Sunday 21 December 2014

Eight easy-to-wear beauty trends for SS/14

Published 10/03/2014 | 16:08

Nominee Nominee for Best Supporting Actress in "12 Years a Slave"  Lupita Nyong'o arrives on the red carpet for the 86th Academy Awards on March 2nd, 2014 in Hollywood, California. AFP PHOTO / VALERIE MACON        (Photo credit should read VALERIE MACON/AFP/Getty Images)
Lupita has inspired this season's must-have Alice band... AFP PHOTO / VALERIE MACON

The sun is finally here; it's time to ditch last season's Gothic lippie and take note of what's on-trend for spring/summer 2014.

Here are eight simple trends, none of which include drastic hair changes or permanent inkings, that you can add into this season's beauty regime hassle-free.

1. Bow ribbons

Yes, we’re seriously remembering the school-yard glamour. Tie your bow around a mid-high ponytail and channel the beauty know-how gang.

2. The new smoky eye

It’s a lighter look, but with a lot more ‘punk’. In fact, it almost looks like it’s a smoky eye from the night before. Smudge the shadow and add eyeliner, making sure to keep it away from the inside of the eye. Avoid the uber-precise feline flick.

3. Wet look hair

Noted on the SS/13 catwalks last year and brought to the masses by reality TV star Khloe Kardashian in the latest series of ‘Keeping Up With The Kardashians’, wet look hair is a simple and effective trend. Get your mirror-shine finish by adding a small bit of gel through the roots of straightened locks and comb into place. Remember; less is more.

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Khloe shows off her 'wet look' hair on Instagram (Photo: Instagram/Khloe Kardashian)

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4. Plaits galore

Loose plait pigtails, single fish-tails or a messy plait to the side, you can’t go wrong with this spring/summer beauty look. The plus? You’re left with super summer beach waves post-plait.

5. Side parting

Go a little deeper and bring your side parting even further to the side this season. For a good place to start, divide your hair from above your eyebrow arch.

6. Alice bands

Think Oscar-winning actress Lupita N’yongo on the red carpet this year... Reminisce on your school days with a simple Alice band, team with simple jewellery for a simple glamour look.

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Best Supporting Actress Lupita N'yongo at this year's Oscars

7. Going nude

On our lips that is... Ditch the deep colour and swap it for a simple clear lip gloss.

8. The new manicure

Everybody’s talking about the half-moon manicure. It’s the hottest retro look for your digits this spring. It’s a French manicure in reverse, in a bold colour.  The look is inspired by the 1930s when women usually only painted the centre of their nail, leaving the half-moon cuticle and tips bare.

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