Q: You talked about this spring’s new makeup products, but are there certain shades and finishes I should be looking for this coming season?

A: According to MSN Glo Beauty, some of the more wearable trends for spring include: eyes in taupe, gold-tones or other shimmery metallics, nude or hot pink lips and fuchsia blush.

Q: I have acne-prone skin; can I still use a primer under my foundation?

A: On, Denise Gevaras, a professional makeup artist and owner of Makeup Artistry by Denise in Toms River, N.J., explains that primer can actually be quite helpful for those with acne. In addition to reducing the appearance of large pores and blemishes, primer gives foundation better staying power. She does recommend, though, steering clear of primers with silicone.

Q: If I already use a moisturizer do I also need to use a face serum?

A: While a serum is not a must for your skincare routine, it can add some extra moisture and deliver a variety of skin benefits (depending on the type of serum used). In Glamour, Dr. Nadine Pernodet, Executive Director for Global Research & Development-Biology for Estee Lauder, explains that moisturizer and serum work well together, helping each other to be more effective.

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Spring is a great time to experiment with color and lighten up your beauty routine. This article previews the fresh new styles and products hitting the market. Use it as a starting point to spark your creativity, and you’ll be ready to hit the streets in style as you celebrate warmer weather.

Now that spring is upon us, you’re probably longing for a crisper, lighter look. Take that mini-spring vacation you’ve been fantasizing about with these vibrant, playful looks for the new season. Read on to discover some of spring 2012’s essential fashion pieces, and the newest skincare and cosmetic products to pair with them.

Casual style and effortless skin

  • Brighten up dreary days. Bright raincoats are a staple this spring. Not only will they keep you dry, they’ll also add a stylish touch to your casual attire.

  • Get a spring glow. To get that “just threw it on” look that’s hot this season, you also need flawless skin. An overly made-up face doesn’t fit a laid-back style, so you’ll want your skin to glow on its own. Face serums can help plump up and brighten skin. Because they have smaller molecules than most moisturizers, they are able to better penetrate the skin. One such product launching this season is Kate Somerville DermalQuench Liquid Lift, which applies as a spray-on foam. For a more traditional serum from the same line, try Kate Somerville Quench Hydrating Face Serum.

Eye-catching metallics and outstanding lips

  • Don’t be afraid to shine. Metallic pieces are popping up all over the runways for spring. To wear this trend, simply choose one piece in a metallic. Skirts, bags, shoes, dresses, tops and pants are all great options for incorporating metallics into your wardrobe – just be sure to go fairly low-key with the rest of your outfit.

  • Amp up the drama. To add one more dramatic pop, apply a bold lipstick. The new Covergirl LipBlast Flipstick gives a variety of color choices in one stick; wear either the creamy or shimmer finish or layer them to change up your look.

Crisp, clean crochet and a flawless face

  • Return to innocence. Bright white knits look fresh for spring. Try this clean look in an open weave sweater, which makes a great layering piece for that in-between-seasons time when you don’t quite know what to wear. In addition to being versatile, white offers a fresh, crisp look that transitions perfectly from winter to spring.

  • Get a flawless finish. Since wearing white so close to your face can highlight redness and imperfections, you’ll want your skin to have a completely unblemished look. For a flawless finish, try priming your skin with L’Oreal’s new Magic Perfecting Base before applying your makeup.

Dramatic peplums and bold eyes

  • Embrace a feminine silhouette. If you favor ultra-feminine silhouettes, then you’ll love the fashion forward trends next season. Flirty little overskirts, known as peplums in the fashion world, are being seen on everything from jackets and dresses to skirts to blouses. This curvy detail gives clothes an unmistakably girly touch.

  • Play up the eyes. Everything about this look says “womanly,” so pair it with sexy and sophisticated eyes. Pull your bombshell look together with Revlon Colorstay 16 Hour Eyeshadow – eye makeup that lasts until you’re ready to change back into your casual gear.

Soft pastels and sweetly conspicuous nails

  • Soften up. Pastels are making a big comeback for spring. If you’ve been anxiously anticipating the return of soft, barely-there shades, feel free to drape yourself in them from head to toe. There are plenty of choices for integrating this trend into your everyday wardrobe, from blouses and skirts to blazers, heels, bags and accessories.

  • Start subtle. If you like the pastel trend, but you’re unsure of how well it’ll work for you, try incorporating one or two small touches. You can start slowly by just dipping your toes (or fingers) in your favorite soft shade. Butter London’s 2012 Spring Collection includes lovely pastels: Trout Pout, Slapper and Knackered.

Dramatic lashes and a tangerine twist

  • Stand out with a splash of citrus. If pastels are too subdued for you, then the tangerine trend is sure to strike a more powerful chord. This lively color was named the official shade of spring 2012 by the Pantone Color Institute. If you feel you can carry it off, try a light sweater or skirt in the shade, or pick just one or two accessories for a subtler pop of color.

  • Ease up on the makeup. With such a bold look, you don’t want to go heavy on the makeup. Try a natural look, but play up your lashes with a more subtle brown shade like Blinc Kiss Me Mascara Medium Brown.

No matter your style and beauty routine, this spring is sure to offer some refreshing options. The beginning of a new season is a great time to change things up, and spring in particular is known as a time of transformation. Use this list to formulate a beauty plan for spring, and you’ll be on the cutting edge of style for a beautiful new you. 


See also:

Beautiful Fashion and Makeup Colors for Spring

This Season’s Fashion and Beauty Trends for Teens

Fashionable Fragrances and Products for an Exotic Winter Escape


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