Laura is a makeup artist at Sephora and today she dishes on what's hot for spring in the beauty department and answers common questions she gets from customers.
Wearing orange is a hot color this spring and it's overwhelming for a lot of people. The best advice is to keep everything else simple - you want your lips to pop not everything all at once. If an orange lipstick is too scary to start with try a gloss or even a lip balm with an orange shade. That way it's not as strong as a lipstick but you still get the feel of it. Keep your eyeshadow and blush toned down and you won't look like a clown! You can always go with a different bright color (like red) if orange isn't for you. Anything bright is hot this spring! If you've never worn anything bright on your lips before, it will always look weird at first but I promise you'll get used to it by summer!
2) Glitter instantly adds GLAM but you can totally overdo it! Here's the lowdown on getting shimmery without looking shiny...
Working with glitter you have to be careful or it will get everywhere! (There are many different types of glitter: finely milled glitter and big chunky glitter.) Be strategic with your glimmer, there's a big difference between glitter and shimmer. Shimmer can be done on the daily but glitter can overwhelm your face, save that for New Years Eve or for a kiddie birthday party. Now that's not to say that you can't wear shimmer based powders all over your face - if your aim is to look like a walking disco ball - but wear it in a shimmery blush, eyeshadow or gloss. The trick is not to wear shimmer on selected points and not all at once.
3) A good brush set is a big investment so which brushes do I really need?
4) Perfume - best to spritz on neck, dab on wrist or spray in the air and walk into it?
Perfume should be worn sparingly, you don't want to bathe in it. Concentrate on pulse points: the insides of your wrists, insides of your elbows and behind your ears. Be aware! When spraying perfume on your clothes there is a chance of staining your favorite items. Despite what you see in movies you do not want to rub the perfume in to your skin, this will only "bruise" the perfume molecules, instead let your perfume air dry. Also a reminder that perfume mixes with your natural pheromones - always test it out on yourself before you purchase them. They will most likely smell different on you than they do on those tiny pieces of paper you spray your favorite perfume on all the time.
Stay tuned for Part Deux next week as Laura talks about the infamous smokey eyes and answers your questions about mascara! Thanks again Laura for contributing to HUG and saving us from looking like a giant rainbow!
(These beauty tips are solely of Laura's opinions and personal recommendations and not endorsed by Sephora.)