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SPRING TO LIFE

Delve into the season’s biggest beauty trends as seen on the runways…

Alyson Osterman-Kerr introduces us to the season’s sizzling beauty trends with 2014′s spring/summer runways.

Spring: a time of renewal, whether in the form of welcome warmer weather, new fashion choices or even fresh beauty perspectives. This season’s runways bring forth some classic style staples (think: long waves)

Thick long waves in Houston.
Thick long waves

as well as more outre trends (hello, white-rimmed eyes!).

White-rimmed eyes in Houston.
White-rimmed eyes

While not all trends are for all people, we’re convinced that many of these looks can be adapted for you, so that you may hop on the latest beauty bandwagons with confidence. Hence, I’ve organized my favorite styles into three categories: Feisty, Fierce, and Fearless, in ascending dramatic order. Now, it’s time to get the season started with the latest beauty inspirations!

Feisty!

Full Plaits: Braids have been on the beauty forefront for a few years now, but this season’s iterations–even the most simplistic–still take the style up a notch. The angel braid gets double-crossed for a bolder effect. It’s all about braids and their effortlessly chic effect. Braided hair has this undone intensity; it’s constructed yet deconstructed.

Double-crossed Angel Braid in Houston.
Double-crossed Angel Braid

Play the Ponies: What was once considered the fitness fanatic’s go-to has over the years become a chic norm, but never more so than today.

Hair salon in Houston.
Play the Pony

Ride the Waves: Perhaps the most timeless of hair staples. This style is left to hang loose and luscious. Get the look with Moroccanoil Luminous Hairspray.

Wavy hair in Houston.
Ride the Waves

It Takes Two: Two-tone color took over the runways. In the form of striking subtlety, this style has a partially concealed color pattern beneath the hair.

Partially Concealed Two-Toned Color Pattern.
Partially Concealed Two-Toned Color Pattern

Carte Blanche: White eye makeup is a timeless ingredient to making peepers pop. A sheer white wash extending to the outer edges lend an angelic feel.

Eye makeup in Houston.
Carte Blanche

Cat Call: The cat eye continues to be a beauty staple. Here, it’s played natural.

Natural cat eye in Houston.
Natural Cat Eye

Fierce!

Textured Twists: In different places for an undone appearance. The most effortless-looking of all the braid styles are usually the most contrived!

Textured Twists in Houston.
Textured Twists

Fun and Flirty: Ponytails are hotter than ever!

Fun and Flirty Ponytail in Houston.
Fun and Flirty Ponytail

Pulled Back and Up: Airy Sophistication. Messy waves were all over the runways and ad campaigns this season.

Pulled Back and Up Waves in Houston.
Pulled Back and Up Waves

Fierce Boldness: Rooty contrast. Of course, dynamic duos can be as daring as you see fit and may be adapted into a more natural variation of complementary contrasts.

Rooty Contrast Two-Toned in Houston.
Rooty Contrast Two-Toned

Striking Dab: White at the inner corners make for a more look-at-me stare. This season’s catwalks saw more than just white liner rimming the edges of the eye.

Striking eye makeup in Houston.
Striking White Dab

Eclectic: The cat eye has been an ongoing makeup staple since the ’50s when liquid eyeliner came out. A blue flick brings a fresh twist to the trend.

Eclectic Blue Cat Eye in Houston.
Eclectic Blue Cat Eye

Fearless!

Lovely Mess: A great look for spring and summer.

Messy Spring Braid in Houston.
Messy Spring Braid

Classic with an Outside-the-box Edge: What’s wonderful is that depending on how you dress it, the style can have a completely different feel. A textured ponytail can ring as modern and casual, while a slicked-back look can evoke a more elegant feel.

Classic w/an Outside-the-box Edge Ponytail.
Classic w/an Outside-the-box Edge Ponytail

Kinked Out to the Nth Degree: I particularly love the rougher texture of today’s waves–it adds a dimension of modernity.

Kinked waves in Houston.
Kinked Waves

Dip-dye: It’s a very colorful season. Wella Professionals Global Creative Director for Color, informs. “Bold, opaque standout shades dominated the catwalks and screamed strength and individuality.”

Dip-dye two-toned color.
Dip-Dye Two-Toned

Pale Stripe: On the middle of lids is the most daring trend. Played down with minimal makeup on the rest of the face, the look manages to remain wearable rather than skewing too over-the-top. White eye makeup may seem to scream ’60s costume-y, but the truth is that this popular and chic look can actually be very ‘mod-ern.’ White eye pencil and shadow accentuate eyes, making them appear larger and more doe-eyed. The key to keeping the white-eye look on trend is to stay away from overly shimmery whites, making sure that the finish is matte or satin.

Pale white stripe eye makeup.
Pale White Stripe

Kohl Eyes: The cat eye can be traced back to the days of Cleopatra when they used kohl to paint around the eyes. It’s a classic that will never cease to be popular, but of course, you can always inject your personal spin into the trend–infuse it with a bolder stripe for a big event, or a light flick for more everyday wear.

Kohl cat eye makeup in Houston.
Kohl Cat Eye