Spring 2012 Makeup Trend #1 & My Top 10 Product Picks for the Look
In fashion, Spring is a time when we peel off the heavy layers of winter wear and step into lighter, flirty fabrics, and soft color palettes. Everything feels loose, fresh and breezy. In makeup, we expect much of the same but in 2012 color takes a back seat to the #1 most important makeup trend…dewy, plump, moisture-rich, spa-fresh skin
What does this mean? More attention to pre and post makeup application. Lighter foundations are a spring (and summer) given but it’s what you put on the skin first that sets the stage for the effortless, almost no-makeup look to skin this season. But you don’t want to stop there…what you do with skin after makeup is applied is just as important.
A few “buzz words” used for this trend include:
- Priming : A critical prep step
- Buffing: The goal is to create a no seems finish which means buffing in products
- Spritzing: Either on bare skin as a first step, on brushes or post-makeup
- Moisturizing: Your perfect canvas thirsts for hydration
- Massaging: Working products into the skin allowing them to become as one with your skin
Highlights and gloss go a long way to give you the plumped and sporty (healthy) skin glow but it’s not to be mistaken for the heavier synthetic gloss highlighters of the past…or powders for that matter. For spring, shine is of a real skin quality. In fact, in 2012, the trend is to highlight more and contour less.
Personally, I’ve been experimenting with my highlight powders and find that if I first spritz my brush with a little finishing spray like MAC Fix+ or Sue Devitt Microquatic Luminous Finishing Mist, I can achieve a more transparent, nearly natural looking sheen to my skin.
Since the look in the Skin trend is quite natural, makeup is used to compliment the skin (polished skin being the focal point) featuring a tailored, tapered, fuller eyebrow lending to the athletic, Gabriel Reese aesthetic of Spring Skin.
I’m loving the attention to skin and have pulled out a few products to put the skin trend to the test. So far my picks for glossy, natural skin include:
1. MAC cream colored base in Shell
2. MAC cream blush in Brit Wit (a creamy alternative to powder contour)
3. MAC cream blush in Something Special (on my skin, this shade looks like I just came in from a run!)
4. Anastasia Brow Wiz in Medium Ash (I’m also using her Medium arch stencil)
5. Anastasia Clear Brow Gel (the best I’ve used to date)
6. MAC Lipglass clear gloss (used as a gloss on lips AND as a cheek highlighter)
7. Estée Lauder Spotlight (leaves a nice luminous glow to the skin but a little goes a long way!)
8. Bobbi Brown gel eyeliner in Espresso Ink (very close to the lower lash line and tightlined on the upper lash line)
9. Tarte Amazonian Clay Creaseless Concealer (it’s a fuller coverage concealer but goes on like a second skin)
10.Chanel Glossimer #41
11. I’m sneaking in one more… Glamcor Finishing brush (buff, buff, buff)
Foundation is minimal but let’s be honest, unless you have near perfect skin you’ll need a base with more coverage. Fortunately, foundation technology gives us many options for fuller coverage without the caked on, mask-like foundations of years past. Be on the look out for some new foundation launches this spring and summer from Chanel (Vitalumiere Aqua in compact form!), Estée Lauder and a few others.
Next up, Spring 2012 Makeup Trend #2 which is all about looking tanned versus looking bronzed. This is a departure in application so you can still use the products you currently own but in a more modern way.
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