Take the madness out of your makeup

Mar 13, 2012 at 10:30 a.m. ET

Winter is almost over and that transition from winter to spring makeup is about to begin. One of my favorite things is going through my clients' makeup bags and editing -- helping them change with the seasons. While your guy is hyping up for March Madness, I have enlisted a few of my absolute favorite makeup artists to help take the madness out of your makeup bag. We all agree on a couple of things: It’s all about paring down, moving away from deep winter shades and having glowing skin! Let us help you simplify your spring makeup!

Woman with spring makeup

Keep things fresh

Andrew Satomayor suggests keeping things fresh and simple this spring: 

"While winter winds mean lips need the benefits of tinted lip balm, and summer heat is the best time for mattifying powder bronzer, spring is the perfect time to simplify your makeup bag and wear a fresh looking lip and cheek stain. Dab the color directly on lips and freshly moisturized skin. Stains come in a lot of different textures, but I'm a big fan of the lip and cheek stains by Three Custom Color which have a creamy consistency which means they don't run, and they blend easily.

For lighter skin tones, try Rosé and for deeper skin tones, try Pinotage. To complete the look, apply concealer as needed using Eclat Lumiere from Chanel and intensify lashes using Hypnose Doll Lashes Mascara from Lancome."

Brighten up

Suresh recommends brightening up your color palette this spring:

"March is a great time to throw out some of the dark colors in your makeup bag and add some life into your routine. Swap black eyeliner with rich plum or emerald. Switch your brow color up a shade or two to soften the face. Replace your moisturizing foundation with a lighter formula. Add a touch of matte bronzer to warm up the skin."

"One of my favorite ways to transition winter makeup into spring is to incorporate sheer textured products like my sheer GlossLUXE lip glosses in Virginia and Jacci. Forget the heavy matte lipsticks. Add glow to skin and eyes with touches of metallic crème shadow. I love Chanel's Illusion D'ombre in Emerveille. Brighten up eyes by rimming the waterline with Three Custom's Medium Clarifier Pencil. Use clean fingers instead of sponges to soften things up, create a creamier complexion and complement skin with punches of sheer color."

Transition time

James Vincent says, "Choose products that are simple and sure to transition with the season. YSL Beauty Touche Eclat relieves some of that winter gray by bringing a touch of light wherever you use it. Try it under the eyes for lift and to alleviate dark circles, and a light touch around the lip line can make lips fuller and bring attention to a perfect pout.

Three Custom Color Clarifier Pencil is an essential! It pulls triple duty, hiding imperfections, erasing lines and highlighting areas you want to bring out. Use it down the center of the nose, around the lip line and on the brow bone for natural lift and contour, and keep blemishes under wraps by using it to replace your traditional concealer.

Cherry lips are all the rage this season on the runway and red carpet. By using one perfect red product for lips and cheeks, you will have that gorgeous, natural looking spring time glow. Try Three Custom Color's Watercolour in Scarlett Peony or Stila Convertible Color in Poppy."

Keep it simple

Landy Dean says, "For spring makeup, I love effective simplicity. Conceal, curl and color. Get a great concealer (I love Make up Forever HD Concealer) and dab on discolorations and/or redness. Apply to the eyelids to brighten in place of eye shadow. Curl your eyelashes. (I like Kevyn Aucoin's lash curler -- extra tip: Warm it a bit with a hair dryer to make the curl better and last longer.)

Add a few thin coats of mascara focusing on the eyelash roots to create more definition so you can skip eyeliner. (Maybelline Lash Discovery Mascara has a fantastic small applicator brush to get to the base of the lashes -- choose black waterproof to help the curl and finish last all day.) Add a burst of color to the apples of cheeks and lips using a dual purpose lip and cheek stain... my fave is always Three Custom Color's Caramel Rose."

Chad Hayduk, co-founder and creative director of the NYC-based indie beauty brand, Three Custom Color Specialists, is an expert in makeup artistry and education. As a leader in color analysis, matching and custom blending, Chad lends his precise eye to developing new colors and products designed to meet women's beauty needs -- regardless of age, skin type or tone. Chad's work has appeared in magazines, film and television, on the runway and in the theater. For more about Three Custom Color Specialists, visit www.threecustom.com and follow @Chad3c on twitter.

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