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Spring Clean

By Abby Penning March 2007 issue of Skin Inc. magazine

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Spring is the time of year when Mother Nature gives herself a makeover, trading brown grass for green lawns, replacing an overcast sky with one in deep blue and highlighting her assets with bright pops of pink and yellow. So it only makes sense to follow suit and indulge in fresh new makeup colors for the coming season.
        “Colors for spring are reflecting a lot of light,” says Roberta Hughes, president and CEO of Avidere, LLC. “Not only are they making the visual weight a lot lighter, they are more freeing and uplifting, not so intense.”
        Breathing life into the quickly fading winter months, the hot trends and colors in makeup are moving out of the deep, serious fall tones and into the light hues of spring. Toned down and elegant, yet still with an edge of playfulness, the primary colors for the season’s makeup take their cue from the nature-inspired feel of spring and include deep blues, faded greens, taupes, khakis, warmed-up pinks and coppery corals.

The eyes have it
      Playing up the eyes is one of the strongest trends this season, moving away from the heavy focus on the mouth that has been popular in seasons past. “The hot color palette for eyes will see a return to the shimmery look—bronzes, pale golds, pale pinks, opal and very soft dark blues,” says Maurice Stein, Hollywood makeup artist and founder of Cinema Secrets. The oceanlike blues are especially popular because they enhance the natural eye color, says Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute and author of More Alive with Color (Capital Books, 2006).
      A warming trend with russet and purpled earth tones, as well as a hint of gold, is also in this spring. “Earth tones are great, neutralizing colors that you can spice up a bit with a pop of color,” says Hughes.

Palatable pout
      Just because the eyes are experiencing a renaissance of color doesn’t mean the lips should be neglected, however. Pale shell pinks, tan-tinted corals and nearly nude-hued lips are the best picks for this spring, designed to highlight the eyes without overpowering them. “It’s a great color for the lips, like pink warmed up,” says Hughes.
      The golden trend continues in the lips as well, with colors such as sandy rose, shimmery gold and coppery pink lightening up the mouth for spring. And, though matte shades still are popular, lips with a touch of gloss and shimmer are very hot.

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