Top Spring Beauty Tips And Trends From A Connecticut Beauty Guru

February 19, 2013 8:00 AM

This season is all about hair and makeup. Bring out your natural beauty with hair accessories and this season’s color palette. Hair and makeup are all about extremes this spring.

Andrea Marano is a professional makeup artist in Connecticut and is up on the latest hair and makeup trends for spring 2013. For spring, lipstick that’s bold and bright is the trend. Think poppy red, “stop signs, firetrucks and race cars,” or pale and glossy, barely there lip stains. There is no in between when it comes to lip color.

Red lipstick requires “upkeep and touch ups.” Andrea recommends Lip Tar by Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics. It is sold at Sephora. It doesn’t bleed and has great staying power. There are multiple shades of red for you to choose from. She recommends a firm and flat-tipped brush for applying and suggests using the tiniest amount.

If you are interested in meeting with Andrea, you can contact her through her website. She and her other professionally trained makeup artists will travel to serve Fairfield, New Haven and Hartford counties. She was awarded the WeddingWire Bride’s Choice Award for 2012 and has been on Style Me Pretty (the leading online resource for wedding inspiration).

Makeup this spring is the urban minimalist look in monotones. For the teen and young woman in her early 20s, a fresh washed face, glowing skin and a dewy look are in. Thicker eyebrows are back in style as well.

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Thicker eyebrows require standout eyes. Go with smokey eyes for evening wear. You can acquire this look with a lined and smudged application under the eye, using black eyeliner. Colored eyeliner in a blue and silver wing-tipped effect, resembling the mod look of the ’60s, will get you noticed. If your outfit is emerald green, this season’s hottest color, use the same on your eyes. Remember, head to toe in one color is what spring is all about.

French manicures and buffed natural nails to black vampire shades and nails with the look of dripping blood are this season’s extreme styles. Two-tone polishes and metallic colors will be on all 10 tips for everyday wear. The metallic polishes have a highly reflective, mirrored finish. Try a shellac manicure. It will keep your manicure looking fresh for up to three weeks without chipping.

This season is great for hair and hair accessories. Spend as much or as little time on it as you want. You can choose from undone to an up-do French twist. Loose and unruly hair that almost resembles a bed head look is perfect for the person who doesn’t like to fuss. Then there are knots and buns for the sophisticated, off-the-face look. If you like standout streaks of color in your hair, now is the time to make a statement. Hair parted straight down the middle or on the sides, a ponytail, braid, chignon or bun at the nape of the neck are other ways to be in style.

Hair accessories include crowns, (more of a wreath look worked into the hair), hair scarves, headbands and turbans. Turbans are great if you want to look complete but are experiencing a bad hair day. Solid colors to match what you are wearing will show you are fashion conscious.

Think spring and be ready to try some of these trends when the weather turns warmer and you are ready for a change.

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Paula Moliver is a noted designer with a specialty in all things related to fiber. She spins and dyes her own yarn and is skilled in weaving and needle arts. She has been widely published in noted magazines including Arts & Crafts, Better Homes & Gardens and the Decorative Painter. Paula is a regular educator at New Pond Farm. She resides in Connecticut. Her work can be found at

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