Though I love trying out the season’s latest clothing trends, I admit to being a little boring when it comes to my hair and makeup. I have a tried and true routine that I stick to during the day and that I mix up slightly with a smoky eye for the evening. There are some spring beauty trends, however, that might just convince me to step outside my comfort zone.
One of the looks I’m most excited to experiment with is the bright pink lip that was shown at the Marc by Marc Jacobs spring/summer 2010 show. After prepping your lips with a moisturizing lip balm, apply MAC lipstick in Show Orchid ($14) or NARS Schiap ($24). Pair with a few coats of black mascara to seal the deal. Keep the rest of your look simple with a blush in a similar hue and translucent powder to fight shine and set your makeup. This bold colour works well with the neutral clothing trends that dominated the runways this season.
If only my hair were thick enough to try out the fishtail braid as seen on the catwalk at Alexander Wang and Miu Miu. The key to this side plait is not worrying too much about perfection &- the messier and looser the better. One trick that helps if your hair needs taming is applying a small amount of mousse on damp hair before you start. Be sure to part your hair on the side and leave your bangs loose (if you have them). No matter what you wear it with, this hairstyle will immediately evoke memories of days lounging on the beach.
Trying a new nail polish is one of the cheapest and easiest ways of experimenting with a trend. Nude nails dominated the HervÃ© LÃ©ger and Marc Jacobs runways, and you can easily emulate the look with OPI’s Malaysian Mist ($11) or Essie’s BFF Best Boyfriend ($10). The key is matching the colour closely to your skin tone to create the illusion of longer and slimmer hands.
You could also try revitalizing a classic: the winged liquid eyeliner Ã la Audrey Hepburn. This look has been seen on celebs like Dakota Fanning, January Jones and Chanel Iman. Keep it fresh by sticking to a peachy palette for your cheeks and lips. My favourite liquid eyeliner is by Sephora Collection ($10) but if you’d like to go higher end, try Dior’s for $32.