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By: Abby Penning
Posted: February 26, 2009, from the March 2009 issue of Skin Inc. magazine.
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Going green with washes of color on the lids and lining below the lashes gives the eyes a standout quality, while pale pink glossed lips and cheekbone-defining blush keep things light and springtime fresh. Makeup by jane iredale.

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Colored mascaras are even popping up, Mendelson mentions, and they are great complementary pairings for eye colors. “Use bright wine colors for blue eyes, purple for green or hazel eyes, and blue for brown eyes,” he advises. Given the array of beautifully bold options for lids and lashes, there definitely seems to be a color certain to catch the eye of almost everyone this spring.

A pleasing pout

The mouth will be downplayed more for the spring, but that doesn’t mean lovely shades of pink, coral and copper aren’t giving the lips their own special treatment. “Lip colors are sheerer and lighter. There are some strong colors, such as the reds, that are extending into spring, but it’s going to lighten up in terms of the opaqueness,” Mendelson observes. “There’s a sheerer version of pink I see as being popular, but there’s always a range of what women want—everything from apricot to brick.” Corey suggests that the perennially popular pinks do have an extra touch this season, saying, “The pink lip colors can be fresh on anyone—it doesn’t matter what color the skin is. They are able to move from the lightest to the darkest skin tones.”

The bronzes and coppers that were big on the mouth last year are continuing this year as well, Mendelson notes, “And lipstick is definitely back,” he says. Additionally, balancing the eyes with color on the mouth is essential. “When the eyes are bold, pair them with a neutral opaque lip in beige or pinkish beige,” Wiebelt offers. “When the eyes are kept with a nude pallet, pair them with a vibrant lip.” For Luque, keeping daytime lips to a whispery minimum with subtle shades of peach and pink helps give bolder colors an extra punch when slipping into the occasional saturated hue.

An emerging trend in gloss is something Luque is watching, as well. “For lips, it’s definitely not heavily glossed—they are a little more matte and sheer—but also look for some black and sheer berry-toned lip glosses that are hitting for spring. Black is a great color to mix with bright feminine hues, such as pinks in soft to bright tones, in order to add a bit of glamour, and I’ve seen sheer black glosses to full coverage ones, so help your client choose the one that best suits her comfort level.”

“Having that gloss on top can still let someone be trendy with the lip color they feel comfortable wearing,” explains Corey. “It includes just the right amount of color to be wearable for everyone.” So dark or light, matte or glossy, rich lip or with just a hint a gloss, a pretty pout can be as played up or down as you prefer for the sunny spring and summer months.

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