Gloss·a·ry – Spring’s First Look
By Michelle Carney

Spring 2009’s beauty trends are, at last, front and center! Nude, neutral lip colors are the first trend on our radar. A beautiful contrast to the strong emphasis on bright silver and metallic copper eye shades that are so popular right now. Sheer, soft washes of purple and berry are the second trend we’re watching, and they offer a sweet stand-out to thenatural, minimal eye makeup look of the season.

For lips that long for the long-lasting power of a lipstick but enjoy the silky shine of a gloss, I’m recommending Benefit Spring '09 Full-Finish Lipstick in Thrillin Brazilian and Lady’s Choice ($18). Thrillin Brazilian (a spicy chai) and Lady’s Choice (silky, naturally nude) are of-the-moment shades that won’t slide off five minutes later. These sticks glide on ultra-smooth, ultra-sheer but hold the rich texture of a lipstick.





Another option, Laura Mercier Lip Colour Shimmer in Boho Bronze and Spiced ($22). From the label’s new Bohemia Collection, Boho Bronze (sheer brown with a copper touch) and Spiced (naturally nude spiked with gold) instantly add a warm, healthy glow to the face that, let’s face it, is long overdue. The earthy additions are part of the brand’s relatively new collection of Lip Colour Shimmer lipsticks that combine a hydrating blend of Vitamins A and E with anti-oxidants for illustrious conditioning.




Purple lips? I know it sounds a little deep. But the idea behind these shades isn’t loud, it’s subtle and sheer. Take Too Faced Girls Dig Pearls in Tropical Pink ($18). The centerpiece of this deliciously pearlescent pink with a soft purple sheen is genuine crushed sea pearls. Pearl powder, with its organic minerals and proteins that soften and nourish the lips, also encourages new and healthy skin by naturally replenishing fragile and damaged cells. An added touch of Peppermint Oil offers a refreshing scent and sensation. 




A second discovery on my search for buried treasure, Stila’s Pearl Shimmer Gloss in Ocean Current ($22). This little gem glides on a glow I can only describe as blackberry-bitten. A member of the brand’s Pearl Shimmers collection, the gloss infuses real crushed sea pearls for a reflective luster as well as the naturally conditioning and rejuvenating properties found in these precious stones.





Michael Marcus, a renowned national makeup artist who launched his cosmetics collection in 1998, has earned raves from industry insiders and shoppers alike for his creative approach to beauty. This Spring Michael tells us to have fun with the season’s bright and flirty colors and suggests Michael Marcus Cosmetics Lip Gloss in Mai Tai and Pina Colada ($22). The fab fuchsia and babeliscious pink offer the creamy texture, lasting power and strong pigments of a lipstick with the silky shine of a gloss.



The gloss•a•ry is PrettyCity’s monthly roundup of all that glitters from our own wand-toting shimmer expert, Michelle Carney. Tune in each month for the latest and greatest in pout perfecting products utterly devoted to your sparkly, sexy and oh-so-shiny lips.  Please contact Michelle Carney with story ideas or product suggestions

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