Top Spring Beauty Tips And Trends From A Denver Beauty Guru

February 19, 2013 6:00 AM

(credit: Stephanie Klasse)

(credit: Stephanie Klasse)

Makeup by Stephanie Klasse (credit: Bogdan Morovskiy)

One quick and easy way to change up your look for a new season is to change your hair and makeup. This spring, clothes are bold, daring and noticeable, and hair and makeup are following suit. Professional makeup artist and Denver resident Stephanie Klasse of Klasse Makeup Artistry knows trends. Having worked all over the country, she has seen runway looks from coast to coast. Here are her picks for trends that you should implement into your beauty routine this spring.

1. Add some boldness to your makeup routine

Whether it’s a fully defined brow, bold lip color or cat-eye liner, Klasse notes the abundance of daring styles that graced the spring runways. To avoid looking like Mimi from “The Drew Carey Show,” she recommends focusing on one statement at a time. “Pick one or two trends to focus on. The runways were all about one, maybe two of these looks on the models. Keep the skin clean and the rest of your makeup simple and understated.”

Family Affair Lifestyle Clothing and Hair Studio
8246 Northfield Blvd., Suite 1425
Denver, CO 80238
(303) 576-6575

This boutique shop offers a full range of hair and skincare products as well as clothing. Carrying products from Bare Minerals, Jane Iredale and Dermalogica, among others, you will find a wide variety of products and colors here. In addition to products, Family Affair offers a wide variety of salon services, including cut and color, styling, brow waxing and much more. Stop by and get a fresh hairstyle while shopping for new makeup.

2. Keep your skin looking fresh and flawless

Your skin provides the canvas for your look. Many cosmetic products can clog pores and lead to breakouts. Klasse keeps her clients’ skin glowing and dewy with high-quality products. Her favorites include products from Canadian line Face Atelier and Youngblood cosmetics. “Youngblood is becoming a Pro Favorite, and my in-salon clients love it. It was a line created by a paramedical esthetician for her clients post treatment. It will protect the skin, reduce redness, provide SPF 30 and it is talc, oil and fragrance free, so it won’t clog pores.”

Matthew Morris Salon and Skincare
13 S. Broadway
Denver, CO 80209
(303) 715-4673

Matthew Morris is a full-service salon offering makeovers and makeup lessons (performed by Ms. Klasse herself), along with skincare and hair services. The salon sells Youngblood cosmetics and hair care products by L’Oreal Professionnel and Kerastase. Matthew Morris is a nationally recognized salon located in Denver, and the team often works on professional fashion shows. If you want to look like you stepped off the runway, schedule an appointment and have the stylists show you how it’s done. If you prefer to do your own hair and makeup, stop by and check out the products. Treat yourself to a facial while you’re at it.

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3. Keep your routine simple

Spring is the perfect time to cut loose after a long work day. The weather gets nicer, and happy hour becomes more appealing. However, some of this spring’s daring looks aren’t exactly corporate-ready. You can take your look from the office to the bar with a few simple tricks. “Add a red lip to your daytime makeup or rim your eyes with black liner. Maybe throw on some false lashes and a couple coats of mascara. If you are already rocking liner, add some shimmering eye shadow. It takes just a minute and takes you to a trendy evening look in no time.” Pack these extras in your purse and slip into the ladies’ room for a Superman-style makeover before leaving work.

Jamie Gordon Skin Care Studio
951 Homer Circle
Lafayette, CO 80026
(720) 339-8044

A licensed and practicing esthetician since 1986, Jamie Gordon knows skin. Along with a full range of facial services, she also sells makeup, including Youngblood products. If you are in the North Metro area or in Boulder, check out her shop. While you’re at it, prep your skin for spring. Cold and dry winters suck the moisture right out of your skin, leading to dullness and flakiness. Jamie Gordon can help you if you have minimal skin care needs (if you just want to freshen up your look), or more difficult concerns. Call for an appointment and pick up some new makeup while you’re there.

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4. Bring color back into your routine

Spring fashion features a lot of color. Rather than the pastels and soft palettes of a few years ago, this spring is all about pops of bright color such as coral, aqua and blue. Klasse suggests incorporating these colors into your makeup. “Matching makeup is easy because you can just match. If you are wearing a floral dress, play up the skin. Pick from the pinks or reds in the dress and go a few shades bolder with blush. Match the blue or green in it for your eyes with a fun liner or eye shadow.”

Glo Skincare Boutique and Spa
180 Steele St.
Denver, CO 80206
(303) 322-1090

This mineral makeup line features a variety of colors and finishes. There are also a lot of palettes to play around with. Glo Minerals products are talc free, finer than other mineral makeup and formulated with antioxidants. As a result, the finish is smooth and even looking. Carrying everything from bronzers to makeup remover, this boutique is a one-stop shop for new beauty finds. If you are new to makeup, or just don’t like looking through a ton of colors, there are also kits available to quicken your routine.

5. Perfectly polish your hair, or set it free

The spring 2013 runways were full of sleek, polished buns and chignons, and wild, messy ‘dos. If you’re going to go bold, pair it with a braided up-do. If you’re going with a more laid-back look, add some texturizing gel to your hair and work with your natural texture. This spring, there are also a lot of fun hair accessories to experiment with. Embellished headbands, jeweled pins, faux flowers and hats adorned heads all over the runways. Since it can get windy here in the spring, find a cute, sturdy set of hair accessories and use them to wind-proof your hair.

Thompson & Co. Salon
2220 E. Tennessee Ave.
Denver, CO 80209
(303) 733-1110

With hair care products from Oribe and Unite, this salon is the place to go if you want products that will tame your tresses without weighing them down. Stylists at Thompson & Co. can help you achieve a perfectly messy beach ‘do (or mountain ‘do if you will) or a sleek, pulled back look. The hair products here are great for protecting and conditioning while adding shape and volume. The salon offers a full range of cut, color and styling services, so if you want to test drive a look before committing to it, book an appointment and have the experts change your style. Professionals can help you figure out which trends work for you and can easily be recreated in your own bathroom.

About Stephanie Klasse

Stephanie is the owner of Klasse Makeup Artistry, and she also offers services at Matthew Morris Salon. She has more than 15 years of experience in the industry and currently provides services all over the country. Klasse is a licensed esthetician and also offers makeup tutorials for individuals and small groups. She is dedicated to continuing her education and keeping up with the latest trends and techniques. Klasse has been involved with several fashion and model fashion shows and print layouts, and has worked on ads for companies such as PepsiCo for Doritos. Visit her website.

Alaina Brandenburger is a freelance writer living in Denver. Her work can be found at