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Spring is in the Air

Posted: March 31, 2008

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Corey adds that a great way to play up the eyes at any age is to use a fun, funky lining color, and Craig is also seeing a shift in lining, saying, “There is a trend toward the cat eye. It’s not the 70s diva look, but it comes along with darker lips and lighter eyes.”

Air Kisses

In creating a pretty springtime pout, there are two schools of thought this season. “Lips seem to be going one way or the other—either they have more of a prominent color and are almost opaque, or they are a lot lighter, brighter and sheer,” says Wiebelt. “What we will see happen is that women will play with a brighter gloss to achieve sheer color play.”

With lip options at both ends of the spectrum, a variety of shades are popping up. At one end, Eiseman describes the lighter look, saying, “There are the cantaloupe-y shades, vibrant colors with softer tones, and, this spring, colors are going to bring about the possibility of doing more of the subtle, soft lip color,” while at the other end, Craig matches lip hues with the cat-eye look, explaining, “Lips are the more true, deep colors. Pinks seem to be some of the hot colors, as well as mauves.”

However, the looks can be combined with the use of a blotted lipstick and sheer gloss. Explaining the unique application, Taubman-Walker says, “We are seeing that lips are berry-stained. There’s still the red lip, but the look is now making it transparent, like using a red gloss and blotting it off so you end up with just a hint of red.” To keep lips looking lovely, continues Taubman-Walker, coordinate with corresponding hues on the eyes and cheeks. “We’re working with colors that accentuate the metallics and focus more on the eyes,” he says. “The lips are soft, transparent and matte—no shine at all.”

To give a hint of romantically rich color, Bosley recommends shades such as a sweet rose hue in matte or glossy, a matte lavender-pink, shimmery medium brown, dramatic plum brown, or mixtures to create your own signature creamy pinks for a chic, casual, sexy and sophisticated look. For lips that offer a bit more edge, she suggests tones in lilac, rose and raspberry, which appear more animated and vibrant on the face.