Last spring we were all re-introduced to color in a bold yet fun way. From color-blocking to bright lips and nails, color reigned supreme. With spring 2013 only a few weeks away, it is safe to say that color is still a major part of the spring style landscape with a few tweaks. Many beauty brands have upped the ante on their bright lip colors by going more neon. Another difference is texture. Last spring, many of the lip colors had a creamy consistency which left lips looking saturated and luscious. This spring, bright lip colors have gone matte for a dramatic result that pairs well with the season’s overall vibrant appeal. Here are a few simple steps on how to work the new neon bright lip trend for spring 2013.
- Choose your spring bright lip colors by using your natural undertone as a cue to which direction you should go. For those with cool or blue undertones – opt for bright bubblegum pinks, bright peaches and cherry or candy apple reds. For those with warm or yellow undertones, opt for hot fuchsias, vibrant corals and delicious tangerines.
- Keep the rest of your beauty look understated and simple so as not to clash with your super fun bright lip. Go for bronzey smoky eyes or a swipe of black liquid liner over a nude eye and a lightly bronzed cheek and you’re ready for your close-up.
- Opt for a matching lip liner in the exact same shade as your bright lip color in order to get the most precise look. Line lips and use a lip brush to help soften edges and create a framework for your bright lip color. This step prevents your lipstick from feathering and bleeding outside of your lip line.
- Exfoliate lips in preparation for your lip color application. You can use a lip scrub or you can use a dry toothbrush to remove dry or chapped skin from your delicate lip area. Be sure to prime lips with a wax-based lip balm like Carmex or Burt’s Bees.
- Take your look up a few notches by using two bright shades instead of one. Try fuchsia and tangerine or bubblegum pink and peach. Just apply the first shade all over the lip leaving the center of your top and bottom lip untouched. Next apply the second shade into the center of the top and bottom lip for a fun yet multi-dimensional look that will have you smiling all season long.