After a rough winter, we can barely wait another minute for spring.
In addition to spring-cleaning your closet, think about spring-cleaning your beauty cabinet and restocking your essentials. These hot trends will add oomph to your look and wash away winter blahs.
For a sultry look, dark smudged liner is super sexy. After using a pencil or gel liner around eyes, take an angled brush with a dark shadow and smudge it back and forth over the liner.
On spring runways, models pouted in bold orange and berry tones. For those thinking they can’t sport a bright lip, know that these hues work on all skin tones and instantly brighten the face. Try Stila Stay All Day Vinyl Lip Gloss in Fuchsia ($24), Michael Kors GLAM Lip Lacquer in Dame ($24), or Revlon ColorBurst Matte Balm in Mischievous ($9).
The 2014 way to wear a French manicure? Try black polish along the tips of white or clear painted nails. Or try the reverse with a black matte polish and bright white on the tips. Either way is very cutting edge.
Soft pinks, lilacs and blues are a subtle way to add color. To make this look more contemporary and less ‘80s, apply the colored shadow as a “wash” in the crease and use a nude shadow below the brow. Adding darker eyeliner will intensify the look.
Side-swept bangs and side-parted hair are trending on runways and red carpets. Amy Abramite of Chicago’s Maxine Salon explains: “Transitioning from shorter, straight-across bangs to side-swept ones is an easy grow-out process. I recommend a blunt bang that falls to the bridge of the nose. This length looks best swept over on the forehead, and can also be worn as a long, straight-across bang for the best of both worlds. When parting your hair on the side, the best place is lined up with the highest point of the eyebrow to compliment your face shape.”
Spring hair is all about the air-dried look: tousled, loose and natural. How to achieve the look? “Diffuse hair completely, applying no product while the hair is still damp,” says Gina Guerica, Oscar Blandi’s brand ambassador and director of product development. “When hair is 100 percent dry, wrap random sections around a 1-and-a-1/2-inch barrel for a natural movement.”