Bobbi Brown recently, beautifully, hopefully described the coming trend for Spring makeup and skin care and finishing. She believes that the heavy contoured looks best displayed on social media will soon give way to softer and more realistic finishes. Gone will be the harsh contour and highlight, replaced instead with luminous soft skin with flushed colors in hushed tones.
Those natural looks were gorgeously on display in 2016 Spring Collections, from Rodarte to Alexander McQueen. Instead of sharp line and bold colors, there were soft washes of pastel on flawless skin, topped with natural brows and softly colored lips.
The easiest way to take these looks from runway to reality is with a realistic looking tinted moisturizer, soft blush colors and lip stains that leave more flush than flash.
NARS timed the release of their new Matte Skin Tint perfectly to coincide with the new runway looks. More sheer pigment than foundation, the formula instantly mattes out skin with little to no coverage. If your skin is less than perfect, you may need some help with a concealer or color corrector to really make the most of the finish.
Ardere Cosmetics will soon launch a line of concealers and color correctors that just might do the trick. Due to hit online and in store in March, the highly pigmented formula works to conceal dark circles and hyper-pigmentation, while reflecting light in the most natural way possible.
One of the coolest ways to get that springtime flush of color comes from the Queen of Cool herself, Gwen Stefani. The singer and fashion designer teamed up with Urban Decay to release collection of eyeshadows, blushes and lipsticks. The most versatile piece in the collection is the blush palette, which is packed with six blushes that can be used alone or mixed for a bespoke result. The highly pigmented formulas worked when lightly patted (not swirled) on. Several sheer layers on cheeks and even eyes can give the face an overall flush that reads like your skin, on its best day.
Etude House Sweet Cherry Tint is the perfect way to top off the entire look, with a combination of moisture and a gentle flush of color.