Things that make spring makeup colours go pop

Nikki ParkinsonBeauty 27 Comments

A smokey eye created using purples; peachy cheeks; or a hot pink lip.  Welcome to spring 2011’s bold new palette.

And guess what?  I’m not scared.  I’m excited.

Kit Cosmetics Viva la Color Long Live Color Palette $69.95

Kit Cosmetics Viva la Color Long Live Color Palette $69.95

Getting this look just right – and not like something your Great Aunt Nancy would wear – is all about balance.  Just like putting a fashion look together, you don’t want to overdo it in the statement-making department.

Choose your one makeup statement – lips, eyes or cheeks – and tone the rest down.

The effect you’re after is that “pop” of colour.

And there’s plenty of pop in Kit Cosmetics’ limited edition Viva La Color collection, which I was recently invited to experience first hand at the Myer Brisbane City counter*.  And by experienced, I mean sitting in a chair while a makeup artist not only did a mini facial on my post-Blogopolis skin, but also created a makeup look around the new collection.

Here’s a little something I prepared afterwards …

But I know you want more.  Take a look at the before and after shots again.  Click on the image to enlarge (if you must!).  See the HUGE difference when my face and eye makeup is complete but I’m still to have the lippy (a hot pink with orange undertones – sorry it looks more orange in the photo and video) applied.

Uh-huh.

Are you getting my spring statement-making makeup drift?

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Key products used

Skincare (from the Super by Dr Nicholas Perricone range which draws on super food ingredients to boost your skin): 3-minute facial intensive treatment $75.95; Bright Eyed Flawless Eye Treatment $74.95; Crinkle Eraser Firming Serum $69.95; O-mega Moisture Nourishing Cream $62.95

Super by Dr Nicholas Perricone

Super by Dr Nicholas Perricone: he’s the doctor Oprah calls on for her skincare needs

Makeup  Long Live Color Palette $69.95 (this palette has all your colour needs covered with 24 lip, eye and cheek colours – my lip colour is in the palette); New Kit Cosmetics brushes from $39.95 (made from the softest goat hair); Too Faced Primed and Poreless Smoothing Face Primer $57.95;  Kit Cosmetics new Mineral Liquid Powder Foundation $44.95;  Too Faced Shadow Insurance $34.95; Too Faced Naked Eye Collection $59.95; Smashbox Photo Op Under Eye Brightener $28.95; Smashbox Camera Ready Full Coverage concealer $28.95; Smashbox Step-by-Step Contour Kit $64.95; Kit Cosmetics Mineral Illuminiser $24.95;

Kit Cosmetics Viva la Color limited edition collection

Kit Cosmetics Viva la Color limited edition collection

Are you thinking of making a new makeup statement this spring?  Eyes, lips or cheeks?

* I was invited as a guest of Kit Cosmetics in accordance with my disclosure policy

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  1. Totally love those colours. Gorgeous! I find a little colour always helps my mood and look. I think I would use all of them…except the yellow maybe! love your pictures…looking hot in all of them. N x

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  2. Oh Nikki, you look gorgeous in all three of those pictures!

    I need to learn how to minimise dark circles and lines around my eyes. I have so bloody much and it doesn’t seem to make a difference. But I am sure it’s because I’m not doing it right.

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      Miss Pink you are too kind. Now about those eyes. Get yourself along to Kit Cosmetics, Benefit or Napoleon Perdis. All have a really good variety of concealers – which you need to help you find the best for you. They’ll also teach you the best technique. x

  3. I recently got myself a huge palette of colours and I’m enjoying using different shades depending on what I’m wearing. These colour look beautiful! And so do you!

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  4. I had a Viva La Color makeover too. It’s great that it’s all about being bold with colour this season. I am embracing it!!
    And I love your lippie!

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  5. I have very subtle soft pink and sable eyes by Napoleon Perdis Air Sign eyeshadow quad, pretty flushed cheeks by Becca Petal lip and cheek creme, set by MAC Pinch o’ Peach blush, and the Becca Petal gently pressed onto my lips. My cheeks are popping today! 🙂

    Nikki, looking gorgeous as always!

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  6. Quick question, I am a blonde wearing an orange dress out on the weekend, can I still do this? If so, which colours? I’m in the mood to experiment!

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      Hi Ali, this season is all about colour blocking, so if you’re game you could do a bright pink lippy in contrast to the orange. If you want to err on the side of caution, then I’d go a coral. It won’t be too matchy matchy with the dress but will tone beautifully.

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      Haha, that’s so funny, Rhonda, because I always think we’re behind! We get to see you all embracing the trends six months before us! I think a bright lippy is a good trend to follow whatever the season.

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