February 15, 2016

3 Spring Beauty Trends + NEW Estee Lauder Makeup

A few weeks ago, I attended Estee Lauder’s spring beauty event at Macy’s in the Houston Galleria mall where I learned about a ton of new products in their collection, as well as, interviewed one of their top makeup artists from Los Angeles about some spring beauty trends we can embrace this season.

Image of Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Sculpting Shine Lipsticks in Innocent and Empowered, Estee Lauder Pure Color Defining Eyeshadow Hyper Teal and Blue Fury and Advanced Night Repair Serum on a small dish.

I also picked up a few things (oops) – no surprise – so let’s continue and discuss why these items caught my eye and what you can expect to see in spring beauty this year (disclosure: I’m SO thrilled about it)…

Estee Lauder Pro Team Artist, Jake Johnson, visited Houston to help educate the Macy’s Galleria staff on several new Estee Lauder spring collection items, in addition to helping make customers feel beautiful by providing makeovers on-site. I stepped out of my comfort zone a little bit and let Jake experiment with some color for a night-out look which you can see on my Instagram here. While he was doing his thing during my makeover, I wanted to know what to expect in spring beauty trends:

  1. color!

    Expect to see a lot more brighter pinks (fuchsia, magenta, bubble gum), orchid purples, oranges, etc. on the lips and pops of color on the eyes. “I meet so many beauty bloggers who ask me to give them a smokey brown eye, and I think, ‘Really. Let’s have a little fun here,” said Jake as he gave me a mermaid-blue/green smokey eye.

  2. more glow – dewy everything!

    My oily girls, rejoice! You just get to be yourself. Of course, there’s a subtle line between dewy and oily, but all you’ll need is some blotting papers this spring and use sparingly. My drier-skinned friends, don’t be bashful with that. highlight. tho. I think buffing a light dusting of this finishing powder will be stunning on anyone. The dew isn’t just for the face, either. Expect glow, shine and shimmer on the face, eyes AND lips – the ultra matte lip trend is dying out (THANK GOODNESS BECAUSE I HATE IT. SORRY).

  3. embrace facial oils.

    This goes with #2, but as anyone fluent in the beauty world knows, facial/beauty oils are here in a huge way. There’s an oil for everyone – dry skin, aging skin, oily skin, sensitive skin, young skin, older skin, acne-prone skin… you name it. It does take special research to find the oils that will suit you, but once you find one (or three…), you’ll get it. Using a facial oil at night will really help deeply hydrate, rebalance and nourish your skin, which will make your makeup application look flawless the next day. Take heed, oily friends – I have a few facial oils I love and it’s definitely sound advice!



Estee Lauder, Pure Color Envy, Sculpting Shine, Innocent, Empowered, Hyper Teal, Blue Fury

As someone who rarely uses color in her makeup looks, I loved the way these Pure Color Envy Defining eyeshadow teal and navy shades made my light brown eyes pop and wanted to give them a chance. I didn’t own any navy or teal eyeshadow until these two (Hyper Teal and Blue Fury). These Pure Color Envy Defining shadows are now all in a wet/dry formula, so you can make them multi-purpose (use dry as a standard shadow, use wet as a potent pigment or eyeliner). Not only can I recreate this going-out look as initially applied, but I have been using the navy and teal shades in my everyday looks – using the teal on the lower lash line with a basic neutral lid and/or navy as an outer corner shade or eyeliner.

The new Estee Lauder Color Envy Sculpting Shine Lipsticks are so nice – very creamy, non-drying and easy-to-wear shades. There’s three different formulas in the Color Envy lipstick line – sculpting shine (glossy finish), sculpting (creme finish) and matte sculpting (demi/matte finish). I have two shades – Innocent (a peachy-pink nude) and Empowered* (a warm-orangey red). I’ve been wearing Innocent weekly and it’s crazy how it seems I haven’t used it at all. The pigmentation is amazing and therefore, I think these tubes are going to last a very long time. The red is a shade I normally wouldn’t wear (again – colorphobic), but this red is perfect for my skin tone. I never put on a red lipstick and feel awesome. I usually feel very self conscious and loud. But I felt pretty, glowy and just-bright-enough with this one and my husband even thought it looked awesome (that’s a big deal coming from a dude).

The team at Macy’s Galleria also sent me home with a bottle of the iconic Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair serum* – a cult favorite among hundreds of thousands for its versatility and effectiveness at repairing, nourishing and hydrating all skin types. It promises some heavy claims – youthfulness, radiance, hydration, even-tone, more-rested – and boasts 25+ patents worldwide. I actually had three deluxe samples of this serum at home before I got this bottle and finally decided to use those samples up to see what the hype was about. TBD on that…


3 Spring Beauty Trends as told by Estee Lauder Pro Makeup Artist on brighterdarling.com

One last cool thing I learned at this event:

If you’re familiar with Sephora + Pantone ColorIQ skin scanning device that takes photos of your face, neck, chest and matches you to any foundation in the store, you’ll be happy to hear the technology has taken a step further with Estee Lauder at several EL counters in Macy’s and Nordstrom’s nationwide. Beauty Associates can now use that same tool to match you to a EL foundation AND the tool will also generate several blush and lipstick shades that would best flatter YOUR foundation shade/skin tone! How awesome is that?! That certainly minimizes the chance that you’ll pick up the wrong lipstick shade, hate it and leave it at the back of your drawer or have to return/exchange. I was super excited about it and highly encourage anyone who has a hard time finding good foundation, lipstick or blush shades to try it out ASAP.

So what are your thoughts on those spring makeup trends? Excited? Hate it? Comment below and let me know.

Happy spring,

-Steffanie

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*Estee Lauder provided those items marked with an asterisk as a gift. All other items were purchased by me. I’d greatly appreciate your support in using any of my affiliate links throughout this post. I would not utilize affiliate links if I did not support the brand/product wholeheartedly. Read my full disclaimer here.

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