10 Ways to Refresh Your Look!
10 Ways to Refresh Your Look!
Sweeten Nails with Milky Pastels
- Think creamy opaque versions of Easter egg favorites—blue, green, purple, pink, and yellow. To find the best hue for you, look for the sharpest nail color–to–hand contrast. "Lilac and pale pink work on every skin type," says manicurist Jin Soon Choi, "but generally, light yellow and green flatter only olive and darker skin tones."
- Pop Beauty Nail Glam polishes in Mint Magic, Pink Popsicle, and Lavender Love, $10 each; ulta.com.
Get Your Glow On
"Spring is a great time to exfoliate skin that's dull, dry, and flaky from months of winter weather," says dermatologist Leslie Baumann. Start with a gentle peel at night; she likes Philosophy the Microdelivery, which uses a trio of mild alpha hydroxy acids. In the A.M., add a few drops of self-tanner (our pick: Clarins Radiance Plus, $54; sephora.com) to a tinted moisturizer and—voila—by lunchtime, you'll be radiant.
"Bushy brows look youthful," says makeup artist Fiona Stiles, "while thin brows can make you look severe." So tweeze only your strays. To fill in sparse patches, try faint, feathery strokes with a pencil that's the same color as your brow or one shade lighter.
Maybelline New York Eye Studio Master Shape brow pencil, $8; at drugstores.
Mix (Don't Match) Your Prints
Go ahead—clash! This season, mixed prints were everywhere. To pull off the look, "keep prints in the same color family or as a logical contrast, like two different florals," suggests celebrity stylist Kate Young. Silhouette matters too: When you go bold, stick with streamlined, classic shapes.
Lighten Up Your Fragrances
Slip On a Mini Turban
- Simpler to implement than a full-blown urban turban, this gives you a hint of the retro style without swallowing up all your hair. "For an eye-catching look, a ponytail is fun with a thinner band, or try a bun with a broader version," says hairstylist Guido, who used wide fabric headbands on models for the Marc Jacobs runway.
- Eva Scrivo leather turban, $80; evasbeautystore.com.
Find Your Perfect Pink
- "Hot-pink lips are a little more playful than red, and they make your teeth look whiter," says Fiona Stiles. "Do a cooler undertone for darker skin. If you're fair, choose a more coral or orange variety."
- Ricki & Nicki for MAC Viva Glam lipstick in Viva Glam Nicki, $15; maccosmetics.com.
Swap Bed Head For Wet Head
- What's even more low-maintenance than air-drying? No drying! And don't worry—it's still possible to look put together. Guido suggests a "wet chignon," which is "easy and elegant." Apply mousse (it's lighter than gel) to freshly washed hair, rake back with your fingers into a loose bun, and then spritz with a shine mist for a "just-out-of-the-shower finish," he says.
- Redken Shine Flash 02 Glistening mist, $17; redken.com for salons.
Prime With SPF
As the weather warms up, serious SPF becomes nonnegotiable. The good news: This spring new "primer" sunscreens smooth out and illuminate skin as they protect it. Our fave from La Roche-Posay hides pores with light-reflecting silica particles, feels airy, and has you well covered with SPF 50.
La Roche-Posay Anthelios 50 Daily Anti-Aging primer, $40; at select drugstores.
Kick Up Your (Wedge) Heels
- They're ultra-comfortable, but what makes wedges so fresh this season? Geometric and animal prints. "They look best with pants cropped just at the ankle or with a soft dress," says Kate Young. "And if you're feeling adventurous, pair them with thin, cute ankle socks."
- Bristol sea snake wedges, Derek Lam, $850; dereklam.com.