The aim of this look is really fresh and pretty. Think spring flowers and the fresh glow that the soft sun starts to give your skin after a long pasty winter.
Less is more and colour should be subtle hints rather than full on bold. Give your skin a gorgeous healthy lift; apply tinted moisturizer by Laura Mercier to your skin with a fibre optic brush, using circular motions to whip it on lightly, preventing the product from sitting in fine lines. skin should look real and soft and Laura Mercier’s tinted moisturiser gives a lovely light coverage, and a soft, radiant glow. If you don’t have a brush the warmth of your fingers will surfice.
Make sure you blend down the ‘v’ of your neck, because that is where the sun doesn’t hit, so it is always slightly lighter underneath your neck, and it is important not to forget to include it when applying your foundation.
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When you are testing your foundation colour, test against your chest and not your neck, as I said the neck is lighter, but your chest is more of a truer colour to your face shade.
Next, use a concealer. I use Laura Mercier’s Secret camouflage for this part of the look. It is my all-time favorite concealer, as it has just the right consistency without looking cakey. Use it under your eyes, and with this product you can go between using the light and the darker shade. If you have darker circles beneath your eyes, then the peach colour is ideal to begin with and then you can blend it in to the rest of your skin colour by using the lighter shade too. Concentrate mainly on the dark rings beneath your eyes as you don’t want to cake your entire undereye, the skin is thin here and excess product collects within lines.
You want your skin to look nice and bright, and light – if you think of the spring and all of the flowers blooming, this is the thing you are trying to mimic. Use your finger to pat the concealer under your eye. Never pull the skin here, as it is very fine and so you need to be delicate with it. Then use the concealer anywhere else where you may need it – around your nose, or on any blemishes.
Now it is time to add a little bit of a glow to the skin, but without looking like you have a tan. At this stage of the look, I use Laura Mercier’s Gel Bronzer, and I apply it using my foundation brush again. So using a brush pop it onto the tops of your cheekbones, then on to your forehead, where your temples are, and then over the bridge of the nose slightly, and over the chin and under the neck. The idea is to have no lines, and just create a natural glow to your skin. Blend any hard edges away using a clean brush on your face and neck, then use your fingers to work that in.
Next, it is time to add a little highlighting. I use Mac’s Cream Highlighter called Pearl. Just dot that along your cheekbone to give it a slight sheen.
Now, take a coral colour lipstick, I’m using Mac’s Costa-Chic and use it on your
lips and cheeks. This adds another lovely healthy glow. Using another brush, a small fibre optic one, pop the colour onto your cheekbone using circular motions and take it over the apples of your cheeks. Use your fingers and really work it in, so there are no lines. You want it to give you a natural glow, similar to what you have after going for a run, and it gives a fresh English rose look. Then pop the same coral colour onto your lips, patting the product in so it looks like a stain.
Now it’s time to do your eyes, I’ve chosen lovely green and turquoises within one of Dior’s five-colour palettes for this part of the look. Using a fluffy brush, take the middle shade, which is a light green. Dust it over your lower lid. Don’t take it up to the crease line, because it needs to look like a hint of colour rather than anything too bright. You can pat more of the shadow on using your finger; this will intensify the colour.
Take a smaller brush, and choose a shimmery lighter shade of green. Pop it into the inner corner by your eye. Lastly take a darker green shade, and add that to the outer corner of the eyelid, this will add shading and definition. Use the fluffy brush to blend it in. Stay away from the socket line, as you want to keep it fresh and avoid being overpowering with colour.
To add more definition to your eyebrows, use a brow gel. I use one by Tweezer Man. Sweep the eyebrows up to set them and give them more definition.
When you are curling your eyelashes, keep pumping them. By doing this it gives them a nice curve, without bending them. If you pump the curler ten times per lash, it will really open up your eyes even before adding the mascara.
It is time to add mascara at this stage of the look. I like MaXFactor’s False Lash Effect Mascara. Sweep from the roots of the lashes, zigzag as you go. Pull them straight upwards. Mascara can make your lashes look flirty if you pull them to the side, but by pulling them up you will give them a nice natural, fresh and wide awake appearance. Define them by pulling them straight upwards. Look down into a mirror; this will avoid getting smudges on your face. Add a tiny bit to the bottom lashes.
Finish the look with a translucent powder – use a large brush to sweep over any areas you do not wish to be shiny – so mainly the t-zone, which is across your forehead and down your nose.
I hope you enjoy this lovely Spring look