At first glance, orange doesn’t seem like the world’s easiest color to wear. Yet it’s proving to be one of spring’s most popular shades, nudging out perennial favorites red and pink for the season’s top honors. “Orange isn’t an obvious color for people to gravitate toward,” says Olivia Chantecaille, creative director of her family’s eponymous beauty brand, “but it’s a great color for summer because it looks wonderful when worn with bronzers and gold shimmers.” Like any bright tone, the sheerer the texture, the easier orange is to wear. Still, if the idea of the big O on the face or toes is too bold, try a subtle, citrus-scented spritz instead. Notes of mandarin, clementine, tangerine and, of course, orange, are wildly popular this spring, with the likes of Marc Jacobs, Guerlain and Victoria’s Secret all offering fresh-from-the-grove-worthy options.
Call it beauty’s new wonder ingredient. Combining a succulently sweet aroma with an intense antioxidant punch, the lychee is one of spring’s most popular new elements, be it in skin care, makeup or fragrance. Skingenics utilizes the fruit for its vitamin C and potassium content, combining it with more high-tech ingredients like idebenone, hyaluronic acid and copper peptides to create an intense antiaging cream, while myriad designers—among them Fresh, Vera Wang and superstar J.Lo—use it as a fresh accent note in their newest scents.
Chained to your desk during the summer months? No matter. Let one of these products, all inspired by exotic locations, transport you to a vacation state of mind—no ticket required. Michael Kors and Harry Slatkin both channel the pleasures of Hawaii in their latest offerings, while Bath & Body Works traveled further afield—to Tahiti—for inspiration for its latest line. Closer to home but no less escapist oriented are Caribbean-inspired products from India Hicks and Creed. Consider them the next best thing to being on the beach.
Marc Jacobs started it when he sent silver Speedy bags down the Louis Vuitton runway and a slew of designers picked up on it for spring: Silver is this season’s must-have accent color. If you don’t have the budget for the latest shiny “It” bag, though, fret not: Silver makeup is the perfect way to get the metal without spending a mint. In fact, the shade is one of the most versatile in the makeup artists’ arsenal, says Bruce Lindstrom, lead artist for MAC Pro Artists. Use it on the eyelid and just below for a highlighted look that will instantly make you look like you’ve had 12 hours of sleep even if you’ve only had two; combine it with gunmetal grey or black for a supersexy, ultramodern smoky eye. “The overall effect you want is pretty, not disco,” says Lindstrom, who also uses silver as a highlighter for the lips and as a stand-alone gloss. “It’s nice to be able to see your own natural lip color and then highlight it with silver. When you want your lips to look more two-dimensional, dab silver in the center of the top and bottom.” Just about the only place he doesn’t use it liberally is the face. Here, he recommends caution. “I would be careful. The most appropriate place is the top of the cheekbone, right under the temple of the eye area. That gives a nice highlight for evening without looking too heavy metal.”
Bikini season may be a couple of months away, but it’s never to early to start prepping for full exposure. This season, beauty companies have an array of options to help you along. For multitaskers who want to be ready sooner rather than later, Nivea and St. Ives are each launching creams that promise to firm flab and deliver a golden glow at the same time. If you prefer to target each problem on its own, Kneipp’s all-natural anticellulite treatment contains grape seed oil to give skin a smooth appearance, sandalwood extract to stimulate circulation and avocado to retain moisture, while Chanel’s Body Excellence Firming and Rejuvenating Cream promises 88 percent firmer and toner skin after just four weeks. On the self-tanning front, there are some big guns, too—literally. Fusion Beauty’s GlowFusion AirGlow Airbrush Gun promises a two-week tan with no fading and no trip to the spa necessary. Saint-Tropez, here you come.