Hair Trend #1: Fringe Bangs
Thick, eyelash-skimming bangs are probably this season's number one hair trend. Flattering for a variety of facial shapes, fringe bangs draw attention to the eyes and help frame the face. Note: Do not curl them under very much or you'll end up with the poofy bangs that were so popular back in the 1980s--definitely not modern.
Photo from Vogue
Hair Trend #2: Loose Waves
Volume is back this season in the form of loose, carefree waves. To achieve this look, spray 1-inch sections of hair with styling spray and wrap them around a large barrel curling iron (do not use the clamp). Leave ends loose to avoid a crimp mark. Separate curls with your fingers for an effortless look. Finish with a flexible hold hairspray that allows your hair to move.
Photo from Marie Claire
Hair Trend #3: Low Knotted Bun
In addition to sleek ponytails, low knotted buns were a familiar site on the fashion runways. It's another great way to pull hair back when the weather turns warm.
Photo from Marie Claire
Makeup Trend #1: The Natural Look
I know from personal experience how much effort can be required to sport "the natural look," but here are a few suggestions. First, stick to eyeshadows in shades of brown or gray. Second, lose the black eyeliner (yes, I know this may be painful for many women). Instead, try applying extra mascara at the base of the lashes. Third, go for barely-there shades of blush and lipstick.
Photo from becomegorgeous.com
Makeup Trend #2: Juicy Lips
Think fruity shades like watermelon or strawberry, and be sure to choose a lip product with a little shine.
Photo from Elle
Makeup Trend #3: Coral Lips
I personally don't think I could rock this look, but I know there are those of you who can. If you are a free-spirited woman with a more daring side, I say give it a try--it can give lips a dramatic pop of color, especially when the rest of your makeup is more subdued.
Photo from lapetitefashionista.blogspot.com
Nail Color Trend #1: Metallic Gray
Black nail polish has been all the rage over the last couple of years--a trend I have never been able to embrace. However, I'm starting to warm up to the idea of this color. Look for nail polish colors like "gunmetal" or "black pearl." Keep in mind that metallic gray is darker than silver, but silver and gold metallics are also popular nail colors this season.
Photo from refinery29.com
Nail Color Trend #2: Nudes
To pull off the nude nail look, choose a shade that is either a couple shades lighter or darker than your skin tone. Or, if you choose a polish similar to the color of your skin, make sure it has a glossy finish so you don't look like you have "mannequin hands."
Photo from shefinds.com
With something as simple as choosing a new shade of lipstick, you can celebrate the season by freshening up your appearance. So go ahead--step outside your comfort zone and have some fun. Happy spring!
Jamie Lawson is managing editor of LDS Living magazine. She loves traveling internationally, meeting fascinating people, and listening to 80s music. She enjoys tasting new foods but does not like to cook. She has two adorable boys who help her stay up to date on the latest technology, fashion trends, and catch phrases.