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Beauty Queen: Spring Trends

Click through to today’s special edition Beauty Queen story for all the need-to-know details on the eight must-try spring 2012 beauty trends.

Beauty Queen: Spring Trends

Now that you are well-versed in all the major spring fashion trends—and if you’re not, make sure you check out our Trend Report: Spring 2012 story for the scoop—it is time to take a look at all the major beauty trends that are popping up on our radar this spring. From smoky eyes to sunkissed skin, from bold brows to bright hair—there is something for everyone to try, whether you are a die-hard beauty fan or a newbie to the biz. On that note, click through to today’s special edition Beauty Queen story for all the need-to-know details on the eight must-try spring 2012 beauty trends.

Smoky Eyes
Once again, the smoky eye is back in fashion, thanks to brands like Gucci (pictured), Rodarte, and Erin Fetherston. At Gucci, makeup artist Pat McGrath created a deco-meets-punk look by using CoverGirl’s Liquiline Blast Eyeliner in Blackfire ($8) to outline the eye, CoverGirl’s Smoky ShadowBlast in Onyx Smoke ($7) to create the smoky look, and CoverGirl’s LashBlast Mascara in Very Black ($9) to finish. While McGrath strengthened the look by bleaching the eyebrows, we suggest you avoid that—especially given the next major trend on our list is a bold brow!

Bold Brows
While bold brows are not for the faint of heart, they are for the spring trendsetter—thanks to major moments at Burberry Prorsum (pictured), Proenza Schouler, and Theyskens’ Theory. At Burberry, makeup artist Wendy Rowe only paid attention to the brows if they needed enhancing, sculpting and shaping where necessary, but otherwise leaving the brows in their natural state. If your brows need a little help, you can use a dark brow pencil to fill the thinner areas. Remember: use fast strokes and try to pick a shade slightly darker than your hair.

Ruby Red Lips
We are welcoming the return of ruby red lips this spring—and we have brands like Yves Saint Laurent (pictured), Jason Wu, and Dior to thank for the reappearance. If you want to mimic the gorgeous pouts seen at Yves Saint Laurent, start by lining your lips with a true-red lip pencil. Then, look for a metallic red lipstick in a rich tone. To truly borrow from the runway, you can finish by adding a dab of red pigment to your lip as you head out the door.

Bright Hair
This isn’t the first season that brightly-colored hair has made a play on the catwalks—and it probably won’t be the last. This season, brands like Thakoon (pictured), Peter Som, and Gucci tried the look, in shades ranging from pastel pink through to gold. So, how did they get the look? At Thakoon, hairstylist Odile Gilbert coated the hair with a mixture of colored chalk and water. If you are feeling brave, check in with your hairstylist for expert advice, or pick up some colorful extensions for a less permanent look.

Gold Glow
If you love a touch of luxury, this trend is the trend for you. Gold accents were spotted on a slew of runways—including Fendi (pictured), Yves Saint Laurent, and Gucci. The best part about this trend is that everyone can try it. If you like to go big and bold, you can take your cues from Fendi, where the models sported golden eyelids. If you need something a little less bold, take your prompts from Yves Saint Laurent and put your hair up using a gilded accessory like Deepa Gurnani’s Sunburst Hair Clip ($42).

Pretty Ponytails
When the sun is out, no one wants to waste time on fussy hairstyles, which is why we are thrilled that the biggest hair trend this spring is a simple yet pretty ponytail—as seen on the runways at Reed Krakoff (pictured), Herve Leger, and Nina Ricci. How can you make this look your own? Do as hairstylist Guido did for Reed Krakoff: Divide your hair at the center, but opt for a messy part, not a straight line. Then, simply pull your hair back into a loose pony and tie it up.

Cat Eyes
Several brands—including Giorgio Armani (pictured), Ruffian, and Jonathan Saunders—showed updated versions of the cat eye on the spring runways. At Giorgio Armani, makeup artist Linda Cantello used an angled brush to trace Giorgio Armani Beauty Eyes to Kill Intense Eye Shadow in Ecaille (coming soon!) across the lash line, drawing a double-tick at the outer corner of each eye to create the cat-eye. If you lack the expertise for this look, you can try it yourself with a liquid eyeliner. Just remember to make the line thicker as you near the outer edge.

Sunkissed Skin
What could possibly be more perfect for spring than a sunkissed glow? Nothing—just peek at the beauty looks seen at Rag & Bone (pictured), Ralph Lauren, and Carolina Herrera for proof. To make this look your own, do as makeup artist Gucci Westman did at Rag & Bone and enhance your own natural beauty using Revlon’s Powder Blush in Tawny Peach ($8) and Revlon’s Bronzer ($7). Remember, the look should feel natural, so don’t pile on the product and look for a bronzer that is only one or two shades darker than your skin.

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