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Spruce up your spring makeup with these looks

Whatever your budget, day or night, the season's latest trends are sure to make you shine. Charla Krupp shows what you can do for luxe or less.

Spring is fast approaching and along with a season change comes some new makeup trends. Charla Krupp, executive editor of Shop Etc. magazine was invited to appear on “Today” to discuss the season’s best bets in makeup. Here are her trend tips:

This spring, makeup is stronger than ever. After years of telling women to choose between strong eyes and strong lips, both can be strong, to balance out the black and white power suits, or to anchor the floaty nightgown dresses or white eyelet sheaths. While the hottest runway look involved a fiery orange red lip, let's get real, not a lot of us look like Ava Gardner and it's tough to pull off. Better to go with a strong matte lipstick peach or pink (lipstick, not lip gloss). The key to this look is satiny, silky skin that's not too dewy and not too matte — your classic, non-trendy foundation.

Here are three essentials for your spring look, no matter what makeup colors you choose on your face:

  • Super-groomed brows that are precisely plucked (but not too much). If you're only going to update one thing, make it a strong brow.
  • Red carpet lashes that are triple coated with black mascara and extended on the ends — out to there (yes, fake lashes).
  • On your nails: Lilac polish!

Whether you want to make a big ticket investment or get ready for your close-up without closing out your bank account, here are the looks for day or night you can create for luxe or less:

Your daytime face: modern pastels: lavender and peach with long lashes

At the Missoni and Nicole Miller spring fashion shows, we saw a very wearable day look: Eyelids layered in lavender and lips slicked with peach. A subtle shift from pink to peach makes lids look fresher.

Get the Look:

  • Dust lavender shadow over lids and under lower lashes.
  • Swipe a light layer of orange-based concealer onto lips before covering them in creamy seashell-toned lipstick. "This is the key to preventing chalkiness," says makeup artist Janeen Witherspoon, who created the spring looks on our pages. "Without the concealer, the lipstick won't come out the right color."
  • Pat on coral-colored cream blush from apples to temples.
  • Apply a strip of false lashes that get slightly longer at the outer edges. This will give the pastel shadow extra oomph.
  • Wed your natural and fake lashes with black mascara, using a brush hat doesn't have crisscrossing bristles, which can cause clumps and yank off fakes.

Your luxe daytime look:
Six products, total: $200.50, average of $33.42 a product

  • Clé de Peau Beauté Concealer in ivory, $68; Bergdorf Goodman, 800-558-1855, or Barneys New York, 888-822-7639
  • Yves Saint Laurent Luxurious Mascara in high density black, $25; Saks, 877-551-7257 or Bloomingdale's, 800-555-7467
  • Shu Uemera False Eyelashes in 02, $15; shuuemera.com
  • Sisley Hydrating Long Lasting Lipstick, $41; Saks, 877-551-7257, or Neiman Marcus, 888-888-4757
  • Chantecaille Aquablush in enchanting, $38; Neiman Marcus, 888-888-4757, or neimanmarcus.com
  • MAC eyeshadow in Lavender Sky, $13.50; MAC Cosmetics, 800-387-6707, or maccosmetics.com. A true lavender, but with a welcome brightness. So perfectly pigmented, you'll only need a couple of coats.

Your less daytime look:
Six products, total: $40.47, average of $6.74 a product

  • E.L.F. Tone Correcting Concealer in tone 2, $1; Target or eyeslipsface.com. Neutralizes the redness in your lips (and under sleep-deprived eyes). Dot the sponge applicator onto your lips in several spots, then press lips together to blot.
  • CoverGirl Lash Exact Mascara in very black, $6.99; CVS and other drugstores. With a brush whose bristles are made of parallel (not crisscross) thermoplastic elastomers to prevent clumping or damage to your false lashes. But it's also amazing on natural lashes?looks almost like you're wearing fakes.
  • Andrea Modlash Strip Lash in 45 Black, $2.99; Drugstore.com. Apply as close to your lash line as possible with clear lash glue.
  • Bourjois Lovely Rouge Lipstick in rose essential, $16; Sephora, 877-737-4672, or ulta.com. The ideal peach for all skin colors. Bonus: The mirror on the lid makes on-the-go or in-office touch-ups easy.
  • L'Oréal Paris HIP, High Intensity Pigment Blendable Blushing Crème in Blushing, $10; Drugstores nationwide. Looks darker in the pot than on cheeks, where it leaves behind a sheer but color-rich coral flush. Goes on smoothly and doesn't set so quickly that you won't have time to blend. This new color saturated makeup collection from L'Oreal Paris is worn by Scarlett Johansson in her commercials.
  • Jane Cosmetics Eye Shadow in It's A Girl, $3.49; Drugstores nationwide

Your nighttime face: blue and silver smoke

At the Giorgio Armani, Luella and Louis Vuitton spring shows, there were versions of eyes with smudged charcoal with deep blue or silver shadow. The blue and silver lid with the smudged lower lash line is a modern take on the smoky eye (which is usually done with grey or brown).

Get the look:

  • Shape and set brows to frame your face.
  • Brush pewter-silver shadow from lash line to crease, and shimmery white along brow bones to open up your eyes.
  • Blend midnight-blue powder shadow in the crease and smudge toward outer edges of eyes. Dampen your brush or Q-tip, then apply a heavy, almost charcoal layer under lower lashes.
  • Lightly press matte powder over your entire face (with makeup this strong, your skin should look flawless).
  • Swirl lavender-pink blush onto cheeks for a demure glow.
  • Dap sheer pale-blue illuminating cream along the tops of cheekbones, then smear just a touch over your lids to create a sheen.
  • Apply pink-nude lipstick, then press lips together for the necessary nearly matte texture.
  • Brush on two coats of black lengthening and thickening mascara.

Your luxe evening look:
Eight products, total: $223, average of $27.87 a product

  • Yves Saint Laurent Matt and Radiant Pressed Powder, $42; Bloomingdales, 800.555.7467, or saks.com. We love this powder. It feels soft on the skin thanks to the moisture-trapping sugar molecule it contains. Translucent nylon particles and light-diffusing polymers provide a glow. In six shades.
  • Smashbox Brow Tech in smashing blonde, $22; smashbox.com. A defined brow can pull your face upwards and take 10 years off. This signature Smashbox product offers a split pan of brow must-haves: Hair color coordinated powder to fill in brows on one side and a colorless wax to groom them in the other. Comes in 6 shades to match your hair color. In an upward motion, fill and shape brows with the pigmented portion of the pot (use brush #12). Once it's dark enough, use the pomade wax to shape and groom brow hair.
  • Laura Mercier Cheek Colour in azalea, $22; lauramercier.com
  • Stila Clear Color in pink, $14; Sephora, 877-737-4672, or stilacosmetics.com
  • Trish McEvoy Lash Curling Mascara in jet black, $25; Nordstrom, 800-723-2889
  • Nars Single Eye Shadow in china blue, $21; narscosmetics.com
  • Shiseido The Makeup Hydro Powder Eye Shadow, $22; Nordstrom, 800-723-2889, or Bloomingdale's, 800-555-7467
  • Giorgio Armani Eye Mania in 1, $55; Nordstrom, 800-723-2889, or giorgioarmanibeauty.com. Mix the periwinkle and silver powders to create the base shadow on lids, then use the white to highlight brow bones.

Your less evening look:
Eight products, total: $63.91, average of $7.98 a product

  • Revlon ColorStay Pressed Powder, $9.99; Drugstores nationwide
  • Physicians' Formula Brow Wax with Blond Tone, $5.95; Drugstores nationwide. This blendable stick grooms your brows in a way that complements smoky eyes — meaning not too dark or witchy.
  • Avon Blush in Cool Plum, $8; avon.com. For an ethereal flush on cheeks.
  • Neutrogena Moisture Shine Tinted Lip Balm in natural, $6.99; Ulta, 866-858-2266, ulta.com. A pinkish nude with SPF 20 and vitamins C and E to protect and nourish lips.
  • Almay Triple Effect Mascara in black, $7.99; Target, Eckerd and other drugstores. A triple threat: fullness, length and curl in a gel base. Wedge the short bristles on one side of the brush into the base of eyes to create curve, then sweep the long bristles on the other side from roots to tips to elongate and separate.
  • Lancôme Color Design Sensational Effects Eye Shadow in garment, $14.50; Saks, 877-551-7257, or lancome.com. Finely milled particles help this powerful powder glide right on.
  • Mark Toute Sweet Whipped Cream Eye Shadow in frill, $6; Mark, 800-633-8627, meetmark.com. Ground pearls give it the opalescense of products twice the price.
  • CoverGirl Eye Enhancers 4-Kit Shadows in stormy lites, $4.49; Drugstores nationwide. This is the brilliant buy, for less than $5.

For two more spring looks, including the super red Ava Gardner lip, pick up the March issue of Shop Etc. with Law & Order's Mariska Hargitay on the cover! Or, go to shopetc.com. Happy shopping.