Stay chic this spring by learning the new trends from the masters of makeup. In the new year, the experts are taking it retro with sultry cat eyes and bold lips. Danielle Erb, a print model and salon owner with more than a decade of experience, was named “St. Louis’s Best Makeup Artist” by St. Louis Magazine. She has the know-how to score the spring style and this expert is willing to share her how-to on modernizing the pin-up girl look.


Danielle Erb
2826 Sublette Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63139
(314) 302-1467

According to Danielle, one should balance the boldness by “[playing] out either a dramatic eye or a daring lip—never both together and [making] the rest of the face look freshly scrubbed.” Avoid over-shined skin by treating the face to some serious exfoliation. Danielle recommends removing dead skin cells using Frutique-Papaya Enzyme exfoliating gel, which is offered at Sally Beauty. Perfect with ExfoliKate by Kate Somerville, and after applying makeup, finish with Jemma Kidd’s Mannequin Skin for a picturesque all-over glow.

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The color palette for spring radiates sunshine brightness with brilliant shades of poppy, red and tangerine. To temper these fiery colors, keep a fierce African violet shade in stock as Danielle suggests. Be sure to highlight brows as well this season for more definition. Danielle claims that by starting with the eyes, “it’s amazing how you will automatically feel you don’t need as much coverage when your eyes are already done.”

There are numerous ways to make eyes stand out, but this time, define that feature with a strong cat eye. Draw out the line with a long flick and thicken the liner coverage utilizing a high-gloss gel formula that will capture light. “The cat eye, which is usually accompanied by contoured eye shadow, is quite bare and a bit thicker. Leave the rest of the lid bare,” Danielle instructs. For added drama, thicken lashes with some fringe to enhance the outline.

One can choose to opt for painted lips a la Marilyn Monroe this season. The key to this audacious look is to apply a matte color to the lips. High-gloss is out this spring, but fearless colors still remain. Choose a darker red, such as a deep crimson or oxblood. Pair with a neutral eye and let that pretty pout stand out on its own.

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A lady’s makeup arsenal clearly requires a bold matte lip color alongside lasting gel eyeliner. Danielle also suggests including crème bronzer and a golden highlighter to nail a beautiful bare face. “Use a highlighter pen such as Estee Lauder’s Ideal Light Brush-On Illuminator to bring forward areas of the face you want to highlight. [Focus on] upper cheekbones, [accentuating] down the center of the nose and chin. Pat into the skin to blend,” advises Danielle. Enhancing one’s natural glow will provide the perfect backdrop for the retro chic look of spring.

Living in St. Louis, Amanda Dahl is a freelance writer specializing in dating tips and ways to stylize your life; whether it be through house decor or finding a perfect pair of shoes. Her work can be found at