Get a spring in your step

As winter moves to spring (yes, even in the Toon there have been glimpses of sunshine) that quote from The Devil Wear’s Prada always pops into my mind: ‘Floral’s for spring, groundbreaking’. But for me, despite Meryl Streep condemning the trend, spring is all about floral pastel shades. I wan’t talk about how you can move them from the fashion in your wardrobe to the make up on your face.

Spring is all about the glow, so a good highlighter is a must. For pale skin you can’t go wrong with benefit’s High Beam – a liquid product with a built in brush is ideal for that spring season pinky pastel glow that you strive for. This product can be a little tricky to blend because its quick drying, so make sure you use either your finger or a stipling brush to pat the product onto the cheek bones, between the brows, the top of your nose and cupids bow straight. If such a liquid product is not for you I am also a fan of Kiko’s Radiant Touch stick in shade 100 ( a cheaper version of Nars illuminator in Cococabana) or the cult product that is MAC’s soft and gentle. For a darker skin, or for a more bronze highlight I’d recommend Benefit’s sunbeam or Nars illuminator in Laguna.

Spring is not Summer and is not all about the full fake tan or golden glow bronze so be careful with over-bronzing. Spring seems to be more about the blush. In my opinion, for blush there is no better shade range than MAC. My spring favourites are Melba, a soft coral pink and Love-cloud, these two are the perfect shades to give you that spring time hue and compliment the pastel shades this season. Pink and peaches are usually reserved for the cheeks and lips, but this spring they are being used on the lids too. A trend named ‘sunset streak’ has popped up in catwalks regularly, Altuzarra and Erden showed soft oranges for an earthy sunset vibe. Such trend it highly wearable on and off the catwalk, especially for girls with blue eyes as the contrasting shade will only make them stand out more.

Cirque and Swingers girls rejoice because according to trend predictions- glitter is in. The spring shows provided an easy, subtle guide to sparkle: At Kate Spade and Dries Van Noten, shimmer discreetly flashed from the upper lashes; at Delpozo, silver was sprinkled lightly across the lids like fairy dust; and at the recent Grammy awards model of the moment Bella Hadid rocked a thin silver liner, proving metallics are in and can easily be incorporated into your make up look. Despite it being spring it is still pretty windy so lip-care is essential, especially because lipstick is one of the key make up pieces to achieving spring-pinks. Anything from Burts Bees, Carmex or Vaseline will nourish the lips and stop them cracking under your lipstick. A few of my favourite lipsticks for spring are MAC Cremesheen Koi Coral, worn on models during Jeremy Scott’s spring catwalk, but if your budget doesn’t stretch to MAC, Rimmel have some gorgeous nude and pink shades especially in the Kate Moss collection.

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