The beauty of this spring’s makeup trends is that there is a look to suit everyone. Universally flattering for every eye color, purple shadow continues making a comeback, with gorgeous new shades from prestige brands including Nars down to Revlon at your local drugstore. Purple shades of liner, shadow, or mascara (or all three) can add drama or rocker edge to little black dresses at night, or give a white gown an exotic, orchid-like tropical flair.
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Eyeliner, especially black and colored liquid liners, have been upstaging false lashes and loads of mascara as the dramatic eye statement of choice. For day, a thin line in dark brown or black is classic, but for night, anything goes, with dramatic cat eye shapes that go beyond the natural outline of the eye. For lips, bright shades of vermillion, orange-red, and bright coral make a statement against a natural fresh face with a light dusting of bronzer.
Orange tones are definitely the new red for spring 2011. Shove the baby pink lipgloss aside for a dramatic fuschia or bright pink lipstick; a womanly statement with full-on lipstick versus a light gloss is the way to go, especially for evening.
Stars like tattoo artist and reality star Kat Von D, who has a line at Sephora, are making loads of dramatic makeup, pin-up style, in style, even in sunny Los Angeles.
In addition to bronzers, which are big for spring as well as summer, blush is ranging from natural creamy tones in rosy shades that compliment bolder lips to peachy colors that work well with orange-toned lip shades.
So how do these looks match up to your wardrobe? An orange or orange-red lipstick shade would look fresh and fashion-forward with this white Jovani column dress at a formal event versus a dark or red lip, or a gloss that might look washed out. Meanwhile, imagine how a swipe of bold purple liquid liner would liven up this sequined minidress from Issue NY.
While these are fantastic looks for night, for day, try one of the taupe or green metallic shadows seen on the runways with a khaki shirtwaist or ecru shift dress. And remember: if all this color overwhelms you, or you are wearing one of spring’s vivid print dresses, you can always rely on basic black liner, mascara, and clear lip balm or gloss.