Once April rolls around, there are two things that are for certain: May showers will rain down, and new beauty trends will sprout up, too. But the most buzziest of them all — pearl-studded makeup and hair — is one that has historical ties. Pearls were known as "the queen of gems" as early as the Roman Empire... but now, you don't necessarily need ties to the crown to wear them like royalty. Pearl beauty products help give you that same queenly vibe. And you don't have to worry about annoying fallout when applying them, either.
"The pearl trend does fit in with the festival trends," makeup artist Tiffany Patton, who keyed the beauty looks for TZR's first beauty shoot, tells me. "But it doesn't always have to be just for festivals. That's part of the allure of pearls... they have an otherworldly quality to them. They can be structured or futuristic." Plus, a pearlescent finish is what was all the rage during Fashion Month — soft and dewy is the name of the game, rather than a whole lot of in-your-face glitter.
And granted, everyone doesn't have the time to apply actual pearl decals to their lids for a sick liner look... but the hero products from the shoot, below, rival that same shine. See the exact products that Patton applied, ahead.
"This is one of my favorite highlighters," Patton says. She loves it so much that she used it on model Brionka Halbert's face *and* body. For the shoulder strobe, she mixed a bit of the product with a rich, creamy lotion (Eucerin is great, she notes) and buffed it on Halbert's skin with a big fan brush. "Fan brushes are great because they diffuse things softly," she says.
This pretty pink high-shine lipstick, another new launch from Dior Beauty, wasn't just used on Halbert's lips. "If something is flattering on the lip, you can use it on the cheeks and lids, too," Patton notes. "Plus, shades of pink tend to look romantic." To apply the lipstick as a blush, Patton used a nice, fluffy brush.