Start 2009 off right with a hair that is as carefree as the season. Tousled waves were prominent on the runways at Ralph Lauren, Gucci, and Proenza Schouler. To create the style, spritz damp hair with Redken Spray Starch 15 ($13), let it air-dry, and finished with Redken Glass 01 Smoothing Serum ($15).
Bold eyeliner is a perennial favorite for Spring / Summer 2009, seen on the runways at Matthew Williamson, Narciso Rodriguez, Stella McCartney, and Just Cavalli. To add some extra drama to your look try Giorgio Armani Smooth Silk Eye Pencil in 4 ($26). Or if liquid liner is preferred, try CoverGirl LineExact in Very Black ($5.99).
A soft peach blush made a sexy statement on the runways of Anna Sui, Derek Lam, and Hermes. We love it because it gives you the appearance of being a bit made-up without looking too girly or bronzy. To get the look try Chanel Blush Duo Tweed Effect in Tweed Corail ($45) and apply it sparingly with a large brush just bellow the apples of your cheeks.
Whether matte or gloss, tomato or crimson, red lips made a statement at shows like Tuleh, Michael Kors, Proenza Schouler, Thakoon , Nina Ricci. Want to make the look last? Apply a liner the same shade as your lips, then place a single sheet of tissue over lips, dab powder through the tissue onto lips so a thin coating goes through, then put your chosen shade on with a lip brush. The color will be landlocked all day. No bleeding or touching up necessary.
After several seasons of dark, heavy shadows, eyes are lightening up. “The eye is still dramatic,” says makeup artist Diane Kendal, who created the look at Carolina Herrera, “but the colors are softer.” Blend a combination of gold shadows over M.A.C. Eye Kohl in Teddy ($14.50) for a metallic smoky eye. Get the look with L’Oréal Paris HIP Metallic Shadow Duo in Gilded ($7).
At Lanvin and Versace we saw hair that was chic but a little undone; sleek ponytails, and elegant knots are recession friendly and easy to self style. To create the perfect pony dry hair straight, creating a part in the middle, and gather the hair at the nape of the neck, leaving a section of the hair out to wrap around the band. Keep your look frizz free with Pantene Pro-V Smooth Serum ($6.49).
Styles that look like you just threw your hair up in 2 seconds look youthful and pretty; as seen at Moschino, Kenzo, and Monique Lhuillier. The key to this look? Just relax, and over work it!
Adorn your hair with one of the many accessories seen this season, from leather ponytail bands at Louis Vuitton, to sparkling headpieces at Dolce & Gabbana. Hair accessories can not only be a great way to control hair, but they also make a statement. Want a look that is truly unique? Look for a vintage hair piece that speaks to your style.
Strong and defined brows made their way back to the runway this season at DKNY. Created thick, luscious eyebrows by tame full brows with a gel like Laura Mercier Eye Brow Gel ($19). Or, if your brows are uneven or sparse, fill them in with Revlon Brow Fantasy pencil and set them with its tinted gel ($7.50).
Let your natural beauty shine through. An untouched face (Or at least the appearance of one) graced the runways at BCBG, Tommy Hilfinger, Ralph Lauren, Marc Jacobs and Prada. To get the look of flawless skin, start with an age-fighting moisturizer. Estée Lauder Time Zone Creme ($58) contains a tri-hyaluronic-acid complex to keep skin smooth and hydrated, and follow with a wrinkle-reducing foundation like Lancôme Ageless Minérale Powder ($40).