Fresh and floral
Spring 2006 makeup is inspired by the garden; the colours are bright and the look is flirty and sweet
By Erica Salyi

As the weather warms up, spring makeup takes its inspiration straight from the garden, making soft and pretty the hottest look on the runway. According to M.A.C artist Deepa Dhillon, makeup trends this spring are very feminine. "The look is very sweet. Pink is big for spring, and there are lots of bright shades to keep it fun," she says. Think more blushing bride than bronze goddess this season, and ditch the bronzer and enter the age of innocence.

The trend: Pink lips
Try a bold, pale, or frosted shade of pink that will flatter your skin tone. If you have darker skin, choose shades that have warm undertones, while for fairer skin cool shades look best. To keep this trend looking fresh, choose a lipstick not gloss -- the goal is a soft, undefined mouth so you can skip the liner, says Toronto based makeup artist Lindsay Larocque. Try Dior Rouge lipstick in #766 ($29.00, at or M.A.C lipstick in Plink! ($16.50 at M.A.C. stores)

The trend: Rosy cheeks
According to Larocque, the rosy cheek look is about looking naturally flushed, not feverish. Spread blush all over the cheek for a sheer wash of colour. Try a cream or gel blush that will let your skin show through like Aveda Petal Essence cheek tint in Phlox ($29.50, at Aveda Experience Centres).

The trend: Sheer colour for eyes
Spring's new shadows are beautifully sheer, and totally wearable, says Larocque. Make your eyes pop with these bright hues: for brown eyes try shades of pink such as M.A.C shadow in Swish ($16.00 at M.A.C. stores) or mint green. Make blue eyes smolder with a purple shade, try Rimmel Special Eyes Duo Shadow in Slow Motion ($5.50 at Shoppers Drug Mart). Sheer shades of orange can make green eyes sparkle; try M.A.C shadow in Love Bud ($16.00, at M.A.C. stores). "Use fruit punch hues on one feature only," cautions Larocque; keep the rest of your makeup minimal -- this allows you to accentuate one feature, where as using bright shades all over will just overwhelm your face.

The trend: Soft eyeliner
Say goodbye to your liquid liner and try some powders and pencils instead. Whether you smudge it or smoke it, the goal is to keep eye pencil lines a little less than perfect this season. Larocque offers these tips: Use a pencil and make small strokes on the upper lash line. The idea is to fill in the gaps of the lash line to avoid a harsh looking line. When using an angle brush and powder, use a press and jiggle motion as close to your lash line as possible. Try Lorac eye and lip pencils ($17.00 at

The trend: Barely there makeup
Dhillon recommends sticking with sheer foundations and apply concealer only where needed." The point of this is to keep skin looking clean and natural," she says. "Bare faced skin looks angelic with pink on lips and cheeks; the skin should glow, not shimmer." Mix a small amount of highlighting lotion with your foundation for a subtle all-over glow. Try Origins Halo Effect ($25.00, at or select Bay stores) or Revlon Skin Lights in Bare Light ($17.79, at Shoppers Drug Mart). Maintain your dewy look with a hydrating spray, try Avene Thermal Water ($18.00, at Shoppers Drug Mart).