[By Anna Laurie]
It’s all about looking bright and cheery when it comes to the preferred color palette this spring. It’s really fun to start experimenting with colors and there’s no reason not to give this a whirl. However, in order not to appear ouright clownish or standing out like a rave relic from the early 90s, here are some tricks to pull to getting things just right. Get ready to turn some heads for the right reasons everywhere you go, for life is too short to be ‘normal’ and blend in when you can stand out in your own unique skin!
Earn your stripes
Nail artists are calling this trend the fancy pants for grown-ups. Sure it’s fun to not hold back and let your imagination run wild, but if you want to inject a dose of summertime pizzazz to your nails that can look as sophisticated in the office, try horizontal stripes. Use nail tape to get your lines straight and even, and dive head on with bright, bold colors in any combination. Bands in contrasting colors work well when limited to no more than 3, or opt for complimentary hues as a surefire winner of S/S 16.
Apple of the eye
Red lipstick has always been the quintessential go to color when in doubt. For S/S16, candy red apple gets the stamp of approval as it enhances your other makeup and gives your skin that porcelain perfection that you really crave whether it’s in a shiny or matte variant. If you want siren lips that are plump, full and supple, you got to go an extra mile to ensure that they are well hydrated. Lips do not possess sweat glands and lack sebaceous or oil glands needed to produce naturally hydrating oils, making them super susceptible to dehydration. As such, pampering them once or twice daily with a slick of organic oils such as Sloane Inc HEAL containing 100% Organic Argan Oil with geranium is a superb way to repair and condition uninspired puckers. If hydration is what you seriously need to glamourise your lips, bestow upon them the “Kiss of Youth” with Revitalift Lips. With a series of microinjections of an ultra-fine, natural hyaluronic acid, this deeply replenishing, lip-nourishing treatment is a one way ticket to transform dull, lackluster and lined numbers into red carpet-worthy kissies overnight. Revitalift’s main benefits are its intensely hydrating and line-minimizing effects, accomplished without any risk of looking unnatural or cartoonish with overtly amplified puckers of gargantuan shape and size.
Technicolor dream coat
The disco fever is still lurking around like a fashion epidemic, and blue eye shadow is cropping up on runways again this spring, but in totally unconventional ways. Instead of bright cobalt blue straight out of Studio 54, try navy on your lids are swipe on some bright turquoise eye liner. The trick is to go light and not cover your entire eye in the same bright blue shade for that dreaded “garage door” look.
Very often, the upper eyelid skin droops down with age and bedroom eyes are no longer sexy when they are a tad too heavy. Bright vivid shades and all things glittery do not work well as the reflective nature makes them more unforgiving, highlighting skin creases when applied to lids that droop. When surgical correction is not a considered option, the Ultimate Eyelift Program done on its own or combined with Thermage Eyes may be the next best thing for your ocular woes. Aiming to put the twinkle back in your eyes, this ‘eye-opening’ protocol is designed to optimally tighten and lift sagging skin. Over six gentle sessions of collagen strengthening SmartX laser treatment with little to no downtime, bid adieu to droopy eyes and saggy lids, with clever blending that’s done just right to give you an updated not outdated psychedelic twist this spring. Bring on that Marc Jacob gold lame jumpsuit and strap on some stiletto heels, and you’re all ready to boogie woogie and paint the town wild in full technicolor!
Lash out in bold
Like kids in the candy store, makeup maestros from Paris to Milan are running amok with every imaginable shade from the Pantone chart. Colored mascara from blue to purple to green is clearly not something you can get away with at the office, but try it for your next night out to amp up your peepers for a refreshing new dig on retro chic. If you want to ease up on the bright color trend, consider using eyeliner instead of eye shadow with your colored mascara. Opt for a neutral shade of eye shadow to keep yourself from tipping over the top, and go for nude or pastel lips to strike a balance to the overall look.
Bronze makeup is hitting gold this season. The color is indicative that the warmer months are here to stay, so you’ll always look en pointe when you wear bronze be it day or night. The most popular way to rock this metallic hue is to wear it on your eyes, to give you that great warm weather glow of a sun-kissed goddess. Paired this with tousled beachy waves or hair slicked back in a messy topknot and voilà, it’s summertime perfection served on a gilded platter….
* Selected as Editor’s Choice May 2016*