Orange lipstick was one of the top trends at New York Fashion Week for Spring 2014, but Nicole Richie proves you can sport the tangerine lip colour now. Last night at the Nordstrom Opening Gala, Nicole wore a earthy-toned ensemble that inspired her makeup palette. Her eyes were flecked with gold shadow, while her cheeks were warmed up with a bronze tone, and the pièce de résistance was her red-orange lipstick hue. The colour was a touch deeper than the shades we saw on the Prabal Gurung, Rag & Bone, and Marissa Webb (pictured above) runways. Consider this the Spring trend to wear right now. Thanks, Nicole.
From left: Illamasqua Lipstick in Flare ($25); Giorgio Armani Rouge Sheer in 300 ($52); Nars Lipstick in Heat Wave ($39)
Usually it's the red lipstick a woman can't live without, but according to the Spring 2014 runways, orange will be the go-to hue for the sunny season. But the orange shades we spotted at New York Fashion Week were more electric than muted. When you're shopping for bold lip colours, bypass the salmon and melon and move towards the neon tangerine.
- Prabal Gurung
- Creatures of the Wind
- Marissa Webb
- Rag & Bone
If you're still tapping your feet, waiting to break out your bold lipstick hues, quit waiting! If Amanda Seyfried and Lily Collins are any indication, now is the perfect time to bust out your blood-red hues . . . as long as you know how to wear them. Instead of the intensely smoky eyes that usually accompany bold lips in the Winter, both ladies opted for barely-there shadow and bottom-heavy eyeliner. Amanda smudged a metallic bronze beneath her lower lash line, while Lily opted for a classic black.
Keeping with the balancing act, both ladies swept a subtle shadow on their lids, which opened their eyes up just enough. Finally, both Amanda and Lily donned their version of a bold brow. Balance is the key to acing this look now. So as long as you keep that in mind, there's no reason to neglect the vampy hues for a second longer.
- Stick to powders, not pencils. While pencils have usually been the mainstay for brows for generations (hello, '80s makeup), powders are easier to handle and create a more natural, feathered look. Grab two shades: one that is a shade lighter than your natural colour for daytime and one that is a tone darker for more drama.
- Brush powder on your hairs, not your skin. One common mistake women make is that they press on their brushes and pencils too hard, causing pigment to adhere to their skin. This makes brows look clownish and fake. Use a lighter touch to ensure the pigment coats your hairs, not your skin, and always make sure you're brushing in the direction that the hair is growing in.
- Focus pigment on the outer two-thirds of your brows. If putting powder on your brows makes you look clownish, take note at where you're focusing the pigment. Brushing powder into the inner corners of your eyes causes them to look fake. Instead, focus the powder from the beginning of your arch to the end of your brow. Then, using a brow brush, blend the existing pigment into the inner corner for a more natural look.
- Mix your colours. The best way to get a natural look is to blend your colours. Use the darker shade in a thinner line along the centre hairs of your brows. Then blend the lighter shade out from the centre of your brows to the ends. This will ensure you'll always look natural.
Oscars 2013 may be over, but now it's time to look back on all of the trends we saw on the red carpet. As expected, there were glamorous looks galore, along with a few edgier styles thrown in for good measure. From classic waves to tangerine lips, see the biggest beauty trends from Hollywood's biggest night.
— Additional reporting by Maria Del Russo
As with any new year, it's out with the old, in with the new. And while you might find it hard to bid adieu to some of last year's hottest trends, there's a bevy of new styles to try for 2013. So kiss your caviar manicure goodbye, take down your top knot, and flip through to see how you can seamlessly swap out your trends this season.