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From Splurge to Steal: Spring 2012’s Best Beauty Buys

Revamping your makeup wardrobe and getting your look ready for spring doesn’t take a genius. It doesn’t take a million dollars, either. Whether you shop at the department store or the drugstore, there are hot spring makeup items at every price point. From the boldest, brightest colors to the softest, smoothest skin, here are six ways to stay on-trend and on budget.
Trend #1: Statement Lips
Trend #2: Cornflower Blue Eyes
Trend #3: Terracotta Cheeks
Trend #4: BB Cream
Trend #5: Cat-Eye Liner
Trend #6: Spidery Lashes

Trend #3: Terracotta Cheeks

“One of my favorite looks,” Bryl says, “Because it wears well on almost everyone and gives you that ‘just returned from a relaxing sun vacation’ vibe.” For dry-skin-havers, a cream or shimmer product will create dimension, while those with oily skin should look for a matte formula to help combat greasiness. She recommends Revlon ColorStay Mineral Blush in Honey (_$15.19 at Soap.com) or LORAC Baked Matte Satin Blush (_$24 at Beautybar.com).

Trend #2: Cornflower Blue Eyes

Eyes framed in pretty cornflower blue shadow were all over the spring 2012 runways. “The key to getting it right is blending!” Bryl says. “When you add intense colors to the eyes, you must always blend and soften all the edges so that it doesn’t look like the color is wearing you.” A matching liner can help bring the entire look together, and Bryl also recommends pale lips to create a classier finish. (_Try L’Oreal Infallible Eyeshadow in Infinite Sky, $7.99 at ULTA, or MAC Eye Shadow in Royale, $15 at Macy’s)

Trend #3: Terracotta Cheeks

“One of my favorite looks,” Bryl says, “Because it wears well on almost everyone and gives you that ‘just returned from a relaxing sun vacation’ vibe.” For dry-skin-havers, a cream or shimmer product will create dimension, while those with oily skin should look for a matte formula to help combat greasiness. She recommends Revlon ColorStay Mineral Blush in Honey (_$15.19 at Soap.com) or LORAC Baked Matte Satin Blush (_$24 at Beautybar.com).

Trend #4: BB Cream

Since they combine elements of sunscreen, foundation, and skin-improving moisturizer, they’re the perfect solution for days when full foundation is too much hassle (like the weekend), or for anyone with troubled skin who wants to cut down on products. Bryl advises caution, though. “It’s an all-in-one product and does provide good coverage without being too heavy, but I would still suggest using your normal moisturizer or SPF underneath.” Multi-purpose products are convenient, but they just don’t contain the same strong moisturizers or sunscreens as the real deal. “Never think that just because there is a high SPF in any given product that you are truly getting the full benefits of a solid SPF.” (_Try Garnier Skin Renew Miracle Skin Perfector B.B. Cream, $12.99 at ULTA, or Clinique Age Defense BB Cream SPF 30, $37 at Clinique.com)

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Trend #5: Cat-Eye Liner

Creating a perfect winged liner look takes practice to get perfectly right, but Bryl suggests starting by applying a gel liner with a thin brush. “It’s less messy to work with,” she says, “And since it’s not liquid you will have more control over how it goes on.”

To create the perfect cat eye, Bryl recommends starting your first stroke in the very center of the lid and working outward. Then, using the product that’s left on the brush, go back to the center and work inward. “This way,” she says, “Since less will be on the brush, no mega-mistakes can occur that look too heavy and overdone.” (_Try Maybelline Lasting Drama by EyeStudio Gel Eyeliner in Blackest Black, $9.99 at Drugstore.com or Stila Smudge Pots in Black, $20 at ULTA)

Trend #6: Spidery Lashes

Subtlety is for last season. This season’s lashes are long and outrageous—but never clumpy. To achieve the look, Bryl recommends finding a mascara wand that feels comfortable to hold, and make sure to wipe off any globs that are on the wand before you apply. “After you apply your mascara [to one eye], quickly take a baby toothbrush and go over what you have just applied to eliminate any excess clumping and to separate all your lashes,” she says. “Do this right after you finish one eye, while the mascara is still wet and manageable.” Once both eyes are done, some mascara will already be dried, making it difficult to remove clumps. Bryl recommends Rimmel London Scandal Eyes Mascara (_$6.99 at ULTA), or Lancôme Hypnôse Drama Instant Full Body Volume Mascara (_$26 at Sephora)

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