Spring 2013 Beauty Trends

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by Paige Schultz, Fashion Writer

Spring will truly bloom with color and newly awakened life this next year, as evidenced by the beauty trends that helped emphasize spectacular Spring 2013 collections in the world of fashion. Rounding up the very best of the hair and makeup trends on the runways, here’s the inside look on what’s big in beauty next season.


Donna Karan

Bright-Colored Eyes

Whenever I previously thought of the term “spring awakening,” I imagined furry little creatures coming out of hibernation and flowers beginning to bud. Now whenever I think of said expression, I cannot help but channel Donna Karan, whose Spring 2013 take on beauty gave an entirely new (and rather literal) perspective on the phrase “bright-eyed and bushy-tailed.”

That’s right: bold, bright-colored eye makeup is here once again for spring. In several different runway shows, designers played around with liners, shadows and even mascara in statement-worthy hues. Though blue seemed the most popular color on the catwalk, do not hesitate to try out other colors as well – when it comes to making your peepers pop, your palette is virtually limitless.

Jason Wu

Bold, Matte Lips

Okay seriously, we all get it. After reappearing in multiple seasons year after year, bold lip color is a statement that will always be in. It’s playful, a bit coquettish and most certainly takes quite a bit of confidence to pull off, but it’s definitely a trend worth trying.

The colors that appeared to be most prevalent on the Spring 2013 runways were bright pinks, corals and reds as opposed to the more orange-based colors of Spring 2012. Nearly all designers who chose to embrace this look featured lips with a matte base, no matter the hue. Favorite takes of the trend on the runway include those of Dries Van Noten, Jason Wu and Missoni.

Elie Saab

Lush Lashes

Faux or no? Whenever I see a girl with ridiculously full lashes, this is the first question I ask, not necessarily because I’m genuinely curious, but because I jealously want to believe no one is lucky enough to have what my friends and I call “Bambi lashes.” I mean c’mon, let’s face it. There is something so seductive, flirtatious and downright gorgeous about thick, luxurious-looking eyelashes. Every girl wants them from time to time and tries out countless different kinds of mascara to get the look.

Thus it should come as no surprise that designers like Gucci, Elie Saab and Moschino chose to give their models doe-eyed styles for Spring 2013. With the perfect balance of simplicity and drama, this beauty trend will have you batting your lashes for the whole season.

Diane von Furstenberg


Every spring we can always count on at least a few designers to remind us of the tired-but-true notion that sometimes less is more. Giambattista Valli, Bottega Veneta, Diane von Furstenberg and Rag & Bone were just a few brands that chose to style their models with fresh-faced looks. Though this fashion may be simple, it is effortlessly stunning, and underscores the reality that we don’t always need to try so hard with our beauty regimens.

However, don’t mistake a fresh face for a naked face, as this look does have substance. Unlike bright-colored eyeliner or lipstick, it’s hard to go wrong with pink-dusted cheeks, rose-colored lips and a coat or two of mascara. So if you’re a no-fuss kind of girl when it comes to makeup, this beauty trend will be your new ally for spring.



Knotted Hairstyles

As much as I love a good standard ponytail or ballerina bun, the knotted hairstyles spotted on the Spring 2013 runways make me want to retire these classics, if only for a season. This chic new way to manipulate your tresses is a fresh take on a traditional up-do that is definitely worth trying. Depending on whether you prefer a cleaner or messier look, designer inspiration will vary. Marni and Bottega Veneta both favored piece-y, texturized dos, while Altuzarra and Gucci opted for versions of the style that were much sleeker.

Nevertheless, regardless of which way you choose to embrace this trend, you really cannot go wrong. The versatility of this do’ allows for a lot of give-and-take, making it easy to experiment with different possibilities depending on your ensemble or mood. Though the execution may not be easy, the final look of a knot is stunning.

Emilio Pucci


For someone who wears their hair down as often as I do, it can be easy to get into a bit of a hairstyle rut. After all, you can only do so much with your tresses if you decide you would rather not wear them up, and while doing almost nothing with your hair is super-convenient, it is also limiting and quite boring. So what’s the best solution?

Compromise and take a lesson from designers like Moschino, Emilio Pucci and Carolina Herrera. The half-up hairstyles featured in these collections differed in small ways, but were equally interesting in their construction. Some were as simple as pinning back a few strands, while others incorporated more hair using teasing techniques to add volume and texture. Regardless, each take was just as fabulous as the next.

Phillip Lim

Texturized Waves

Like bold lip colors are to makeup trends, texturized waves are the hair trend that never fails to resurface season to season. However, this upcoming spring’s take on waves is slightly different than that of previous seasons. Similar to Fall 2012, the look is still effortless, but has evolved into something a bit edgier and sexier.

If you can’t quite picture waves in this fashion, consider Philip Lim’s styling for his Spring 2013 show. The waves on the models were playfully teased, giving them a messy, unkempt look. Other designers produced the same effect, giving their models less-than-perfect curls by experimenting with a combination of both curly and straight textures. This gave the style more of a true bed-head look, almost as though one had just woken up for spring from her long winter slumber.

Tory Burch

Messy Braids

From fishtails to classic braids, designers could not help but show their affection for this intricate hairstyle. Although some designers like Viktor & Rolf and Herve Leger chose to embrace the trend with a more traditional approach, others opted to experiment with unconventional braiding styles.

Personally, I have fallen head-over-heels for Tory Burch’s messy fishtail. Not only is it a little more captivating than a traditional braid, it’s also easier to play around with in terms of texture and messiness. However, if you’re not completely in love with this like I am, there are plenty of other ways to give your typical braid a little twist. For instance, Mulberry’s knotted hairstyle with interwoven braids is a great alternative, and just another example of how some designers have embraced this look in new and innovative ways.

Click through the slideshow at the the top of the page for more examples of each trend!

Photo Credits:

Women’s Wear Daily

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