SPRING WEATHER BRINGS LIGHTER layers, vibrant colors and a new makeup palette. This month also sees the arrival of two fashion weeks: Southern Design Week is March 15-21, and New Orleans Fashion Week is March 21-28. At both events, which take place at venues citywide, attendees can expect to see trendsetting looks on the runways. Niala Howard, a makeup sponsor for New Orleans Fashion Week and co-creator of Magnolia Makeup, and Sasha Ahart, makeup artist at Southern Design Week and makeup director at Paris Parker, share the spring trend forecast.
The No. 1 trend is a bold lip in berry, fuchsia, aubergine and deep purple hues, Howard says. These darker colors stand out while complementing spring fashions. A matte finish, not glossy, is the more au courant texture.
"You can make a statement with a bold lip color," Howard says.
Keep eye makeup simple to offset the prominent lips. "Basically, that rolled-out-of-bed look," Ahart says. Howard points out that the look is similar to 1990s trends, with the lips making the statement.
Winged eyeliner is going strong in both black and primary hues for a pop of color. Ahart suggests using bright sea blue, indigo or the color of the year, marsala (a rich brownish red).
For your complexion, Ahart says, "You're going to notice a lot of tinted moisturizers for spring and summer." Ahart suggests using a brush to apply moisturizer, instead of a sponge or fingers. This gives skin a more natural look. Brows remain a focus. Use eyeliner pencil and a mascara brush to define the brows, but don't make them too bold — the overall feeling should be fresh.