Spring is officially here, and this year's trends are eclectic and colorful. Here are the top five looks to master for your transition into a blooming beauty.
Candy-colored puckers continue to pop this spring with hues such as melon, coral and even straight-up orange getting more than lip service on the spring runways of designers including Marc Jacobs, Nanette Lepore and Milly. The easiest way to appear on-trend this spring is to slick on a vivid shade of carrot-colored gloss or matte lipstick. Then go boldly, and brightly, into spring.
Done and done
Loose waves may be touted by some as a spring trend, but the done 'do seen on spring 2011 runways is much more interesting. And the key to making this look modern is a simple side part. Part hair on the side and then opt for a low bun slicked back with a touch of pomade for an easy, breezy seasonal hair update.
Pretty as a princess
Each spring seems to beckon the romantics on the beauty scene, and this year is no different. Light, shimmery lips pair with eyes in smooth shades of pink and purple to create a soft palette worthy of a princess. For inspiration, turn to Jason Wu's sultry spring runway look. For application, look to Anna Sui's Spring 2011 Shining Star Collection, which plays up sultry, smoky eyes in shades ranging from lilac to aubergine.
And the braid goes on …
Too many Lauren Conrad sightings had me declaring the death of the braid a few years back. But it seems that designers and consumers have spoken, and the braid goes on. A bevy of braids were spotted on spring 2011 runways including Lacoste, Carlos Miele and Behnaz Sarafpour. Best of all, the wearable braid pairs well with nearly any 'do. Wrap a low braid into a loose chignon, snake a skinny braid down a side part paired with loose waves, or embrace the au naturel headband trend by encircling the crown of your head with a thin braid.
Yellow eyeliner at Peter Som. Bold couture combos at Christian Dior, Nina Ricci and Issa. Vivid manicures including shades of turquoise (Sephora by OPI Nail Colour GLEE Collection), yellow (China Glaze Solar Power) and grape (CND Eclectic Purple). The rules? Throw out the rule book. Opt for vivid hues, then mix and mix (don't match) with abandon.
— Carolyn Brundage is the founder of TampaBay.PrettyCity.com, a guide to the best in local beauty. Need beauty advice? Tweet Up with Carolyn on Twitter @tampabaypretty.