Ready. Set. Warm up!

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The weather outside is frightful, and there is really nothing delightful about February (well, maybe the chocolate sales after the 14th). I, for one, am ready for spring. And if, like me, you’re not the type of girl who just sits around waiting for things to happen, I suggest we kick-start the new season by giving our makeup a makeover. Warm up your look, sister! Once you blossom, maybe the flowers will too.

First things first – a warm look is impossible if you neglect to awaken your skin tone. Yes, most of us have been missing out on sunlight, but not all is lost. Once the foundation is applied, making sure your skin is moisturized and not dry, apply a small amount of Murad Firming Bronzer SPF 15 to cheekbones, forehead, jaw line and t-zone for a natural glow. Its triple-action formula boosts skin’s elasticity and is said to increase firmness by 32 percent in just 15 minutes. Congratulations, you’ve just upgraded your face to a workable canvas. Available at and

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Jenna Menard, a make up artist who has worked with Kate Winslet, ELLE and Vogue, to name a few, suggests using a color chart (above) to better understand warm tones. Before you reach for shadows, blush, or lipstick make sure the shades resemble those on the left side.

When it comes to your peepers, choose a palette of pink, beige or gold, like DuWop Rose Eyes shadow or wet n wild beautybenefits EffortlessEyes Shadow & Brow Kit. The subtle color is bound to freshen up your look, but if you’re looking to be adventurous, brush on some vibrant green. “To brighten your eyes in a way that is natural, use a very flat, thin brush with some brown or black liner and work it very close to the lash line,” says Menard. “It shouldn’t look like liner; it just makes your lash line more defined, which will brighten your eyes.” Stick to a mascara that’s closest to your hair color — blonds should reach for brown before black, etc. DuWop is available at and Beautybenefits is available at Wal-Mart and PathMark stores.

You can’t beckon spring without radiant cheeks. This means that blush and bronzer are your new BFFs. Using a large face brush, lightly dust bronzer, like NP Set Baked Powder or Lorac Bronzer in Glow, focusing on cheekbones, chin and forehead. Remember, that less is more. “It is important to keep makeup looking believable,” says Menard. “Once it looks fake, it won’t look warm – and this is not what we want!” Once you have that sun kissed glow, you can even touch up with a subtle blush. We love theBalm Hot Mama! for its peachy-pink hue and light-reflecting properties. For the most natural look, start off sheer and work your way up. It’s easier to build on a blush than wage war on a strong pigment, Menard adds. NP Set available at Target stores and Lorac available at theBalm available at and

Finish off your look with a Bobbi Brown Lip Gloss Compact in Coral Pink. We promise you won’t end up with a razzle-dazzle, glassy faux-pas pout. Its delicate sheen and a touch of vanilla scented peachy color ensures your kisses are delectable. The good-for-you botanical extracts like jojoba and chamomile oils are a nice perk as well. We also suggest accent-maker Korres Mango Butter Lipstick SPF10 in Coral 45. The mango butter will leave your lips extra smooth, while Vitamins C and E work hard to keep your kisser youthful. Could you think of a better way to make a statement? Neither could we. Available at and

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