Less formal, more fun, today’s new lady matches perfect polish with easy chic, says DANIELLE FOX.
THE UPDATE: The classic lipstick becomes a new-age lip stain, which gives the pigment of a lipstick but without the high maintenance. No need for constant touch-ups: the new liquid lipsticks go on wet, dry fast and won’t budge. For a bold pout, look to DKNY and opt for spring/summer’s hottest hue: orange. The color-shy could re-create Burberry’s pale-rose pink, which gives pouts the prettiest skin-toned finish.
HOW TO: A lip stain can be slicked on with a finger or brush; just keep a cotton bud to hand for any touch-ups.
Be wary of layering lipstick; the more moisture you put on top, the more it breaks down the pigment and fades color.
THE UPDATE: The shampoo and straighten gives way to the blow-out and braid. “It’s not about flat-ironed perfection now,” says hair guru John Barrett. “Most of my clients opt for braids over straightening as it is a chic and practical alternative for today’s busy woman.”
HOW TO: Prep damp hair with Lavett & Chin Sea Salt Texturizing Mist and dry roughly, tong lengths with a T3 BodyWaver Curling Iron to create a natural wave, then plait and secure.
Longer hair works well for this trend but for those in need of a braid boost, try Daniel Hersheson’s clips-ins for instant, fuss-free plaits.
THE UPDATE: Move over foundation – it’s all about the skin veil, as flawless bases were replaced by an outdoorsy, sun-blushed glow on the runway. “There was an emphasis on light,” says MAC’s Terry Barber. “Foundations gave way to skin that was enveloped in subtle veils, and complexions took on an ethereal glow.”
HOW TO: Achieve radiance by applying highlighter to your cheekbones, the bridge of your nose, Cupid’s bow and temples.
For a ‘barely there’ look, apply your base with a flat foundation brush to help keep the application lightweight.
THE UPDATE: The French mani becomes the nude wash. “There has been a backlash against the retro French mani for years,” says nail technician Jenni Draper. “Today’s more youthful nail finish has a sheer, almost opaque eggshell quality.” Pretty, pale and barely there, nude, sand and beige hues work for all skin tones, elongating fingers and giving a natural look.
HOW TO: Apply one layer of color to nails for a wash effect and add a super-glossy topcoat.
“Elegance is key to this trend, so forego the short and square nails of the past and choose oval for a more natural shape,” says Jenni Draper.
THE SKIN GLOW
THE UPDATE: A glossy glow replaces a deep tan. “We’ve moved away from viewing tan as a faux pas. It’s about adapting it to work with
your look, not overpower it,” says tanning expert James Read. “Now, apricot undertones give skin a warm blush as if you’ve just come in from a day on the beach.”
HOW TO: Buff St. Tropez Rose Skin
Illuminator on the top of your arms and the middle of your legs.
“Build up your tan in layers,” says James Read. “I like to layer over a two-hour period: it gives you control over color and what suits your skin tone.”
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