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Spring Makeup Trends: Bold Blush and Shiny Lips

By Beauty & Skincare Editor Katrina Hess 

Just in time for a fresh new look, here are the latest ways to create your best look for spring! 

Remember to start with an even skin tone by using a light foundation, tint or mineral powder.

And for a polished and fresh look, try keeping your eye makeup colors neutral, and pair them with a bold cheek. Here’s how:

It’s Easy to Be a Blushing Beauty! 

One of the questions I get asked most often is how to apply blush.  

Powder blush is best applied with a fluffy, tapered brush.  Start with using a sheer lighter color blush. Apply it high on your cheek bone, sweeping the brush up to your temples.  

Powder Blush 

For a dramatic look try a bright matte color. Take a small angle brush and sweep it across your cheekbone to your hairline in thin, even layers. Picture it as a straight angle from the apple of your cheek straight across.  

Start with a sheer, and/or a soft shimmer highlighter/blush tone.  

Next, stay in the same color family and apply a more vivid color on the apple of your cheek. This creates a light contour that accents your cheeks and eyes. Make sure to blend it all out with a clean brush or dry sponge.  

Cream Blush 

Choose a tone in light pink, peach or plum, depending on your skin tone. Take a sponge and dab it into the cream blush, and stamp it on your cheeks. Carefully blend the color out and brush the edges with a translucent powder, or with a dab of your foundation or tinted moisturizer. For a long lasting application, brush on a small amount of powder blush over your cheeks.  

Tip: If you’re using a lighter, sheer blush, take a medium eyeshadow brush – I like a dome blender – and stroke it across your eyelid alone, or over your eyeshadow for a natural bright eye.  

Shiny Lips Make A Statement This Season 

Shiny, glowing lips make everyone look fresh and youthful! Just make sure you don’t go too shimmery and thick. And, save those deep, sparkly colors for the holidays.  

Start with exfoliated lips, choose a natural/neutral color that complements your skin tone, and stroke away!  

I like to define the edges of my clients’ lips with a neutral lip pencil to finish the look.  

For a longer lasting look, use a thin layer of matching lipstick, lightly set it with translucent powder, and apply lip gloss. Yes, we know glosses don’t stay on long but it’s fun to switch colors throughout the day!  

And, I’m very excited to tell everyone about the new fab line I have at my studio. It’s called Saint Jane, and it’s a fantastic, cruelty-free line of cosmetics including beautiful lipsticks and lip shines that look great on everyone.   


Katrina Hess is a licensed Cosmetologist, which is rare among makeup artists. She’s a local beauty legend whose experience and expertise spans the globe. Katrina has been featured in top beauty and fashion magazines, newspapers, magazines, and TV programs. Katrina’s won Boston Magazine’s “Best of Boston Makeup Artist” 5 times, and Allure Magazine’s “Best of Best Brow Shaping” twice. At her Newbury Street salon Katrina offers unique products that are organic to high-end. Katrina volunteered for 15+ years for the American Cancer Society’s “Look Good…Feel Better” program. See how Katrina can help you maintain healthy skin and learn easy beauty routines, and much more, at www.katrinahess.com 

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Sheila Hamwey
Sheila Hamwey
2 years ago

Thanks for the helpful tips! We needed a refresher course since Covid and no make up for two years. Perfect timing.

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