It’s probably difficult to even begin thinking about your spring beauty regimen with lips scratchier than sandpaper, snot encrusted nostrils and eyeballs that won’t.stop.watering. I’ve basically thrown in the towel on a full face of makeup at this point… eyeliner is entirely out of the question unless I want to look like it’s the morning after while it’s still the night of. Sure, the winter is brutal for beauty, but let’s not forget that there comes a point in New York ladies’ lives, say around July, wherein we give up on makeup altogether again as it will have run down our faces and right onto our blouses before we’ve even completed our commutes. Therefore, spring is just about the only time where we can be playful with our makeup palette and anticipate our faces staying in place for most of the day.
The makeup and hair for spring this year was sort of divided into two camps. While some designers like Michael Kors and Alexander Wang went for clean, fresh, bronzed barely there faces and “I woke up like this” hair, others like Rag & Bone painted lips and eyelids with bright pops of colors. Most notably was blue for eyes and while red and berry lips were still very much trends, the most prevalent pout was lacquered up in orange. This isn’t the first time we’ve seen orange lips on the runways and I’m still not sold, but perhaps you can make the look come across as something other than having housed a bag of Cheetos. If you didn’t wake up with Olsen hair, a low sleek ponytail seen at Jason Wu or braided crown a la Naeem Khan are good ways to camouflage a potentially bad hair day. Wide cloth headbands at Vera Wang as well as flowered accoutrements at Zac Posen adorned updos as well. The cat eye remained strong. So strong, in fact, that makeup artists continued the bold black liner all the way around the eyes. And speaking of cat’s, claws were kept quite simple. Many opted for soft shades accented with silver space age stripes and others chose the reverse French manicure, both proving that nail art is here to stay for at least another season. So schedule your facials, ladies. It’s time to prep your canvas for a very colorful spring.
Single or taken, Valentine’s Day conveniently falls on a Friday this year and so more likely than not, you will be leaving the confines of your cozy apartment to take on the town. So, you may as well get into the spirit of this force fed love fest. You don’t necessarily have to sausage yourself into a spandex red dress, although I’m sure those will be aplenty. Opt for something softer in shades of pink or go bold in a graphic print be it floral, hearts, or darling polka dots.
The only item more clutch to one’s closet than the perfect fall boots is the perfect fall coat. Growing up in Florida, I was unfamiliar with inclement winter weather. Boy, was I in for a rude awakening during my first northeastern snow storm. This was when I took a crash course in dressing for the elements. Never again would I be chilled to the bone without the appropriate outerwear. Someone wise once told me that if you have a nice coat, nice bag, and nice shoes during the winter, it doesn’t really matter whether you’re wearing sweats underneath– no one will even see them. I’m not encouraging that, but I certainly wouldn’t shame you for running to Starbucks in your jammies so long as you cover them accordingly. While you should have one go to coat to cover all occasions, you’re going to need a couple more to fill in the wardrobe gaps. Below are some essential styles that will keep you warm and looking cool.
Maybe you aren’t the ballet flat type of gal, but your tired feet need a bit of a vacation from the daily torture and masochism of skyscraper stilettos. No longer for athletes and hip hop moguls alone, the designer sneaker is having a major moment right now. So rather than the dainty flats you’re used to, you can now slip into something more comfortable that is actually stylish (and they’re not Uggs). I’m also not talking about white sneakers and tights like those of the commuting professional. That will never be okay with me. These chic designer sneaks are the answer to your poor aching feet and they are sure to thank you for it… maybe not your wallet, but definitely your feet.
Everyone knows you can’t go wrong with an LBD (Little Black Dress… duh), but even I know that sometimes black can get a little boring. Crisis averted, people. By adding a little drama to your LBD you may add some extra drama (the good kind) to you life.