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Bright Delights

February 29, 2008

Spring 2008 cosmetics pop and flash with vivid colors


Jazzy colors adds a little pizzazz.

Bright Delights

Spring 2008 cosmetics pop and flash with vivid colors.

By Melissa Meisel
Associate Editor

Anything goes for Spring 2008—as long as it’s pretty with a punch of color. Gone are the days of dark red lips and cat-like eyeliner, says Sara Biria, a member of Sephora’s Pro Beauty Team. “Trends for spring 2008 include anything from bright neon colors to warm natural colors. Bring on the pastel pinks and bright fuchsias!”

Dawn Troccoli, a professional makeup artist whose clients include Motorola and Tumi, agrees: “The top trends for Spring 2008 are going to be well-blended bright colors on the cheeks and lips … this trend is a terrific fresh change from the fall/winter opaque/matte finish that we loved.”

Other must-haves for Spring 2008 include products containing antioxidants, eco-friendly packaging and hues that reflect a woman’s natural beauty.

Fruit Smoothie

Beauty from the inside out by way of superfruits—rare, exotic fruits
featuring exceptional nutrient richness and antioxidant qualities—as well as
natural ingredients is becoming more and more commonplace in cosmetic

“More and more, you see lines creating products such as the O Glow by Smashbox or the Stila’s new lip and cheek stain Cherry Crush,” notes Ms. Biria of Sephora. “These products contain ingredients like pomegranate, cherry or goji berry. Not only are the ingredients natural —they are good for you. Packed with antioxidants and moisture, they aid in protection against environmental damage. The beauty industry has already taken a big turn in the ingredients they use today.”

 New from Smashbox.
“We live in an age where our skin comes in contact with so many impurities, so to infuse your makeup regimen with antioxidants only make sense,” says AJ Crimson, a professional makeup artist who has worked  with Fergie, Amerie and Christina Millian. “Weather, stress and exercise (or the lack there of) all contribute to the how healthy our skin looks and feels. By using makeup with these superfruits, you are giving your skin the boost it needs to promote healthy aging of the skin and slow down the effect of everyday wear and tear.”

Tarte ( has morphed vitamin-infused beauty and chic fashion together to form its latest collection of “health couture”—beauty products with a new “t5” superfruit complex, a proprietary blend of the five most active superfruits: acai, goji, maracuja, acerola and pomegranate. The company’s Double Dose ($21) Berry Boost & Gloss features a dual chamber—the inner berry boost is a t5-infused concentrated pigment, while the outer layer is a high-shine lipgloss. The company will contribute a portion of sales to Sambazon’s Sustainable Acai Project, which helps to protect biodiversity and create employment for farmers in the Amazon Rainforest.

For cheeks and the pucker, Stila ( is rolling out a multi-tasking product, Stila Cherry Crush Lip & Cheek Stain. In addition to being scented and flavored like a just-picked fruit, Cherry Crush contains cherry and pomegranate extracts to provide skin and lips with antioxidant protection. Vitamins A, C and E are the cherry on top, as they provide further antioxidant protection and drench the skin in moisture, ensuring skin and lips never feel dry or tight.

The Spring 2008 Sweetie Limited Edition Collection by Paul & Joe ( features a face powder infused with white lily extract to prevent breakouts, orange flower extract and hyaluronic acid to moisturize the skin and jojoba oil, apricot seed oil, olive oil and rosemary extract as natural emollients. The product release is available for a limited time at Bergdorf Goodman.

And for those who think beauty doesn’t fall far from the tree, Smashbox ( recently released a collection of eco-chic cosmetics called Green Room. The products in the line feature the “Miracle Tree,” Moringa seed extract, which is said to pack a powerful antioxidant punch, as it contains seven times the vitamin C than oranges and four times the vitamin A than carrots. The company will plant a Moringa tree in a developing country for each Green Room product purchased with the help of Trees for Life, an organization dedicated to providing self-renewing food sources to people in need. The products are also housed in biodegradable or recyclable packaging.

Vivid Views

Cool, bright tones will be big in the color palette for Spring 2008, according to industry insiders. “Colors will always follow in the steps of the fashion world. With Spring ahead, you are guaranteed to find makeup palettes that will be rich in color and give you a variety of a shades and pigment,” notes Ms. Biria of Sephora.

“For Spring 2008, think bright, bright red/pink or bright peach hues,” adds Ms. Troccoli.

Prescriptives ( aims to create a fusion of color with its new TechnoTropics Spring 2008 Color Collection. Infuse your look with a splash of color and a slight edge with a mix of cool and bright hues, creating “an exciting downtown meets tropical dynamic,” says the company.  Eyes take on a hip, fresh look in shades of plum, blue, brown and taupe offset by pastel shimmer and lined with metallic precision.  Cheeks glow with sultry shades of fuchsia and soft rose.  Lips pop in tropical hues of vibrant fuchsia and fresh tangerine glossed with a warm sizzle.

For eyes that pop, Sugar Cosmetics ( is rolling out its Sugar Color Sticks—creamy eyeshadows that glide on effortlessly and dry to a shimmering finish. Wear the colors alone or as a base under powder eyeshadows. With a crease-free formulation and five shades including Blue Pop, Pink Fizz, Grape Soda, Limeade and Apple Cider, these cream eye shadows are sure to light up the night. And for a touch of shimmer, Benefit ( is releasing 10 new loose powders for the eyes and face called Lust Dusters designed to add a glimmer to makeup.

For those seeking a subtler, yet still powerful punch for Spring 2008, add a shot of color with the new Avon Natural Impact Collection ( from celebrity makeup artist and Avon Global Creative Color Director Jillian Dempsey. Blossoming with potent pops of fresh, lively color and classic neutrals, this collection is guaranteed to wake-up springtime makeup.

“Natural Impact is all about contrast,” says Ms. Dempsey. “Both neutrals and brights have been popular the past few springs, but this collection finally brings them together. The hues are bright yet wearable.”

Inspired by Nature

Think springtime and fresh flowers, green grass, budding trees and new life comes to mind.  The Spring Essentials palette from Colorlab’s Private Label (  delivers the essence of the season in key custom shades that are soft, fresh and inviting.

 Lip colors are inspired by nature.
Spring Essentials segues into warmer weather by building off of those favorite muted fall shades and renews them by amping up the brightness and toning down the intensity.  Just a hint of shimmer evokes sunny spring days. Hues for Spring 2008 include First Tulip, a long-lasting matte lipstick; Nectar, a rich creamy lipstick; Blossoming Buds, a lip glace; Sunshine, a sheer gloss and Honeysuckle, a mineral blush.

Tackling the “inspired by nature” concept head-on, Clinique ( introduces its “Nude Blush” collection for Spring 2008. For the face, a new loose powder features an “invisible blend” that is lightweight and suitable for most skin types. The new Color Surge Eye Shadow Duo Stay Matte in a variety of hues is made without pearl, to help provide a more natural look that does not exaggerate fine lines. And a limited edition Blushing Blush Powder compact is a combination of the three shades that deliver nude and pink blush looks.

Nars ( gets exotic with the Shanghai Lily Collection for Spring 2008. Gossamer pearl and golden champagnes veil eyes with hypnotic subtlety, while shades of burnt sienna, rose and poppy ignite the lips in a strong—yet subtle—way.

Due to consumer demand, Nars classics Dolce Vita and Belle de Jour are reinvented in new textures for Spring 2008.The dusty rose hue of Dolce Vita is given a high shine brilliance in a gloss formulation and Belle de Jour’s nude beige is modernized in a seamless matte finish lip pencil.

Subtle or smoldering, according to Ms. Biria of the Sephora team, “whether it’s a bright pastel pink shade on the lips or a more vibrant color on the eyes, the most important tip for Spring 2008 is wear it with confidence!”

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