Monday, March 28, 2011

The 7 Most Flattering New Makeup Colors for Spring

The easiest way to shrug off the winter blues? Trying one of spring's hottest makeup trends. These seven colors are bright, fun, and refreshing. And get ready: There's not a neutral shade in the bunch.

The 7 Most Flattering New Makeup Colors for Spring:


Like your favorite pair of jeans, this gray-blue eye shade fits any occasion, day or night. Start by applying it over the lash line and in the crease. Use the powder left on the brush to fill in the lid (If you use a cream formula, blend the color from the lash lines into the lids). If you want to dress up the look, use a shimmery version. Try a slightly deeper indigo if you have a dark complexion—it won't look ashy.

1. Estée Lauder ShadowCreme in Smoky Twilight
2. Yves Saint Laurent Lasting-Radiance Smoothing Effect Eyeshadow in 3 Persian Blue


A peacock's vibrant feathers are designed to be mesmerizing—and so is the effect their bold colors have on your eyes. Start by blending an iridescent purple shadow around the lashes, using a brush to lightly dust the shade all the way up to the brows. Then apply a shimmery teal green along the inner corners. If you have fair skin, "just take the colors to the creases so it's not overwhelming," says makeup artist Romy Soleimani. Finish the look with a nude lipstick; you don't need any other strong shades on your face.

1. Shiseido Luminizing Satin Eye Color Trio in VI308 - Bouquet
2. Cover Girl Eye Enhancers in Turquoise Tempest


Imagine biting into the ripe yellowish orange flesh of a mango. That juicy shade is exactly what you want on your lips this spring. Surprisingly soft, the color is pretty on all skin tones. It looks best paired with gold eye shadow and bronzed cheeks.

1. Milani Color Perfect Lipstick in Orange Gina
2. Bobbi Brown Rich Lip Color SPF 12 in Soft Coral


Don't be intimidated by this shocking color: "Lime green is surprisingly pretty," says Soleimani. "It's not too neon or acid-y, and it brings out gold flecks in the eyes." Try sweeping a sheer eye shadow from the lashes to the brows, or use a more opaque version as an eyeliner for a subtler look. Ground the color with black mascara.

1. JK Jemma Kidd Hi-Design Eye Colour in Artiste
2. NYC New York Color City Duet Eye Shadows in Bowling Green


This may be the most toned-down color of the bunch, but it's far from boring: "You can use this shade all over your face—it illuminates the skin," Soleimani says. But if glistening rose-gold eye shadow, blush, and lip gloss sounds like too much of a good thing, try wearing chocolate-brown shadow with rose-gold lips, or rose-gold eyes with wine-colored lipstick.

1. Laura Mercier Metallic Crème Eye Colour in Platinum
2. Urban Decay Lip Junkie Lipgloss in Midnight Cowboy


Pink can sometimes feel too precious. But thanks to a healthy dose of purple, this shade is cool, not cloying. Pick a richly pigmented lipstick: "The color looks more sophisticated in a cream, versus in a gloss," Soleimani says (A formula with less shine also helps keeps it from veering into princess territory). Pair these hot lips with black mascara and eyeliner—and nothing else.

1. Revlon Colorburst Lipstick in Candy Pink
2. M.A.C. Lipstick in Show Orchid


It's as good a staple for the warmer-weather months as the fruit itself. The shade is both sexy and a whole lot of fun. Bonus: It looks great on everyone. Just remember that the darker your skin, the darker the shade should be.

1. Korres Natural Products Lip Butter Glaze in Pomegranate
2. Tarina Tarantino Gem Gloss in Neon Vanity