The look of the season is beguiling: glowing skin, luscious lips, bedroom eyes. And both prestige and mass market makeup manufacturers have produced the products that can make a face extra-alluring.
The focus has moved from the flushed cheeks of past seasons to the eyes. That means lots of mascara, eyeliner or pencil, and a shot of color on the lids. Hot shadow shades range from mossy green and festive turquoise to emphatic reds and yellows. Some of these shades might seem extreme in the compact, but today’s textures are so sheer and transparent that a light application gives a wearable wash of color. For a more dramatic look, use a heavier hand.
Sparkles, shine and iridescence are still in style, but chunky glitter has been downsized. On the lips, lots of pink, coral and mauve with iridescent or semigloss finishes.
For a mellow yellow look, try Lancome’s Pollen collection. Developed by Fred Farrugia, Lancome’s international artistic director for makeup, the collection features gold-flecked body oil, honey-colored lipstick, and sunshine-yellow eye shadow and blush.
For a jolt of red, pick up Chanel’s Spring 2000 Star Product, Le Regard Laque. The compact contains raspberry red and glittery black shadows along with a glaze. The shadows can be layered and lacquered with the gloss to rich, glittering effect. And the gloss can also be used on the lips.
Beyond spring, expect to see lots of clear color and shine. After all, what could better reflect the optimism of the new millennium?