Hello, spring: 5 runway beauty looks that I want to wear in real life (and so will you!)

Tracy Reese - Spring 2012

Spring technically arrived on March 20th, but to me it never feels official until Easter weekend. And now, let’s face it: the beauty work begins. Not only is it time to re-dedicate ourselves to proper hair removal, self-tanning and monthly pedicures (yikes, I miss black tights already!), it’s also a good idea to update winter hair and makeup.

Now, I’d be a bad beauty editor if I didn’t mention the first and most obvious spring beauty change you should make, which is lightening up your foundation and increasing your SPF (try a BB Cream if you want both at once). But it’s also my job to inform you of the season’s runway beauty looks! I know most of them are pretty out there, but today I’ve hand-picked five faves that I promise will work for real life. Your spring beauty inspiration begins here…

Louis Vuitton: Messy ballerina bun with doll-like lashes

Louis Vuitton Spring 2012 Hello, spring: 5 runway beauty looks that I want to wear in real life (and so will you!)

The ballerina look gets me every.single.time. (Obviously it’s because, like most little girls, I grew up wanting to be a ballerina. And then puberty hit and crushed my hopes and dreams.)

Anyway! With or without the hairband, I think this is a gorgeous and easy one to pull off, especially for second-day hair when you’ve already got this messy texture. (If not: see this post for how to create a hair “halo.”) For the makeup, it’s really all about the lashes. Instead of fake ones, try this mascara from Lancôme which coincidentally is called Doll Lashes:

Lancome Hypnose Doll Lashes Mascara Hello, spring: 5 runway beauty looks that I want to wear in real life (and so will you!)

Make sure to brush it in a diagonal direction and layer it on thick at the outer corners to get that doe-eyed look.

Anna Sui: Poppy red lips with mascara’d lower lashes

Anna Sui Spring 2012 Hello, spring: 5 runway beauty looks that I want to wear in real life (and so will you!)

Did I mention that red lips are gonna be huge for spring? After a few seasons of oranges and fuchsias being the bright colours to covet, suddenly designers have gone gaga for classic red (which we normally tend to associate with fall and winter). Personally, I love this trend—there’s something super-gorgeous about a red mouth with healthy, bronzey skin.

Just like this model here, in fact. The key is that the red is a lighter, brighter red, and not too dark or matte. I don’t know if they make it anymore but I always get compliments when I wear Cargo’s PlantLove Lipstick in Maria (Menounos)—it’s this exact poppy shade.

Cargo PlantLove lipstick in Maria Hello, spring: 5 runway beauty looks that I want to wear in real life (and so will you!)

The skin is very natural and fresh—you don’t want to wear heavy foundation with this look—and there’s a bit of bronzer and blush action for a summery glow. And finally, the eyes are pretty much bare save for mascara, and it’s mascara mostly on the LOWER lashes. As I keep saying… the lower lash line is where it’s at these days. Do you love it? I do.

Isabel Marant – Sexy, centre-parted hair with impossibly flawless skin

Isabel Marant Spring 2012 Hello, spring: 5 runway beauty looks that I want to wear in real life (and so will you!)

I’ll have some of what she’s having, please. This is my dream hair—it’s straight but it has body; it’s textured but it doesn’t look like she just rolled out of bed either. And I think I might be ready to embrace the centre part again after giving it a time-out for the past six or eight months. To get this look requires some volumizing products, a good blow-dry (instructions here), perhaps a bit of light flat-ironing at the ends (they’re not so curled under like a traditional blowout) and dry shampoo to get the texture.

As for the skin, well, like my ballet career, my hopes and dreams are crushed on this front too. I think you need to be born this way. Oh well. It’s hard to tell from the pic, but it looks like she’s wearing blush, has a bit of tight-lining going on around the eyes, no mascara and of course those amazing brows and lips. Oh yes, je suis jalouse.

Emanuel Ungaro: Navy smoky eyes

Emanuel Ungaro Spring 2012 Hello, spring: 5 runway beauty looks that I want to wear in real life (and so will you!)

Do you tend to reach for a brown or black or grey when you do your eye makeup? I’ve always been Team Navy, although I’ve never done it fully smoky like it is here. But now I totally want to. I love that this looks combines the liner in the waterlines with the shadow all the way around the eye (let’s face it—two of my favourite things). And then, basically a bare face.

NARS makes a couple of duos that would be good for this look (you’ll need a navy pencil as well). This is Mandchourie:

NARS Eyeshadow Duo in Mandchourie Hello, spring: 5 runway beauty looks that I want to wear in real life (and so will you!)

Tracy Reese: Peach cheeks

Tracy Reese Spring 2012 Hello, spring: 5 runway beauty looks that I want to wear in real life (and so will you!)

As a blush addict, well, you know I had to post this one. But what I really wanted to draw your attention to was that it’s peach. Not pink. I do think there’s a movement going on here, guys. And peach is universally flattering. Try it! You might surprise yourself. I did. Wore pink for years, thinking my skin tone didn’t suit anything else. Then last year I got into peach.. and BAM! Now I wear both, but probably more peach than pink.

Oh, and just in case you thought the above pic was a bit heavy-handed, here’s the runway shot so you can see it’s not SO extreme:

Tracy Reese Spring 2012 2 Hello, spring: 5 runway beauty looks that I want to wear in real life (and so will you!)

So pretty with the same colour top, non?

Tell me:

What beauty changes are you making for spring?
Which of these looks might you be interested in trying out?
Bought any good spring beauty products lately?


Nomadic D
Monday, April 9/2012 at 1:49 pm

I love the ballerina with the lashes look. But I think you’d really have to put a few individual falsies at the corers to get the full effect, which makes it feel less realistic for my daily life. But it really does look so beautiful. Of course, I’d be happy to rock the IM flawless skin look too, but as you say, that one seems even less attainable! The peach cheeks look lovely from afar but the closeup is kind of scary to me. But I’m addicted to Benefit’s Chacha tint, I use it every day, it feels like the most perfect natural young peachy flush. That blue smoky eye though would look horrible on me, I’m pretty sure. Like a hung-over beaten down corpse. And yes, fine, I may be exaggerating slightly.



Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Monday, April 9/2012 at 5:25 pm

Beaten-down corpse doesn’t sound cute! But I feel like dark navy eyes could work on most skin tones, no? Maybe it’s wishful thinking…

Love ChaChaTint! Def one of the best peaches.

I feel like with Latisse I can get close enough to the Louis Vuitton look without going too Kardashian! I find the direction you drag the mascara wand really makes a difference.


Conny Mc
Monday, April 9/2012 at 7:45 pm

Just wondering if you know if Latisse is still only by prescription?


Wednesday, April 11/2012 at 2:48 am

You can buy the generic form of Latisse – bimatoprost – from online pharmacies based in places like India. The cost of the drug is way cheaper than Latisse but the shipping is pretty high… so just buy a few bottles at a time. I can get 3 bottles for much less than what I’d pay for Latisse.


Tuesday, April 10/2012 at 4:05 pm

How on earth do you use cha cha tint without making a mess or ending up with neon orange cheeks?! I love the colour but I desperately need help applying this!!


Monday, April 9/2012 at 3:18 pm

I absolutely adore the LV look, it’s just gorgeous. Also really like those navy eyes, such a perfect blue. I’d love to know the product that was used.


Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Monday, April 9/2012 at 5:27 pm

Same here! If I recall I was trying to find out for a magazine article I wrote a few months ago that mentioned the Ungaro eyes, but I couldn’t find anything… :(


Anna Weter
Monday, April 9/2012 at 4:41 pm


Love your blog! Quick question, I know you have mentioned different blush colours before, but I’m trying to find the perfect peach blush. Im obsessed with blush and wear it with every makeup look. Currently using Nars Orgasm and loving it but really want to incorporate that peach colour this spring. Any suggestions?


Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Monday, April 9/2012 at 5:38 pm

NARS Orgasm is a classic, but the Benefit ChaChaTint as mentioned above is also great (probably my favourite peach because you really get the true colour)! If you like a cream and something a bit more subtle, try the YSL Creme de Blush (not the new gel) in peach (#1 I think). The Shu Uemura Dome Blusher that I mentioned last week is available in a peach as well – have only tried the Fairy Pink but I love it so much I’m sure both shades are fab. And MUFE HD blush is amazing – I use #7 – Peachy Beige, but for something more stand-out you could do #12 – Bright Apricot or #14 – Pale Peach.


Anna Weter
Tuesday, April 10/2012 at 12:12 pm

So many options. Yay! Thanks so much !


Monday, April 9/2012 at 8:21 pm

I have just gone a bit peach silly and bought the ChaCha and the Nars Orgasm:S Now wondering what on earth I should put on my lips when I wear this peachy colour on my cheeks?


Tuesday, April 10/2012 at 9:58 am

I’m going to try all of them but the last blush one! Alright, I’m going to use teal rather than navy for the smokey eyes (navy doesn’t do me any favours), but what a great idea! I love it with the naked looking face, my preferred way. Very indie rock.

& The last blush one looks stellar on the long shot of the model, it really lights up her beautiful skin, but I’m not sure how many people could pull it off in real life without looking sunburned.

I really like these; thanks for all the new ideas!


Tuesday, April 10/2012 at 6:15 pm

How coincidental, I just got into peach blush and lips again! I’m so in vogue but had no idea.

I like all of these looks, actually, but I don’t think the only lower lashes mascara would work on me, sadly.


Me my best and I
Tuesday, April 10/2012 at 7:14 pm

I found a good dupe for Nars Orgasm in Arbonne’s blush in peach, not quite as sparkly (prob a good thing) but good for the penny pinchers or poor suckerzm that live in Australia where cosmetics likes NARS are marked up three fold even though our dollar is stronger ATM. Tsktsk,


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