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Spring is in the Air

Posted: March 31, 2008

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Eiseman is also a fan of mixing the vivid makeup shades with classic standbys in more muted hues. “Using neutrals, you get something you can wear for several seasons and then accessorize with some of the more trendy pops of color,” she says. “In a time when people are concerned about politics, the election, the war and so on, some vitality in cosmetics can be a lift.”

However, sticking to the classics doesn’t mean you have to bypass the season’s latest trends—just find what works best for each person. “A lot of times people like to try the new colors, but still want to be safe,” explains Corey. “If you are used to wearing just brown or neutral colors but see and like the new green shades, go with what you are used to, but break out of the box with a green, fresh eyeliner. You don’t have to totally change yourself.”

Another way to create personalized looks with spring’s new hues is to focus the bursts of brilliance on particular parts of the face. “In makeup, pair vibrant colors with more classics—it’s the best way to experiment and play with color,” recommends Wiebelt. “Try a bright eyeliner with a neutral face, or pair a neutral and classic makeup with a brilliant, prominent lip color.”

Also important to keep in mind is a woman’s own natural coloring, such as skin tone, and eye and hair color. “Women with deeper skin tones often have problems finding foundations that match, but foundations with warm golden tones tend to melt seamlessly into the skin,” suggests Bosley. She also recommends women with darker skin go for bolder colors, such as burgundies, chartreuses and turquoises.

Spring Fling

With its exciting flashes of color and innate glow, springtime is the perfect time to invent a new, refreshing look for your clients—and even yourself. Whether creating a bold statement with brightly lined eyes and whisper-soft lips, or merely using blushes of pink and orange to grace lids and cheeks with touches of warmth, Eiseman recommends seeing makeup as an extension of the woman. “It’s viewing the face as a palette and using makeup in an artistic way,” she says. “There are a lot of women who don’t do that, but makeup as art will be a big influence for the next year.”