Textured hair falling out of a messy braid? No face makeup? Shiny eyelids? Smeared lipstick and eyeliner? Remarkably, we are not talking about how I look when I drop off my first-grader at school, but we are actually talking about some of this year’s Spring makeup trends. The arrival of Spring does seem dubious at this point considering it was forty degrees today and I am still wearing a winter coat that I wore all through the 2015-never-ending-Winter-of-Our-Discontent here in the tri-state area. Nevertheless, the New York fashion industry seems optimistic that Spring will indeed happen this year and they went ahead with this year’s Spring Fashion Week, which launched some fantastic beauty trends and, as always, a few that are really, um, unique.
I went ahead and read a ton of press about this (you’re welcome) and there were definitely a few standout trends that appeared in everything I read. Smudgy black eyeliner is still a thing (yay for me!) and so is beachy, tousled hair styled in a messy braid. There were some changes though, particularly in the lip shades. The past two seasons big shades of bright pinks, oranges and lilac-purple lips are finally kaput. (Orange you glad? I am.) This year’s shades are deeper and richer and more relaxed. One was described as either an orange-y almost-red, a deep pink almost-red, a plummy/magenta almost-red, “flaming lips," “the just bitten look” (is that even a thing?) or lips after you just finished a red popsicle. I am going to go ahead and say that the lip color they were getting at is, well, a reddish without being an outright red. Your spring reddish lips should have soft edges, meaning there should be no discernable lip liner and it should look as it was nonchalantly applied with your finger. Aloof lipsticking, if you will.
Another lip color that was everywhere was black cherry. Dark tones such as this are usually more prominent in the fall but this year it has been decided by those who decide these things that this will be the summer of black cherry, a dark shade that works on nearly everyone. You don’t own this particular shade? Fear not, gentle reader, as there are many options for you. If you would like to keep it drugstore, one of Revlon’s all time classics is one of their Super Lustrous lipsticks named, you guessed it, Black Cherry. Feeling a little more spendy? Check out Kat Von D’s glorious Studded Kiss Lipstick in Motorhead. (Lemmy rules!).
Cheeks and nails are all about peach again this year. Peach is one of those colors that can be difficult to pull off in the winter but looks so pretty with a tan. (DON’T FORGET YOUR SPF EVERY DAY!) A really excellent peach nail shade is the Sally Hansen “Peach of Cake." It is one of those universally flattering colors that works with every skin tone. Also, if you are into the negative space manicure, which was very prominent on the runway this year, this polish would be just ...(wait for it)... peachy. I have tried to convince others that my always-chipped-because-of-my-two-kids nail polish was actually a negative space manicure but alas, everyone saw through my shenanigans.
The faces on the runway this year seemed a lot lighter on the face makeup. Natural skin and sheer, if any, foundation coverage with the smallest amount of highlights. At one show, the models wore only Vaseline on their eyelids along with these strange black wigs that had long, severe bangs. (I will probably skip that one but I would bet that haircut starts popping up.) It does seem, however, that the heavily contoured looks with the huge fake brows may be on their way out. That is good news for us that prefer our eyebrows to look human.
Spring may never get here but maybe give some of these spring colors a try. Who knows, maybe it will even make the flowers grow.
Now for this week's Brush of The Week, the Real Techniques Setting Brush. This brush is part of the excellent line that was developed by the Chapman sisters of the "pixiwoo" Youtube channel. These lovely ladies are one of the few beauty "gurus" worth watching where you actually learn something and you're not just watching some twit put on her makeup. It is not surprising at all that they have produced such outstanding brushes. The setting brush is honestly the best brush I have ever used for blending out concealer. It is also just the right size to set powder under the eyes and for strategic placement of powders in the t-zone and you can also use it to do a very good wash of color all over your eyelid. The best part of this brush? The price. Get two of them. Get me another one.
Let me know if you try out any of these spring trends and come back next week. I am sure I will have many more fascinating things to say. And don't forget to follow me @michelle_stylewhipped on Instagram where I post pictures of stuff I like and try to get Wayne Goss' attention.