Want to give your look a lift? Forget plastic surgery or Botox, or even microdermabrasion. A new lipstick can do the trick, and so can a chic new haircut.
There are many quick, easy, painless and relatively cheap ways to help women update their style, especially as visions of sun-kissed styles dance in their heads as the weather turns warmer.
‘‘Big eyes continue to be huge. There’s an incredible business in fake lashes, and big mascaras with new technologies and better brushes,’’ reports Sarah Munson, general manager of beauty at Beauty.com. This season’s favorite cosmetic combinations seem to be bold blues, greens or gold on the eyes with a soft apricot lip or a strong coral lip with muted eyes, she says.
Bronzers have become a beauty category unto themselves as have sunless tanners. Almost every brand, whether it’s at the prestige or mass level, has a variety of products to re-create the glow one gets from the sun but without any of the skin-damage risks.
If you’re not already using a bronzer, you will once you start putting on white and other light-colored garments and realize how pale you are, Munson says, and you’ll reach for the tinted moisturizer once you pull out your bathing suit.
Skin-care routines tend to lighten up in the spring and summer, with women choosing more serums, which are absorbed more quickly into the skin, than creams and lotions that tend to sit on the surface, Munson explains.
Debbi Hartley-Triesch, national beauty and fragrance director for Nordstrom, says today’s best-selling products are things that enhance natural beauty instead of mimicking a model or falling prey to trends.
‘‘Women want makeup that makes them look like themselves just a little bit prettier,’’ she says.
Luckily, there are a lot of choices out there, she says, since many women use different beauty products on different days to address their moods or outfits.
As fashion turns to more tailored clothing, Hartley-Triesch says, more women are choosing high-color lipsticks. It’s the yin and yang of your overall look: Highly stylized clothes are complemented by more subtle makeup, and simpler or delicate clothes can take a little more color on the face.
‘‘The one thing women will not let go of, regardless of the trends, is a great lip gloss,’’ Hartley-Triesch adds