Sultry or neutral, it's all
about the eyes
El Paso Times
Photos by Yasmin A. Aboytes /
El Paso Times
right, applied "Torrid" blush by Nars to Rocio Esquivel's
cheeks as part of the new makeup line for spring at his
Esquivel shows off the finished work.
Find that look
Al Varela's Cosmetics:
5857 Mesa, Suite No. 22.
Sally Beauty Supply: 201 S. Americas, 858-8587;
8500 Dyer, 751-8015; 10501 Gateway West, 595-0735; 5933 N.
Mesa, 584-5712; 5640 Montana, 772-5924; 109 E. San Antonio,
533-7916; 8111 N. Loop, 591-8034; 1478 George Dieter,
857-9022; 10600 N. Loop, 790-2235; http://www.sallybeauty.com/
Natural and sexy, these are the looks
that will dominate spring makeup this year, according to experts.
Al Varela of El Paso's Al Varela Cosmetics is particularly fond
of Nars cosmetics, which offers both the nude and the smoldering
"Nars has a palette of neutral colors," Varela said.
As does Avon, with lipsticks in mauve, cappuccino and copper and
eye shadows ranging from muted to dark brown.
Brown will be this year's "it" color, Varela said, which explains
why neutrals are making a comeback.
While Nars has palettes of neutrals, it also has bright eye
shadows in green and blue, colors that have long been an eye shadow
faux pas. The cosmetic line also offers blushes and lipsticks in a
variety of pink shades.
Nars is known for flirting with the extreme, Varela said.
"Nars follows the advice of designers," he said. "They do
basically the same looks found on runway models, but they play it
down for the consumer."
Kendra Kramer, a University of Texas at El Paso junior, described
how she defines the spring makeup look.
"Makeup should be very light and sheer, very natural," she said.
Like Varela, Kramer is also a Nars fan.
"Nars is a very neat line," she said.
Shana Dewhirst, communications specialist for Sally Beauty
Supply, said that feminine is key whether the look is natural or
"Feminine can be lighter shades of eye shadow, very soft full
lashes, light-colored lips," she said. "Sexy can be dark, smoky
Dewhirst said that popular colors include light blues and
bubblegum pink, as well as glossy colors in all shades.
As for glitter, shimmer and gloss, Dewhirst said, "It's a trend
that's still hanging in there. It's one of those trends you hear is
going to leave but hasn't yet."
Varela said glamour --shimmer, glitter, gloss -- is "very much"
in style, but added "there's a difference between glitter and
Shimmer is more understated than the glitter favored by teens.
To accomplish a come-hither look with eye makeup, Varela had a
word of caution: "When you do heavy eye makeup, go very sheer mouth
and balance it with something with more color."
Since spring means color more than anything else, Dewhirst
advised, "Add more color in the face as far as cheeks go. Go for a
sun-kissed look by using nice rosy-pink powder and a lot of bronzers
to get a healthy look."
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