It’s Spring time in Brisbane which means fireworks, festivals, fashion, fiestas and fun!! Compliment your sunny spring outfits with the latest makeup trends. Playful and bright fashion and makeup is back! Below are some of the hottest make-up trends for the season of Spring 2011. A word of advice – don’t try all of these looks at once! Remember the golden rule of makeup either emphasise the eyes or the lips not both at once or it could end up looking over the top (images of me at my school formal comes to mind – Scary!!) Subtle bursts of colours look amazing – plan your look first then have fun with it!!

Fuchsia Cheeks – Fuchsia and lively pinks will make you glow this spring! Napoleon colour disc in fuchsia is great to achieve the fresh, flushed look. It had a very strong pigment so only use a very small amount on your brush. To apply, start at the edge of your nose and gradually build up the color from the apples of your cheeks to the cheek bones. Add a sand beige sparkle dust to highlight the tops of you cheek bones. Fuchsia cheeks look pretty and fresh during the day. Add some light foundation, concealer, mascara and lip balm to finish your look. Try Maybelline’s new Baby Lips Repairing Lip Balm in a tinted shade. I bought this at the supermarket for less then $5.00 (bargain!) and it’s a fantastic way to remove fine lines and discoloration.

Smokey Eyes With A Pastel Twist – Create eyes that smolder with slight glimpses of sparkly color. It seems that the smokey eye makeup will never lose its popularity even in the season of spring. It’s no surprise why – It is sexy, glamorous and versatile look especially for night wear. To brighten smokey eyes for spring I like to add a pastel coloured shimmer over the top of the base darker colour such as pastel pink, purple or blue – Blend the same shimmer under the eye. Also, add a white shimmer in inner corner of the eye to brighten. Add mascara, liner and individual false lashes to finish eyes. Keep the lips natural by using a slightly tinted beige/pink color gloss or lipstick. A tinted shade of lip balm will also work for this look.

Coloured Eye Liners – Spring new life into your makeup with electric coloured eyeliner that makes your eyes POP! It is important to enhance your natural eyes with the right coloured eyeliner. I suggest bright purple liner for brown eyes, taupe and deep green for green eyes and electric blue for blue eyes. Pick a corresponding eye shadow for the outer rim of the eye to soften and give you a monochrome effect. A flawless face best suits this look so use a good quality foundation (My favourite is Napoleon) and a neutral lip.

Bright Lips– Coral colors are the shade of the season. Bold and bright lips are so trendy right now and are one of the easiest ways to update the style in the going season. Miranda Kerr pulled this sexy look off at David Jones Spring/Summer 2011 season launch. Try juicy orange lips or ease in with softer peachy/Coral shades. Try matt or juicy red and candy pink lips (Think of a bowl of fresh fruit punch yum!) These colors all make a serious statement and will turn heads. Try pastel pink lips colors (Cupcake icing and Nicki Minaj come to mind.) I recommend to use a color that embraces your facial features and skin tone in order to be able to feel confident. When creating a look with bold lips, I like to keep the rest of the make-up fairly natural by creating a flawless look using foundation. Emphasize the eyelashes using a black colored mascara. Keep the rest of the eyes natural also – A white shimmer dust to brighten the eye then a put a color in the eyelid crease to give the eye definition. Also, keep the eyeliner minimal – I recommend using a product by Sephora in ‘Noir Black on the top lid only. I love using this liquid liner as it has a super thin brush which makes it is easy to create a thin, even line.

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