I am so happy to introduce a wonderful friend of ours, Melanie Sarah Brewer. Melanie Sarah is a professional stylist and makeup artist from West Berkshire, United Kingdom. She has fantastic experience, especially in the world of color, and we are honored to have her contribute some of her great ideas and insight on this blog. Her lovely musings on nature clearly inspire her astute take on the use of color. We hope you enjoy Melanie’s introduction below and join us in giving her a warm welcome.
The strength of the early morning frosts is fading and the energy of spring is set to wow us again. Nature has been busy – a synergy I’ve noticed in the beautiful Berkshires in recent months. Back in January, I’d been working on some style content with Jane – we were amused by the geography. Our makeup champion was in her office in the Berkshires of the U.S, and I was in my British Berkshire. Amongst the banter, it was guaranteed we’d not resist talking colour and ingredients!
It was a joy to continue the conversation with Jane over coffee at Professional Beauty London 2013 as visitors to the jane iredale stand watched shades of Bellini, Sangria, Black Cherry, Beach Plum and more in action: to welcome in the new season, the updated formula and color palette for PureGloss Lip Gloss had arrived. In London, Jane reflected on childhood days spent in England, describing herself as a “berry addict.” Her parents cultivated berries of all kinds in their British garden – blackberries, raspberries… the taste, smell and colour of all these fruity wonders sowed many ideas for her. The link to nature is special in our champion’s mind.
For jane iredale followers, we’re already connected to the nurturing benefits of great makeup, absolutely, but that aside – berries are pure, gorgeous – good fun.
The woodlands around me are starting to flicker with yellows, vivid greens, soft whites from anemones, snowdrops and sorrel. At Easter we’ll see the wild bluebells and further on, the pinks from the red campion. The charm of bird song and the heady fragrance from the woodland flowers rejuvenates my senses.
Injections of a few new colours in our wardrobes and makeup kits can make a core collection wake up and re-invent successful looks for you. Stop at the florist’s window and soak up the textures and spring colour combinations. Muted to vibrant, fresh yellow/gold germini and blue iris, palest marshmallow pink through to bright cerise and deep reds. You may notice an all year round abundance of Emerald green – Pantone’s Colour of the year 2013, at the florist’s. Look closely and you’ll see that green has many friends in nature. And the colours of nature are timeless.
As a personal stylist, I help create the whole look for my clients. Each assignment is unique with all the combinations of eye colour, skin tone and hair. The personality, lifestyle, level of vitality and wardrobe budget varies too. Some are already confident with colour, others are hesitant – all are wishing for new ideas.
In makeup, dressing the eyes (a priority area), is all about enhancing one colour with another, and often from opposite sides of the artist’s colour wheel. The blue-eyed blondes are beautifully enhanced with golds, warming browns, chocolates and bronzes. The Daytime PurePressed Eye Shadow Kit from jane iredale has been very successful here. Dark brown-eyed, brunettes glow with lilac-lids and silvery flicks – their natural warmth in the iris can be enhanced with cooler toned eye products. The Eye Steppes collection gives stunning choices for blue, green or brown eyes. The play of warm and cool!
Beauty is framed in photography – why not frame your own beauty before the lens finds you – and nurture those eyebrows. They are the frame around the most interesting area of the face – your beautiful eyes. Whether you are a first-timer or a seasoned brow expert, let’s celebrate eyebrows this spring. The shape maintained (not too much, not too little) is your beauty enhanced and that’s before you treat them to your favourite brow gel or brow kit.
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