Spring Makeup Shakeup


Spring Makeup Shakeup
The most flattering looks for your skintone – straight from the runway

Click on the image that best illustrates your skintone for chic makeup updates for day and night



Olive skin… Asian skin…


Fair skin… Dark skin…
 

Olive skin…

Your daytime update: Frosty-pink lipstick has gotten a bad rap ever since Dynasty went off the air. But when rosier, pearly versions appeared this season, they looked so luscious that we’re lusting after a modern-day shimmering pout. “Pearly lip colours today are less opaque and complement your natural lip colour instead of completely changing its shade, which made them so unflattering in the ’80s,” explains Cover Girl makeup pro Paul Venoit.

DIY: Once you’ve finished marveling at your new pink lips, brush a dusty-rose eyeshadow above and below your eyes. Add depth by layering a beige eyeshadow (one or two shades deeper than your natural skin tone) in your eye crease, extending it to the outer corner

 
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Olive skin…

After-dark add-on: Hold on to your Manolos – it’s all about vivid eyeliners.

DIY: Turquoise, purple, aqua green – pick your best shade (or wear all three, as shown here). Starting at the bottom of your inner eye corner, draw a thin line along your upper lash line to the outer eye corner. Next, swap the pearly-pink lip for a sheer red gloss.

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Olive skin…

Your spring makeup

Napoleon Perdis Eye Pencil in Lagoon, Denim and Royal Purple, $20 each.
Cover Girl Eye Enhancer in Pure Romance, $7.
Nars Lip Gloss in Babe, $28.
Marcelle Rouge Reflex in Innocence, $10.
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Asian skin…

Your daytime update: We wish every beauty routine could be as simple as using gloss. The slick texture makes it almost impossible to mess up, and it can be applied anywhere – even on your eyes – without a makeup brush

DIY: For skin this flawless, cover blemishes with concealer, then, if necessary, use foundation to camouflage any discolorations or uneven skin tone. “Keep the skin looking as natural as possible. When you’re done with the concealer, then decide if you need more coverage,” says Venoit. Use your fingers to smooth an apricot eye gloss all over your eyelids, then apply a pink satin blush high on the cheekbones, followed by a tinted lip balm to finish.

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Asian skin…

After-dark add-on: A team of luxe eyelashes and bronze eyeshadow.

DIY: No need to go all Dreamgirls glam; this calls for a kinder, gentler bronze (read: no sparkles). Place a mid-tone bronze eyeshadow over your glossy eyelid, extending it just past your crease. Get ready in a flash and skip the falsies shown here. Pile on two coats of extra-volumizing mascara instead.

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Asian skin…

Your spring makeup:

Paul & Joe Beauté Eye
Softlips Replenish Aromatherapy Lip Balm in Papaya & Soy, $5.
Cover Girl VolumeExact Mascara in Black, $9.
Revlon Molten Metal Liquid Shadow in Bronze Bomber, $16.
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Fair skin…

Your daytime update: Matte skin, a healthy glow and light-gold eyeshadow make up – this season’s “it” combo. Who can resist gold when it creates such a youthful-looking highlight – even if you’re way over 16.

DIY: Dab on concealer to cover up any imperfections, then apply a foundation best suited to your skin type. Add a rosy blush to the apples of your cheeks and a dusting of translucent powder to keep your hard work from going buh-bye. Lastly, create the mini Midas touch with light-gold eyeshadow at your inner eye corners.

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Fair skin…

After-dark add-on: Midnight-blue eyeshadow amps up eyes that even Cleopatra would covet. Use her tool of choice: a kohl pencil. Softer than regular eyeliner, kohl has loads of pigment but is super-easy to use, says M.A.C senior makeup artist Melissa Gibson.

DIY: Stroke the shade along your top and bottom lash line, then use an angled brush to fade the colour into the crease. With eyes this dark, a natural-pink lip colour is all you need.

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Fair skin…

Your spring makeup:

Cover Girl TruShine Lipcolor in Lilac Shine, $9. For where-to-buy, see Stylesource.
Shiseido The Makeup Accentuating Powder Blush in Playful Pink, $34.
M.A.C Eye Shadow in Nylon, $16.
Aveda Eye Definer in Wild Indigo, $17.
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Dark skin…

Your daytime update: Hot pink isn’t usually the go-to shade when it comes to looking polished for day, but on deep skin tones, it can look fresh. What’s the trick? Make sure this rainbow-bright colour goes on sheer to avoid any heavy-handed comments.

DIY: Dust a powder blush high on the cheekbones, moving out toward the temples. Then, brush on face powder, blending it into the skin to soften the blush into a natural-looking flush. When it comes to your lips, Gibson suggests a sheer hot-pink lip colour. Still too bright for you? Blend it with lip balm to strike an office-friendly shade.

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Dark skin

After-dark add-on: Get glam with a liberal dose of heavy-metal shades.

DIY: Smooth silver metallic eyeshadow across your eyelids and ditch your saccharine lip colour for one that’s berry red – a deeper shade to leave your mark. Oh, and forgo the lipliner – you don’t want to look too done.

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Dark skin…

Your spring makeup:

Cover Girl Eye Enhancer in Platina, $5.
Guerlain KissKiss Gloss in Cherry Fizz, $31.
Lancôme Magie Blush in Rose Alizés, $29.
Chanel Rouge Hydrabase Creme Lipstick in Marilyn, $30.
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