Now that we’re officially into March, it’s time to welcome spring with open arms. We can start stocking up on our new warm weather wardrobes and the latest spring beauty products, but in order to get the best usage out of those new products, you have to know the trendiest way to use them. We head backstage at New York Fashion Week every season and have a constant eye on the shows in London, Paris and Milan to always stay in-the-know on the current trends. Now, it’s time to recap those trends and bring you all of the details (and product info) so you can start trying out the looks of the season.
Above we’ve wrapped up this season’s hottest trends such as bright pink lips, ’90s grunge and sleek strands and we’ve broken down the products used backstage by the makeup artists and hair stylists so you can get the look yourselves. Whether you’re lusting after the exact pink lip used at Giles Deacon or want to mimic the blue “floating” liner used at Michael Kors, we’ve got it all for you. Let us know what looks you’ll be copying this season in the comments below!
Find out which trends you need to know about for the spring season, and the products you'll need to get the look.
Inspired by Kurt Cobain's straggly locks, the Proenza Schouler girl for Spring 2013 had hair that looked like it needed a good wash. For makeup, Diane Kendal created an "urban feel" with strong brows and smudged eyelids, by blending MAC Eye Pencil in Coffee across the crease.
House of Holland's Spring 2013 show gave us '90s grunge with a touch of chicness. While the models had very loose waves (pinned in at the sides for less volume) the only color on their faces was a pop of copper cream shadow along the eyelids, brought up to the brow bone and under the lower lash line for a bit of a sullen look.
All About Blue: The water-inspired collection at Monique Lhuillier had a variety of different blue shades on the eyes, with a shimmery highlight adding definition up into the brow bone.
The soft blue shadow used at Nanette Lepore proves to us that a bright blue can be worn on the eyes, as long as it's blended well (and grounded with a line of thick black liner).
Bold French Tips: French manicures were brought back into the high fashion world this season, with bright yellow tips at Jenni Kayne's Spring 2013 show. OPI manicurists used a nude base coat (OPI's Don't Touch My Tutu) to contrast with a bright yellow polish, OPI's Need Sunglasses? to complete the "surf sophistication" collection.
One of the biggest surprises in the nail world (or possibly, from the entire Spring 2013 season), was when Karl Lagerfeld had his models walk the runway with classic French manicures for his show. Although we're not exactly sold on the traditional look, it had to be mentioned – if Karl puts his seal of approval on it, we're sure many will follow. Using Chanel Eastern Light (a new white shade) and Chanel Ballerina, a subtle pink shade, the mani is clearly a classic.
At Issey Miyake, models had a rather thick take on the French manicure, with an almost "half-finished" mani in bold blue hues. Try Essie's Butler Please for the look.
Colored Lashes: At Moncler Gamme Rouge, fake lashes were given an extra dose of life with blue liner and blue mascara, making this look quite the attention-grabber.
Hair Accessories: For the Marc by Marc Jacobs show, the collection was all about color, and to complete the look faces were framed in double-wrapped head scarves.
At House of Holland, bedazzled hats were used to adorn the heads of models, but they were styled to be worn loosely and to the side to keep that warm weather feel.
For Max Mara's Spring 2013 show, neutral headwraps were wound across the foreheads of models to help hold back messy buns and add to the grungy, lived-in feel of their complete looks.
Pastel Hues: For Peter Som's spring collection, the concept was "women on the verge" and the clash between the uptown and downtown girl. Eugene Souleiman for Wella styled the hair to look undone with a tousled texture and patchy streaks of pastel hued extensions woven throughout to heighten "punk rock edginess."
At Oscar de la Renta's spring show hairstylist Orlando Pita created messy French twists with an added twist – streaks of color were intertwined throughout models' hair, varying from yellow to blue to pink.
So Sleek: For Herve Leger, hairstylist Laurent Philippon sprayed Bumble and Bumble's Does It All Styling Spray over the hair while flat ironing to get a sleek look, and then created a very tight, sharp braid starting at the ear and going around the back of the head to mimic the look of the Herve dress.
At Ohne Titel, the hair was stick-straight and sleek, left without an ounce of volume due to extreme flat ironing.
Pop of Pink: One of our favorite beauty looks from the entire spring season was from Giles Deacon, who made a clear statement with matte skin, natural lashes and a bright fuchsia lip. Makeup artist Lucia Pieroni used MAC Cosmetics Embrace Me Lip Pencil to get the look.
At Hussein Chalayan's spring show, makeup artists mixed MAC's Lipmix in Crimson and White and patted it onto the lips before applying Captive Lipstick for this muted pink shade.
Inspired by a "cool California girl" Holly Fulton's show brought us a fun fuchsia and orange lip. Makeup artist Andrew Gallimore used Embrace Me Lip Pencil to define the lip and mixed MAC Pro Fuchsia and White Lipmix for the bright pink shade. He then added MAC Pro Orange Lipmix to the center of the lip for that pop of color.