Bright, Shimmering Beauty Hope

Officially, it’s spring. The weather has yet to catch up (though the sun is shining today) but we’re ready, you know? Enough of the doldrums, the winter blues, and seasonal affective disorder. It’s time to shed the shadows (metaphorically and otherwise) and step into the light! Floral fragrances, dewy skin, and hot colors abound.

Byredo — Flowerhead — First things first, we need to get the mood right. And seriously, sometimes nothing helps more than a good whiff of something fantastic. Enter Byredo’s latest fragrance, Flowerhead. Riffing on the major floral power invested in Indian weddings, this is a rich scent with an overwhelming sense of exotic flowers — the kind of thing we like to be overpowered and intoxicated by. It’s hot. It might help keep us warm enough until actual summer, when real flowers can mingle with our eau de parfum.

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Coast to Coast — Skin Illuminating Cleansing Water — Next up — that glow. The one that you can only get a few different ways… And also with proper skincare. Step one? Eradicating any sign of dull, dark, sad times. Coast to Coast’s cleanser is tops for this. A no-rinse formula with sweet orange, it purifies our skin, gets rid of makeup, all without wasting a drop of water. (Great in the instance that you should you find yourself in a desert, on the go, or in the company of green enthusiasts.)

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Caudalie — Eau de Raisin — And aprés-cleansing? Hydrate yourself back to healthy with the help of Caudalie’s mist. After cleansing, after moisturizing, heck, even after makeup. Mist away, pretty kids.

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MAKE UP FOR EVER — HD Blush in 210 — And then there’s makeup, something we’ll need less of when the mercury rises. One of the products sure to make the cut? A super lightweight cream blush. Though it’s a new color, you’ve seen this before, flushing the cheeks of Mad Men‘s gorgeous Christina Hendricks. And if it works for her…

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Tom Ford — Lip Color Sheer — Sheer is sexy, and it’s new this season for Tom Ford Beauty. Warmer temps mean lighter layers, and the guy who does sex better than anyone has us feeling the need to pare down — but in the right ways. Sheer, shimmering colors will undoubtedly be stunning against the backdrop of a perfect, glowing tan. Soon, soon. Our fave? Pink Dune, a sexy, pink-y buff that will be perfectly matched to our nails…

Tom Ford — Nail Lacquer in Incandescent — Molten, vast, sunlit beaches come to mind. Swipe this on and languor poolside, or at the very least, stare down at your fingernails as you type and imagine doing just that. Spring is just the beginning of the hot fun to come, after all. Might as well get ourselves acquainted.

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Main image: photograph by Guy Bourdin

Beauty Junkie: Bringing Back The ’90s

Newcomer Mila Miletic spent the day portraying a few iconic looks from the ’90s. "It was a challenge," says Miletic. "As a new face, I had to be convincing at portraying such an icon." You won’t have too close to know which ’90s fashion icon the young Miletic is referring to. Check out our Beauty Junkie slideshow for these nostalgic looks and learn how to replicate them yourself. 

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’90s Grunge

FACE: Use Fresh Lotus Youth Preserve Face Cream to provide 24 hours of age-defying significant moisture. Use Amore Pacific CC Cream to even out any redness in the skin.

CHEEKS: Add highlights to the cheeks with Hour Glass Luminous Ambient Lighting Powders.

LIPS: Fresh Sugar Petal Tinted Lip Treatment for added subtle color.

Fresh and Hour Glass products can be purchased at Sephora.

’90s Latina Chic

EYES: Softly dust MAC eye shadow in Yogurt on the entire lid up into the brow bone. Lightly contour crease with MAC eye shadow in Handwritten. Line the upper lash line with MAC Pencil in Black Swan.

CHEEKS: Apply MAC Bronzing Powder in Matte Bronze to the cheeks and temples.

LIPS: Line the entire lip with MAC pencil in Bittersweet. Fill in entire lip with MAC pencil in Naked Liner blending the two softly for bold precision.

Purchase all MAC cosmetics here.

’90s Grunge Chic

EYES: Softly dust NYX Eye Shadow in ES 149 My Favorite Color on the entire lid up into the brow bone. Add some depth to the lid with NYX Eye Shadow in NMS14 Bare My Soul. Line the entire eye with Illamasqua Precision Ink in Abyss.

CHEEKS: Add subtle definition to the cheeks and temples with Vapour Organic Beauty Solar Translucent Bronzer in Mirage 221.

LIPS: Line and fill in entire lip with Make Up For Ever Aqua Lips 6C (brown) for depth.  Apply OCC Lip Tar in Black Dahlia in the center of lips and blend into line.

NAILS: Chanel nail polish in 569 Emprise.

llamasqua, Chanel, Make Up For Ever and Occ can be purchased at Sephora; NYX can be purchased here; Vapour Organic Beauty can be purchased through their website.

’90s Sensual Sophistication

EYES: Create a smokey eye with NARS Duo Eyeshadow in Pandora (white shimmer/matte black). Use white to highlight under the brow and the matte black to create a smokey lid blending into the crease and lower lash line.

CHEEKS: Use NARS Bronzing Powder on cheeks and temples to contour the face.

LIPS: Use NARS Pure Sheer SPF Lip Treatment in Aurore.

All NARS products can be purchased at Sephora.

Credits

Fragrance: Chanel 1932, See By Chloe, Daisy By Marc Jacobs, Just By Just Cavali. All fragrances can be purchased at Sephora.

Model: Mila Miletic

Photography by Maria Karas

Retouching by Louis Servedio-Morales 

Styling by Caroline Grosso

Hair by Shlomi Mor using Capelli Collection

Manicure by Kelly B @ Defacto using Kiss