With spring right around the corner, it’s about time to start thinking about using some of the new colors and trends for your beauty regimen. Whether you want to brighten up your face or try a new nail polish, there are plenty of new trends to try that fit your budget. Even if you like to keep your makeup routine simple and clean, there are a few alternative ways to spice up your looks without leaving your comfort zone. Here are some of the must-try trends of the 2011 season:
Colored eyeliner: Sure, brown and black are the go-to colors when lining the eyes, but this spring try and add a pop of color to your face by using a colored eye pencil. No matter what store you shop at, there are many colors to choose from like turquoise, yellow, green and purple. Check out Urban Decay’s Glide on Eye Pencils at Sephora for a variety of colors.
When using eye pencil, keep the color in place throughout the day by applying a light layer of concealer on the lids to mask any discoloration and set with a translucent powder. Line the upper eyes at the lash line and swipe on a coat of mascara. For more impactful color, use a thicker line along the lashes.
Sleek hair: While the warmer months are more casual, flyaway pieces of hair usually just look sloppy and detract from your overall look. Depending on your hair type there are two products you can use to smooth down a style: styling cream or gel. Gel has improved in the past few years, so it no longer leaves the crunchy, weighed-down look. Add a small amount to towel-dried hair, and then pull it back into a sleek ponytail. If you want a softer look, apply a small amount of styling cream to areas you need to smooth down. One inexpensive product to try is Garnier Fructis Style Sleek Shine Styling Cream.
Matte Lips: I’m the kind of girl that loves lip gloss, but I really don’t love getting my hair stuck to the gloss when I’m outside. One way to keep your lips looking colorful without the shine or hassle is by using a matte lipstick or pencil. For spring, try out bright colors like fuchsia or coral or if you prefer a more subtle look, choose a color that closely resembles your own lip color. Two to try are Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil or Revlon Matte Lipstick.
Jewel-toned eyeshadow: If you want to brighten up the eyes, jewel-toned eyeshadow was a hit on the fall and spring runways. Deep colors like green and purple enhance your eyes while brightening up your entire look. To keep the shadow looking chic instead of clown-like, apply most of the color near the lashes and make it sheer as you blend up toward the crease and brow bone. Don’t forget – when you use a bright eyeshadow you need to keep lips neutral. Use a nude lipstick or lip balm to balance out the face. Look for jewel-toned shadows at Sephora with their Collection palettes or choose a Nars Duo eyeshadow in a popping color.
These are just a few ways to try out the hottest spring trends as it begins to warm up. Each of these trends can be found at inexpensive retail stores like Target, or at specialty stores like Ulta or Sephora. If you are hesitant to try any of these new trends, simply pick one at a time to get more comfortable with the brighter colors until you get confident to play around with the different vibrant colors or styles.