By Alex Cooper
Returning to school after spring break is what I would describe as bittersweet. We are torn between the excitement of seeing our friends and the depression of leaving our vacations and returning to reality.
Whether you were on the beach bronzing or your parent’s couch snoozing, it’s no easy task to put your game-face back on and hit the books again. (Personally, I think we need a break from spring break, but I’m just thinking out loud here.)
In result of sulking in lieu of the return to my schoolwork, I have realized that the best way to get our heads in the game is by awakening our minds and senses through colorful accents.
Spring break was all about bright colors, as it always is. From Easter-egg pastels to vibrant neon shades, colorful accents can be easily transferred from spring break adventures to everyday routines.
Although we have to return to classes, there are some easy ways to revive your beauty routine and refresh your look for the upcoming season.
1. Hot Pink Lipstick. Strong and vibrant lip color has made a huge come back within the last few years, and while we can all agree on a classic red, the best color for Spring to brighten your complexion (and mood) is a hot pink lip color.
When rocking a vibrant lip, make sure to keep the rest of your makeup neutral; light foundation and an easy eye with thick lashes make for a simple yet flirty look.
If you’re in the mood to stand out, we recommend using Make Up For Ever Rouge Artist Intense lipstick in Satin Fuchsia, which can be found at Sephora for $20.
2. Pink Eye Shadow: Pink isn’t only for lips, as plenty of runway shows, such as BCBG Max Azria, Jason Wu, and Diane von Furstenberg, featured pink eye shadow for their fall and winter 2014 collections.
Move the pink from your cheeks to your lids for a refreshing take on pink. By switching this shade to your lids, the magenta color switches from Barbie to bad-ass. Yet, it’s best to go easy with this trend, as pink eye shadow can enhance eye redness.
Opt for pinks that won’t add to eye redness, such as the Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette, filled with rose-hued neutrals. This can also be purchased from Sephora, for $52.
3. Bright Blue Eyeliner: Another way to make eyes pop is to take a cue from Chanel’s Resort 2014 runway show with their graphic dual eye liner: a thick, 1960’s line paired with a blue eyeliner on the bottom lid.
This youthful look can be easily recreated with a wet liner on top and turquoise or bright blue eyeliner on the lower waterline.
If you want a look that’s less intense, another blue eyeliner trend that is also easy was featured in Marc Jacobs Spring 2014 runway. This look features no eyeliner on top but a vivid liner on the bottom waterline that stretches from the inner eye corners to a winged tip.
The blue liner we recommend for both looks is Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Deep End from Sephora for $20.
4. Mint Nail Polish: If there’s one nail polish color I can’t wait to use for spring and summer, it’s cool mint blue. Especially against fresh spring break-tanned skin, the color pops and awakes the mind, a refreshing change from darker nail polishes that we all have rocked well past wintertime.
Take a breath of fresh air with mint blue; you’ll instantly feel lighter and youthful. You can have minty fresh nails by using Essie’s Mint Candy Apple from drugstores such as CVS or Walmart for $8.50.