Last month I attended The Makeup Show in Manhattan, and with more than 60 beauty brands and over 6,000 makeup artists and industry insiders in attendance, it was the perfect opportunity to scope out some of the latest makeup products and trends. One of my first stops was the Youngblood Mineral Cosmetics booth, where I had the chance to say hello to Kristen, Truth in Aging’s green beauty expert.

Afterward, I headed to a Youngblood seminar led by makeup artist Victoria Stiles, whose clients include Star Jones, Roberta Flack, and Jill Zarin of The Real Housewives of New York City. With a few swipes of the makeup brush, Victoria transformed a beautiful 30-something model into a beautiful 30-something model with luminous, near-flawless skin. It’s amazing what a little color can do.

Color is what adds that little something extra, that punch of vibrancy… that sparkle, so to speak. With the official start of summer only a day away (well, for us in the Northern Hemisphere), it’s time to start thinking about how you can change up your makeup – whether you like to experiment with bold colors or prefer to make subtle tweaks to your look.

To find out what colors are trending for the summer, I spoke to James Vincent, director of artistry and education for The Makeup Show, who has worked his magic on celebrities such as Lady Gaga, Liv Tyler, Joan Jett and Jane Fonda.

“For summer I love mined metals (golds and bronzes) teamed with black liner or soft shades like pinks and peaches teamed with brights,” he says. “Think soft eyes and a strong, bright lip or a soft lip with a bold eyeliner color.”

Worried about being able to pull off these shades? James assures that “bright colors work well with women of all ages as they lift the complexion and brighten the skin.” And metallics “give a fresh, healthy glow at any age” and, when used to line the eyes, can even draw attention away from fine lines and creases.

For just the right amount of “bright,” try 100% Pure Fruit Pigmented Lip and Cheek Tint ($15) or RMS Beauty Lip Shine in Sublime ($25), which also works for both lips and cheeks. As for where to apply color to your cheeks, James advises wearing pinks and anything in the red family on the apples, where you naturally flush. “Peach, coral or anything orange should be worn where heat comes through the skin, at the highest point of the cheekbone,” he says.

To get a bronze glow à la Jennifer Lopez, consider the lightly iridescent Youngblood Mineral Radiance Bronzer in Sundance ($33). Yet keep in mind that “bronzer should only be worn where the sun hits the face (forehead, nose, cheekbone, chin),” says James. “If you wear the colors the right way, they make the skin look fresh and healthy, but worn the wrong way they can look dated and age the skin.”