M•A•C Guest Post: Winter to Spring Makeup Transition

M•A•C’s Director of Makeup Artistry, Gregory Arlt, tells us everything we need to know about the perfect way to transition our beauty look from winter to spring.

Like flowers pushing up through the snow, spring color feels fresh, soft and gives an exciting sense of renewal.

It’s time to think about transitional makeup to take you from winter to spring. My favorite way to bridge between winter and summer extremes is our Fantasy of Flowers Collection. The palette is sheer, pastel and a very wearable way to introduce spring hues. We saw many trends backstage utilizing the collection, and the colors and textures are all truly “must-haves” for the makeup bag!


Spring/Summer 2014, Desigual, New York | Credit: Luca Cannonieri

Let’s talk lips. It’s all about sheer color! Lilacs, oranges and corals dominated the runways. Backstage at shows like Prabal Gurung, we saw lavender lipstick like “Heavenly Hybrid.” At Desigual, coral was used on the lips in “Dreaming Dahlia” with “Star Quality” Cremesheen Glass on top.

Nudes played a big role too, seen backstage at Giambattista Valli and Roberto Cavalli with pale lipstick shades such as “Naked Bud” used on well-primed lips. Shows like Chloé saw a dab of peachy coral on the lips, like “Fleur d’Coral.” Think sheer washes of color. For a true stain, I love to apply the Cremesheen Glass on lips alone. These are the perfect “throw and go” shades when rushing to leave the house or on the go!

Spring/Summer 2014, Roberto Cavalli, Milan | Giambattista Valli, Paris | Credit: Luca Cannonieri

As for eyes, washes of color over the lids look like stained glass or the delicate petal of a flower. Pale green and shades of mint were seen on the lids, as were lilacs and pinks. “In the MeadowMineralize Shadow provides the perfect green palette. The “Chartreuse Bouquetpigment is beautiful swept over the lids with a #252 brush—top it off with a thin, chic cat-eye in green. Use Fluidline in “Sassy Moss” with a #210 brush for the perfect liner. Lashes were more feathery than clumpy. “Haute and Naughty” Mascara is a great way to get this look.

Blush is back! But it’s more cool than cute. Instead of using it on the apples of your cheeks, try it on the cheeks and blend it back toward the ears. Coral is the “it” color for cheeks this season, as we saw backstage at Desigual in New York. Mineralize Blush in “Petal Power” will put the shade exactly where it should go. Top it off with a bit of “Perfect Topping” Mineralize Skinfinish Powder.

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