Three Make-Up Looks for Spring
freshen up your look with these tips
spring means many things to many people – but it mostly means pink lipstick.
Well... it does to us.
We recently spent an afternoon at Luminosa learning how to 1) apply make-up like an adult, and 2) turn those newfound tricks into beautiful spring looks. Knowing that life is busy, make-up artist extraordinaire Ellie Burgoyne worked with us to create looks that layer on top of one another. That means you can go from a morning at the farmer's markets to date night drinks with just a couple of extra products stashed in your handbag.
That's just kind of genius, to be honest.
This look is all about your skin. Make-up is moving away from layers and layers of caked-on foundations, and more towards lighter and fresher looks. About time. The subtle colours here are guided by skin tone – in Kristy's case, slightly olive while still fair.
Ellie prepped Kristy's skin first with an exfoliating toner and hydration spray. By correcting the skin first and ensuring it's well hydrated, the make-up sat on the skin evenly. Then, after the primer, she worked in a tinted moisturiser. This look is very subtly about the eyes, with a light dusting of a neutral-pink eye shadow, a flick of mascara and a bit of colour to the brows. Finally, a very soft lip balm completes the look. The whole thing can be done in a few minutes.
here comes the sun
This next look is about adding dimension to the face with bronzer and highlighter.
As well as that lit-from-within glow, the brows are stronger, there's a smudge of eyeliner and a neutral glossy lip. The lip plumper gloss creates fullness and shine without excess stickiness.
Safe for day or night, the look can be ramped up with more or less bronzer as the occasion calls for. There's enough structure to the face here without needing a full contour routine (thank God for that...), so is perfect for a busy woman on the go. How gorgeous would you feel having drinks with your man or meeting the girls for dinner like this?
If, like us, you don't know where to put highlighter, go and stand in the sun with a mirror. Now look at where the sun is touching your face – on all the high points of your face (especially cheeks, nose and forehead) as well as your collarbones and shoulders. A light dusting of highlighter in those places will really make them shine in a way that's sexy and natural.
This look is about adding a bit of colour, and dayyyum. Look at that lippie!
Much to our surprise, the eyeliner Ellie used on Kristy is actually purple (she would have used a navy on blue eyes). By using a brush, the look is a bit softer than it would be if applied directly with the eyeliner pencil. It's a bit less 'done', and only looks better as the evening progresses. A beautiful pink lip screams spring, and this gorgeous hydrating one is winter-lips friendly.
Anyone else feeling a bit more ready for Polo now?