Good morning ladies! Grab a cup of coffee or tea, get comfy, and enjoy our third look in the Spring Styled Series! (Click here for Look One & Look Two!) I love this subtle, soft, & undoubtedly gorgeous look for spring. The fact that the curls are super-voluminous but un-coiffed, paired with the light smokey eye and nude-pink lip, make this look super versatile. It could compliment a beautiful dress for a special event, or played down with jeans and simple tee for a trip to the farmer's market. It all hints at a sweet sexiness without being overtly va-va-voom.
Quick tips for Bombshell curls
- Bigger is better! These are a lot like the "fussless" curls from Look One. You will want to curl your hair with a bit of a thicker barreled curling iron (3/4"-1"). Pull up your top layers of hair and curl one layer at a time from the bottom up, in 1-2" sections of hair. Bigger barrel + bigger sections of hair = bigger curls. Just like the fussless curls, we will clip up the curls to your head with clips or roller pins, and leave them to set for 15 minutes (or more!)
- Don't pick sides while setting the top. Once you get to the top-most layer of hair, which should be the crown and top of your head, you will curl right down the middle section of hair, regardless of your part. Tease those curls lightly with a basic rat-tail comb (or regular comb) at the scalp, and pin them away to set.
- Curl away from the face. Especially on those sections of hair on the sides of your head, closer to your face (just underneath the topmost layer of hair). This really flatters the face and gives the curls a natural look.
- Comb out with your fingers. After you take your curls out, set with a light spray (we love Rusk W8less, which you can find at Target) and wait for 5 minutes. Then comb through your hair with your fingers for that natural, tousled look!
Quick tips for a springtime smokey eye
- Use earthy neutrals instead of blacks, bold colors, or grays. Smokey eyes don't have to be night-eyes. So, we're thinking golds, champagnes, pinks, lavenders, and shades of brown. These tones are a bit softer and more appropriate for springtime. You can find warmer or cooler shades of each that can go well with your particular skin tone. The Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette has great shades for this look!
- Darker in the crease, lighter on the lid. Take the lighter of the shades, like white, cream or champagne, and sweep all over your lid, crease, brow bone, underneath the lower lash line, and into the inner corner of the eye (where things tend to get shadowy.) Take the middle shade and sweep all over the lid. Save the darkest color for your crease, and wing a little bit up onto the hood of your eye (mostly towards the outer corner) and outward from there ever-so-gently.
- Take the color onto the hood and underneath your lower lash. This is the icing on the cake that really makes it happen. Take some of that mid or dark shade, and sweep it lightly into and beneath your lower lash line, connecting it into the outer wing of color. Then extend that same color lightly onto the hood of your eye (that part that is above your crease but not quite your brow bone.)
- Assess your progress by making your normal face in the mirror - not your "I'm-putting-on-mascara-and-my-eyebrows-are-REALLY-far-up" face. We all need that face for getting the color in there nicely, but you will want to assess your normal face every so often, and how that changes the shape of your smokey eye. You are probably not walking around making your mascara-face at people, so make the smokey eye something that will stand true as you are walking about, chatting with friends.
Quick tips for the subtle pink lip
- Don't be afraid to pick a lipstick shade slightly lighter than your lip tone. Your natural lip tone is still going to show through, so the mix turns out to be really nice and natural looking. This is also true for a light nude color.
- Contrast with concealer. Take concealer and very lightly outline your mouth (particularly the corners) with it, mixing it in with the tip of your ring finger. This will help make the light pink still pop.
- Glossy glossy! If you go with a lipstick as the base, top it off with a light pink or peach gloss, or use the gloss alone. We love Mac Tinted LIPGLASS in Razzledazzler
Any tips you want to know more about? Questions about your particular hair type or skin type in achieving parts of this look? Let us know!
With sunshine & lipgloss,