Bright Spring

Make-up Palette

Bright Spring combines brightness with warmth. This sub-season is part of the Spring family and flows from Winter into Spring.

Its colours are saturated, quite warm, and medium-light. Bright Spring make-up is at its best when it's contrasted, colourful, and bright.

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Natural Appearance

The contrast in Bright Spring's natural appearance is very high. The skin is typically very light and stands in contrast to the very dark hair.

The eyes are generally striking and intense.

The combination of all of these factors makes the Bright Spring overall appear very intense.

Consequently, these natural characteristics will need to be repeated in your make-up. So remember, a natural look on you is an intense look. And the Bright Spring colour palette lends itself well to creating the required contrast.

The Colour Palette

Bright Spring's dominant characteristic is clear, and its secondary characteristic is warm. If you want to learn more about the Bright Spring colour palette, check out the comprehensive Bright Spring guide.

Hue

Thanks to this sub-season's secondary characteristic, the colours lean towards the warm end of the scale but are not extremely warm. This means they contain more yellow than blue undertones. So even if you choose blue (which is the coolest colour of all), you will find only warmer shades with a tint of yellow. Some of these are turquoise, mint, or pastel blue.

Value

The colour palette is very broad, but it does not include any truly dark colours. Although you may find darker shades of blue, grey or purple, these are supportive colours of the other light shades. Most colours are somewhere in the middle in value, leaning slightly to the light end because of the greater concentration of yellow undertones.

Chroma

In line with this sub-seasons dominant characteristic, the colours are very high in chroma; meaning they are extremely bright and vibrant.

Make-up Colours

Bright Spring make-up colours are taken from the same colour palette that is used for clothing.

Complexion Make-up

Complexion make-up includes foundation, concealers, and bronzers. These would typically be taken from the neutrals palette.

Foundation & Concealer

Bright Spring skin is neutral-warm; peaches and cream complexions aren't uncommon. However, it's not possible to give recommendations on complexion make-up - such as foundation and concealer. These must be colour-matched to your individual skin.

Generally though, foundation and concealer are best when they are natural, dewy, and peach-based but not too yellow.

Avoid blue-based shades which have cool undertones and will clash with your naturally warmer complexion. Matte finishes are also not the best choice.

Bronzer & Highlighter

Bronzers are not a typical Spring make-up product, but they can work on Bright Spring. Just make sure the bronzer you are using is neither muddy nor grey. Look for peachy, yellower bronzing shades.

Instead of bronzer, you can also use highlighters. These should be not too golden and yellow though, as Winter’s influence comes through.

Eye Make-up

Eye make-up colours are also taken from the neutral area of the Bright Spring palette with the exception of eyeshadow colours. Highlight eyeshadows come from the complementary and accent colours area on the palette.

Eyeshadow

Neutral eyeshadow colours are the creams, champagnes, greys, and taupes on the palette. Since Bright Spring colours are the darkest and brightest of all Spring palettes, you can easily wear dark eyeshadow.

For highlight and accent eyeshadow colours, opt for the brighter colours on your palette. Peaches and corals are especially nice. Grape, turquoise, and emerald all look amazing.

Avoid muddy colours that take away from the brightness of your complexion. Also avoid going too dark, since you are not a dark, but a bright season.

Make sure to avoid eyeshadow with very matte finishes.

Mascara

Your best mascara colours are charcoal, dark grey, or dark taupe.

Since Bright Spring is influenced by Winter, true black is also an option. However, it's darker and colder than your ideal colours. If you do use it, make sure to add warmer and lighter eyeshadow to balance out the coolness.

Eyeliner

You can use your mascara colours as eyeliners, but anything darker than dark grey might look too heavy on you. Instead, opt for brighter colours - such emerald, turquoise, purple, and amethyst. This might seem bold at first glance, but it brings out your striking eyes.

Lip & Cheek Make-up

Blush and lip colours come from the pink, peach, coral, and orange area of the Bright Spring colour palette.

Blush

The perfect blush colour will depend on your individual skin tone. Some trial and error may therefore be required here. Depending on whether you are on the warmer or cooler side, try salmon and berry colours or pink and plum colours.

Avoid blue-based colours that are too cool for your complexion as well as dark and dusty colours.

Lipstick

The best lipstick colours for Bright Spring are bright. These are all types of corals, scarlet, hot pink, and salmon. They are not shy colours!

But even though these colours may at first glance seem bold, don't be afraid. They will look very natural on you and not at all attention-grabbing, because they mimic the natural intensity of your appearance.

Avoid dark, cool colours - such as burgundy and plum. These would clash too much with your warmer complexion. Also try to stay away from finishes that are too matte and dry-looking. Your appearance needs glow.

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Make-up Looks

Natural Looks

Bright Spring make-up is at its best when it's contrast, bright, and colourful.

As mentioned before, when we think of a natural make-up look, we often think of nude or bare lips and very little eye make-up in neutral colours - such as brown and taupe. However, this type of "natural" look does not work on Bright Springs. And it's a wrong idea that we need to get out of our heads.

A natural look is one that will mimic the characteristics of your natural appearance. For a Bright Spring, this means brightness and glow. A matte, nude lip on a Bright Spring will make them look washed out and off. What is required here is a bold lip paired with defined eye make-up.

Even though this might seem unintuitive at first, this is what will actually look natural on a Bright Spring. You can see in the image below how the bright coral lip doesn't look bold at all on Rachel Weisz. It neither stands out, nor does it take attention away from her. It just looks so right on her. A mute colour would dull her appearance and a dark colour would be too dark for her.

If this is still too much for you, opt for one of the sheerer lip colours, apply it lightly, and add some mascara to your lashes.

And how deep you can go with your lipstick will depend on how high your natural level of contrast is. If you are on the lower side, choose the lighter lip shades. If you have a very high level of contrast, try the deeper shades.

Even when you are creating a natural make-up look, it's important to use at least one bright colour in your look. This is what will bring out your natural level of contrast. The best way to achieve this is through lipstick.

Dramatic Looks

You have several options here. You could simply intensify your lips with an even brighter lip colour.

Or you can go for a smoky eye. But don't make it too dark, as this would overwhelm you.

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