Get spring-ready with our 10 beauty and fashion fixes

From five minute beauty switches to silky separates, quick and romantic ways to get ready for the new season.
By Chatelaine

10 ways to look smart now

Go pink (everywhere)

What's better for spring than a pop of pink? Dab a creamy shade onto lips, cheeks and even eyes for a no-fuss look that's instantly pretty. Valentino Beauty LookValentino Spring/Summer 2013; Photo by Imaxtree

Start blushing

We're head over heels for a beautiful flushed cheek, and this new peach and pink palette has us swooning. Keep it bold with a single shade, or blend both for a more natural finish.

Lancôme in Love Blush, $52.

Lancome in Love Blush Compact, Feb 13, p34Photo by Erik Putz

Erase the years

Add these three miracle workers for your beauty routine to eliminate fine lines.

Skin plumper: This refreshing gel fights wrinkles from the inside out. Thanks to its amazing ability to boost skin's natural hyaluronic acid production, it increases your skin cells' ability to retain moisture and stay plump.

Estée Lauder Oil-Free Gel Lotion for normal/combination skin, $72.

Bright eyes: Talk about a triple threat! This rich moisturizer promises to protect skin from UV damage, stimulate new collagen production and strengthen the delicate skin around your eyes when those first fine lines appear.

Clinique Repairwear laser Focus Wrinkle Correcting Eye Cream, $55.

Complexion perfecter: Say hello to a new generation of primers that improve your complexion and hide fine lines. The smooth consistency, matte finish and light-reflecting particles will leave your skin looking flawless and natural.

L'Oréal Paris Revitalift Miracle Blur Cream, $30.

Anti-Aging Skincare Products, Feb 13, p34Photo by Erik Putz

Score some northern brights

Just in time for Valentine's Day, eBay has teamed up with Canadian-based jewellery designers Dean Davidson, Rebekah Price and Foxy Originals to bring you a limited-edition 13-piece collection of accessories, all $100 or less. We're certain it'll be love at first sight.

Rebekah Price earrings, $100,

Rebekah Price Earrings, Feb 13, p34Photo by Erik Putz

Kick up your heels

Canadian designer Philip Sparks is showing us a soleful side with his latest retro-inspired collection, which combines cute cut-outs, sexy straps and a sweet, sophisticated shape. Box step, anyone?

Shoes, $295, Philip Sparks.

Strappy heels, Feb 13, p34Photo by Erik Putz

Simplify your manicure

Got five minutes? Paint on one of these pretty all-in-one (base coat, colour and top coat) polishes for a high-shine manicure in no time. That's what we call nailing it.

CoverGirl Outlast Stay Brilliant Nail Gloss, $9.

Four bottles nail polish, Feb 13, p34Photo by Erik Putz

Blow in some body

Here's a great new fix for fine, flat hair: blow-dry spray! It adds body to each individual strand, staring from the root, so you can get the big Bardot locks you've been longing for.

John Frieda Luxurious Volume Fine to Full Blow Out Spray, $15.

John Frieda Fine To Full Styling Spray, Feb 13, p34Photo by Erik Putz

Glam up your slumber style

Calling all pin-up girls: Put away those frumpy flannels and slip into some retro-inspired sleepwear. These silky separates and negligees will have your partner whispering sweet nothings all night long.

Clockwise from top left: Negligee, $160, DIA Collections. Cami, $45, Jacob. Panties, $22, Negligee, $40, La Vie En Rose. Sleep mask, $40, DIA Collections. Fortnight bra, $100, Secrets From Your Sister.

Lingerie on hangers, slips, bra, eye mask, Feb 13, p35Photo by Roberto Caruso

Sparkle in metallics

These creamy, vivid eyeshadows are as good as gold, and here's why: The highly pigmented shades start out smooth and easy to blend yet manage to stay put all day without creasing.

Maybelline 24hr Colour Tattoo Eyeshadows, $9 each.

Metallic Eyeshadow Smears, Feb 13, p35Photo by Roberto Caruso

Wear your heart on a string

Store a snapshot of that special someone in a keepsake locket.

Lockets, $295 to $650, The Right Hand Gal.

Locket Necklace with Moon and Star, Feb 13, p35Photo by Roberto Caruso


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