Best Spring Beauty Tips And Trends From A Seattle Beauty Guru

February 19, 2013 5:00 AM

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As the days grow longer and the shy Seattle sun returns in the spring, it’s time shake up your makeup routine. Vivian Jones, owner of Belltown beauty salon Killer Looks, explains, “Spring makeup is all about transparency and sheer washes of color that are bright and clear, not muted. It’s about creating an outdoorsy, sun-kissed, healthy look.” Whereas winter makeup cultivates an air of glamour and drama, springtime ushers in a less formal, more spontaneous beauty. Jones, who has her own line of mineral makeup ideal for sensitive skin, Vivian Lee Cosmetics, shares her easy insider tips for following the five hottest beauty trends of the season.

The “Nude Face”

To achieve a subtle overall glow, Jones recommends the “nude face,” an understated look that creates “the illusion of bare, but better.”  Start with a high-SPF, tinted moisturizer such as Vivian Lee Mineral Tint, a favorite of Jones’ clientele, for sheer coverage. Then, add light touches — a delicate flush on the cheeks, a strong brow and luscious lashes — to bring out facial features.  “This isn’t about going bare-faced,” Jones emphasizes; instead, this makeup cultivates the polished yet effortless appearance that Seattleites aspire to. For a beautiful variation on this look, add a bold color to the lips, such as red, fuchsia or coral.

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Eyes That Glow

To complement to the nude face described above, Jones suggests adding a slight shimmer to draw attention to the eyes. Accent lower lashes with a metallic liner in bronze, copper or platinum, applied in wide smoky strokes, or put a wash of crème shadow over the whole eyelid with a little crème gel eyeliner for a stronger eye. Jones also applies eye shadow primer to even out skin tone and highlights three spots — on the tear duct, under the brow bone and on the lid just above the iris—  with Vivian Lee Luminizer Foundation Stick, which brings a hint of iridescence without looking too shiny.

The Power Of Pink

A touch of fuchsia, cranberry or dusty rose brings a fresh feel to a springtime look. Lipstick in these vibrant shades adds pop to your pout, while sheer lip gloss in brighter shades provides a lovely but more understated alternative. Jones also recommends crème blushes, which can be applied with the fingers, dotting color across the apples of the cheeks. If you keep one product in your purse while on the go, Jones adds, crème blushes make an excellent choice, because they work well on cheeks, eyelids and lips alike.

Strong Brows

A strong, clean brow provides a frame for neutral faces this season. Go easy with the tweezers; thicker brows are in. To nail that natural look, Jones only makes her own browblender pencils in cooler, muted tones, dark taupe for brunettes and softer taupe for blonds, because few people have naturally reddish brows and black eyebrows appear harsh. Otherwise, beautiful brows are a snap: Fill in any light patches with the eyebrow pencil, and set the brows with brow gel—voilà!

Effortless hair

Spring hairstyles show off more texture and movement, with swishy above-the-shoulder hair lengths and plenty of waves and curls. No need to tuck away the stray hairs; they contribute to this season’s insouciant, slightly windblown look. One of Jones’ simple tricks for instant elegance is dusting hair with hair powder to keep it in place, then creating loose, elegant braids or else twisting hair into an up-do and fastening it with pins.

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About Vivian Jones

Killer Looks
2902 1st Ave.
Seattle, WA 98121
(206) 448-5599

A talented hair stylist trained in prestigious salons such as Vidal Sassoon in London, Vivian Jones founded her own Belltown salon, Killer Looks, in 1998. In her quest to find makeup for her own sensitive skin, she worked with veteran makeup artist Michael McCarthy to create Vivian Lee Cosmetics in 2005, a line of fragrance- and dye-free mineral makeup, available at the salon and online, that hydrates and flatters skin rather than camouflaging it.  Jones finds inspiration for her work in her travels, especially to tropical destinations, observing different colors and textures together. Her personal style is a fun, playful form of self-expression:  “I love to be an individual. I like to change it up and experiment.”

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