Beauty Junkie: Runway to Sidewalk


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As they say, spring has sprung y’all. There’s nothing like the onset of spring to usher in new beginnings, and makeup trends are no exception. Now, to be fair, the vast majority of runway looks are taken to the extreme (glittery eyebrows, anyone?). But like the clothes typically modeled on the runway, the makeup on the models can easily be integrated into the lives of us “normal” folks with relative ease and with a little guidance. I’m here to guide, so let’s dive right in, shall we?

Let’s start with the foundation to a fresh spring (pun intended) face, glowing skin. Pretty skin will never go out of style, but this season the runways really put an emphasis on that elusive glow with highlighters and sparkly creams. Fortunately, this trend is easily adaptable with a good highlighter. Be it a chubby pencil, a cream, powder or a highlighter can impart a glistening “lift” to your skin like nothing else. Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector and Nars The Multiple, are my favorites, and it’s all about strategic placement: cheekbones, brow bones, the bridge of the nose, the inner corners of your eyes and the fullest part of your bottom lip over top of your lipstick. Voilà – fresh, gorgeous skin!

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The old saying goes that the eyes are the windows to the soul, and this is the perfect time to play up those pretty peepers. Bright, bold eyeshadow and dark, smudgy eyeliner are all the rage right now, but don’t go overboard and try to sport the two trends at the same time. Sexy, “I-slept-in” eyeliner is best with a bare eyelid. Mixing basic black with a softer hue like silver or purple, makes this fad more accessible. Conversely, a pop of color on your eyelids should be left alone except for a sweep of mascara. If you’re skittish about both trends, marry the two and look for a bright, bold eyeliner and apply a discreet line just above your eyelashes. A pastel hue will make your eyes look fresh and vibrant, but avoid pink – unless you’d like to look like you’re battling the flu. If even the idea of flashy eyeliner freaks you out, transfer this trend to your nails. A pop of purple or pale green or light blue is just as on-trend as the more extreme examples.

Lastly, don’t be afraid to give ‘em some lip this spring. A statement lip was all over the runways, and no shades were excluded. Extreme hues aside, almost every daring lip color can be interpreted into our daily makeup routine. Follow this rule: the sheerer the finish, the more realistic and accessible the shade. If you’re choosing a dark, dramatic color for your pout, stick with a finish without glitter or sparkle to keep things sophisticated. A bright mauve or raspberry is perfect for us fair-skinned gals with blue undertones, while a true red or coral looks beautiful on neutral complexions. Take a page from my book to make sure your blush matches your pucker by dabbing your lipstick onto the apples of your cheeks and blending with your fingertips to a sheer finish.

Here’s the thing y’all – the fashion runways always show the most extreme trends when it comes to makeup, but that doesn’t mean we can’t integrate them into our routines. In fact, I think the ladies of Williamson County have a particular flair for making the outlandish accessible with our own trademark flourish. So, strut your stuff with these new fads knowing that you’re able to make them your own in the most beautiful way. Cheers to that!

The Beauty Junkie

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