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Ease, don't freeze, into spring

Oklahoma fashion experts weigh in on how you can make an early transition into spring colors and styles without too much chill.
by Linda Miller Modified: February 20, 2012 at 5:22 pm •  Published: February 20, 2012

Footwear for spring and summer is loaded with bright colors, fun textures and interesting styles, she said. “When the weather is still chilly outside but you are dreaming about spring, it is very simple yet chic to pair a cozy neutral sweater and neutral pants with a bright, colorful shoe.”

Makeup is another way to get that springlike feeling.

Even with a mild winter, many Oklahoma women are ready for spring, and color is what's on the radar, said Lilly Stone, owner of Sooo Lilly Cosmetics inside Kokopelli at Northpark Mall.

Pink and coral are strong lip shades this season, and some of them are glossy and intense such as her Lovestruck and Flirt. Eyes can get a wash of color as well. Stone suggests putting a touch of turquoise, purple or lime green at the outer corner of your eye for a change. For fun, apply it to the lash line and lower lid.

“Think '60s and '70s, groovy times,” she said.

“If color on your eyes is not your thing, apply a pop of coral or fuchsia to the apples of your cheeks. Blending is key, and buff with a puff.”

Prefer something even more subtle?

“The best way to ease into spring is to smell like spring,” said Alex Mendez-Kelley, owner of The MakeUp Bar. “Start looking for fragrances that have soft floral notes as opposed to the heavier muskier woods of winter. We love Ineke's After My Heart or Chemical Bonding.”

She also suggests lightening your home fragrance to remind you of soft blossoms and fresh air. And try switching from candles to diffusers.

Nail polish is another easy and inexpensive way to transition from season to season. If you can think of a color, it's in, Mendez-Kelley said.

“The pale sherbet colors of peach and orange still rule as well as lighter gray blues and minty pistachio greens. And when is hot pink and fuchsia not in for spring?”

Nail polish is Mendez-Kelley's favorite accessory these days. “I love Essie's Ole Caliente, a beautiful rosy coral, and OPI's Holland collection. ... I personally have been in love at first sight with Fly in the Nicki Minaj collection.”

Whether you choose nail polish or shoes, makeup or clothes, remember to take baby steps when going for a spring state of mind. It's still just February.

by Linda Miller
Fashion Blogger (Contributor)
Linda Miller always has loved makeup and fashion, especially shoes and handbags. She admits to owning more lipsticks and glosses than many makeup artists, but she's not giving up a single tube. When she got the opportunity to move from...
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