Frey-ja Barker Masterclass: Fresh Spring Make-up
With the weather getting sunnier, reflect the change in season with warm, bright colours that lift your mood. “The spring season is the best way to bring you out of the winter blues,” says Frey-ja. “Don’t be afraid of wearing more colour, and if you are, choose make-up products that leave a sheer finish as the pigment isn’t as strong as a matte formula.” When in doubt, glowing skin is always a look that works for everyone. Just make sure to prime the face with a radiant-enhancing primer or moisturiser before any make-up application.
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Starting off with the face first, what are the best products to use to warm up the complexion?
FB: “When it comes to achieving a sun-kissed glow, reach for Guerlain’s Terracotta range, which contains bronzers and highlighters that create a beautiful radiance. Create flawless skin with the Terracotta Skin Foundation Stick – it gives a natural finish with medium coverage. Simply, apply it across the face before buffing it in. Less is more when it comes to applying bronzer and the Terracotta Light Powder is light and long-lasting for all-day wear. Swirl a face brush around and apply it to the forehead, cheeks and anywhere the sun would naturally hit your face.”
How can we add a glow for some radiance?
FB: “For a subtle shimmer, Bobbi Brown’s Highlighting Powder is great to use as it’s incredibly fine and doesn’t leave any chunky glitter pigments over the face. It comes in a pink, champagne-like shade which makes it wonderful on fairer skin tones. Alternatively, add a glow with the Terracotta Skin Highlighting Stick, which has a warm peachier tone that instantaneously brightens the face."
What are the best eyeshadow palettes and shades for spring?
FB: “One of my favourite palettes is Bobbi Brown’s Play Dream Love Eye Palette, which was designed in collaboration with artist, Morag Myerscough. Encased in a playful geometric-inspired palette are nine shades that range from rusts and golds to neutral tones and vibrant hues. If you’re a colour-novice, use the bright shadows as an eyeliner and apply it along the top lash line. There’s also the Golden Mink palette by Tom Ford, which has a variety of dark browns, bronze and gold shades. Simply, take the neutral tones across the lid and apply the sparkle for a subtle pop. Peach shades are perfect for springtime season and Charlotte Tilbury’s The Charlotte Darling Palette has a range of beautiful nudes and rich rosy tones that will take you from day to night.”
Next, what’s a great way to introduce colour to the lips?
FB: “For those who are scared of wearing brighter shades on the lips, I would suggest opting for a lip gloss instead of a lipstick. It’s a great way to softly introduce colour to your look. Bobbi Brown has absolutely nailed the formulation of the Crushed Oil-Infused Gloss. They feel smooth and nourishing on the lips, without leaving any stickiness and include some of my favourite springtime shades – soft pinks, tangerine orange and red.”
For those who want a statement lipstick, what is your pick for spring?
FB: “Tom Ford has launched new lipsticks and my picks for a bright statement is Scarlet Rouge, a rich red. For a subtle colours, choose Bobbi Brown’s Crushed Lip Colour, which has a peach ‘60s-inspired shade. These colours are so easy to wear and the formulations are a mixture of matte and glossy, so you can smear them on for a hint of colour.”