Give yourself a red-carpet worthy makeover with these easy spring 2012 beauty tips! You don’t need a whole team of makeup artists in order to look stunning the upcoming warm season. Just take a peek at the hottest makeup and hairstyle trends seen on the runways!
Our new year’s resolutions? An impeccable look and a
self-confident approach when it comes to our beauty routine. It’s
your time to shine and try different makeup styles and gorgeous ‘dos
for flawless appearances. Check out these spring 2012 beauty tips and have fun while
playing with colors and styles!
Fresh and romantic! A natural, discreet makeup can be worn anytime and anywhere regardless the occasion as it hides all beauty imperfections and adds a special, glossy touch. For spring 2012 think adorable lips and a baby complexion! Keep it simple opting for a luminous, soft skin and barely there makeup. Avoid the caked-on face using a tinted lotion in order to even out your skin tone (Stella McCartney, J Mendel, Missoni, Damir Doma).
However, for visible breakouts or other skin issues, apply a small amount of concealer. Remember that using too much will only emphasize the flaws you are trying to camouflage. If you are facing a shiny complexion, fix the problem with a special oil-absorbing powder. For a youthful, baby doll look, choose a cream, peachy or light pink blush and apply it on the cheeks (Rag & Bone, Christopher Kane, Isabel Marant, Tracy Reese, Acquascutum, Tommy Hilfiger, DKNY). You can also opt for a pretty suntanned effect (Michael Kors, Robert Mouret).
Spring is the perfect season for you to try all things girly and a more subtle makeup. Express your femininity and delicacy using a moisturizing lipstick in a natural shade. A creamy lipstick will perfectly complete your satin-looking, fresh makeup. Use your fingers to apply it and you’ll undoubdetly get kissable, delicate lips (Peter Som, Carolina Herrera, Oscar de la Renta, Christopher Kane, Balmain).
If you are more the daring type of girl, a red lipstick is definitely your choice. Get the ultimate femme fatale look wearing audacious, vampy red lips. You have an array of seductive choices amidst the spring/summer 2012 trends. This year, red lipstick has been reinvented and comes in a kaleidoscope of amazing shades from spectacular hues (Christian Dior, Jason Wu, Yves Saint Laurent, Rick Owens) and delicious dark chocolate (Donna Karan) to glossy (Temperley London) and fuchsia (Nicole Farhi).
Your eyebrows play an essential part when it comes to emphasizing your features. They have so much power to add a natural expresivity and sex-appeal (Derek Lam, Jil Sander, Burberry Prorsum). This warm season, brushed them up using a transparent mascara. Also, don't forget that long lashes enhance the beauty of your eyes and the glow of your complexion (Louis Vuitton, Marc Jacobs, Ruffian, Victor & Rolf).
Nothing seems to be sexier and more feminine than a fabulous cat eye makeup especially for important ocassions. Even though it might seem rather challenging to achieve the look, with just a few tricks you can add drama in an instant. You can draw your inspiration by taking a peek on the runways. Dolce & Gabbana, Ruffian, Jonathan Sanders, Matthew Williamson, Badgley Mischka, and Giorgio Armani are designers that brought different versions of the cat eye makeup and you can easily adapt it. To make the line longer-lasting you should first apply some concealer for dark circles and the eyeshadow.
For a sparkling, glamorous appearance, smokey, metallics and glitters work amazing. Be daring and try provocative shapes and colors (Prabal Gurung, 3.1 Phillip Lim, Chanel, Fendi, Dsquared2, Rodarte, Ungaro). Remember that emphasizing one trait is a golden makeup rule. Therefore, think impeccable skin, smokey eyes and a soft-colored gloss on the lips for a showstopping entrance. For a playful look, choose punchy, vibrant eyeshadows (Richard Chai, Miu Miu, Rebecca Taylor).
Whether you choose soft waves, curls, a classic ponytail or a simple bun, the spring/summer 2012 hairstyle trends ooze maximum femininity and elegance. The well-defined parting is still hot this season and its worn with cascading tresses perfectly framing the face. Use a curling iron in order to get relaxed curls as seen at Versace, Anna Sui, and Chloé.
The famous ponytail is elegant and easy to achieve and this season it comes in so many beautiful variants from the simple, straight one (Reed Krakoff, Donna Karan) to a more complicated three-part style (Hervé Léger). You can get the architectural meets tribal pony seen at Hervé Léger at home. Start with a center parting and then make a first ponytail at the crown, another one in the mid-section of the head and a third one at the nape of the neck. Apply some hairspray and attach the top pony to the middle one and to the last one. Make sure there are no flyaways!
When styling your hair, put your creativity to the test and get ready to experiment numeorus, stylish 'dos as when it comes to buns everything seems to be allowed. Simple, sophisticated, messy, uber-polished, sleek, backcombed, or adorned, the already popular bun is reinvented and given incredibly alluring takes.
Photos courtesy of elle.com, style.com