Runway to reality: Fresh beauty for spring

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Jacques Brinon/AP Photo

Eye-catching makeup at John Galliano for Dior’s Ready to Wear Spring Summer 2010, shown Oct. 2, 2009, in Paris.

Runway shows premiere more than just fashionable new clothes. Check out these fun and intriguing beauty looks for 2010:

Lips:

Red lipstick still reigns high above lip shades as a classic staple. Still, other colors are trendy. If you’re feeling a bit adventurous, try out an orange lipstick. Pick bright orange, coral or tangerine. For another look, check out the Vena Cava spring 2010 show, where models walked in perfect confidence with purple pouts. If you are feeling a bit nervous about your new lipstick hue, dab color across your lips (versus gliding with constant pressure). This will downplay the color’s intensity, creating a lighter, subtler look.

To create a more long-lasting impact, apply lipstick in layers. Use a subtle gloss for the final layer to retain moisture.

One more tip: For daytime lips, pick a color that mirrors your own lips. A matching or similar lip stain will even out your lips, creating a level tone. Lips will appear full.

Nails:

Nail polish is ultra chic. Although some colors seem feminine, more unusual shades make a statement. Pick out a polish with a blue-jean color to mimic the models at Karl Lagerfeld’s spring 2010 show. I’m also dying to try out new caramel/taupe colors on my nails. Other popular colors include deep purple, matte gold and grey. For more ideas about trendy nails and polish colors, check out my past article titled “Winter fashion, fingers forward.”

Hair:

Hairstyles on the spring 2010 runways were endless. Whether classic or creative, your own hairstyle can make a lasting impression and important statement. Many runway styles are updos, elegantly swept up in order that each new clothing piece be fully exposed. Models at Carolina Herrera had bejeweled hair — delicate silver beads intricately tucked into their hair; models at Lanvin had heaps of hair piled up into a voluminous bun on top of their heads; Oscar de la Renta used braids to tame the hair of his models, threading bright fabric in and out for a different, eye-catching look.

Want to wear your hair down? Brigitte Bardot is the perfect role model for a big hair look.

Lids:

Eye makeup is another way to add color or step up your look.

This year, chunky glitter prevails (this is a great look for a night out). Also try:

• White eyeliner if you favor a “cat eye” but are sick of black liner.

• Cream eye-shadow in a copper/red hue.

• Bold silver for a look that is full-on diva.

• Black smoky eyes, more solid than smoky (think Jean-Paul Gaultier, spring 2010).

• Pretty pastels or a coral shadow (as seen at Dior, spring 2010).

As with any look, balance is key. When you try any one of the looks above, don’t go crazy. Lime-green eyeliner and violet lips can make any face look like chaos!

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