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Six ways to to update your look for April

From statement jewels to gorgeous pastel lacquers, these in-trend picks will have you looking fresh and fabulous.
By Chatelaine
Six ways to to update your look for April

Stella McCartney Spring 2013; Photo by Imaxtree

Six ways to look smart now

Pencil in some colour

Hello, bright eyes! Unexpected hues, like this emerald green, are lining lids everywhere. Try switching out your go-to black for a colourful cat eye, or keep it simple (while still having some fun) and layer it over a sheer sweep of shimmery gold eyeshadow.

Six ways to to update your look for AprilStella McCartney Spring 2013; Photo by Imaxtree

Master on-the-go lips

Get the best of all worlds — healthy, hydrated lips and a hit of beautiful colour — with a tinted gloss or balm, no mirror required!

Rose Gloss in Red, $6, Joe Fresh. Fresh Sugar Petal Tinted Lip Treatment, $26, Sephora. Burt's Bees Lip Shine in Wink, $10. Lancôme Baume in Love Balm in Rose Macaron, $30, The Bay. Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector in Candy Shimmer, $20.

Six ways to to update your look for AprilPhoto by Roberto Caruso

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Go big with bling

Add sparkle to any spring outfit with ornate statement jewels.

Necklace, $30, H&M. Dannijo earrings, $360, Holt Renfrew.

10 more bright jewels under $100

Six ways to to update your look for AprilPhoto by Roberto Caruso

Calm a red complexion

Whatever brings it on — wind, spicy food or washing your face — tame flushed, irritated skin with one of these soothing treatments. "A refreshing cream is great for people with a mild red undertone to their complexion," says Toronto dermatologist and Chatelaine health advisor Dr. Paul Cohen. "And it can be used in conjunction with prescription acne medications for more serious rosacea."

Cool down

This antioxidant-rich gel formula (light enough for acne-prone skin) instantly calms flushed complexions and protects against further inflammation caused by triggers like weather and stress.

Rosa Sea Gel-Cream, $66, G.M. Collin.

Daily defence

This potent, light-textured lotion strengthens your skin's protective barrier and works deep down to help control the overactive blood vessels that are often the cause of flushing and discomfort.

Redness Neutralizer Lotion, $78, Skinceuticals.

Save face

A thick layer of this gentle mask, packed with healing thermal spring water, will soothe and help repair an irritated complexion by encouraging better circulation in the tiny blood vessels at the skin's surface.

Antirougeurs Calm Mask, $35, Eau Thermale Avène.

Six ways to to update your look for AprilPhoto by Roberto Caruso

Smell sweeter

Spring is in the air, and this flirty fragrance is hitting all the right notes: a blend of fruity pear and lychee with floral jasmine and warm cedar notes.

Madly Kenzo Eau de Toilette, 30mL, $52, Sephora.

Six ways to to update your look for AprilPhoto by Roberto Caruso

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Mod(ernize) your nails

Trust us, these creamy, high-shine pastel polishes make for one pretty manicure. Even better, the new, first-ever line from classic fave Crabtree & Evelyn is formaldehyde-free and fast-drying.

Crabtree & Evelyn Nail Lacquer in Wisteria, Petal Pink & Sky, $6 each, Crabtree & Evelyn.

Six ways to to update your look for AprilPhoto by Roberto Caruso

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