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Top 5 Spring Makeup Trends

Do you dare try one of these trends?
Do you dare try one of these trends?
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We typically get our trend cues from models on the runway. Although there are a few of you who dare to wear fashions in the spirit of Carrie Bradshaw, the rest of us need looks that are translatable into everyday style. So, while metallic appliqués on the eyelids were hot at this spring's shows, they're not so appropriate for your desk job at a law firm. The key with trends is to pick and choose the ones that pep up your style routine, rather than replacing it with what's in for a minute. Here are five of this spring's makeup trends that you can wear every day, and feminine is the name of the game.

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The last time you sported a red lip was probably your prom in the early 1990s. While this power color has never really gone away, designers have yet again reinvented how it's worn and they've managed to come up with red lips that work for day as well as evening. The trend is to choose a red with more pink than orange in it and pair it with an über-feminine look. An array of shades popped up on the runway in the red color palette, from a bright pink red at Christian Dior to a dark chocolate red at Donna Karan.

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Please, whatever you do, don't draw on your eyebrows.
Please, whatever you do, don't draw on your eyebrows.
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This is great news for those of us who are terrified of tweezers -- the plucked-within-an-inch-of-their-lives eyebrows are out, in favor for a much stronger brow line this spring. Big and bushy is still a no-no, but a pronounced eyebrow is back with a feminine flair. Runway looks favored bold arches and brows that are brushed up. To pull this off, most of us will need a little filler color, which should be applied in the direction the hair is growing. Use a brow pencil that's a shade or two lighter than your hair color.

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When you think of cat eyes, it immediately conjures up images of Audrey Hepburn and 1960s glam style. This iconic makeup trick is achieved by using a thick black line of eyeliner along the top eyelash and finishing it with a swoop at the outer edge of the eye. And we're pretty excited it's back for this spring. The good news is new eyeliner products have made it easier than ever to achieve. No more waiting for liquid eyeliner to dry or having to take it off and start over because you messed up the line and can't get it even. New eyeliner pens act like felt tip markers for your eyelids -- which helps you get it right on the first application.

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If only we all had naturally full eyelashes.
If only we all had naturally full eyelashes.
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The eye was on lashes in this year's spring runway fashions, and the look was super feminine. Lashes were thick and full and turned up like a doll's, with a very precise fringe. The easiest way to achieve this look is to buy fake lashes. Look for full strips that are thick at the base and wispy at the tips. Apply over your regular lashes as close to the eye line as possible for a more natural look and apply a couple coats of mascara, using more near the roots.

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Fresh, youthful faces were everywhere on this spring's catwalks, which is exciting news for those of us who prefer to tote a minimalist makeup bag. From bare eyes to sunkissed skin to pale lips, toned down is the name of this game. The only items you really need in your makeup bag to achieve this clean yet flawless look are concealer, a powder blush or a bronzer, a light coat of mascara and a rosy or nude lip color. A hydrating foundation with light-reflecting particles will also help pump up that healthy, natural glow.

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