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What better way to embrace the warmer weather, than to overhaul your make-up routine? Injecting a splash of colour into your make-up palette is the quickest and probably most inexpensive way to refresh your look for summer. While this seasons colours lean towards vivacious, pinks, mints, lavender, corals and pastels, your darker winter palette need not go to waste; team your winter smoky or pearly grays with spring pastels. For something a little more striking, couple up pastel or bright eye shadows with liquid black eyeliner applied thickly to the lash line.
If you’d like to relegate your wintry make-up colours to the back of the cupboard for next six months, why not put them in the fridge to keep them fresh.
Remember that you don’t need to purchase a lot of make-up to create a different facade; a simple artful technique or some colour matching can make all the difference. For example, light colours help your eyes stand out whilst dark colours recede them. Voluminous lashes are all the rage, however no need for a new mascara – just layer the one you have.
When it comes to lip service, matching hues to your hair, can give maximum effect with little effort. According to make-up guru Bobbi Brown, the best colours for blondes are pink, beige, and taupe shades; brunettes suit brown, pink, plum, sheer red and taupe shades; redheads suit peach, light brown, brownish pink, and medium pink shades. If you’d like to try the latest super saturated colours without the risk, try a sheer gloss in a bright colour.
If your lips are on the thinner side, denser pigments give the illusion of fuller lips. To make your lipstick last longer and prevent lipstick fading, first line and fill your lips with a nude pencil – if you have one handy.
When it comes to make-up application trends for spring, the general rule of thumb is: If you are going to wear a bright colour eye shadow then team it with nude lips and, if you choose a bright lipstick, opt for more natural eyes.
For an instant spring face-lift, apply your blush (best to use the colour that you get when flushed, so it looks a la natural), from the hairline over the apples of the check and back again. Blush applied below the apples of your cheeks pull down the face.
Foundation for spring is best fresh and luminous to compliment the playful bright and pastel colour story. You can achieve light, non-cakey coverage with the natural power of mineral make-up.
Before applying your make-up exfoliate the skin to slough off old skin and create a smooth canvas. Papaya is rich in enzymes papain that dissolves dead skin cells, allowing your fresh new skin to emerge.
Pre Make-up Papaya Enzyme Gel Mask
- 2 tablespoons of papaya juice
- 1 teaspoon of citrus pectin
Sprinkle the pectin into the juice and whisk to achieve a gel consistency. Apply to the skin. Once dry, remove with tepid water and a flannel.