No Shrinking Violets

‘Tis the season of re-awakening! Seeing daffodils appear beneath the sombre hedgerows on my drive to LoveLula HQ this morning certainly lifted my mood and, after the winter we’ve been through I think we’re ready to focus on something positive and new. What better excuse to update your makeup bag and extend spring optimism to your dressing table?!

Colour is certainly a positive force in nature but, in terms of make-up, tends to be something we shy away from. However the S/S14 catwalks begged to differ. Flowers were the main inspiration behind the shows, where designers have been inspired by a mixture of colourful blooms.

While we prefer ‘style over fashion’ here at LoveLula, the designer vision does filter through to our brands and the products on our shelves. So here’s my round-up of what to try this spring to update your look and feel as gorgeous as those spring blooms…

The trend is for luminous skin, petal pink and lilac eyes, with vibrant lips and nails; the look being a modern take on the classic English rose. Fortunately these floral shades are endlessly versatile, surprisingly easy to adapt and flattering for all ages, with orchid and lavender the main colour trends – on your eyes, lips and nails (yes, really!)

EYES

It might sound scary, but pink and lilac do work on eyes – actually both are really flattering – especially a golden pink against blue eyes and a smoky lilac for browns and greens.

I’ve discovered a cheat’s way to achieve the look by using a soft powder blush as an eye shadow – teamed with a blue or purple eyeliner it looks amazing!

If you’re dubious, try Lavera’s Highlighter in Golden Shine, which works on both eyes and cheeks, or if you’re feeling brave, Inika’s Blush Puff in either Rosy Glow or Pink Peach.

Dr. Hauschka’s pressed powder in Blushing Rose is another good choice and Jane Iredale’s Barely Rose is a pretty and versatile shade.

If you’d rather stick with a conventional eyeshadow then BareMinerals Glimmer Shadows come in a lovely range of pinks and purples, while Lavera are spot on teaming two lilac shades in their duo called Violet Flower.

French brand Une has a Universal Eye Palette which teams up grey, pink and purple which work beautifully together and the Logona Trio in Rosewood also pairs two contrasting and subtle pinks.

Keep mascara fluttery and light – I prefer a dark brown rather than harsh black – Dr. Hauschka and Inika are both firm favourites here.

The cat’s-eye look is still in, but liners are moving away from harsh black to more flattering and exciting colours – INIKA eyeliner pencils come in some fabulous shades including Sapphire and Purple Mink and have a clever built-in sharpener. 

The trick is to line the top lid and extend it in a wing past the outer corners – the instant lifting effect is a bonus! General advice is to avoid wearing liner on the lower lid but I do – it’s a case of working out what looks best on you.

FACE

Spring skin should be dewy and fresh – so have your primers and BB creams at the ready. In keeping with the season’s healthy look, skin needs to be radiant. At the S/S 14 fashion shows it was described as ‘skin photoshop’. I’m glad to report that the days of heavy coverage are gone and today it’s more about transparency. Tinted moisturisers and high-tech BB Creams create the glow we all want. Try Dr Hauschka’s Toned Day Cream or, for a slightly fuller coverage Jane Iredale’s BB Cream is amazing.

Another way to create the glow is by adding an all over Luminizer but don’t be too heavy handed with it – just apply to cheeks and forehead.

LIPS

Don’t be alarmed, but orange lipstick is the shade of the season. If you’re brave enough to try it I’d recommend keeping eyes under-done. The alternative (and staying with our floral theme) is for petal pink lips – choose the shade that suits you best, from palest rose to bright fuchsia.

Shine is always flattering – try the fabulous RMS Lip Shines or Swedish brand Estelle and Thild’s Raspberry Lip balm.

Clever EOS have brought out a timely and perfect little pairing (limited edition for this spring) in pink Strawberry Sorbet and lilac Passion Fruit flavours– one for your desk and one for your handbag!

NAILS

You can dip into the florist’s palette again for your nail inspiration. Pastels have taken on a decidedly floral hue including some lovely lilacs and bright fuchsias.

The main thing is to have fun and try something new. Ditch the winter beige – natural beauties do wear colour!

Jane x

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