Spring 2012 beauty trends: Pastel powders versus the dark lip

Beauty is taking on a natural yet colorful look for the warm, spring 2012 season. Colorful, yet pastel shades of green, orange and more are taking over the faces of Fashionistas everywhere and adding a soft, understated pop of color to an otherwise natural, glowing face. There is also one other dominant beauty trend for the new, warm weather season; the dark lip.

Colorful yet natural: Eyes, cheeks and lips are being shown with natural and light applications of pastel hues; giving color a new life in the beauty world. Chanel is showing shades of creamy orange for spring 2012 in the form of soft eye shadow and sheer lipsticks which add the slightest sheen of color in the quietest of ways. Many designers are showing pale shades of orange, red, pink and even green.

Understated smoky eye: Another look from the runways has been to combine a soft smoky eye with either sheer, barely detectable lip stick or a dark, almost vamp lip which is suitable for evening occasions.

The dark lip: Dark lips graced runways in Milan, New York and London and were dramatic when shown with summery whites and pale neutrals. This look was often paired with light eye makeup, or soft smoky eyes.

Pastel and soft colors for spring work perfectly with all of spring’s trends; making it easy to invest in a small amount of make-up and wear it with everything. Pastel eyeshadows, blushes and sheer lipsticks are the perfect way to not overpower bright and bold colors this spring, while also staying soft when worn with pastels. A dark lip will instantly spice up the look for heading out into the night.

The biggest challenge is finding the perfect hue for your overall wardrobe and that matches your skin-tone. Look for shades of soft green, orange and pink. And remember, if the colors of the season look funny on your skin, don’t be a fashion victim. Seek out neutrals shades and wait for the new colors of summer.

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