Beauty Insider

5 feminine looks for spring

Five beauty trends for spring.

Who has your bob, Keira Knightley or Carey Mulligan?
Keira Knightley by Evan Agostini/Associated Press; Carey Mulligan by Chris Jackson/Getty Images
Who has your bob, Keira Knightley or Carey Mulligan?
Joel Benjamin


Lip colors are less red and less glossy, dialing back from the shiny oranges of last spring to peaches and apricots with only a slight sheen. The ultra-feminine colors give a healthy, flattering Fuzzy Navel sweetness to both warm and cool skin tones and look put-together in the daytime and at night.

REVLON Lip Butter in “Peach Parfait,” $7.49 at CVS

CHANEL Rouge Coco Shine in “Liberte,” $32.50 at Saks Fifth Avenue

Joel Benjamin



The fashion world has been channeling its inner Daisy Buchanan lately, and if there was ever a time to wear your hair in a bob, this is it. Mitch DeRosa, owner of Mitchell John Salon in Boston, has some advice on the cuts that work best for different face shapes. “For someone with an elongated face, you probably don’t want to go with a lip-length bob. You could do a cool shorter bob in the back and a front that comes just below the jaw,” he says. If your face is rounder, ask for a cut that’s “a little bit shorter, above the jaw but not to the lip or above. This is absolutely a one-length bob, razored in the back so the hair melts in with no hard lines.”


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Instead of shades of black or gray, opt for a more playful eye liner color to go with spring’s ultra-feminine fashions: turquoise at the inner corners or under your eyes, metallic gold or royal purple along your upper lashes.

ESSENCE Long Lasting Eye Pencil in “Coolest Chick,” $1.99 at Ulta

MARK No Place to Run eyeliner in “Solid Gold,” $9 at

TARTE EmphasEyes Aqua-Gel Eyeliner in “Teal,” $18 at Sephora

Joel Benjamin



Bronzed, rosy blush worn low on the cheek adds contour and a touch of warmth that looks just right right now. To apply, make a “fish face” pucker and lightly buff the blush (or pat on with a fingertip) just below your cheekbones, blending upward.

BY TERRY Velvet Cream Blush in “Ginger Glaze,” $45.50 at Barneys New York

NYX Powder Blush in “Cinnamon,” $5.99 at Ulta

MAKE UP FOR EVER Powder Blush in “Pearly Antique Pink,” $19 at Sephora


Worn under foundation or instead of it, primers are supposed to even out skin and help makeup stay put. A new breed also promises to create the illusion of skin that’s lit from within a la models on runways for The Row and Ralph Lauren (above). The liquids contain tiny particles that manufacturers claim diffuse light—all the better to hide fine lines. 


PETER THOMAS ROTH Un-Wrinkle Illuminator, $68 at Sephora

L’OREAL Magic Lumi Light Infusing Primer, $10.99 at Target


Barneys New York, Copley Place, Boston, 617-385-3300,

CVS, 231 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston, 617-266-6775, and other locations,

Target, South Bay Shopping Center, Boston, 617-602-1921, and other locations,


Saks Fifth Avenue, The Shops at Prudential Center, Boston, 617-937-5210,

Sephora, South Shore Plaza, Braintree, 781-848-0421 (blush at this location only),

Ulta, Gateway Center, Everett, 617-381-0040, and other locations,