How To Rock Spring Beauty

How To Rock Spring Beauty

Discover some easy ways to incorporate spring runway beauty into your routine.

By: Aubrey Fine

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When it comes to makeup, most women fall into one of two categories. You're either a chameleon who changes her look every season, or you're at peace with your tried-and-true shades.

If you're willing to give it a shot, it's easy to arrive at a happy medium. Find out what's making waves in the beauty community, and see what works with your sensibilities, comfort level and routine. After all, you only have so much time before someone's yelling for "mom."

Take a look at what's hot for spring, and see what appeals to you.

Nude Face
"This look is obviously easier to pull off if your complexion is already in good shape," says Los Angeles-based beauty expert Sarah Carillo, "so stay on top of your skin care regimen to minimize blemishes and fine lines."

This look doesn't require you to ditch makeup altogether—just to cut back a bit. Star by applying a pearly pink-hued highlighter under your brow bones; it's a subtle-yet-instant perk-me-up. Then use a finishing powder that softens the way light reflects off your skin. "You'll have a subtle glow, but it won't look like you're wearing anything," says Carillo.

Blue Eyes
It's hard to even type the words "blue eye makeup" without cringing a bit, but spring is the perfect season to get over our unfounded prejudice against what can truly be a flattering look. Whether it's being used to line the eye or swipe across lids in a bold block of color, blue (as showcased on runways from Marc Jacobs to Badgley Mischka) is big this season.

The key to not looking like a disco queen or tween who's just starting to experiment with color is to embrace modern shades (azure, aqua, cobalt, sapphire) and to apply in a modern way. Translation: If you're going for a blue eye—let it do the talking, and keep all other makeup extremely minimal.

Purple Makeup
If embracing a blue-hued eye is too far out there for you, why not dip your toes into the color pond with a dusting of purple? There are varied enough shades to make it universally flattering, and the color has a less intimidating reputation.

"Try purple eyeliner along your top lash line," suggests Carillo. Or, if that seems like too much, go "as simple as a purple pedicure and eventually work up to an eyeshadow."


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Carillo has some color tips, too: "The trick with that is to consider your skin tone. If you're pale, go for a lavender. If your skin is darker, go for a mauve or plum." Oh, and if you're going to embrace purple lipstick, be sure to forego any rosy blush and wear bronzer instead—you don't want to clash!

White Liner
Retro as it sounds, white eyeliner was everywhere on the spring runways. From Jenny Packham to Tibi, a simple swipe of pencil or dusting of shadow made a big difference.

As every self-respecting makeup maven knows, white eyeliner applied to the water line and/or inner corners of the eye is an instant brightener, and this season's hot look takes that effect a step further. Dust pearled shadow over lids for an ethereal, clean look; or tight-line your eyes in white for a striking, modern style.

Orange Lips
You've probably noticed that orange lips have been peering out at you from magazines and Web sites for some time now. They are front and center in a BIG way for spring, and while they might seem like a big statement to make, think of them as a springier version of the red lip.

"If you're feeling hesitant or self-conscious," Carillo says, "you can always work up to a full lip look by starting with a sheer lip gloss in an orange or peach shade." But be careful if your teeth aren't so pearly white. "Orange-hued lipsticks can bring out the yellow in your smile," she says.

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