This season’s spring make-up look, as always, celebrates impeccable complexions, whether full make-up that gives a glamorous look where the emphasis is a bold lip or a soft romantic, wearable look where you concentrate on lashes and brows with a muted, translucent lip such as a favourite red berry or coral colour mixed with a balm or a textured lip tint.
Going into warmer months this season’s golden or tanned look definitely uses the emphasis of a smokey, smoldering eye, but in shades of bronze to give a harmonious, warm look as the summer approaches.
Whilst easy to achieve in a photographic shoot with makeup, lighting and digital enhancements, how do you create a flawless looking complexion finish that is the basis of all of these looks and will stand up to the harsher, brighter truths of daylight and to your friends, family and work colleagues’ scrutiny?
You definitely need to choose a make-up base that is correct for you and correct for your complexion cover needs. That does mean that for good complexions, the BB and CC creams with a bit of concealer can offer a fresher spring look – but if you have an older or problematic skin, such as needing to cover over spots, dark circles, pigmentation and broken capillaries, creating a fresh skin look requires more work.
Try experimenting at home and you will probably need to go one of two ways: can you get away with a lighter textured base such as a BB or CC cream, if you use concealment, for example, for dark circles around the nose and on the odd breakout? If the answer is no, the next level of cover would be more the serum texture of foundation such as Japonesque Luminous Foundation or bareMinerals BARESKIN Pure Brightening Foundation which give a lovely, supple, moist finish to a dry or dehydrated skin.
Versatility of finish, where you can get from light to full coverage with a single product would be your all-in-ones such as your Laura Geller Balance n Brighten Baked Foundation, bareMinerals Original Foundation, or Eve Pearl HD Dual Foundation and Mally compacts in either cream or cream-to-powder forms. The trick with these is to use different application techniques such as different brushes to get from a light to a full coverage on various areas of the face, where needed.
If you are going for and needing full coverage, bear in mind that sometimes layering a different textured product will give a result that doesn’t look as thick, such as using a separate concealer or a BB or CC cream as a base to build from.
To give the luminous, supple finish that makes the skin look modern and not made up, try loading up more moisturisers and serums, especially at night time. Increase exfoliation if your make up is looking a bit flat or breaking up and switch to a more hydrating or plumping primer to give a softer finish to foundation, such as Mally’s Perfect Prep Primer or bareMinerals Original. A good trick can also be using Judith Williams Magic Make-up to give a more flawless base and building a concealer and/or a powder based foundation on top which goes extremely well.
Don’t forget the legendary trick and a personal favourite of mine, apply a James Read facial tanning product once a week, especially concentrating more on the neck and décolletage to help even complexion contrast and using once to twice a week, add natural but not an obvious looking self-tan which hides the look of dark circles, pigmentation, spots and broken capillaries and makes your foundation base work easier.
To finish surface texture to look more spring-like, you need to create a more effortless, subtle looking blush. This can be done by applying a regular blush but with a larger brush than normal, but a definite must-own would be the tint/balm cheek colours such as Stila, Benefit Lollitint, Judith Williams and Doll10.
When applied, they give a supple look to the cheek with is always useful and daylight forgiving. A top tip is always to blend quickly so that they don’t go on too strong in the wrong area. If you are not good at blending, some of them can be applied with a stipple brush and blended on the back of the hand first. An easy spring look is also to apply a small amount of these cheek textures as a lip and eye base too.
Highlighting is best done at this time of year in one of two ways. Either refine your technique so that the top of your cheek and underneath your brow has no clouding from accent shadow and blush colours which will create a natural highlighter from your foundation based products. Or, if using a highlighter, make sure it is a liquid or a balm texture such as Benefit High Beam, or Josie Maran Argan Illuminiser.
Once you have customised your complexion work, it’s up to you whether you then add to this; this seasons naked soft eye, blue denim eye, golden goddess smokey eye or clean, sharp, structured lined eye.
In general the lip area and texture is softer and glossier than the formal winter lip unless of course you are using a perfect modern lipstick colour and texture such as Mally to create a spring statement to co-ordinate with accessories such as jewellery and clothing.
I hope you enjoy creating your new spring look and using different techniques along with some old favourite makeup products and experimenting with some new season textures and colours. I would love you to send me your photos of your new spring looks and how you created them.
Post them on my facebook page, and you never know – you may see your picture on a future blog post, or even on air!