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Spring Awakening

Q: After a long, rough winter I am looking forward to ditching my dark lipstick and maroon manis to delve into more spring-ready shades. Any suggestions on how to warm up my beauty regimen?

A: This Polar Vortex has certainly wreaked havoc on everyone’s skin and hair. We have been reeling from winter’s effects as well but have faith: spring is finally here to stay, so perk up and give yourself the front-row treatment with a few fresh-from-the-runway tips and trends!

EYES. Suited to both day and evening, flirty lined lids paid the perfect complement to spring’s most-coveted feminine runway looks. Bust out your black liquid liner because the perennially chic cat-eye knows no bounds!  Backstage beauty pros swear by easy-to-apply, stay-put liquid liner pen by Smashbox. Start with the brush on the lashes at the inner corner of the eye, starting with small strokes and thickening the line later. Stop at the end of your lashes then start the tail at the outer end, uniting the two lines at the outer corner of your eye.  Keep mascara and eyeshadow minimal for day, adding more drama for evening. A thin cotton swab dipped in makeup remover is the key to finishing a clean line. All eyes will definitely be on you when you when you spread your wings and go bold with liner!

LIPS. When it comes to lip hues, all variations of the color orange walked the Spring 2014 runways, from carrot and tangerine to pumpkin and clementine. Orange is like red lipstick’s smart little sister; it’s more fun, playful and unexpected. But how’s a non-model to master this juicy look? Not to worry, there’s a hue for everyone who wants to crush it. For fairer complexions, look for an orange that’s less yellow and more blue or red; bright oranges work better on darker or tanned skin. Keep your bold shade modern by opting for a cream or matte finish rather than shimmery or pearlescent. If the pretty pouts on the runway have any say in the matter, orange is definitely the new…new!

HAIR. Looking for a seriously sophisticated coif with minimal prep time? Ditch your messy top-knot and opt for the deep parts that dominated designer ‘dos this season. A simple way to dramatically change your look in an instant, it’s almost as easy as flipping all your hair to one side. For a more polished approach, we suggest you begin your part right above your eyebrow’s arch, bringing the comb back from the hairline at a slight inward angle for a hint of edge.  Whether pulled back or left loose, a deep side part will definitely elevate your spring style game.

Thankfully, the season’s most sought-after beauty trends are bolder, edgier, yet decidedly easier to pull off. So now that the weather has finally warmed up, you’ll be fully prepared to put your best face forward!