Color Theory, Make-up

Spring make-up trends and personal style

Spring color collage 2013

You’ve heard me preach it over and over; to embrace our individuality, to enhance who we are naturally and be the best version of ourselves.  The world would be so boring if we were all “vanilla”.  And if you think about who stands out in a red-carpet situation it is always the woman being the most elegant interpretation of herself and not necessarily whatever trend of emphasis is being forced upon us (boobs or backs, long hair or short hair, lashes or lips, gaunt or curvaceous…)

And so it is with make-up.  Wearing what emphasizes our own personal style, face shape and coloring is far more fetching then trying to mimic what we see in fashion.  This is one place where “staying current” is a moot point; unless, of course, current trends just happen to be your style.

As shown above, make-up as a trend is the final accessory to the greater design influence in fashion.  These influences usually start with color forecast by color associations then the fabric mills create the cloth from that information.  Below: Lenzing Textiles released their fabrics well over a year ago.lenzing-ss-2013-colors-07l

The designers then interpret their work through the cloth colors available to them then make-up follows suit.  spring 2013 yellowWTFSG-gold-eyeliner-290x290-1Milan Mens Fashion Week Salvatore Ferragamo Spring-Summer 2013 Runway Show_0143spring 2013 aqua and orangeeye-makeup-trends-spring-2013-michael-kors-becomegorgeous

As any one good with color knows, the way hues combine, with their inherent contrasts and harmonies, is what drives style.  The high contrast and opposite (Complimentary) color schemes fashionable for several seasons now, have lent themselves to dramatic styling like color blocking on both the body and the face.  The fashionable thick dark eye liner and smoky eye make-up is a great foil against this.  This spring we are screaming into the most extreme versions of this styling with the addition of bold color too.  Below, Armani and Dior…Armani-Spring-Summer-2013-Makeup-Trends-Promo6dior_spring_2013_cherie_bow_makeup_collection9

But for the designers currently, the only way to relieve the consumers vision and remain fresh is to go backward.  So soft is coming back.  Phew.Screen Shot 2012-10-13 at 3.52.11 PMtrends 2013 orangeSpring pinks 2013

But to my mind, it never left.  Every face has the need for a soft look; that day off or work-out or I-don’t-wear-make-up look.  Low contrast on the face, monochromatic color schemes…DSC04392

I have a combination of colors I wear on the week-ends that are just extensions of “me” to uplift and brighten just a bit.  Left to right EYES; my eyebrow color, my go-to soft contour color, my neutral lid color (it just disappears but adds a bit of light-catching luminescence), a brighter lid shade for a bit more color and my darkest hair color to line lashes.  CHEEKS: Sheer no-color to contour a bit.  LIPS: sheer peachy nude and darker coppery peachy nude.DSC04398

photoMy personal at-work style is more dramatic.  I like a fair amount of “neutralized” color on my eyes using Complimentary color tones to bring out the green or the blue in my hazel while coordinating with the color in my clothing.  Anyone who knows me knows I like a fairly pigmented lip color as well (as we age we need more).

And since I will probably wear some of the current clothing colors this spring, I will experiment with a new palette of make-up color in my personal color range, taking into consideration my age.DSC04403

Why change?  Because it is fun!  If I can help you discover your personal make-up style and show you come current colors in YOUR range, please click here for more information.  Happy spring!