As soon as the temperatures start to warm up, we get the desire to go bold with our eye makeup and lipstick à la Solange Knowles. But after swiping on the same pink, green and orange hues as the style star and not getting the same results we start to feel blah.
Sephora Pro makeup artist Myiesha Sewell is a firm believer that anyone can wear any color. "It's just about finding the right shade," she says. "For spring, I like to experiment with neons and pastels on the eyes. To pair the two together, I start with my client's favorite lip and cheek combo and use the 'Paint Swatch Method.'"
If the color seems dull, Sewell opts for a richer version of the shade. If it appears to bright, then she goes for something that is more muted or pastel.
To make colorful lids appear "effortless," Swell suggests prepping with makeup primer to prevent creasing. "I like the Kat Von D Lock-It Color Correcting Eyeshadow Primer because it neutralizes the lid to give your shadow more color payoff." Next, apply your shadow with medium flat brush like the Sephora Collection Pro Shadow Brush #14. Be sure to blend upward into the crease until the color starts to fade seamlessly.
When it comes to trying on fun new lip colors for spring, Sewell steers clients toward corals and pinks, as these hues help to give the lips a healthy glow.
How exactly does this translate? Scroll down to see Sewell's illustrations and product recommendations for the hottest spring eye makeup and lipstick looks.
Sewell's favorite combination for spring is mint green on the eyes paired with baby pink lips and cheeks. "It's hip and looks great on any skin tone," she says. Buxton Bar Single Eyeshadow in Room Service will make your peepers pop. Create a nice flush with Sephora Collection Perfection Mist Airbrush Blush in Pink of Perfection. Its lightweight and waterproof formula are a godsend during the warmer months. Then, round out this look with Sephora Collection Colorful Gloss Balm in Pop'n Bottles.
Neon brights aren't for everybody, but you can still achieve that bold aesthetic with rich pigments. Sewell's alternative to vivid eyes is NARS Larger Than Life Long-Wear Eyeliner in Abbey Road. Pro tip: keep the color as close to your lids as possible. Warm up your face with Too Faced Love Flush Long-Lasting 16-Hour Blush in Justify My Love. Then, layer on Smashbox Be Legendary Cream Lipstick in Panorama Pink and Sephora Collection Cream Lip Stain in African Violet.
Pink and peach are popular lip and cheek color choices for this season because they're fresh, pretty and work best on light to dark complexions, according to Sewell. For this monochromatic makeup look, don't be afraid to use a product like Dior Rosy Glow Healthy Glow Awakening Blush on your eyes and cheeks. Finish with a glossy lip color such as Sephora Collection Ultra Shine Lip Gel in Happy Sunrise.