Take Note: Spring Beauty
Get in touch with your girly side with pink lipstick. Models on the 2008 catwalks flashed cotton candy-colored smirks, and all hues were represented: pastel, rose, coral, and even deep berry. Tap into the trend with the Clinique Colour Surge Lipstick ($14, Nordstrom), which comes in several shades of pink, or try Lancome's Color Design Lipcolor in All Done Up ($19.50, Strawberrynet.com). Some runway shows went for serious drama by keeping the color matte, which is ideal for the evening. For the perfect matte lipcolor, look no further than Lipstick Queen ($18-$20, Barneys). Created by the Aussie Poppy King, the brand has made a splash in the beauty industry and filled the void for spot-on, luscious matte lipsticks. We're particularly fond of the Oxymoron Matte Lip Gloss ($20, Barneys), which is a creamy gloss with no shine! While bright pinks were in this season, so too was the diametrically opposed nude lip. Always chic with a smokey eye, the nude lip looks fantastic in real life with a bit of shine (you'll look like an extra in Night of the Living Dead without it). A nude color gloss is the perfect way to ensure that your lips don't look dry, and we like L'Oreal's Infallible Never Fail Lipgloss in Barely Nude ($9.99, Drugstore.com). The petal color is also exceedingly pretty and has hints of pink, so you can dabble in both lip color trends.
Thick, bushy brows were also popular on the runways for spring -- but don't ditch your tweezers just yet. The look must be groomed and neat, otherwise you run the risk of looking unkempt. For ladies with thin or overplucked brows, fill them in with a powder. Lorac's Take a Brow Kit ($22, Sephora.com) fills brows in naturally and looks less severe than pencil. If you're weary of overdoing the thick style, try using ingenious templates -- like the Anastasia Classic Stencils Set ($20, Amazon.com) -- to help you color within the correct lines. The Tarte Toolbox ($32, Sephora.com) covers all your bases with a brow gel, pencil, brush, powder, and wax, as well as a mirror, set of tweezers, and three shaping stencils.
Several designers sent models down the runway with a colorful liner on their top or, more frequently, bottom eyelid. It's an easy and slightly more subdued way to introduce punchy color to your beauty regime. And though you can keep the color subtle, like with a natural mauve or plum, we like the idea of trying something very different. Try a watery blue with the Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Electric ($16, Beauty.com) or a slightly more pastel blue with the e.l.f. Brightening Eye Liner in Sky ($1, Drugstore.com). It's easy being green with Stila's Kajal Eyeliner in Emerald ($16.40, Beauty.com), and both the Too Faced Starry-Eyed Liquid Eyeliner ($17.50, Sephora.com) and the Sephora brand Liner Electro Glitter Eye Pencil ($8, Sephora.com) give you serious wattage in shades of purple and pink.
Being out in the sun a lot more this season means you need to take sun damage into consideration. A lot of girls overlook sunscreen because they like the glow of a tan, but by the age of 30, the majority of aging you see in your face is a direct result of sun damage. Neutrogena offers a few options for a happy (and skin-healthy) balance between having a tan and being safe. Try replacing your normal lotion with the Neutrogena Healthy Skin Enhancer Tinted Moisturizer ($11.99, Drugstore.com) which gives your skin a color-boost and has an SPF of 20. Or, prime your skin for makeup with one of the Neutrogena Healthy Skin Glow Sheers ($11.59-$12.25, Drugstore.com). The light mineral foundation is tinted while giving you a full 30 SPF. You can also try swiping on a bronzer on top of all that skin protection, if you want an uber-tan look. We love Benefit's Hoola Powder ($28, Benefit), which comes with its own self-contained brush.
With the lovely spring climate comes muggy and humid weather, which can be the biggest enemy to hair -- especially when you're trying to style it into the cutest looks of the season! According to Ouidad, a renowned stylist for curly hair, humidity takes a toll and messes up our coifs because we don't understand how hair works. "I always like to educate my clients using my own 'sponge reference.' When you fill the hair (with moisturizing products), it's just like putting a wet sponge in water -- it won't expand any more," she explains. "However, a dry sponge, just like dehydrated hair, expands, causing frizz." Ouidad recommends using her Deep Treatment Intense Conditioner ($30, Ouidad.com) every two weeks, to "fill" the hair, and to then style with products designed for heat and humidity. Ouidad also makes a Climate Control Gel ($19.80, Ouidad.com) that Allure named "Best Defrizzer" because it similarly moisturizes in a controlled manner, instead of allowing humidity to expand your hair. We're also huge fans of Carol's Daughter Mimosa Hair Honey ($9.50, Amazon.com). Of course, if the humidity becomes far too much for your hair to handle, you can always pull it back; and luckily, twisted knots and chignons were all the rage on the spring runways. Slick back your hair into a messy knot with a light pomade, such as this Bumble and Bumble Grooming Creme ($14.99, Drugstore.com), and secure it with numerous pins. If your hair is too short, pull it off your face via a fantastic headband (re-popularized by Gossip Girl, Blair Waldorff), like this Sparkle Metallic-Leather Headband ($16.50, J.Crew).
The changing of the seasons lets us update our look beyond just our clothes. Use our trend observations and product selections to reinvigorate your beauty regime -- from hair to lips -- and have fun with the shining spring weather!
-- Lindsay Sakraida