You were following along when we told you about the best makeup brushes, right? Good — now here’s what to apply with your slick new tools: 10 of spring’s coolest cosmetics, courtesy of Sephora.
As always with spring makeup, this season’s all about pink…and conveniently, that’s also the name of Buxom’s Lip Trio. One swipe of its rosy, matte-pink lipstick, plus a few coats of Yves Saint Laurent’s insanely volumizing Baby Doll mascara, and your wide-eyed, Carnaby Street look is complete.
Like your cosmetics more cutting-edge? Try layering up this season’s other signature color, purple. Slick your fingertips with Dior’s powdery, purple polish, add a deep-plum lippy, and voilà — you’re in the pink er, purple.
Ready to discover spring’s best? Click on for the rest of the crop!
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Neon seems to be one trend that doesn’t seem to be on its way out, but can you blame us for loving it? As soon as it starts feeling like spring, we can’t help but want to wear more color…and brighter ones at that. But if you’re averse to wearing a hue that’s just there, we’ve come up with three ways to do neon that won’t make you feel like a walking highlighter. From a way to make a cutout coverup all the more exciting to incorporating the trend without committing to a full-on neon piece, these outfits prove that brighter is sometimes better.
For some people, the first sign of spring is all about floral blooms: daffodils, crocuses, and flowering trees. For our beauty team, though, spring means a bevy of light, fresh fragrances. Luckily, this year, we get both at the same time: Escada’s new limited-edition fragrance, Cherry In The Air, an Eau de Toilette inspired by cherry blossom trees. (In a nice tie-in, the fragrance is a sponsor of the National Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, D.C., which kicked off last week.)
Escada rolls out one springtime fragrance each year (and yes, they do sell out — we asked). We’ll confess that we’d never thought about wearing cherry as a scent, but if you like fruity gourmand fragrances, this one has a deliciously unusual combination of notes. An initial burst of cherry and raspberry is tempered by hints of marshmallow, coconut orchid, and sandalwood — moving from fruity to sweet to warm.
Speaking of moving toward warmth, Washington’s cherry tree buds are currently covered in, uh, snow. So, until the weather catches up to the calendar, we’re content to daydream of sunny days with this video. Hand-illustrated by French artist Margot Macé, the spot is peppy, happy, and just the thing to make us believe that bicycling through a park is indeed in our future.
Photo: Courtesy of Annie Tomlin
We know what you’re thinking: It’s way too early to start thinking about bare legs, let alone bare shoulders. But, just because it’s nearly impossible to imagine a time when sleeves will be your ultimate, sweat-inducing nemesis, doesn’t mean we can’t take a tropical vacation keep our fingers crossed that warmer weather is on its way.
Still, even if you’re not showing off newly bronzed shoulders just yet, you can rock these sleeveless numbers now — just pair ‘em with a blazer, a jean jacket, or a sweater for a perfectly appropriate transitional weather getup. So, from a too-cute, floral mini-frock to a striped, leather-trimmed midi, click through for the strapless styles you’ll be wearing for spring and beyond.
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When we first saw James Franco on the set for his indie film Spring Breakers, we’ll be honest: We thought he was Kevin Federline. The bad tattoos, the garish bling, and the cornrows definitely harkened back to the days of Britney and Kevin. But then we heard that Franco, for his role as a gun-toting, drug-dealing thug with a heart of gold, was channeling Houston rapper Riff Raff — which made sense because the two are homies, and Riff Raff is known for his intricate and labyrinthine cornrows. (Franco has since explained his portrayal is inspired by a rapper named Dangeruss, but the braids are totally Riff Raff-esque.)
Though he’s endured shooting a grueling Oscars and being stuck in a crevice for 127 Hours, his character’s hair particularly irked Franco. “Cornrows are very uncomfortable, and anyone that’s had them is a part of a club. Everybody will say, ‘The itch! Yeah, right?” Not only were Franco’s cornrows itchy, but they were pretty intense too, with multi-directions and spirals, which were apparently important for the look. “Harmony really wanted to get the look of the character down,” Franco told us. “He wanted it as authentic as possible.” Which means, of course, “the itch” had to be included.
Photo: Courtesy AnnaPurna Pictures.