by Courtney Vike
Glam Glow – Fresh Faced Effect
The roaring twenties inspired the twinkly eyes and rose-petal blush by designers like Chanel. It seems that everything old, trend-wise, is becoming new again. I am loving the natural glowing skin and matte-toned foundations that are now available. You want your makeup to look light and feel barely there so your natural facial features can pop. Every woman wants beautiful flawless skin, but the reality of the matter is that not every woman is lucky enough to have even skin tones and blemish free derm. Estée Lauder makes a gorgeous, oil-free, foundation that can help your skin flow. You can finish this natural glow off with a sweep of apricot blush over the apples of your cheeks and adding a dusting of pink in the center to create a candle-lit glow of cheek perfection.
It’s no secret that the key lipstick trend for this season is the strong, dramatic dark lip. It’s a look that was seen all over the catwalks, from shimmering deep reds to bruised purples to Bordeaux wines – hey, who doesn’t love a good red! Dark is in… Make up, lipstick, and clothes all in rich and luscious color pallets. Chocolate-red pouts and crisp, sleek ponytails look super chic this spring paired with trouser shorts and loose-fitting frocks.
Apply the color directly from the tube for the most dramatic effect. And make sure to dust a skin-warming blush or bronzer on your cheeks to avoid getting into creepy vampire territory. A really important thing to remember when trying out this dark lips look is blush – essential unless you want to channel the gothic look! Choose your blush wisely – using one with the same base tones as your lipstick will not only stop you from looking washed out but also helps to tie the whole look together. If you are unsure, just brush any shade you already have on the apples of your cheeks.
With so much choice out there, it’s really important to choose the right shade for your skin tone in order to get the most out of the colour. Here are a few of my favs:
1.Covergirl Glossy Lip color in Embrace,
2.Revlon Super Lustrous in Black Cherry,
3.Dior Addict Lipcolour in Pinstripe Plum,
4.YSL Rouge Pur Couture in 08 Belle de Rose,
5. Mac Tinted Lip glass – Rebel
6.Clinique Almost Lipstick in 06 Black Honey.
Bright, bold lips? Check. On the contrary, another lip trend for a lighter spring approach is big and bright. I have been absolutely loving fuchsia and bright pink. I get it: bold lipstick can be intimidating. What if it bleeds, smudges, or worse — leaves red stains on your man’s crisp white shirt? But with all these gorgeous colors, it’d be a crying shame if we didn’t partake – so kiss your man before you apply!
Give your red lippie a break this month, and try my new favourite colour – fuchsia. I just love how this bright, bold shade of pink is universally flattering. Whether you have a fab tan or are pale white, fuchsia lipstick will glam up your look in a flash. I love sporting Fifth Avenue Fushia by Covergirl for a fun flirty pout for night time. Your bright pink lips should be the focal point of your face so keep everything else simple. Stay away from raccoon eye makeup like Taylor Momsen, and go easy on the blush – you don’t want to look like a lady of the night. I typically tend to wear a neutral shimmery shadow, black cat-eye liner and a generous application of mascara. Keep your outfit trendy but not over-the-top, and stay away from colours that clash with fuchsia. Go on, have fun with that duck pout.
Braids Braids Braids
Low maintenance is the new high maintenance. One hair trend I can’t get enough of this spring is braids — from long fish-tails to braided crowns, embellished or simple, these looks will easily allow you to mix up your typical hair routine. I just love the relaxed beachy look of a long fishtail braid or the romantic feel of a simple side braid around your head with loose waves.
The latest braid muse has appeared in the form of a chunky fishtail braid, which works best on unwashed, messy hair. Every girl who loves braids is obsessed with Blake Lively’s messy side fish braid. Besides, this is great option when you want to reinvent your hair time and time again. There are so many different styles you can try whether you have medium-length or longer hair. They are versatile and suitable to any occasion. The best part – the dirtier your hair, the better the braid!
I am obsessed with the big glam sock bun! I literally tried my first one with a pair of old socks and have been hooked ever since! I have since upgraded to the hair doughnut for bun perfection and rock this look at least twice weekly. For those lazy days where you don’t feel like washing your dirty rats nest, this is the perfect style. I always spray on a little Bed Head dry shampoo to eliminate any grease and then throw it up into a massive mound on the crown of my head.
Even though your hair may not be the cleanest of shiniest within this mound, it is so Carrie Bradshaw chic that you will feel instantly glam and positively get noticed. I always style mine up with a bright rouge lip color and an extra layer or black liquid liner to make my eyes stand out.
Glam Guide – Audrey Eye Liner
I am a huge fan of Audrey Hepburn and as such have adopted her elegant make up style as my everyday go-to. You either have to have a steady hand or good eye liner technique to get this 50’s glam look. Wearing eyeliner can be considered an art, but with a little practice and right product, anyone can rock it. This look completely changes the shape of your eye and it is so timeless. It has the ability to make your eye look bigger.
Just as there are many ways to apply eyeliner, there are also several types of eyeliner – namely the pencils, crayon, paint pod and liquid eyeliner. I’ve tried them all and the trend seems to be liquid. The brush is thick and you can apply with one swipe. But if you are a beginner at applying eyeliner, start with the pencil, it is the easiest. If you’re doing day makeup, use very little liner on bottom, if any. For nighttime glamour, start all the way from the inside corner of the eyes. Take care not to let bottom and top liner meet too closely— this will make the eye seem smaller and closed. Go ahead, channel your inner Audrey.
The big news with nails this season: nude is in. After an excess of neon and bright colors, the pendulum has finally swung in the opposite direction with an emphasis on pretty, wearable shades of cream and beige. That’s not to say there aren’t bold patterns, bright moments and feature nails to be enjoyed for different looks and occasions. This spring, after all is about classic reds, chic corals, soft pastels, and mellow yellows mixed in with cool ombre and metallic designs. A nude cream is timeless in its simplicity, and it goes with any outfit or skin tone
We all love sparkly disco balls – but let’s say your ensemble is already sparkling or bold, you may be in the mood for something a little more subtle but still polished, literally. The new nude trend is fabulous, feminine and shows less chips and scratches for the woman, like myself, who works with her hands. When I want to spice it up, I add an Essie bold sparkle to one nail for a little something extra. Could nude be the new black?