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With winter gracefully fading away, spring is here and it's time to pull out some color here and there. I'm more of a winter gal because I can't get enough of chunky fabrics and wrapped up looks, so when it's time for spring and summer I usually show off with makeup and accessories instead of my clothes. My wardrobe pretty much stays the same hues all year long but my makeup gets experimental. I absolutely loved Prabal's s/s 2012 collection (and don''t get me started on pre-fall!!!). It's strange that I was so intrigued by such a colorful collection but it's really pretty fantastic. The color schemes are well... delicious. And the makeup doesn't fall behind either.
The inspiration for this season's makeup was flowers beginning to wilt and bursting orchids. MAC's Charlotte Tillbury was in charge of this look. The focus was on the lips. She opted for ombré colored lips in fuschia and burgundy and kept the face clean with just a sweep of silver on the eyelids. Since they used MAC Pro products and these are limited only to professional makeup artists, I'll show you guys how to recreate this look with other similar products and dupes. Let's get started!
|Nyx Matte Lipstick in Sweet Pink|
|MAC Pro Longwear Concealer|
|MAC Mineralize Skinfinish |
Highlighter in Soft and Gentle
|Clinique High Impact Mascara|
|MAC Satin Lipstick in Cyber|
|Sephora Mineral Loose Powder|
Foundation in Light
|Makeup Forever HD Powder|
|MAC Eyeshadow in Phloof!|
|Nars Bronzer in Casino|
Backstage at Prabal, Tillbury used MAC Pro Process Magenta Chromographic Pencil with a blunt tip to draw in the pink lip with a soft border and then mixed MAC Pro Lipmix in Black, Burgundy and Fuschia to achieve the dark ombre color. Being as those are Pro colors, only professional makeup artists have access to those.
I found that NYX's Matte Lipstick in Sweet Pink and MAC's Cyber are dead on dupes. They both have a satin finish (regardless NYX's says matte) and easier to find. Cyber is part of MAC's permanent collection and NYX is found at any Walmart or at your local drugstore. Plus, it goes around $6 so that's way cheaper too.
Step 1: Prep and prime your face. Remember the look should be dewy and soft. I have really dry skin so it's difficult for me sometimes to get that result. I like to spritz som MAC Fix + Before and after applying my foundation. Since I'm using a loose powder mineral foundation, I like to put on my concealer first where I need it and then apply the powder foundation. After that I sweep some MUFE HD translucent powder on my t-zone which usually turns into a shine fest.
Step 2: Prime your lids. With a soft, fluffy brush gently sweep some Phloof! eyeshadow all over the lid. Take it a bit above your crease so the color shows when your eyes are open. Don't overdo it. Just put on enough to give a little shine when the light hits.
Step 3: Apply just one layer of mascara. The lashes need to look almost bare but still noticeable. If necessary, take a lash groomer and brush though your lashes to remove any clumps the mascara might add.
Step 4: Contour and highlight your skin very lightly. Add the highlight to the top of your cheekbones and contour right under them ever so softly. Also, contour under your chin and on your temples if needed to make your face look thinner.
Step 5: Condition your lips. This will help with the ombré effect and will also keep your lips looking soft.
Step 6: Take the Cyber lipstick and apply it to the inner part of your lips. Take it about 1/3 of the way down. Smack your lips together a couple of times so it'll fade out nicely.
Step 7: Take NYX's Sweet Pink and using the pointed tip along your outer lip line, sweep it across your lips while blending it with the Cyber. If necessary, take a lip brush and touch up the borders. Smack your lips again a few times and the colors will blend themselves out. No need for messy fingertips!
And you're done! A simple and easy look that will definitely cause heads to turn and will welcome the spring season nicely! Here's the finished look: