Makeup is getting a make-under for spring.
Whether your seasonal wardrobe will be made up
mostly of cool neutral clothes or pop-art brights, makeup artists advise
not to go overboard
They'll create too much of a contrast with the understated pieces, and
you risk appearing cartoonish with the whole mod look.
Robyn Tamura, director of strategy and creative development for
Clinique's global education program, says if white is the base of your
outfit, the first beauty step to take is to smooth out the skin's texture.
Then brighten the eye with concealer
and work on defining the lash
line, eyelashes and brows.
"It doesn't have to be about bold colors, it's more about technique,"
Joe Costa, a makeup artist for Yves Saint Laurent, suggests a palette
that is natural in the spirit of the great outdoors, which has countless
shades of rich browns and sandy tans.
"We have a tendency with a natural look to think everything has to be
neutral, but if you look at nature that's not how it is. ... Think of when
grandma used to pinch your cheeks. That's 'natural looking,' but you have
If you have browns and beiges on the eye, Costa says to wear a rosier
shade on either the lips or cheeks -- not both. To dress up the face for
evening, use black around the eyes.
"Eyeliner is huge for spring," Costa said.
"It's about the 'natural nude face' -- that's what I call it," says
makeup artist Bobbi Brown. "It's not all beiges, it's about finding the
colors that are right for you.
"If you're very pale, nude is the color of your lips, probably a pale
pink. But if you have darker skin, what is 'nude'? It could be bronze. I'm
sure Beyonce, Jennifer Lopez and Gwyneth Paltrow all have different