Summer Trends

Butter LONDON Global Color Ambassador, Katie Hughes, shows us how to create easy, 3D polka dot nail art with the ‘Pop Art Collection’ by butter LONDON.

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Step-by-step instructions from the video below:
1. Begin with one coat of Nail Foundation Flawless Basecoat.
2. Apply two coats of ‘Cheeky Chops’ Nail Lacquer.
3. Use a dotting tool (or ball point pen) to create large dots at random with ‘Keks’ Nail Lacquer.
4. Layer on smaller dots in ‘Primrose Hill Picnic’ Nail Lacquer with the other end of your dotting tool (or something with a finer point, like a toothpick).
5. Let dry 5 to 10 minutes, and apply Hardwear P.D. Quick Topcoat to finish.

Told you it was easy. Now, go get your artsy on with the ‘Pop Art Collection’ by butter LONDON. Lichtenstein would be proud.

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Fab up your sunny-day sandals, and get playful with polish. Our Shoe and Beauty Buyers have teamed up to bring you 16 colorful shoe and polish pairings. It’s your inspirational guide to matches that were just meant to be. Start off your summer foot-fling with these highlights:

Color-Soaked Contrast: Complementary colors will splash your look with eye-catching style. [Pictured: Matiko Wedge & M·A·C Nail Lacquer]

Color-Blocked Consort: Pair your polish with your favorite of the blocked colors. [Pictured: Charles David Sandal & JINsoon Nail Lacquer]

Bold as Brass: Get adventurous with unconventional color and pick up on a hue in a pair that’s patterned or multicolored. [Pictured: Ella Moss Sandal & butter LONDON Nail Lacquer]

Matchy-Matchy: Showcase your most coveted color by letting your toes spread the love. [Pictured: BC Footwear Wedge Sandal & essie Resort Collection Nail Polish]

Heavy Metal: Rock on with your savvy self and offer a glimpse of glitter glam. [Pictured: Corso Como Sandal & Nordstrom Nail Color]

Pastel Perfect: Softer shades may look demure, but they can definitely pack a style punch. [Pictured: Ted Baker London Flip-Flop & Ciaté Paint Pot]

Want more? Shop all 16 shoe and polish pairings.

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Toss that “dog days” misnomer into the pool: these easy, breezy hairdos offer maximum style with minimum prep (because who wants to spend even more time with heat?)—to make it a summer of loveliness.

The Beachy Bob: Summer-ize your shoulder-length tresses with soft waves.

1. For the texture that’s key to this look, use soft pomade warmed in your fingers and rake it through your hair before blow-drying. We like: blowpro mane tame soft pomade
2. Starting 2 inches from your part, use a curling rod to create soft, loose curls. Alternate directions for the most natural look; run your fingers through the curls to make some waves. We like: Sultra The Bombshell Oval Rod Curling Iron
3. Use a humidity-blocking hairspray to keep your waves wilt- and frizz-free. We like: Living Proof Hold Humidity-Blocking Flexible Hairspray

A Breezy Bun: The ubiquitous up-do goes low and loose.

1. Use an ultra-fast blow dryer, focusing on your roots to pump up the volume. We like: T3 Featherweight 2 Dryer
2. Spritz dry hair with texturizing spray to add dimension and shape. Gather your hair at the nape of your neck, then twist, coil and secure with hairpins. We like: OSCAR BLANDI Pronto Texture & Volume Spray
3. Use a flexible-hold hairspray to hold the look and keep wisps at bay. We like: ALTERNA Caviar Anti-Aging Working Hair Spray

Halo Braiding: A carefree, boho look for long hair.

1. Work in relaxing balm before drying for smoother, straighter hair. We like: PHYTO Phytodéfrisant Botanical Hair-Relaxing Balm
2. Backcomb your dry hair to create a slight pouf. Start braids above each ear; tuck them under each other and secure with pins or join them in back with a ponytail holder. Flat-iron the hair below to smooth extra curls and frizz. We like: KeratinPerfect PerfectLight Infrared Smoothing Iron
3. Use a medium-hold, shiny hairspray for a healthy look that stays in place. We like: B. the Product Spray

Check out more summer dos and how-tos in our monthly Beauty on the Spot site experience.

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MA•C Cosmetics Senior Artist Louise Zizzo talks about her fave spring/summer trends as she reminisces about some of the runway looks we’ve seen so far in 2013.

One of my favorite things about this season’s makeup trends is the focus on the natural beauty of the skin. It’s apparent in practically every look I have seen—no matter how bronzed, bright or bold the makeup, the complexion itself continues to take center stage.

J. W. Anderson, Blumarine, Ruffian
These looks bring a natural light to the face. Use products like MAC Beauty Balm and Strobe Cream to highlight the high planes of the face, even out skintone and hydrate. There are no hard contours, and the brows are brushed with a touch of color to frame. The lips are neutral, dabbed with a bit of lip conditioner or natural-toned color like MAC Mineralize Rich Lipstick in Posh Tone.

Issey Miyake, Peter Som, Nicole Miller
These looks use shades inspired by nature with added metallic flashes. It’s not focused on perfection but instead has more of a blurred and diffused feel. Don’t be afraid of bold colors; apply in gentle washes using soft brushes with shades like MAC Eyeshadow in Beautiful Iris or Electric Eel. You can also add metallic touches across the eye for a clean, serene look. Keep the lips hydrated with lip conditioner.

Haider Ackerman, Aquilano. Rimondi, Missoni
Color with conviction and attitude! These looks have a futuristic strength about them that is free-spirited and avant-garde. The skin is still center stage with its purity, but there is also a strong focus on the lip. Apply bold color in shades like MAC Lipstick in Cyber, Lady Danger or Candy Yum-Yum, and then dust lips with pigment or eyeshadow in a similar shade. Translucent powder gives the lip a new edge that gloss doesn’t, so don’t be afraid to turn it up a notch!

Max Mara, Theskens’ Theory, House of Holland
You can’t have a spring/summer season without a bronzed glow look, but this season’s tan seems to have a pure, chic and effortless feel. It’s less about bronzing the entire face and more about bronzing in a modern and minimal manner. Wrap the eyes in shades of tobacco, sepia and toasted taupe like MAC Eyeshadow in Woodwinked. Hug the bone structure of the face with MAC Mineralize Skinfinish and Skinfinish Natural in warm gold and wheat shades like Give Me Sun or Gold Deposit to create a subtle treatment that looks lived-in and natural. Don’t forget a nice balmy lip to finish, in a nude or natural tone like MAC Lipstick in Myth.

Follow Louise @MAC_Louise_Z for more beauty tips, trends and insight.

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