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Makeup options inspired by brights of spring

  • Article by: BEE-SHYUAN CHANG
  • New York Times
  • May 1, 2013 - 2:35 PM

There is something about chirping birds that makes us want to say goodbye to earth tones. Here are some makeup picks for this spring season.



Dior Vernis in Crystal: Sheer on its own, this works best as a shimmering topcoat ($24 at Saks Fifth Avenue).

Nails Inc. London Nail Polish in Queen Victoria Street: Jaded by the long winter? This glossy green makes for an easy transition color (available May 30, $9.50 at Sephora).

Deborah Lippmann Nail Color: Lippmann is offering variety for spring, from glittery tangerine (Million Dollar Mermaid, available in May) to trendy dotted pink (I’m Not Edible) ($19 each at Deborah Lippmann).

Sally Hansen Hard as Nails Xtreme Wear Nail Color in Pink Satin: A silvery pink that lasted longer than expected ($2.49 at Target).

NARS Nail Polish in Disco Inferno: Iridescent green with purple shimmer, suggesting dragonfly wings ($19 at Barneys).

Butter London Nail Polish in Crumpet: Various skin-tone colors, like this warm nude, have been popular on the fashion runways, including Alexander Wang’s recent show ($15 at

Essie for Ralph Lauren in No. 3 Yellow: This sunny polish comes as part of a set that includes Ralph Lauren Big Pony eau de toilette and body mist ($45 for the set, at Macy’s until August).

Jin Soon Nail Polish in Tea Rose: Jin Soon Choi’s spring line is inspired by the New York Botanical Garden and Claude Monet, including this cheerful coral-rose hue ($18 at Jin Soon).



By Terry Hyaluronic Sheer Rouge Hydra-Balm in Dragon Pink: This gel-balm formula also has SPF 10. This color is a vibrant fuchsia with a slightly iridescent finish that can be layered for more impact ($35 at

Aveda Nourish-Mint Smoothing Lip Color in Cana: A spicy red-orange hue that’s particularly flattering on tanned skin. The lingering spearmint flavor is a refreshing touch ($16 at Aveda).

Maybelline ColorSensational Vivids Lipstick in Vivid Rose: Not for wallflowers, a hot pink that feels more like balm than lipstick ($7.49 at Maybelline).

Estee Lauder “Mad Men” Collection Lipstick: This frosty pink lip color is in a replica of Estee Lauder’s packaging from the 1960s (available through May, $30 at Lord & Taylor).



La Prairie Essence of Skin Caviar Eye Complex: Moisturizes the delicate eye area, but also is a surprisingly good eye shadow primer (if you’re willing to pay the price for caviar complex) ($135 for 0.5 ounces at La Prairie).

M.A.C. Pro Longwear Paint Pot in Let’s Skate: A playful pearly pink made for eyes that doubles as an all-around highlighter ($18.50 at M.A.C.).

Make Up for Ever Aqua Cream in No. 53: Metallic spring colors were a hit at the Dior Spring 2013 show, making this creamy yet cool pastel green eye shadow right on trend. Bonus: It did an admirable job of not inching into the creases (available in May, $23 at Sephora).

Dior Cherie Bow Palette: The retro packaging with clasp closure has purse appeal; the combo of gray and pink shadows and black liner (plus pink lip gloss) inside are quite practical ($80 at Bergdorf Goodman).

Clinique Chubby Stick Shadow Tint for Eyes in Pink & Plenty and Big Blue: These eye shadows in handy pencil packaging go on sheer and stay put for most of the day ($16 at Clinique).



Clarins Shaping Facial Lift: Packed with this metallic tube is a foldout instruction sheet on how to apply the product; it involves five steps, takes about two minutes and had a nice de-puffing effect ($75 for 1.7 ounces at Nordstrom).

Rodial Dragon’s Blood Hyaluronic Moisturizer with SPF 15: A lightweight hydrator with hyaluronic acid to plump up fine lines ($60 for 1.7 ounces at Space NK).

Dr. Brandt BB Matte: This tinted beauty balm gets a tweak for spring with SPF 30 mineral sunscreen and a flattering matte finish. But it comes in only two shades: light to medium and medium to dark ($39 for 1 ounce at

Olay CC Cream with SPF 15: If hydration plus SPF (there’s a faint sunscreen scent) is what you’re looking for, this subtly tinted moisturizer may do the job ($23.99 at CC stands for “color correcting.”

Cover FX SPF 30 Protection Primer: A clear gel formula that dries to a soft matte finish. Use it before foundation to prevent midday makeup meltdown ($38 for 1 ounce at Cover FX).

Nuance Salma Hayek Ageless Clarity Facial Blotting Papers: Lets you carry around a little towelette infused with green tea leaf extract ($7.99 for 50 sheets at CVS).

Jurlique Purely Bright Radiance Serum: A hydrating serum with Kakadu plum extract and a pleasingly light botanical fragrance ($58 at Jurlique).

Odacite A Summer in Hossegor Blended Face Oil: Valerie Grandury, a French former film producer turned beauty entrepreneur, has built an organic skin-care line. This blend, intended for summer, includes buriti and wild carrot seed oils ($149 for 0.5 ounce at Odacite).



Daisy by Marc Jacobs Eau So Fresh Sunshine: What does fair weather smell like? According to Marc Jacobs, fruits like strawberry and pink grapefruit, and flowers like jasmine petals, rose and day lily — and not a daisy to be found ($75 for 2.5 ounces at Macy’s).

Bottega Veneta Eau Legere Eau de Toilette: A watery floral grounded by intriguing notes of leather ($115 for 2.5 ounces at Neiman Marcus).

Jimmy Choo Flash Eau de Parfum: A white floral with a dash of pink pepper and tangerine, this second fragrance from Jimmy Choo comes in a hefty flacon inspired by a Modernist chandelier from the 1970s ($75 for 2.2 ounces at Nordstrom).

Balenciaga Paris L’Eau Rose: Names are deceiving: Balenciaga’s latest scent is actually based on the violet ($90 for 1.7 ounces at Nordstrom).

Arquiste Boutonniere No. 7 Eau de Parfum: A pretty, likable green floral with gardenia, lavender and bergamot ($175 for 55 milliliters at Arquiste).

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