educators, it’s two days of fun and fashion in the world of powder and paint. For more info, visit www.themakeupshow.com.
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