12 Gorgeous Spring Beauty Trends To Try Now
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By Naomi Chrisoulakis
Want a head start on spring? From mermaid waves to nude lips, we rounded up 12 celeb-inspired trends you can start wearing now. Check them out, plus get expert tips on how to re-create the looks today.
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Smoky eyes are usually a popular fall trend, but when lightened up with a hint of shimmer, the look works in any season. Get Jessica Alba's metallic effect by layering three tonal shades, says Jane Iredale makeup artist Shawn Towne. "Use lighter silver on the inner corner of the lid, a medium gray in the center of the lid and a darker gunmetal color at the outer corner," he says. Then blend outwards and up for a winged look, and finish with mascara. Balance out the intense eyes by "keeping lips and cheeks light and soft."
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Call it the '90s revival: Nude lips like Rita Ora's are back. They can be tricky, but there are a few rules that help with getting the look right. "It's important that the nude hue works with your lip color," says Alexis Comforti, Laura Mercier global artist. "Some nudes appear chalky on lips when they're too opaque or not the right tone for your skin." To avoid looking washed out, "Balance a nude lip with a pop of color on the cheek. A smoky eye complements a nude lip as well." If you have a lot of color in your lips naturally, apply a little foundation before your nude lipstick.
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Colbie Caillat's topknot is the perfect balance of playful and sexy. Ouidad creative director Morgan Willhite says the key to nailing it is in the preparation. Start by scrunching a sea salt spray into your hair, then "Divide hair at your ear into a top and bottom section. For the top, gather into a high ponytail and secure with a hair tie, but don't pull the end of the tail all the way through, to create a loop. Gather the bottom section and create a braid, then flip the braid up and wrap it around the top 'loop' knot, using bobby pins to secure the edges."
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Ashley Benson breaks the beauty rules with a strong lip and eye—a popular look for spring. Start with the "simple and straightforward" eyes, says Towne. "Line the entire eye with a deep rich brown liner and smudge slightly, then add intensity with black mascara on both the top and bottom lashes." For Benson's defined mouth, line your lips with a pencil. "Remember to blend the pencil well so there's no distinct line, and keep the lip slightly more matte."
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Keri Russell's update on the retro cat-eye is "wearable and flirty—but not vampy" says celebrity makeup artist Spencer Barnes. "Use a pale shadow on the lid and inner corners," he says. "Then choose a soft, creamy eyeliner that stays in place, and start it a little bit in on the lash line, not at the corner. Sweep across to the outer corner. Follow the natural eye line and gently extend beyond the outer corner of the eye and slightly upward. Curl the lashes. If you're adventurous, add two to three short or medium individual false lashes to the outer lids to further open up your eyes."
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Maria Menounos' glamorous look is perfect for date night. Achieving it yourself is all in the blow-dry, says Umberto, celebrity stylist and owner of UMBERTO Beverly Hills. "Using a large barrel brush, blow-dry hair in large sections, starting at the root in a downward motion, while rotating the brush to create soft waves," he explains. "Once a piece of hair is dried, curl it up and hold it in place with a clip as you repeat. Let the hair cool, brush it out, create a part, sweep it to the side, and spray to hold it in place."
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Olivia Munn's sheer pink blush offers the ultimate fresh-faced look. Start by hydrating skin with moisturizer, says Barnes, "then apply a little concealer and a dab of foundation with your fingertips while your skin is still." This will make the products easier to apply. "Smile to find the apples of your cheeks, dab on and blend upward towards the hairline," says Barnes. Olive skin looks best with rose and mauve-toned blushes, while fair skin "comes alive with light, vibrant shades of peach, pink and coral. Deeper tones can rock plums, apricot and even fuchsias."
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Sara Bareilles' bohemian-inspired look is ideal for bad hair days. Celebrity hairstylist Rolando Beauchamp prepped the singer's damp hair with sea salt spray, then rough dried it for texture. Next, he created three French braids along the crown that finished at the ear, not worrying about making the plaits perfect. Finally, Beauchamp wrapped the unbraided hair in different directions around a small curling iron, working Garnier Fructis gel into Bareilles' hair to create a "slightly slept-in" look. He finished the look by loosening the braids and rubbing them to create pretty flyaways.
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Proof that pastel blue shadow shouldn't be left in the '80s? Kristen Bell's pretty eyes. "A soft matte blue shadow is key to creating this look," says Barnes, who also advises using a light hand. "This look is about a general wash of soft color, no heavy contour or deep color smudged into the lash line. I recommend starting with an eyeshadow primer to ensure even application." Lighter colored eyes should opt for lighter shades for daytime (go darker for more drama), and if you have brown eyes or a deeper skin tone, "try navy, electric blue or cornflower."
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Brooklyn Decker's mermaid waves are seriously sexy—and easy to copy! Blow-dry your hair "lifting up and away from roots," says Umberto. "Using a 1 1/2-inch curling iron, take 2-inch sections, and beginning at the cheekbone, wrap the hair all the way around the barrel. It's important not to feed the hair through the barrel or you will have Shirley Temple ringlets rather than mermaid waves." When you've finished curling, let your hair cool, and shake it out to loosen the curls, but don't rake through with fingers or the curls may become stringy. Finish with a spritz of hairspray.
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You might be too intimidated to try Mindy Kaling's fuchsia lip, but according to Comforti, most skin tones can wear fuschia. "The rest of your makeup should always be subtle, with a focus on the lash line and lashes. A bright sheer cheek color will balance out this look beautifully." Prep the lips with balm, "then use concealer to define the outer edges of the lip and take out any red or uneven skin tone in the lip area. Fill the lips in with a lip liner to prevent the color from bleeding and use a brush to apply lipstick—it helps keep the lip smooth and polished."
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This all-over sun-kissed look isn't just for pale blondes like Cate Blanchett, says Towne. "If you have a warm skin tone, warm colors with a gold or bronze shimmer will complement it, and if you have cooler undertones, choose shimmer powders in colors like silver or soft pink champagne." Then get multitasking: a bronzing palette can be used as blush, eye shadow and lip color. "Keep it modern and fresh by focusing on the features. The eye shadow is set off by a beautifully defined brow, and intense black liner and mascara on the top lashes."
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