BEAUTY TRENDS: Summer 2011

It’s time to trade in your old looks for fresh bets of the season.

Beauty Editor: Tai Lotson
Words: Tatiana Johnson
Images: Ashley V. Reid
Models: Jessica Ortiz and Marie Effect

Banish Your Headbands and Bring on the Barrettes

If you ever rocked the trend that we saw on the catwalk of Erdem’s Fall 2010 collection, lose them fast and usher in chunky decorative hair barrettes. From crystal ones to our faves that feature exquisite peacock feathers, there’s no going wrong with this style. For a polished look, go with a neat bun and side part. But if you want to get funky, two loose braids with a barrette in the back may be your calling.

Loosen Up that Hair

While winter was all about neat and sleek looks, spring is the season of free flowing hair. Lose the super tight ponytail for a softer look. Soft curls are always a great start, plus they’re easy to maintain. For more carefree styles, a loose hair roll or messy bun is perfect for a day on the run.

Triple Threat Nails

Oval is definitely in. Square and lengthy should be abolished and put to the side as oval and cat-like nails make their way through the nail art jungle. Why not channel your inner cat woman and don a striking moon manicure look? This style screams bold and feminine, with a touch of diva and eye-popping results.

Red Alert! Service Your Lips

Perfectly painted red lips never seem to go out of style. While it’s a classic that most vixens can wear, all must follow one essential rule: Always understate your eyes and make sure your cheeks and lashes pop but not too much, when you go red. Remember, the lips say it all.

Flat is Wack. Fluff and Puff is Where it’s at

Pump up your hair volume and bring out those 70s freedom ‘Fros. Remember, it’s all about tidy hair that requires low maintenance this season. Think big and blown. And if you prefer straight hair, go light on the oil for the best swing.

Brighten Those Sunny Eyes

Last season shades of black, navy blue and olive green were spotted on almost every eyelid. This spring embrace your flirty girl tendencies by chucking those grey, smoky-eyed days for popping pastels. It’s the perfect time for change and nothing highlights and defines your eyes quite nicely, as bold pastels in hues of yellow, pink and sky blue.

Bold Brows FTW

If any of you beauties allowed your brows to grow bushy, it’s time to put your outer beast to rest. A defined, bold arch is your ticket to stardom these days. But ladies, please don’t exaggerate. This look doesn’t require you to thread, tweeze or wax off your entire brow, simply reel them in because a groomed look is key this spring/summer.

Images by Ashley V. Reid.

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