Top Winter Beauty Tricks

Seven ways to break out of a winter beauty rut.
Greg Kessler
Seven ways to break out of a winter beauty rut.
Greg Kessler
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Big Bang Theory

From wispy and sideswept to pin-straight and full, flirty fringe stole the spotlight at John Galliano, Hermès, Marc Jacobs, and Miu Miu.

GET THE LOOK: Forgo perfectly blunt ends — choppy, layered bangs are more flattering for most face shapes and easier to trim yourself.

Greg Kessler
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Here Comes the Sun

Beach season may be months away, but seriously sculpted, sun-kissed complexions — like those seen at Band of Outsiders, MaxMara, and Thakoon — are the perfect way to warm up.

GET THE LOOK: To work a naturally sunny effect, choose a bronzer that's just one to two shades deeper than your skin tone and dust the parts of the face where the sun typically hits, like the bridge of the nose, forehead, and cheekbones. "It's all about believable glow, not a shake 'n' bake sizzle," says makeup artist Dick Page, backstage at Michael Kors.

MC RECOMMENDS: From top: L'Oréal Paris Studio Secrets Professional The One Sweep Sculpting Blush in Nectar, $13; BareMinerals Ready Eyeshadow 2.0 in The Top Shelf, $20; Benefit Sun Beam Golden Bronze Complexion Highlighter, $26.

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How We Roll

Loop-de-loop ponytails provided a fresh take on the classic chignon and came in all shapes and heights on the models at Missoni, Carolina Herrera, and Marc by Marc Jacobs.

GET THE LOOK: The easy part here is creating the loop of hair (just don't pull your ponytail all the way through the elastic). The trick is then making that loop look refined. Get the right effect by pinning it to your head with bobby pins or decorative combs (like at Missoni) or by covering the elastic with a loose section of hair (as at Carolina Herrera).

MC RECOMMENDS: Wella Professionals Natural Volume Styling Mousse, $16; Garnier Fructis Daily Care Silky Secret Leave-In, $6; Moroccanoil Frizz Control, $32; Goody Jenna Barrettes, $4 for four.

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Sorbet Swirls

Splashed over lids, lips, or cheeks, delicate washes of petal pink, apricot, and sea-foam green served as the official signal to the start of spring, cropping up at shows from Preen to Rebecca Taylor to Jaeger London.

GET THE LOOK: At Mandy Coon, makeup artist Francelle gave girls a modern color-blocked look by sweeping a lavender hue on lower eyelids and a rose shade on the browbones. "The pastels are girly, but a two-toned look lends a tough and unexpected edge," she says.

MC RECOMMENDS: From top: Dior 5-Couleurs Garden Edition Eyeshadow in Garden Pastels, $59; Chanel Blush Horizon de Chanel in Glowing Blush Harmony, $58; Clinique Almost Lip-stick in Shy Honey, $15.


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Frizz Forecast

The '80s are having a moment — as evidenced by the recent Debbie Gibson — Tiffany Reunion Tour. Also making a comeback: crimped hair (with a softer touch this time), as seen at Costume National and Viktor & Rolf.

GET THE LOOK: Break out the crimper if you kept one from back in the day. If not, crib the styling trick used backstage at Oscar de la Renta: Zigzag one-inch sections of hair around U-shaped bobby pins, then set the wave by clamping down on it with a flatiron. Brush out to lighter-than-air perfection.

MC Recommends: Tigi Bed Head Groupie 1" Mini Ceramic Crimper, $20; Serge Normant Meta Lush Volumizer, $23; Redken Powder Grip 03 Mattifying Hair Powder, $15.

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Lady and the Vamp

Peace out on the predictable red lipstick. Instead, take a cue from Balenciaga and Prabal Gurung and punctuate almost-bare faces with striking black-cherry- and pomegranate-stained pouts.

GET THE LOOK: Backstage at Donna Karan, makeup artist Charlotte Tilbury painted models' lips with a mixture of MAC Pro Lipstick in Full Chocolate and Most Mocha — rich chestnut shades without gloss. "Shine feels old these days — a matte finish makes it fresh," she explains.

MC RECOMMENDS: From left: Shiseido Makeup Luminizing Lip Gloss in Maraschino, $22; Smashbox Be Legendary Lipstick in Mocha, $19; Rimmel London Lasting Finish Lipstick by Kate Moss in 04, $5; CoverGirl LashBlast 24HR Mascara in Black, $9.

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Plaits Please

Oversize, slightly mussed braids — fashioned across the crown or cascading down the back — transformed manes at Valentino and Ruffian for a sophisticated (not schoolgirl) vibe.

GET THE LOOK: "It's a woven look, not a perfect braid," says Kayley Pak of the John Barrett Braid Bar in NYC, who suggests applying pomade to fingers before braiding to ensure a good grip on hair.

MC RECOMMENDS: TRESemmé Fresh Start Smoothing Dry Shampoo, $5; Pureology Colour Stylist Radiance Amplifier, $26; Bumble and Bumble Concen-Straight Smoothing Treatment, $45.

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