From MAC to OPI to Kat VON D, we've got the lowdown on what's hot in makeup trends this spring.


Tokidoki Soda Shop Palette

On the “Non-Hair Discussion Board” at CurlTalk, I have spent much of the past four months complaining about the winter that just ended. We got one heck of a lot of snow here in London, even by Canadian standards! A normal winter sees us get 220 cm (88 inches) in total. By February 2nd, we had hit 235 cm (94 inches), and there was so much more by the end of March.

It’s time for those of us in the Northern Hemisphere to cast off the sweaters, socks and thermies and welcome spring! Here’s what’s hot for 2011:

The Tokidoki Soda Shop Palette – I admit that I am a sucker for the packaging from this Italian (NOT Japanese) company. It’s cutesy and sort of animé and the kind of thing a person 1/3 my age would probably like. This reusable tin box contains 9 eye shadows, an eye liner, a nail file in the shape of Tokidoki character Sandy, a character magnet and a sheet of stickers. ($49 US exclusive to Sephora).

OPI for Sephora Nail Polish Collection “Glee” – 7 colours inspired by the characters of the hit television series. $9.50 US for each full-size polish, or a set of 6 minis (minus the lime green shade) for $24 US, also exclusive to Sephora.

Benefit has a new block blush called Bella Bamba. This is a watermelon-pink shade with gold undertones ($28 US).

Orange is the IT colour for lips this spring —try the Josie Maran Magic Marker Lip & Cheek Stain in shade Jive ($19 US) or Make Up For Ever’s Lab Shine Lip Gloss in shade D20 ($18 US).

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Angela Lukach