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Beauty Buzz
What are the biggest trends in hair and makeup this spring? Two industry experts offer their insight and advice.


April 2017


Kitty Tierney, owner of Impressions in Mequon, says voluminous hair, from natural waves to textured layers, is still trending. Here she comments on cuts and colors too. 

» “Beachy waves continue to dominate,” says Tierney. Ends are polished.

» For color, Tierney says baby lights, color melt and smudged roots are trending — and look exactly as they sound. “(They’re) less ‘rooty’ than ombre, which evolved into the ‘sombre’ — a softer, more natural ombre,” she adds. “‘Bronde,’ a warm, golden blonde with a golden brown base, looks great on most skin tones. Most of these inspirations are from the look a child gets after a summer in the sun.”

» Fun colors, from pops of fuchsia to blue or purple, are also big, and not just for millennials, notes Tierney. “(They’re) sometimes hidden as a surprise when the hair is in a pony or (has) a change of part,” she says.

» Style-wise, Tierney points to middle parts, the high pony, top knots and half up/half down looks as trendy. “The ‘lob’ or ‘chop’ is still popular, with perhaps a bit more layering,” she says. Use shine-enhancing products or dry shampoo to add texture.


“This season is all about metallics and golds,” says makeup artist Jhousy Leon, who owns Blush in Mequon. Leon breaks down the hottest makeup trends for spring/summer.

»  Peek-a-boo eyeliner look: Apply a metallic caviar stick on the upper eye rim, followed by thin black eyeliner. Leon recommends Laura Mercier’s gold caviar stick.

» “Orchid pink shadow is also hot, and eyebrow and cheek highlighter is a must,” she says.

» “Golden eye shadows must be followed by a nude lipstick,” Leon says. “A little secret tip of mine is to find a creamy lip liner in nude and apply it all over your lips. No lipstick, just use a lip liner. This will last longer than a lipstick or gloss.”

» “Radiance bronze primer is also hot for this season,” the makeup artist continues. “Apply Laura Mercier’s radiance primer before your foundation. It gives the skin that red carpet look. (Then) matte bronzer with an orchid crème blush, which is best for spring/summer. We love Kevyn Aucoin’s spring collection.”



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