Bonus column: Martha Stewart
With so many fun colors and wearable textures, spring is the time to branch out and incorporate new products into your beauty regimen. I find that experimenting with makeup can result in looks that you 'll really love. And remember, change is good.
For the past few years, I have been working with makeup artist Daisy Schwartzberg. We collaborate with hairdressers (James Vides did my hair for this shoot), photographers and directors to keep me looking my best. Daisy and I are constantly looking for new colors, products and ideas that will subtly but nicely change the way I look. Of course, it is up to me to keep my skin and hair healthy and vibrant, with a good diet and exercise. But I marvel at how a bit of eye shadow, a few false eyelashes or a new shade of lip color can radically change my appearance! I love shimmer and use Tom Ford Illuminating Primer ($74, tomford.com) on my cheekbones, under my eyebrows and on my collarbones.
For the first of my "new" looks, Daisy upped the shimmer factor, adding plum shades to my lids and lips. I use products to emulate the glow of a day in the sun without letting harmful UV rays touch my skin. To finish this healthy look, use a pink blush on the apples of the cheeks - it works wonders!
Add bright earrings - turquoise works well on me. For evening or formal events, try red lips. Daisy adds just a few individual lashes to my own upper eyelashes. Bright-white pearls and diamonds brighten anyone's face exponentially. To enlarge and enhance my dark-brown eyes, I use more browns and olive greens (I prefer dark-brown eyeliner and mascara to black). Daisy showed me how to smudge the eye shadows to create a beautiful, mysterious "smoky" look.
Here are some of the products and techniques Daisy used to create my fresh new look for spring:
1. SUBTLE SHIMMER
Daisy applied Vintage Grape over my lids, then layered Concord into the crease. A red-grape lip liner and berry lipstick in a long-wearing and hydrating formula balance this look, which is versatile enough for every day but a little more special.
CLINIQUE WEAR EVERYWHERE NEUTRALS ALL ABOUT SHADOW 8-PAN PALETTE, in Pinks, $36, clinique.com. SMASHBOX ALWAYS SHARP LIP LINER, in Figgy, $20, smashbox.com. SHISEIDO VEILED ROUGE LIPSTICK, in Rosalie, $25, shiseido.com.
2. GOLDEN GLOW
This compact does triple duty. Sweep the bronzer over the areas the sun would hit - forehead, cheekbones and chin. Tap the highlighter on your cheekbones, then add blush on the apples of the cheeks. Eyes and lips continue the sun-kissed theme.
URBAN DECAY NAKED FLUSHED PALETTE, in Streak, $30, urbandecay.com. SMASHBOX LIMITLESS 15-HOUR WEAR SHADOW, in Riches, $20, smashbox.com. L'ORÉAL INFALLIBLE SHADOW CRAYON, in Everlasting Gold, $8, lorealparisusa.com. CLINIQUE LONG LAST GLOSSWEAR, in Devoted, $16, clinique.com.
3. RED LIPS
The poppy shade I use is a classic, flattering red. For a precise application, Daisy uses the lip brush on the end of the liner to apply the lipstick. With bright lips, keep the rest of the look more neutral, though a swipe of mascara - and a few individual lashes - make eyes pop.
HOURGLASS COSMETICS PANORAMIC LONG WEAR LIP PENCIL, in Icon, $28, hourglasscosmetics.com. L'ORÉAL INFALLIBLE LE ROUGE LIPSTICK, in Red Fatale, $10, lorealparisusa.com. EYLURE PRO-LASH INDIVIDUALS, $5, ulta.com. MAYBELLINE LASH SENSATIONAL, $9, maybelline.com.
Daisy prepped my lids with a green shadow and used a cinnamon color in the crease. Then she circled my eyes with sparkling-green eyeliner, blending it for the smoky look. Pale lips don't compete with the eyes.
URBAN DECAY EYE SHADOW, in Loaded, $18, urbandecay.com. PU¨RMINERALS SOUL MATTES EYE-SHADOW PALETTE, $32, purminerals.com. BOBBI BROWN LONG-WEAR GEL SPARKLE, in Midnight Forest, $29, bobbibrowncosmetics.com. MARC JACOBS NEW NUDES SHEER LIP GEL, in Strange Magic, $30, sephora.com.
Any makeup looks better and lasts longer when skin is prepped properly. Here are a few of my daily go-to products.
I often begin with DIOR DIORSNOW WHITE REVEAL UV PROTECTION BB CRÈME ($58, dior.com) or AMORE-PACIFIC MOISTURE BOUND TINTED TREATMENT moisturizer SPF 15 ($70, us.amorepacific.com). These lightweight tinted formulas hydrate and help to even out my skin tone. When I need to look more done up, I turn to foundation, either DIOR DIORSKIN STAR STUDIO MAKEUP ($50, dior.com) or CLÉ DE PEAU BEAUTÉ RADIANT FLUID FOUNDATION ($125, cledepeaubeaute.com), applied and buffed into skin with a BEAUTY-BLENDER ($20, beautyblender.net), an egg-shaped sponge that leaves makeup streak-free and flawless. As the last step, a loose powder sets everything. I like LAURA MERCIER INVISIBLE LOOSE SETTING POWDER ($37, lauramercier.com).
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