Spring Makeup Tips

Looking for a new makeup look for spring? Be bold! Use color! Here's how.

Spring makeup is all about fresh, youthful color!Paint from a palette of pastels, smooth on shimmer creams, and don't sacrifice the SPF.As the flowers bloom and nature regains its color, so should your face.Spring is the flirtiest season for makeup application.

Before adding color to your face, make sure you've got a clean, smooth canvas.Use a light exfoliator to remove the dull flakes of dry skin, then smooth on a tinted moisturizer with an SPF of at least 15.Skip the heavy foundation; spring's the time to let your skin breathe.

Sweep a bit of concealer under your eyes and onto blemishes, if needed.For extra eyeshadow adherence, you can apply a small amount of concealer to your upper lids, as well.Now that we've got your skin primed and glowing, let's have fun with color!

Since springs' so fresh and young, forego the contouring and sculpting you may have done in the winter, or may do again in the summer with bronzer.Smile big.Use a peachy-pink blush (complementary to all skin tones) to brighten your cheeks.Cream and liquid blushers melt into the skin best and look like the most natural flush.Using this color will make you look alert and happy, even after daylight saving's time goes into effect.We could all use a little help then.

As far as your eyes go, the keyword is "experiment!"Stray from your usual black or brown liner to play with a pretty purple, turquoise, or green.Same goes for the shadows and mascaras.A monochromatic look might be overwhelming so avoid using three colors of blue shadow, a navy blue eyeliner, AND a turquoise mascara""all on the same day.Mix it up a bit.Try coral shadow with turquoise liner and your basic black mascara, then coat just the tips of your lashes with a bright blue mascara.

Green eyes look especially bright with shades of violet, blues with orange or bronze, and hazel and brown with shades of pink shadows.Keep in mind, though, any color can look good with any set of eyes""you just have to find the right shade and consistency.That bright pink you love on your best friend may be a little too heavy for you; opt for a sheerer shade.

If your eyes are what you're trying to play up, go with a sheer nude, pink, or peach gloss.These won't overpower your eye makeup look and will prevent you from looking like you just escaped from the circus.If you think your lips are your best feature, go with a light bronze or very sheer cream shadow in the color of your choice, plus one swipe of black or brown mascara, and add pow to your mouth with a bright pink or peach.Stay away from bright red for day, but consider it for evening, if you like.Blue-based pinks and reds will make your teeth look whiter, but if you're a peachy girl, try some of the over-the-counter tooth whiteners or whitening toothpastes and your smile will be just as dazzling.

You can top with a dusting of gold shimmer powder for glow and you're done!Walk out the door feeling confident, carefree, and cute!Smile""you'll be catching people's eyes.

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