Spring Fever: Professional Tips

Spring has certainly sprung across many states throughout the country, which brings a longing to get out of the house more and show off some of your latest fashions and beauty treatments. Here, Gina Pieper of Empire Beauty Schools, has just the kind of professional Spring tips to take advantage of the hottest trends and get heads turning!

What are some spring makeup trends that you suggest trying this season?
Spring time is the season to try new things – specifically pastel colors are a huge trend this spring. You can’t go wrong with the intense pastel eye shadow colors – like MAKE UP FOR EVER Diamond Pink, Diamond Turquoise or Diamond Purple. I recommend stopping in at your favorite make up counter and trying out a pastel shade you have never tried before that goes with your skin tone and see what you think. In addition, pastel colored manicures are going to be everywhere, especially lilacs and creamy minty greens!

Is there a particular look or product you’d suggest trying for lips?
A perfect sheer, barely there lipstick that pairs well with pastel colors is Viva Las Vegas by NARS – it’s one of my favorites! It complements all skin tones and lends a great finish to the lips.

What is a must-have makeup item for spring?
If I had to pick one thing for you to try for this spring, it would be HD Powder. I like HD Microfinish Powder by MAKE UP FOR EVER and E.L.F Cosmetics also makes a great new HD Powder. HD Powder completely evens out your complexion for a drop dead gorgeous, flawless finish. It works on all skin tones to help hide any imperfections and gives a soft-focus look.

What are two spring hair trends you suggest trying?
If you are looking for a different style this spring, I recommend trying the beachy wave. For this look, curl your entire head of hair in spiral curls that are loose on the top and loose on the ends. For some pieces, don’t curl the ends in order to get that fun, messy, beachy look! Another easy spring hair trend to try is adding a flower above your ear or even above a side ponytail in the back. When wearing a side ponytail, it should be sassy, so make sure it has a lot of texture. You can curl it and even backcomb it to add body and place at the nape of the neck for a flirty look.

As a hairstylist, what are your thoughts on getting hair extensions for the season?
This spring hair extensions are definitely in, but if you’ve been watching TV recently, (I won’t name any names) there are some pretty fake looking extension applications! I really like the look of Fusion extensions. I recommend getting human hair so you can style it with your flat iron or curling iron. I recently had some extensions glued in and they looked great, but they only lasted about a week until they started to feel uncomfortable. When spending money on human hair extensions, don’t try to glue them in at home because it can result in breakage, and just look really BAD! If you are looking for a good deal, check out a reputable beauty school near you, Empire Beauty School has 100 different locations, and the students are very talented!

-Empire Beauty Schools

Carnival of Beauty Smarts: Spring Trends – 3rd Edition

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Hey all!

Be sure to check out the 3rd edition of the Carnival of Beauty Smarts, hosted by HairBoutique.com!! This edition features a wealth of info that’s just perfect for the oncoming spring season!! In just three days, spring will be here – I’ve already heard the birds chirping! So get cracking on your beauty routine ASAP and enjoy the many tips provided to you by the experts (one of them being us!).

Happy Spring!!

Be sure to click into the 2009 Spring Beauty Blog Carnival!!

Springing into Beauty Trends

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By definition, spring is a rebirth – a time for coming into your own and starting fresh. It’s also my favorite time of year. So what kinds of things can you begin again as we bid a cold farewell to winter and a say a warm hello to spring?

Maybe spring is the time when you decide to revamp or start a new career. During tough times, it’s good to know that beauty careers are always in demand. If you really think about it, would you ever cut your own hair? I know I wouldn’t. I do my own nails from time to time and tweeze my eyebrows, but there are lots of girls out there who can’t do these things and really want a professional to keep them fresh. It’s not out of pampering; it’s out of necessity. And, like I’ve said before, there have been surveys conducted that state women would rather give up lots of other things before they would sacrifice their beauty products and treatments in a down economy.

But enough of the negative; let’s look at the positive! Some trends that we’ll see from beauty professionals (and even the non-pros) performing this spring include:

Hair – don’t hide your face. Instead, try to keep your hair swept up to show your pretty facial features. And if you want to wear your hair down, loose waves are always nice and flowy. Basically, your hair should look ethereal and delicate.

Makeup – make eyes bright and fun during this spring season with shades of lilac and other shimmery shadows. Switch up your black eyeliner for a less harsh violet or sparkly one that will make your eyes shine. In fact, @TravelingAnna suggests white eyeliner for all you daring beauty gals out there.

Skin care – the natural look is in, according to most runway fashion shows this season. Try to use a natural-looking foundation and don’t go too heavy on the bronzer. Orange does not equal natural.

Nails – use bright pinks to accentuate your nails this spring, channeling beautiful new flowers in bloom!

Those are just a few of the fun spring trends for 2009. Whether you decide on a beauty or spa career for the new season or just a revamping of your beauty routine, take advantage of the new season we’re moving into! It’s the best time of year!

What are some of YOUR favorites?

-Amanda Fornecker