The thought of springtime evokes many different ideas for different people. For some, it may indicate the start of a new year with a change in climate that signals the blossoming of flowers and the emergence from a deep slumber during winter. For others, it may symbolize a rebirth of sorts, starting over with a fresh, clean slate from a cold, dark season. For makeup, spring represents a transformation in not just color, but also textures and the way products are applied to the face. Pigments are brighter. Finishes make a subdued statement. Translucent skin shines through. I’ve had the chance to play around with the products from five different Spring Collections from five different iconic cosmetics brands. Here are some of my faves from each collection.
STILA Aqua Glow Serum Foundation
The Impressionist, Spring 2016
Stila introduces a collection inspired by Impressionism that represents dramatic plays on light and vivid colors. Featherweight textures using light and water create a flawless canvas. Radiance is revealed and the face becomes an illuminated work of art. The star product in this collection is this ionized water-based foundation infused with reflective pigments that deflects light and sculpts the face so skin looks natural and radiant. The serum formula boosts skins moisture levels to keep skin supple throughout the day. Lightweight enough to wear in our warm climate with an almost invisible texture.
CHANEL Sunkiss Ribbon Blush
L.A. Sunrise, Spring 2016
Inspired by the colors and tones that hit the Los Angeles skyline on a spring morning sunrise, this collection from Chanel incorporates vivid colors in blues, greens and purples against a canvas of beautiful skin. With images ranging from the glam Rodeo Drive look to the beach babe Malibu Beach look, this spring set from Chanel has something for everyone. The highlight of the collection though is the limited edition blush in an interlaced ribbon design of pink, beige and coral that instantly brightens the cheeks with a smooth satin finish. No need to layer one blush on top of the other to get that gorgeous glow.
NARS Hammamet Duo Eyeshadow
Nouvelle Vogue, Spring 2016
Nars launches a collection inspired by the fresh and calming shades of the ocean in contrast with modern neutrals. It offers eye shadows in mint, soft pink and midnight blue that are huge trends for spring. But for those who are afraid of color, the star and my favorite in the collection is the limited edition eyes hadow duo that features a matte beige and a bronze rose shade that is just perfect for that crisp, daytime look for spring. Apply the shimmer shadow all over the lids and blend towards the crease to create a soft gradation. Finish by sweeping the matte beige shadow on the brow bone to add contrast.
M.A.C. COSMETICS Chic Trick Lip Pencil
Flamingo Park, Spring 2016
Celebrate all things pink, fun and flirty with the MAC Flamingo Park collection for Spring. Inspired by the delicious colors, this one lets you have your cake and wear it too! It features eye shadows, blushes, nail lacquers, lipsticks and glosses in – you got it – all shades pink. MAC recently held a fun event to launch the collection at a penthouse garden venue complete with games and confections that will satisfy your sweet tooth. Since matte lips are still popular for spring and their pencils are popular choices to wear ever on their own, my top pick is this bright Amped-Up Fuschia Lip Pencil called Chic Trick. Be sure to prep lips with lip balm before applying all over the lips.
GUERLAIN Lip Colour in Black Perfecto
La Petite Robe Noire, Spring 2016
La Petite Robe Noire literally means “The Little Black Dress” in French, and that’s exactly what this collection from Guerlain suggests. Sleek, simple yet sophisticated. The brand created an irresistible lipstick in a soft, shiny texture to dress up your style with a strong pop of color. The winning shade in this range is Black Perfecto. Don’t be intimidated by its name. It actually applies smoothly as a soft plum shade with hints of glitter so it’s perfect to wear during the day and you can pair it with a deeper shade of lip liner for evening to add drama to your look.