Model: Ashley Palumbo
Photographed and Styled by: Maggie Ryan Gottlieb
This March, the color of choice is Greenery. It's the perfect color to blend into a natural smokey eye, followed by a flawless complexion for Spring. Spring is about new beginnings not only in nature, but for all of us to step out and put our best face forward. We can easily achieve a fresh face (which is what we all want) by just adding a pop of color!
Here is a quick "how to" on achieving a flawless face and colorful smokey eye which is perfect whether we are heading out the door for work or a night out on the town.
Skincare is vital in maintaining a healthy, younger looking complexion. With so many unbelievable skin care products on the market, it's important to choose wisely and not just base your decision on designer brands. My personal favorite is Clarins, they offer a wide variety of products based on your age and skin type, which makes things less overwhelming when purchasing from a new line.
Prepping your skin with a facial primer, my go-to is Laura Mercier Radiance Primer. It gives skin a beautiful healthy glow and allows makeup to be applied easily and, most importantly, stay put. A key element in a flawless face is a good foundation suitable for your specific needs. I find Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation to work for a wide variety of skin types and tones. It gives the right amount of coverage and sets beautifully on the skin without appearing dry. You'll want to work your foundation in with a brush, and then go back and blend it in with a damp beauty blender or makeup sponge.
Next comes concealer. One very important piece of information when purchasing a concealer for your under eyes is this: a salmon / peachy color is best for concealing and covering dark under-eyes circles. My personal favorite is the EVE PEARL Salmon Concealer, it always does the job perfectly. If you happen to have a lot of redness around and under your eyes, you want to choose a concealer with a more yellow tone. A dusting of setting powder and a bit of bronzer crowning the face will set your makeup in place.
Finally, it's time for the eyes. I always use a nude eye shadow first, and then begin working in other colors. I used a MAC Naked eye pigment on the lower lids, and worked in MAC Humid eyeshadow on the outer corners of the eye, smudging and blended throughout. I blended in a little of MAC Amber Lights eye shadow to add another dimension and soften the look. I wanted a smudged smokey eye liner, so I used Nars Coconut Grove eye shadow instead of a liquid or cream liner. Then, to brighten the eye, I smudged Amber Lights throughout her bottom lash line and finished with DIORSHOW mascara. Completing the look, I added a dusting of Nars Deep Throat blush to the cheeks, MAC Extra Dimension Skin Finish Powder in Show Gold to accentuate the cheek bones and a soft nude lip from Kevin Aucoin.