By Amy Sciaretto

Former Marie Claire beauty maven Ning Chao, now serving as beauty director at Beautylish, is full of tips, tricks and techniques, so we had to pick her beautiful brain. She checked in with Beauty News NYC at the end of Fashion Week to share her top three trends now that Spring has sprung and you need and want ideas for your warm weather looks as they start to bloom!

Bright Lip: Don’t fear the bright hues on the shelves and runways and don’t worry about red! Chao said, “Bright lipstick or gloss is an easy to update any makeup routine for spring. The best part is that it’s not just about red lips, so you can experiment with pinks, oranges, and purples too.

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Slicked back hair: Natalie Portman’s Oscar win for Black Swan is inspiring beauty trends, and it makes sense for summer, since no one wants hair sticking to the backs of their nicks. “A big trend on the runway, sleek textures dress up ponytails and Black Swan ballerina buns this season. A polishing cream or gel transforms an everyday ponytail into a sophisticated style,” Chaos said.

Pastel smoky eyes: You can still smoke out your eyes with light colors and now is the time to try it! “Whether it’s soft grays or pale pinks and lilacs, pastel smoky eyes are less intimidating than darker shades and very feminine and flattering,” Chao said.

Originally published April 2011
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