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Sun, Mar 01, 2009
Urban, The Straits Times
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Fresh like spring
by Karen Tee

Spring in the fashion world has sprung and it is time to update your look.

Spring make-up does not have to mean pink, pink and more baby pink, though.

This season, colours take on bright cotton candy hues. Think pistachio green, aquamarine, fuchsia and peach sorbet.

So strong is this trend that even Clarins has broken ranks with the soft natural colours it favours to create a spring look with peacock hues of blue, green and lilac.

If you have shaky hands and are hopeless at brushing on eye or lip liner, there is reason to rejoice.

Spring 2009 is all about looking artfully undone, so you can get away with smudged eyeliner and lipstick that are smeared on.

No matter what the look, one thing in your beauty regimen should always remain - a beautiful complexion.

Said Paris-based Frederic Reymond, Clarin's international make-up artist, when he was in town last month to launch the brand's latest make-up collection: 'You can have bad eye or lip make-up, but if you have a good complexion, all is forgiven.'

With this advice in mind, Urban gets make-up artist Larry Yeo to conjure up the six looks that you must try now.


Give a new spin to the tried-and-tested neutral colours with metallic shades instead.

Beiges, browns, taupes, warm honeys and dusky coffees are so much more alluring when they are glammed up with a sheen.

Keep your blush matte so you can use it to sculpt your cheek bones to chiselled perfection.

Get the look:

  1. Chanel Les 4 Ombres in Mystic Eyes, $83
  2. Estee Lauder Fleur de Lys Shimmer Powder, $55
  3. Cle de Peau Beaute Blush Couleur Duo in Sand Brown, $73 for palette and $61 for case, from next week
  4. ModelCo Lash + Brow Growth Stimulator, $73.85
  5. Glominerals gloPrecision Brow Pencil in Taupe, $31
  6. Clinique Long Last Gloss SPF 15 in Air Kiss, $31


You want your skin to glow without it looking like an oil slick.

To fake it, use a foundation with a sheer finish.

If you have oily skin, use a make-up base with oil-control properties before applying foundation.

Pick eyeshadows and lip colours with sheen and shimmer so light can bounce off your skin.

Get the look:

  1. Clinique Quick Blush in Hurry Honey, $49
  2. Maquillage Face Creator (3D) in Nuance Beige, $45 for palette and $28 for case, from Sunday
  3. Lancome Oscillation, $68
  4. Bobbi Brown Sparkle Eye Shadow in Silver Moon, Mica and Sunlight, $32 each, from next Friday
  5. Clarins Instant Light Complexion Perfector, $52
  6. Laneige Snow Crystal Dual Base foundation with SPF 22 PA+, $55, from March 13
  7. Dior Addict High-Shine Lipstick in New Look Beige, $38


A good way to appear dolled up without going overboard is to focus on just one feature on your face.

To play up your peepers, first ensure that your eyebrows are well groomed. Colour them in with eyebrow mascara for added definition, then use liquid eyeliner to create a thin wingtip at your outer upper lash line.

Get the look:

  1. Shu Uemura Lip Duo Tint and Gloss in Rouge and Gloss, $48
  2. RMK Translucent Cheeks & Eyes in Translucent Coral Gold, $70
  3. Anna Sui Eyebrow Mascara in Dark Brown, $33
  4. Chanel Mat Lumiere Long Lasting Luminous Matte Fluid Makeup, $66
  5. Lancome Laque Liner in Pure Black, $40
  6. Dior 5-Colour Eyeshadow in Elegante, $87


Perfection is passe. To channel your inner rock star, smear your darkest black eyeliner onto your eyelids then use a finger to smudge it out for that too-cool-to-care touch.

If all that black is too goth for your liking, tone it down with purple eyeshadow - it works well on most skin tones - in a shade such as violet or lilac on the inner corners of your eyes.

Get the look:

  1. Estee Lauder TurboLash mascara, $50
  2. Cle de Peau Beaute Intensifying Cream Eyeliner in Deep Black, $98, from next week
  3. Maquillage Eyes Creator (3D) in Elegant Violet, $69, from Sunday
  4. Yves Saint Laurent Palette D'Artiste Collector Powder for the Complexion, $84
  5. Laneige Art Play Lip Palette #2, $55, from March23
  6. Origins Organics Soothing Lip Balm, $30
  7. Glominerals gloSheer Tint Base, $62


The colours to wear to look bang on trend are candy pink, aquamarine, pistachio green and fuchsia.

Play up the colours by pairing colourful eyes with pink lips or tone your bright eye colour down with nude lips.

Either way, you are sure to turn heads. We show you two different ways to wear these colours.

Get this look (right, top):

  1. Shu Uemura Eyeshadow Palette in Fantasia, $65
  2. Ettusais Sweet Marble Cheek Colour in OR3, $29, from next week
  3. Lancome Laque Fever lipgloss in Furious in Fuchsia, $39
  4. ZA Wide Eyes mascara, $19.90, from March 26
  5. Beaute de Kose Eye Fantasist in Fresh Lilac, $38
  6. M.A.C Mineralize Eyeshadow Duo in Illusionary/Burning Ambition, $33

Get this look (right, bottom):

  1. Clarins Eye Colour Palette in New Harmony, $70
  2. M.A.C Hello Kitty Beauty Powder Blush in Tippy, $35
  3. Yves Saint Laurent Easy Liner for Eyes in Easy Blue, $46
  4. Guerlain KissKiss Lipstick in Beige Forever, $44
  5. Majolica Majorca Lash Beautifying Mascara Frame Plus, $25.90, from March 26
  6. Shu Uemura Hard Formula Brow Pencil in Stone Grey, $35


  • Anna Sui: All counters including Takashimaya Department Store and Isetan Scotts
  • Beaute de Kose: All counters including Takashimaya Department Store and Isetan Scotts
  • Bobbi Brown: All counters including Isetan Scotts, Robinsons The Centrepoint and Tangs VivoCity
  • Chanel: All counters including Metro Paragon and Tangs Orchard
  • Clarins: All counters including Isetan Scotts and Robinsons The Centrepoint
  • Cle de Peau Beaute: Takashimaya Department Store
  • Clinique: All counters including Isetan Scotts and Tangs VivoCity
  • Dior: All counters including Tangs Orchard and Robinsons The Centrepoint
  • Ettusais: All counters including Isetan Orchard and BHG Bishan
  • Estee Lauder: All counters including Tangs Orchard and Isetan Scotts
  • Glominerals: Curtis Medical Laser Clinic, 81 Club Street
  • Guerlain: Tangs Orchard and Takashimaya Department Store
  • Lancome: All counters including Tangs Orchard, Isetan Scotts and Metro Paragon
  • Laneige: All Laneige counters including Robinsons Raffles City and Tangs VivoCity
  • M.A.C: All counters including Tangs Orchard and B1-36 Takashimaya Shopping Centre
  • Majolica Majorca: Selected Watsons stores including those in Takashimaya Shopping Centre, VivoCity and Wisma Atria
  • Maquillage: All Shiseido counters including Tangs Orchard and Takashimaya Department Store
  • ModelCo: Metro Paragon
  • Origins: All counters including Robinsons Raffles City and Metro Paragon
  • RMK: Isetan Scotts
  • Shu Uemura: All counters including Tangs Orchard and Isetan Scotts
  • YSL: All counters including Tangs Orchard and Robinsons Raffles City
  • ZA: Selected Watsons stores including Takashimaya Shopping Centre and Wisma Atria

This article was first published in Urban, The Straits Times.

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