The season of sunshine is already upon us, and in earnest. We should take this shift in temps as an opportunity to redefine our beauty routines and think about how we're going to make a fresh new style statement. To help you do the same, here are the 10 celebrity- and runway-inspired trends that have just got to be 'rock-ed' in the sweltering days ahead.
From tangerine lips, turquoise lids, and pastel tips to taut topknots, dip-dyed strands, and imperfectly perfect upswept ‘dos, here's everything you'll need to put your best face forward. Ahead, your go-to guide to summery, gorgeous looks that are high-impact and low-effort — exactly what warm weather beauty should be all about.
A vibrant fruit-punch pout is a shockingly simple way to stand out from the crowd. Just remember this cardinal rule of cosmetics — when your lips are this eye-catching, be sure to tone down everything else.
A gorgeous gilded gaze very well may be the easiest way to draw attention to your eyes without being obvious. Take Dakota Fanning for instance — enveloping her lids in a soft golden hue makes her peepers pop in an easy, breezy, ethereal way.
You've heard of bedhead? Well, this is wet-head. As seen on the runway at Carlos Miele and countless others, slicked-back 'dos were all the rage on the catwalks, and we can certainly see why. When it's scorching hot outside, why bother spending time tussling with your tresses when you can palm a handful of lightweight scrunching gel through your damp strands for a simple but stunning result? The fresh-out-of-the-water has never been so alluring.
The Tangerine Pout
Pantone’s Color of the Year has made its way from a swatch suggestion to a mainstream mandate. We think Russian supermodel Natasha Poly's show-stopping pout in the same hue is definitely giving classic cherry red a run for its money, but if it's a bit too bold for you, tone it down and opt for its more subdued color cousin, coral, instead.
This season, muted nails read darling and dreamy, and flirty and feminine — not Gran's tea party. Between mint, cornflower, lilac, rose, peach, and daffodil, there’s a plethora of pretty pastel polish picks that are just as girlish as they are sophisticated. For instance, Ginnifer Goodwin's shiny, robin's egg blue mani is elegant, but with a hint of playfulness — love!
My Little Pony Strands
If you’re bold enough, have a little fun with your hair by adding colorful highlights or dipping the ends in a vibrant hue. Be it teal, tomato, fuchsia, lavender, or canary, you just need to find a shade that works with your complexion. We were floored when we saw January Jones' shock of pink — such a cute, quirky contrast to her golden-blonde locks.
Contrary to popular belief, this color happens to be one of the most versatile shades on the shelves. Liberally dust this hue across your eyelids, or lightly line your lower rim like Eva Mendes did, here. Make it subtle and smoky, or go dark and dynamic — either way, you've got a bevy of stunning options available to you. Decisions, decisions.
Here's a fun way to get in on this season’s Lite-Brite trend without going overboard — doll up your digits in a flamboyant neon hue that reads more Jem and The Holagrams than total '80s-fashion reject. Cameron Diaz's vibrant orange tips are a prime example of how to do this trend in style — pair it with an all-white outfit for statement making appeal.
We love it when locks can look laid-back and luxe at the same time, like here at Proenza Schouler. Toss the tools, brush, and comb — you won't need them for this hairstyle. Just grab a few bobby pins and create an imperfectly perfect loose look that’s all your own. The point is to keep it messy, so flyaways and loose strands are totally encouraged. Just keep twisting and pinning until you create a coiff you love.
Taut Top Knot
Here’s a mane mantra to live by: When in doubt, pile it high. This summer, when pulling your tresses up into a high bun, brush it sleek and wrap it tight, so that it's a little less lazy and a little more beautiful ballerina. We love Kate Bosworth's braided twist (literally) on this tress trend — so chic!
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