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Call it a backlash against the garishly over-tanned Hollywood look. Maybe it has to do with the booming healthy beauty mind-set. Whatever the reason, beauty is undergoing a seismic shift this spring. Gone is the beyond-bronzed, flashy, shiny look of seasons past. In its place is a more sophisticated attitude, one in which subtle nuances of texture and tone predominate. Take this month’s cover and accompanying inside story, “A Study In Contrasts” on page 40. We asked makeup artist extraordinaire Lucia Pieroni (you’ve seen her work in W, Vogue and in ad campaigns for Valentino and Yves Saint Laurent, among others) to interpret the major trends of the season, and the results are exquisite. From velvet-textured skin to the perfect bitten lip, a strong brow framing a face in nudes and caramels to a shock of silver highlighting eyes and lips, Pieroni created a thoroughly modern vision for spring makeup. “Over-tanned, over-bronzed skin has become really cheap looking,” Pieroni says. “There’s something amazing about having beautiful, creamy skin, whatever your skin color is.”
In this issue, we’re celebrating spring’s best looks and best new products. As you’ll discover, what hasn’t changed this season is the intense level of innovation we’ve become used to seeing on the product front—great news, incidentally, for anyone who needs a little help from a jar (or a tube or a brush) in achieving this season’s must-have perfect skin. For all you product junkies, everything is easily organized so that you can find exactly what you’re looking for. “Hot Stuff” on page 30 breaks down the season’s major trends. From bright orange everything to lychee, the new wonder ingredient, the items here are as sunny as the season itself.
In “Counter Intelligence” on page 49, we’ve put together a category by category comprehensive guide to the newest launches. Kicking off with makeup and moving on to hair care, fragrance and, finally, skin care, if it’s new and it’s a beauty product, it’s here. Our editors swooned over Smashbox’s O-Glow Cheek Color, which uses goji berry to induce a natural flush, Kérastase’s Bain Age Recharge Shampoo, a triple threat that makes hair super shiny, preserves color and improves the health of the scalp, and Dermadoctor’s Physical Chemistry, the first combination dermabrasion/chemical peel product. With over 22 pages of products to choose from, we’re sure you’ll find more than a few new favorites, too.
In next month’s issue, we’ll turn our focus to the red carpet for our second annual Hollywood issue. Look for a complete roundup of Tinseltown’s most important hair and makeup trends, a behind-the-scenes peek at life for A-list hairstylists and makeup artists and much more. In the meantime, e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org with a list of your favorites from this month’s issue.