Summer’s scorching temps may be well on their way but that doesn’t mean we have to sacrifice style. Summer 2011 beauty trends are hot-weather friendly — like our new fave, the hair-off-the-neck ballerina bun. So don’t sweat it, with these bright and bubbly trends of summer, you’ll shine like never before.
This summer, graphic nails are the hot trend that fashionistas and celebrities alike are rocking — from animal print nails, stars and symbols, to Katy Perry’s nod to the royal wedding where she actually had pictures of Prince William and Princess Kate painted on each of her nails. Splashy bright colors like yellows and bluish-greens are also the hit of the season. Get the look with Sally Hansen Nail Effects Real Polish Strips ($9 at most drugstores) or layer on the new OPI Silver Shatter from their Pirates of the Caribbean on Stranger Tides collection ($11 at select salons and beauty boutiques).
Nothing says summertime like the juicy pinks of watermelon, and this season we’re taking them to the lips. The brighter the better is the idea. Bold lips like bright coral, red, neon and juicy pinks are swarming the runways. Just remember if you dare to wear one of these bold hues, tone down the rest of your makeup. Pairing bright lips with another of summer’s hottest trends,vivid eyeshadow, can come off as too “costumey.” Get the look with Hourglass Femme Rouge Velvet Crème Lipstick in Fever ($30 at sephora.com) or Lipstick Queen in Coral Sinner ($18 at barneys.com).
Like lipsticks, eyeshadow trends are going places we haven’t seen in years. Colors like orange, red, yellow and green are just some of the eyeshadows that fashionistas will be sporting this season. So, put away your subtle nudes and browns and get a little wild with one of these wacky shades. If bright shadows make you nervous, try starting slow with one color at a time, then pair the look with natural face makeup and solid clothing. Get the look with the Make Up For Ever 12 Flash Color Case (a $216 value available exclusively at sephora.com for $95).
It seems the Black Swan craze has inspired this season’s most popular hair trend, the ballerina bun. This summer, high ballerina buns are a simple but chic way to look put together while staying cool. Rock the ballerina bun out by the pool or with a summer dress for date night. The classic look complements most face shapes and couldn’t be easier in the hot weather. Get the look with the new Goody Spin Pins ($6 at most drugstores), which just snagged the Good Housekeeping award for their ingenious time-saving way to pin up hair. For pin-up how-to’s, check out Redken’s Tying the Knot tips.
If bright colors just aren’t your thing don’t worry, because another trend that’s sweeping the beauty world is natural looking make-up. Simple and natural shades used merely to cover blemishes and enhance your natural beauty that leave you looking like you’re wearing almost no make-up at all. Replace your heavy face powder with a tinted moisturizer and experiment with tan and light brown eyeliners instead of the usual heavy black. Add a touch of bronzer only to the areas where the sun would normally hit your face like your forehead, brim of nose and the top of your cheek bones. Get the look with Tarte Smooth Operator Amazonian Clay Finishing Powder in Bronze ($28 at tartecosmetics.com or get it with a bronzer brush specially priced for $38 at qvc.com).