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May 29, 2012
Summer Hair and Makeup Trends
Here’s how to make the latest runway hair and makeup looks work at your 9-to-5.
To get THE GOODS for Summer Hair and Makeup Trends
From statement lipstick to super-slick hair, summer’s biggest beauty trends are easier to pull off than you think.
Searching for some summer beauty inspiration? Taking a cue from the catwalks is a no-brainer for the weekend – but your boss may not appreciate extreme style at the office. Here’s how to make the latest runway hair and makeup looks work at your 9-to-5.
Designers painted it red this season with lipstick in an array of attention-grabbing hues. At Dior, Yves Saint Laurent and Anna Sui, bright cherry lips ruled, while Donna Karan sent models down the catwalk with deep chocolate-red pouts. Coral (at Jen Kao), orange (at Rick Owens) and orange-red (at Jason Wu) were popular too.
“If you want to wear a bold lip colour throughout the day but don’t want it to be ‘too much,’ you can definitely tone it down,” says Sephora pro makeup artist Sara Biria. “Use a neutral lip liner first to line, define and fill in the lips – this will help to soften the pigment of the lipstick.” Apply your bold shade of choice with a lip brush to get an even application and just the right amount of colour.
The cat’s-eye look is a runway staple, but this season it got an edgier twist. Models at Jonathan Saunders and Badgley Mischka sported dramatic, exaggerated flicks, and Giorgio Armani took things in a whole new direction with double lines on the upper lid.
“To make graphic liner wearable, you have to work with the shape of your eye,” says Biria. Start by creating a classic cat’s eye with a soft kohl pencil, drawing as close as possible to the lash line. A thicker line will make small eyes pop, while an extended wing will give round eyes a more almond shape. Seal the line with a coat of budge-proof liquid liner.
Barely-there pastels used to dominate spring eyeshadow shades, but not anymore. There’s a rainbow of colour choices this season, ranging from purple at Peter Som to silver at 3.1 Phillip Lim to turquoise at Rebecca Taylor.
“If you’re intimidated about wearing a pop of colour, do your everyday eye makeup and then just trace the lash line with a bright eyeliner,” suggests Biria. “This will give you a hint of colour but won’t feel too overwhelming.” Follow the same steps with bright eyeshadow. “Add it to the outer corners of your eyes or along the lower lash line.” Go for cream-textured products, which can be easily blended out if the colour is too intense.
Dry hair is so 2011. For spring/summer 2012, designers such as Alexander Wang, Proenza Schouler and Helmut Lang sent models down the runway with glistening wet hair.
While you certainly don’t want “wet” hair at the office, beautifully coiffed hair is very sophisticated. “The key with this look is to start in the mid-shaft of the hair and work your way down,” says Biria. “You don’t want your hair to be weighed down, and if the roots have too much product then it will look more greasy than wet.” Mist a texturizing spray through damp hair and then, once dry, apply a strong-hold gel to achieve the wet look.
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