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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 all the exciting options available in shadows, liners and mascaras, from a pastel-themed lavender to bold green, the spring promises perfect, eye-complementing colors for every client.

Lip lock

For the spring, the lips are also featuring a cornucopia of colors, giving a great complement to the eye and blush hues. “Color on the lips this season can range from a cool coral to more bold geranium,” notes Santucci. “Bold color is in, but the paler pinks and apricots—lighter and softer shades—will be equally featured.”

Campbell is seeing more neutral tones on the lips, allowing for the opportunity for a bit of shine. “The lips are going much more sheer, even nude, but they still have that high gloss,” she explains, and Scott says, “I think because a lot of emphasis is on the coppery, bronzy, creamy blush on the cheeks, the lips are very soft, rosy and peachy. A little bit of tinted lip moisturizer in a light rose looks beautiful, and you could even mix a tiny bit of the lip moisturizer with your favorite lipstick to help soften the color and hydrate the lips; just dab it on.”

Offering tips about what sheer lip tones might be right for your client, and Eiseman says, “The pink champagne tone is a feathery light kind of color that’s very romantic. The tomato hue is the big red shade, but it’s more softened and has more warmth. And the orangey coral color is cooler, not as in your face. It’s mellow and flattering to more skin tones than bright orange is.”

If you have clients who are looking for a little drama, Campbell suggests, “Have them wear a pink lip with a darker liner blended in—maybe a berry or even a plum. Then use a great shimmery lip gloss on top of that.”