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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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Summer Fashion Expressions

Woman sunbathing

Every generation has brought a new summer fashion icon.  Grace Kelly brought us the iconic 1950’s cat eye sunglasses  and scarf doubling as headband, while Sophia Loren modeled the sweetheart neckline.  The 60’s brought us sex kitten Brigitte Bardot looking so very hippy chic in her wide brimmed sunhat  and floral sarong.  In the Studio 54 Days of disco, Bianca Jagger let loose in her gold spandex with  plunging neckline and Bo Derek emerged from the ocean in  the movie “Ten”, shocking the world  with their first taste of cornrows and a  naked look one piece swimsuit.  The eighties saw the off the shoulder style of Madonna and Flashdance, while in the 90’s we discovered Pamela Anderson and the babes of Baywatch with their high cut one pieces.  Carrie Bradshaw sported the naked slip. And what style on this list have we not revisited?  Have we not seen Taylor Swift going high style in her own vintage swimsuit  in Hyannis Port or Lindsay Lohan peering coyly  from under her  modern sunhat?

Summer fashions have surely come a long way, but one thing seems to never have changed.  It is a time to go minimal.  It is a time for less makeup, less hair, and less clothes.  So Let’s talk about how we can make the most of the very least.

Woman in a bikini with a topknot hairstyle

What do you do when you’ve just come from a dip in the ocean and need to get your hair in some kind of semblance of normalcy?  If you wait until your hair is half dry, it will have the perfect texture for a sexy twist.  Easier to do than braids; just remember to bring bobby pins. And then there’s the topknot.  How’s that for a no brainer in the summer?  Hair up and away and very flattering to the cheekbones.  You may want to secure it with your fave hairspray.  Want one more no sweat solution for messy hair?  The hairband hides a multitude of sins.  From perspiration at the hairline to frizz, you’ll want to have one of these on hand at all times in the heat.

Sweat Control
Apply deodorant before going to bed.  Compounds that block sweat glands have time to be absorbed by your skin and no white streaks on your clothes! And how about investing in some bust dust?  Gotta love this!  Great for keeping embarrassing sweat from your cleavage.  It’s about time someone did something about this! Some absorbent soles for your shoes and for set to go!  So go out and shine, or go out and don’t shine!  Either way, you’ll be a star!

Woman sitting by the pool

Whether it be from perspiration or a quick dip in the pool,  moisture factor is to be taken into consideration in the summer.  The key word when it comes to makeup is waterproof.  You may want to consider abandoning blended loose powdery shadows in favor of a waterproof shadow crayon.  Available in bright colors, easy to apply and won’t smudge or smear after a run on the beach.  Just the thing, don’tcha think?   Or how about eyebrows?  Often not given the attention they deserve, eyebrows are a very important facial component and no one wants  to worry about  out of control brow pencil making a mad dash down your face.  Quell your worries with a clear wax pencil.  It will seal your brows and keep them shapely and lovely.  Last, but in no way least, is primer.  An alternative to regular face powder, primer works like a blotting pad on your face, keeping your makeup in place and avoiding shine.  The A listers swear by it!

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40+ Summer Fashion – Vine Vera Reviews

Mature woman enjoying the summers.

Summer is here, which generally means it’s time for skimpier outfits that cover less in order to deal with the heat. That’s all well and good, and there are a host of fun, cute outfit opportunities that the summer months usher in. That said, some of us may be a bit hesitant to rock styles meant for the younger crowd, or perhaps aren’t keen on showing too much skin, much as the blistering heat outside seems to mandate it.

It can be hard to figure out how to deal with this conundrum, but you’re not out of luck! Vine Vera is here to show you how to make summer fashion work for you no matter your age with these great tips and tricks.

Woman wearing a maxi skirt riding a bike.


Go for Light, Flowy Fabrics if You Want to Cover Up
For those of you fabulous forty-somethings and up who may be shy about showing skin for whatever reason, be it flab, cellulite, scars, stretch marks or whatever else, fear not. It’s true that short sleeves and shorter shorts are one possible response to increasing temperatures, but they’re hardly the only way to keep cool.

Long skirts and tops can actually be quite cool if they’re loose, flowy, and of a light, breathable material. Look for thinner fabrics that billow when they move; this means you’ll still feel air moving against your skin even if you’re covered head to toe.

Elegant, long maxi skirts with lighter-weight fabrics can be paired with equally lightweight blouses in coordinated colors for a very feminine casual look, or you can match a light, short-sleeved button up with loose slacks or a tighter (but not too tight) skirt for a more professional look.

Woman wearing a light cardigan and jeans.

Try the Basic T-shirt and Jeans, but Make it Special
For a casual, yet mature look, you can opt for the ubiquitous t-shirt and jeans look, but keep two things in mind: the jeans should be fitted and in good condition (no distressed, hole-ey jeans), and the t-shirt should be “special” in some way. Basically, this just means that the shirt should be something other than a plain, solid color tee. Look for interesting designs on graphic tees, or get one with a catchy saying printed on the front. This idea is one way to keep feeling young, since the basic tee plus jeans combo works decently well for all ages.

As a variation on this, you can throw a light cardigan over the tee for a mature, casual yet elegant look, but just be careful and try to find the lightest weight cardigan possible. Generally, layers just make you more likely to heat up and sweat like crazy, but you can pull off a simple cardigan over a tee if you get a lightweight and loose-fitting cardigan.

Mature woman enjoying the outdoors

Don’t be Afraid to Be Yourself!
More importantly than anything else on this list, just remember to be true to yourself and dress in a way that makes you happy. The rules here are good guidelines or rules of thumb, but ultimately, if you’re young at heart and want to rock the latest styles, or if you’re self-conscious about your body, but want to show skin anyway, go for it! In the end, it’s your body, and the ideas here are just that: ideas.

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