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Spring and Summer Colors For Lips, Hair, and Nails

When makeup first became widely available in the twenties, the color palette was limited. Powders were cream and ivory, lips were almost invariably some shade of red, and smoky eyes were de rigeur. Woe to those who couldn’t carry it off. True summers had to choose from the same palettes as dark autumns, bright winters were confined to the same choices as light springs, and soft autumns were offered the same options as soft summers. Oh, how times have changed. Nowadays, it seems as if we can’t walk into Sephora without emerging an hour later finally having determined that the Plum Attraction was more flattering than the #61 Wine.

Woman with red lipstick

If you’re having trouble navigating through the color options, here are a few pointers to set you in the right direction. Check out the colors trending for spring and summer 2017 for lips, hair, and nails.

Vivid lips were on display on the 2017 spring runways. Textures ranged from the glittery, (Fendi) to the matte, (Giambattista Valli, and Jason Wu), and of course Carolina Herrera and Chanel brought the high gloss. Jason Wu make up artists created a sporty fluorescent look by layering a cherry with a matte orange. Valentino and Cushnie et Ochs chose semi matte shades ranging from electric pink to ruby. And, if your partial to the ultra shine, take a cue form the Kenzo and Simone Rocha runway with some eye catching shine. If your looking for some hot colors for your lips this season, look for:

  • Poppy Pink or Fuschia – Nothing says spring like a fushia lip.
  • Deep Berry – If you’re aiming to bring some drama into the spring, you can’t go wrong with a deep berry.
  • Bright Purple – Try some violet and twilight hues to recall the warm summer sunset.
  • Hot Red – There is always a call for a good strong red. Use it to spice up your 2017 spring summer pout.

Hair Color

Bronze ombre

Bronze Ombre
If you have dark hair and not much time to spend on upkeep, celebrity colorist David Adams advises going two or three complementary shades lighter. He describes this look as an ombre 2.0 “blended through the middle and slightly lighter ones on the ends and around the face, which keeps color away from new growth to minimize maintenance.”

Warm Honey
Faithful brunettes who want to lighten up a touch might consider adding some natural amber to honey highlights to soften their natural color.

Baby Blonde
Already convinced that blondes have more fun? Think about going blonder. Stylist Sharon Dorram recommends lightening up with “strategically placed baby blond highlights around the face and crown.”

Creamy Blonde
If you don’t mind frequent trips to the colorist, a creamy platinum may be for you. Check out the look on Jennifer Lawrence for celebrity inspo.

Nail Polish

yellow nail polish

Sunflower Yellow
You’ll be seeing a lot of sunflower hello on nails this season. Check out versions form Essie, OPI and Christian Louboutin.

Valentine Pink
Taking break from red? Bright pink is a great alternative. Nails Inc. and Dior are both offering up takes on vibrant pink. FYI: Valentine pink was also spotted popping up the runways of Moshino, Fendi, and Valentino.

Tropical Green
Nothing says spring quite like green. Straight from the D and G runways, the earth friendly shade is currently available from both Essie and OPI.

Salmon Pink
For a more neutral approach to pink, try a salmon for the office and the beach.

Hope this clears things up! What colors are you sporting for spring and summer 2017? Let us know! We want your fabulous input!


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Look Younger with Makeup

Woman applying makeup

Makeup may only be temporary, and washed off at the end of every day, but that doesn’t mean it’s not tons of fun to use it to accentuate your best features, downplay the ones you’re not so fond of, and try out a variety of great looks as a means to express yourself.

But makeup—temporary though it is—can also be used as an anti-aging tool. To be sure, the best anti-aging methods involve nourishing and healing your skin for long-term results that will be there whether you’re made-up or not, but that said, there’s certainly something to the “fake it ’till you make it” mantra. In other words, we are not saying that you can abandon your dreams, serums, and exfoliants and just use makeup instead. Obviously, keep using all those things, and keep reevaluating and making sure you’re using only the best. In the meantime, though, while you wait for those long-term results to eventually kick in, use makeup as a stopgap, so you can have flawless, youthful, radiant skin right now. To help you along the way, we have some killer tips and tricks that actually work. Read on if you’re ready to look great today.

Woman using concealer

Deal with Dark Circles
Dark circles, one of the peskiest banes of cosmetic brilliance on the planet. The solution? Use clever color-matching to neutralize them. You want a concealer that’s close in brightness to your skin tone, one tone lighter at most, but with more yellow than your actual skin. Dark circles tend to have a purplish hue, so using a yellow concealer will neutralize their color and make them just about completely disappear. Further, only apply where dark circles are actually present, and rub the concealer in with short, vertical motions, not horizontal.

Woman examining crow's feet.

Kill Crow’s Feet…the Right Way
One of the biggest problems with disguising fine lines like crow’s feet is that concealer tends to cake in and around them and actually emphasize them, making your problem worse. Part of this, once again, is related to color matching. The other half of the puzzle is weight and texture.

Regarding color, crow’s feet tend to have brown undertones. So where you want yellowish concealer when it comes to dark circles, crow’s feet require a different color-neutralization tactic. Search for a concealer with pink or pink-beige tones if you’re fair skinned, peach or ocher tones if you’re medium to olive skinned, and for darker skin tones than that, just look for something close to your own skin tone, with just a hint of pink. Apply only to the crow’s feet, after you’ve already concealed dark circles.

Woman applying pink lipstick.

Choose Your Lips Carefully
While in the long term, proper care and maintenance of your lips should let you rock any color you like without issue, for now, aim for various shades of mauve and pink. These colors are subdued enough not to draw attention to the fact that your lips may be thinner than they once were (a problem you’ll no doubt fix with time and attention), but still give your face a youthful “pop” and rosiness.

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Style Switch Ups to Consider – Vine Vera Reviews

If you are stuck in a beauty or style rut, than you might find it very complicated to switch it up. You might enlist in the aid of someone you trust like your favorite beauty advisor at your local upscale makeup counter, or a trusted hair stylist that you’ve been going to for years, to help guide you in a different direction. Change isn’t easy. If it were then we would be constantly experimenting with our daily style, and some people do, but across the board most people stick to the same routine day after day, because it’s easy. It’s not necessarily a bad thing to have consistent style, but there are some easy ways to tweak your look that won’t be so drastic while still offering some needed change. Vine Vera presents a few easy style switch ups you might want to consider.

Regular Hairstyle Vs Bangs

Your Look: Same Old Hair – So you have been rocking the same hairstyle for a while now, and it just lays there lifeless.

Style Switch Up: Bangs!–Try some longish side-swept bangs cut on an angle away from your face, by your stylist to make the switch in no time flat. A longer side-swept style will be easy to style and if you end up not liking it, easy to hide.

Black Eyeliner Vs Plum Eyeliner

Your Look: Black Eyeliner–You been wearing the same black eyeliner every day since you were 15-years-old.

Style Switch: Go for Bright –They make other eyeliner colors, we especially love plum, soft bronze, and even a forest green can be lovely on many different eye colors. Experiment with which colors look best for you, we recommend choosing a liner color opposite to your eye color on the color wheel to make your eye color pop.

Pink lips Vs Red Lips

Your Look: Same Old Neutral Lipcolor–You jumped on the pearly pink bandwagon, and never looked back.

Style Switch: Classic Red–Try a red that is flattering on your skin tone. A cool red is nice on fair skinned people, and a warm red is best on medium to deep skin tones. Our recommendations: Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Dragon Girl for pale, pink-toned ladies, Dolce & Gabbana The Lipstick Classic Cream Lipstick in Devil for warm-toned women, Tom Ford Beauty Lip Color in Cherry Lush for olive skinned beauties, and MAC Lipstick in Ruby Woo for anyone, it’s a universal shade.

High Maintenance Vs Air Drying

Your Look: High Maintenance Hair– It takes you an hour and a half to do your hair every morning; you wash it, blow it out, and then attack it with the flat iron or curling rod. Too much stress on your hair.

Style Switch: Natural Texture– Air drying hair is in style, take the opportunity to simplify your beauty routine! Try to wash it, scrunch some leave in conditioner into it damp, and then a styling product to combat frizz and boost your natural texture. You’ll be amazed at the compliments you’ll get.

Tanning Machine Vs Self-Tanner

Your Look: Tanorexia–If you are a tanning bed junkie, stop now, cold turkey. Tanning beds cause significant premature aging to your skin, and the absolute worst part is you could get skin cancer in the future. Scary stuff, not pretty or fun.

Style Switch: Give Your Skin a Break– Your natural skin tone cannot be that bad, try a good self-tanner or a little powdered bronzer if you must have that tan looking glow.

Heavy Foundation Vs BB Cream

Your Look: Heavy Foundation– You pile on the foundation every day. Is your skin really that bad?

Style Switch: BB Cream– The new wave of BB creams not only even out the skin tone but also provide skin care benefits and a decent amount of coverage. Add a little loose powder to set your BB cream, and you’re ready to face the day without all that heavy mask like foundation. Enhance your beauty, don’t hide it!

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