From fuchsia lips to baby-blue eyelashes, spring's most on-trend cosmetics have the vibrant hues of a garden in full bloom. "The bold look is definitely a trend," says makeup artist and aesthetician Amanda Mahoney of NOLA Faces (504-250-3732; www.facebook.com/nolafaces). Fortunately, it's simple to get the look, because the best way to pull off rainbow shades is to use them to accentuate one feature. "Pick one feature and stick with it — lips, cheeks or eyes — and then keep the other features softer," Mahoney says.
A pop of bright blush on the apples of the cheeks gives a trendy baby-doll look, Mahoney says. Choose a bright blush in a pink or coral shade, like these Pure Color Cello Shots by Estee Lauder, $28 each at Saks Fifth Avenue (The Shops at Canal Place, 301 Canal St., 504-524-2200 ext. 5361; www.saksfifthavenue.com). The sheer gel can be layered for a more intense look and was voted "Best Cream Blush" by Allure magazine in 2013.
Mahoney says lipstick is the simplest way to incorporate bold color, especially for people who don't usually wear a lot of makeup. "You can throw on one color; you don't have to blend it, and you can make the lips pop," Mahoney says. Bright lavender is a trendy color right now, she says, but oranges and fuchsias are also popular. For an extra bold accent color, try a blue or green tone. Matte finishes are growing in popularity, Mahoney says, partly because they have longer staying power. Above: Clinique High Impact Lip Color is highly pigmented and long-lasting, $15 at Ulta (1126 S. Clearview Pkwy., Harahan, 504-731-6628; www.ulta.com). Right: LipScape lipstick in Lafourche, $12 at Rise Boutique (3650 Magazine St., 504- 304-5485; www.rise-nola.com).
Colored mascaras in a rainbow of hues are making a comeback. To pick your perfect shade, consider your eye color. "If you have eyes that are blue, go with blue mascara," Mahoney says. "If you have green eyes, go with green mascara." Keep the rest of the eye makeup simple. "Make the eye a soft, smoky eye so you can see the color on the lashes stand out," Mahoney says. "If you use makeup that's too dark, you won't be able to tell the mascara is colored." Make Up For Ever's Smoky Lash in dark blue is heavily pigmented with minerals, $23 at Sephora (Oakwood Shopping Center, 197 Westbank Expwy., 504-227-2112; 197 Lakeside Shopping Center, 3301 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Suite 74, 504-837-9880; www.sephora.com).