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Spring fashion blooms in pinks, greens

By Cynthia Arias 

Staff Writer 


Charlize Theron is one of many stars who embraced her natural beauty at the Oscars. She had a fresh face with only a dash of mascara, a delicate swipe of bronzer over her cheekbones and a natural pink lip.

“Her understated look is ’90s without being retro,” Sarah Joynt wrote on The Fashion Spot website. The latest beauty trends for spring embrace a bare face with a pop of color. Hair trends include simple looks such as sleek hair or loose waves.

Much of this season’s runway fashion takes a minimalist approach. The less makeup one is wearing, the better. This look was seen on models for designer Stella McCartney’s spring collection.

With the newness and fresh blossoms of spring, there will always be a place for color. Pink is the “it” color for makeup. Pink-hued eye shadow, pink glistening lips, and pink cheeks, but not all at once. Keeping the natural look in mind, it is best to wear the pop of color on one feature only. On the Missoni and Oscar de la Renta runways, the pop of color was particularly popular on the lips. “Pink is replacing red for now,” Michael Greene, retail artist for MAC Cosmetics and 10-year cosmetic industry veteran said. Victoria Merles, cosmetic manager for Lancôme at Dillard’s, agreed. “One of our best-selling items from our In Love collection is a fuchsia colored lip balm,” Merles said. The pink lip trend is not limited to a particular shade. Colors range from a light, punchy pink to magenta.

To attain these looks, consider blemish balms or beauty balms, known as BB creams. “It is a product of everything great,” Greene said. BB creams have SPF and moisturizer. Greene said these tinted primers provide oil control and medium coverage, so they are ideal for achieving the minimalist look.

For that nuance of color, there are alternatives to pink for eye makeup. Teal is an option, as well as emerald green, which Pantone, the world-renowned authority on color, chose as the color of 2013. Every year, Pantone chooses the color of the year, as it is referred to as the standard language for color communication. Enhancing one’s eyes with the colors by way of eyeliner or eye shadow will help when abiding by the rule of playing up only one feature.

A minimalist hairstyle accompanies this look. Understated hair replaces overly-styled hair. For Stella McCartney’s spring runway show, hairstylist Eugene Soulemian took a ’90s approach, as reported by Sophia Panych for Allure. Straight hair with little volume and a center part or subtle wavy hair inspired by the ’90s complements spring’s makeup trends. “Ombre is still in, but not as drastic, so that it looks natural,” independent hairstylist Marisol Maltos said. She added that more uniform color is making a return, with cooler tones favored over red and orange tones. The hair trends for spring reflect a low-maintenance appearance.

To achieve the hairstyles for spring, Maltos said a straightener will get you that sleek look and recommended applying a serum afterward. For effortless waves, “You can braid your hair and then take it down or use a curling iron but lightly twist some pieces of hair for a natural wavy look,” Maltos said.

Page Dzenis wrote in Fashion Magazine, the beauty trend reports show that ’90s style is experiencing quite the resurgence right now. This spring’s makeup and hair trends are an interpretation of the minimalist ’90s for a low-maintenance yet fun modern look.

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