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Makeup artist Joy Randall has Felicia Bittle smile as she applies bronzer. Randall says smiling helps guide where to brush on bronzer. Randall uses Mac Cosmetics Mineralize Skin Finish Natural bronzer in Give Me Sun.
Makeup artist Joy Randall has Felicia Bittle smile as she applies bronzer. Randall says smiling helps guide where to brush on bronzer. Randall uses Mac Cosmetics Mineralize Skin Finish Natural bronzer in Give Me Sun. dlaird@charlotteobserver.com

Spring is a good time for a makeup pick-me-up, and there are plenty of ways to freshen your beauty routine that don’t involve spending hours or fortunes at the cosmetics counter.

Local freelance makeup artist Joy Randall recently demonstrated a few key makeup updates she’s using this spring, with the help of models Felicia Bittle and Stephanie Foreman.

All work well on different kinds of skin tones. They emphasize fresh, natural looks that highlight good skin care. There’s less emphasis this season on the shiny, dewy look in years past and more on a matte, sun-kissed-looking tone that looks as natural as possible. “The key,” Randall says, “is looking like you woke up looking just like this.”

Peach eye liner

Some women reach for white eye liner when looking to brighten tired eyes, but Randall says peach eye liner is a softer, more natural way to enhance eyes.

Using a pencil, Randall glides the color on the upper and lower lash lines closest to the whites of the eye, in the “water line.”

“When you have a nice smooth pencil, it will feel like it’s gliding along,” Randall says.

“Kitty” eye

If you like the drama of a cat eye but want to take it down a notch for daytime, Randall suggests a toned-down version that gives the illusion of a slight lift to the eye.

With a fine brush, Randall makes a thin, short line coming out of the corner of both eyes, slanted slightly upward. She checks to make sure the lines are even on both sides before proceeding to line the rest of the eye, getting as close to the lash line as possible.

“It’s a nice, simple way to add a little drama,” Randall says.

Bronzer

If buying bronzer this spring, opt for one with a matte finish and skip the ones with glitter and shimmer, Randall says.

The goal of your bronzer this season, she says, should be to add depth to your skin tone and a slight sun-kissed look.

“It can be a replacement for blush, where you don’t want to add color, but you want to add dimension,” she says.

Be mindful of where you apply it – she has clients smile when she brushes it on so it lands on the apples of the cheeks, where the sun deepens the skin naturally, as well as the forehead – and be careful not to buy a bronzer that’s too dark, creating a mask effect. Often it’s good to match bronzer to the skin on the upper chest, just below the neck, Randall says.

Color splash

Adding a pop of color on your eyes, lips or cheeks can be a fun way to play up something you’re wearing or brighten your overall look, Randall says.

Don’t overlook makeup as part of your overall fashion look. If wearing a color-blocked outfit, Randall says, why not extend it to your eyes or lips by painting them in a contrasting but complimentary color?

“It’s a fun way you can play with some shadows and not feel like you have to be a pro,” she says.

“People with deeper skin tones sometimes feel afraid of brighter colors, but they are perfect for deeper skin tones,” Randall says.

To create a colorful eye, use a thin brush to tap color on the upper and lower lids on the lash line and slightly outside the eye to create a slightly blurry (not too sharp) line.

To play up colorful lips, paint them with a lipstick in a vibrant shade and add a lip pencil in a slightly deeper color to add dimension and slightly tone down the color of the lipstick.

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