Spring / Summer Trends
Lynda Moorehead looks forward to the trends for Spring / Summer
It was the winter that seemed like it would never end, but spring is finally here!
Well, the first official calendar month of spring is here, at least, although of course in Ireland we mostly just have two seasons: freezing cold and wet from about October to April, and, er, marginally milder and wet the rest of the time.
Still, there's a grand stretch in the evenings, as I mortifyingly catch myself saying on occasion, and you can always get in on what the rest of the world is calling spring/summer 2011 by giving some of the hottest beauty trends of the new season a whirl.
>In the pink
The catwalks were a riot of colour, but there's just one Barbie-bright shade for lips this season. Having fallen right out of favour while we were all desperate to find our perfect crimson lippie, pink is now back with a bang. This is very good news, as a pink pout tends to be miles easier to wear and integrate into a look than red.
And if you think that pink lips are really only for young wans, just remember 40-something Sandra Bullock at last year's Oscars.
Lips at Prada and Mary Katrantzou were pastel pretty, while models at Jil Sander rocked shocking nearly neon fuchsia, so go as bright as you dare. In terms of texture, it's all about a matte or semi-matte finish -- use a stain or pat lipstick on with a fingertip to achieve it.
Try Max Factor Lipfinity Lasting Lip Tint, €9.99 to get the look.
Usually considered boring at best and a beauty faux pas at worst, matching your lip and nail colours is actually one of the simplest ways to appear very put together. Happily, Gucci have brought matchy matchy back in from the beauty wilderness - matching lips and nails were all over their SS11 shows and ad campaigns.
Dior went further, pairing a pink lip with vibrant pink eyeshadow, but that's probably a look most of us won't be wearing into the office anytime soon.
Part nod to the '70s, part girly romanticism, the plait is the updo of the season. Diane Kruger and Carey Mulligan have already shown off theirs on the red carpet.
The teased, over-shoulder fishtails at Marios Schwab and the new take on milkmaid braids at Erdem, which sit further back from the hairline and are more dishevelled than the original, are the most of-the-moment versions. Either will work perfectly with your new flares, so get practising!