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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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Emily Katz, a celebrity makeup artist, also recommends a fresh faced touch with bronzer, which should be tested on the jawline before purchase to ensure it is not too dark or too orange, and finished with light sweeps of blush. “Sometimes a really nice apricot or pinky peach blush can help give the face more life,” she notes, and blushes for darker skin tones can include hues of auburn, bronze-copper and plum. “You want it to be vivid enough to give light to the skin,” Katz explains.

Additionally, she recommends prepping skin with sunscreen, moisturizer and eye cream well before makeup applications. “You don’t want skin to be dried out, but you also want the product to be dry on the skin, otherwise the makeup can drag across it. Skin needs to blotted and dried before makeup is applied. I like tinted moisturizer as opposed to heavy foundation, because the moisturizer does double the work for you, looking very sheer and clean. And when skin is well-taken care of and beautiful, it doesn’t need to be covered up.”

Once that solidly glowing complexion is achieved, any additional colors on the eyes and lips can serve solely as a way to spice up this spring’s alluring, luminous appearance.

Bright eyes

To help eyes shine this spring, vivid notes of color in a rainbow of hues are appearing on the lids and lashes. However, there are distinct techniques you can use to apply the various shades.

“There are three different eye looks,” says Katz. “One is a smoky eye where, for this spring, you can use gray, violet, navy and deep green shadows with kohl or black liner. Another is the neutral eye, which uses light beige and amber shadows, maybe with a little taupe edged in for depth, and that can include a fine line with the liner. And the third is brighter, more pastel colors—lavender, lilac, green and blue. You don’t want them to be too pastel or chalky or you’ll look straight out of 1966, so they should be soft and sheer.”