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Sheer Delight

By: Abby Penning
Posted: February 24, 2010, from the March 2010 issue of Skin Inc. magazine.
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With this plethora of great cosmetics in lively hues available, now is the time to discover the colors and items you want to recommend to clients to be a part of spring’s biggest makeup trends.

Fresh face

Some of the greatest developments in cosmetics are those that aim to enhance the skin, which is an ideal benefit for spa professionals. It also reflects the popularity of a beautiful complexion this spring. “One of the first things that comes to mind for me in terms of spring makeup is a lot of very nice, flawless, dewy skin. It’s a very fresh face,” says makeup artist Tacha Scott. “The cheeks are going more into a bronzy-copper kind of look with a touch of rose for warmth.”

Santucci also notes, “Skin is featured in a big way, allowing it to be luminescent and creating an opportunity for it to really shine.” To get the look, Berry recommends a good mineral makeup liquid foundation.

Of course, that doesn’t mean a little highlighting of the features isn’t in order. “Skin has a great natural shimmer that helps it look glowy without being greasy,” says beauty expert and celebrity makeup artist Candace Corey. “The shimmer is mostly focused on the cheekbone-eye area and down the nose.” Campbell notes, “I’m seeing just sheer washes of bronzer color on the cheeks and the face, perhaps applied with a fan brush. It gives the face a soft glow, and then you can set off cheekbones with hints of terra-cotta tinged pink.”

The extra touch of color blush can provide a healthy look to the face. “I think we’re still in a time where we’re seeing blush come back, but it’s a lighter touch for spring,” Berry explains. “Don’t be afraid of a nice pink, but it’s not the same pink it was eight years ago. The products are more mature, and they help give the cheeks a nice sun kissed, natural look.”