Style Later: Spring 2014 Beauty Trend Report

by Paige Schultz, Fashion Editor, and Fashion Writers Victoria Fok, Maddy Gilson, Emma Leuman, and Alyssa Sage

Giambattista Valli
Giambattista Valli

Chapped lips, dry skin, and tired tresses. Each year as the chill of fall and winter weather begins to settle in, it seems as though our beauty routines deviate from playful experimentation to focus on salvaging remedies and giving ourselves a little extra TLC.

Yet with the introduction of spring 2014 beauty trends, it’s impossible not to wonder what your look will be inspired by in a few months’ time. Emphasizing natural beauty, subtle statements, and effortless styling, designers took a laissez-faire approach to beauty this season allowing many of us to breathe a sigh of relief. Capturing six of the major beauty trends spotted on the runways, our Fashion Team has assembled this trend report to showcase which styles will work best for the busy college student who may not always have the time or energy to pull together a complex look.

So as you’re Pinteresting concoctions for facials and hair masks, and scouring the Web for the best beauty products available, take a moment to appreciate what has yet to come. This spring we see a low-maintenance, effortless beauty routine in your future and we’re excited to announce that it requires little-to-no damage control whatsoever.

 

Chloe, Balmain, Proenza Schouler
Chloe, Balmain, Proenza Schouler

The Naked Face

Channeling a minimalist makeup approach, the naked face has taken over this runway season. Used by numerous designers, this bare-faced style gave models a natural and effortless look. College students will most certainly be embracing this technique because of its simplicity. A naked face requires only a small amount of time and can be paired with any type of ensemble.

While all designers approached this style as creating a no-makeup look, simple touches set each one apart. At Balmain, models seemed to have no eye makeup on, yet their lips had an almost unnoticeable berry tint. Artists at Chloe took of the naked face completely, giving models a nude lip and a blank face. Skipping on basically all bold makeup products, this look means embracing a bare, healthy, luminous face.

The Calvin Klein Collection, Bottega Veneta, Emilio Pucci
The Calvin Klein Collection, Bottega Veneta, Emilio Pucci

Undone Waves

Trends of spring 2014 capitalize on keeping things simple and uncomplicated. Embodying this idea, various designers, including Thakoon, the Calvin Klein Collection, Bottega Veneta, and Emilio Pucci, have styled their models with “undone” waves. The key to creating this look is to make hair appear soft, smooth, and most importantly, effortlessly styled.

Undone waves may seem like a redundant style, but it remains popular from season to season due to its versatility. Thakoon and the Calvin Klein Collection both consisted of formal pieces, but hair and makeup remained simple. Stylists for Emilio Pucci created waves by using volumizing mist on the roots and using mousse throughout the hair to add texture. Once hair was fully prepped, stylists wrapped it around a one-inch curling iron to create a slight bend. Undone waves can be worn by any individual, and is a popular trend that you will be sure to see in upcoming months.

Anna Sui, Donna Karan, Gucci
Anna Sui, Donna Karan, Gucci

Bronzed Beauties

A faux glow has been in style for the past few years, but on the spring 2014 runways designers took the look up a notch. Featured at shows like Donna Karan and Anna Sui, models sported beautifully bronzed skin as though they had just returned from an imaginary vacation, taking spring designs to far-away places.

Yet fortunately for us, this look works just as well in Madison, Wisconsin. Success in achieving this sun-kissed look will result in using bronzer or tinted moisturizer to contour and define your cheekbones and brows. Additionally, a highlighter can be used to brighten skin and provide a little extra glow. However, to complete the look, be sure to incorporate a peachy lip color and natural gold eye shadow to really show off your “spring break skin.” Trust us; no one will ever have to know that you didn’t leave the Midwest.

Michael Kors, Rochas, Tom Ford
Michael Kors, Rochas, Tom Ford

Twisted, Tousled Up-Dos

An easily accomplishable yet often overlooked hairstyle, the twisted, tousled up-do, was frequently spotted on the spring 2014 runways. This messy spinoff of the sophisticated ballet bun was seen at Michael Kors, Rochas and Tom Ford, showcasing an effortless yet noticeable statement that did not divert attention from designers’ pieces. A truly dynamic hairstyle, the tousled up-do can easily be replicated and incorporated into an everyday look, superbly capturing the essence of the demanding life of a college student.

Thus, for the woman who is tangled up in the hustle and bustle of classes, meetings, work, and unpredictable weather, this is the ideal hairstyle. The key to a successful tousled up-do is creating a style that appears effortless yet put-together in a way that avoids the infamous “just rolled out of bed” look. So touch up on your teasing skills and invest in sturdy bobby pins: this is one trend you’ll want to adopt come spring.

Altuzarra, Rag & Bone, Prabal Gurung
Altuzarra, Rag & Bone, Prabal Gurung

Hot Lips

The vast majority of designers took a simple approach to makeup this spring with natural looks that often highlighted one feature on their models’ faces. Most notably, collections like Altuzarra and Prabal Gurung featured beautifully bold, saturated lip color with shades ranging from bright orange to soft lilac. A super easy trend to pull off, this look is definitely one you’ll want to adopt come spring.

In terms of choosing the appropriate lip color, be mindful of your skin tone. The brighter, almost neon colors such as Altuzarra’s bright orange shade work best on very tan, dark, or exceptionally fair skin. In contrast, a medium skin tone could fall flat with such bright hues. Thus, opting for a pale pink, or even lilac color if you’re bold enough, will brighten dull complexions. Simply swipe on a coat or two of your preferred shade and you’ll have conquered this spring beauty trend.

Jason Wu, Rodarte, Band of Outsiders
Jason Wu, Rodarte, Band of Outsiders

Extreme Parts

When it comes to hair, you’re usually either a “side part” or “middle part” kind of girl. Depending on face structure, haircut, and hair type, one of these parts will ultimately suit you best. Though seemingly trivial, the part is the basis of every hairstyle and can greatly change your look depending on which one you choose.

Hence for spring 2014, designers went to extremes in choosing sides of the parts they favored most. Whether they opted for a dramatic side part or a straight up-the-center middle part, there was hardly any variation in between the two styles represented on the catwalk.

At Jason Wu, slicked-back ponytails with defined middle parts were showcased, while models at Lela Rose sported less drastic middle parts with messy up-dos. Contrastingly at Rodarte, textured side-parted styles were featured and at Band of Outsiders dramatic versions with loose waves were spotted. Thus designers made it clear: when it comes to parting your hair this spring, playing favorites is a must.

 

Photo Credit: Style.com and Women’s Wear Daily

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