A Spring-Perfect DIY Using Beauty's Bests

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If you're like us, the thought of "doing" up your face and flipping your tresses using fancy-looking products is downright daunting. Like, what the heck is keratin? (It's a protein.) Why is that lipstick flesh-colored? (Actually, it's concealer.) And, what is up with all these brush tools? (Relax, we got you.)
For this springy how-to, our expert hairstylist and makeup artist were tasked to teach us (and all you lucky readers) how to achieve a modern twist on the everyday look — a remix on the classic ponytail and a softer, sleeker take on an '80s-inspired face. And, to help us even further, we got a little massive assistance from our favorite, affordable, award-winning beauty products from the likes of Olay, Pantene, and CoverGirl — you know, the ones that have been hand-stamped by industry pros. So, if you're ready to join us and step out of your beauty box, read on for a tutorial for the perfect spring look.
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It's time to bring a new twist to your everyday vibe! In this DIY ahead, we're modernizing the classic ponytail to create a 'do indicative of knotting or roping. On the cosmetics front, we're copying the textured eyes from the spring runway shows but amplifying them with a sliver of shocking color.

Jonathan Simkhai top, Holst + Lee necklace.
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Start with an eye cream, such as Olay Professional Pro-X Eye Restoration Complex — and don't skip this step just because you don't see fine lines yet. Makeup artist Katie Mellinger suggests to start using an eye cream when you're in your 20s as a preventative measure. "You'll thank yourself later!"

Dab the cream on the orbital bone that surrounds the eye, not in the soft area right where the eye is. Pat lightly with your finger, but don't pull — the skin around the eye is very delicate!

Then, work in a moisturizer, such as Olay Total Effects Daily Moisturizer, all over the face. "Apply in an upward motion. We're fighting gravity!" says Mellinger.

Jennifer Fisher bracelets.
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Now, onto the hair! Once your hair is about 80% dry, apply a hair oil that has keratin, like Pantene Advanced Keratin Repair Keragloss Oil Mist. Hairstylist Adam Maclay says, "Keratin protects hair structure, and it'll help prevent any dryness." Three or four pumps through damp hair is enough — it's an oil so you don't want to overdo it. Then, finish blowdrying using a paddle brush.
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Once your hair is completely dry, gather it into a low ponytail at the bottom of your neck and tie it with an elastic. If you have longer hair, pull your ponytail through into a loop for a chignon effect.
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Wrap a small section of hair around the elastic for a pulled-together finish.
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Continue taking small sections of hair and wrapping them around the rest of the pony, pinning the ends to the underside so that the bobby pins are out of sight. This will give your hair a knotty look.
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Now, for the makeup. Use a concealer only where needed (under-eye bags, blemishes, around the nose, on the chin). We used industry fave CoverGirl + Olay Concealer Balm in Light/Medium, but be sure to choose a shade that matches your skin. The concealer comes as a stick but applying it with a fluffy brush will help erase any harsh lines. If you don't have a brush, dab with a finger.
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Apply an electric turquoise eyeliner like the CoverGirl Ink It! All-Day Eye Pencil in Aquamarine on your lower lid only. Mellinger says to "gently pull your eye down and apply the liner all the way across the bottom lashline." You don't want to get the liner underneath the eye but just into the thin lashline. "If you just apply it to the waterline, the color will disappear, but if you get it in the lashline, it brings the color forward more to make it more obvious," she says.
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Next, apply two to three coats of a black mascara, such as the CoverGirl LashBlast Volume Mascara in Very Black, on your upper lashes only — you don't want the mascara to deter from the aqua liner on the bottom! For your last coat, we're going to hold the mascara wand vertically and brush it back and forth until you get the spacing you want. "Clumping your lashes together brings attention to the eyes and it makes them look edgier," says Mellinger.
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Next, for easy monochromatic makeup, we're using a neutral blush for both the eyes and the cheeks. While we used the versatile CoverGirl Clean Glow Blush in Peaches here, select a color that complements your skin tone. For the eyes, Mellinger applied the darkest shade of the tricolor blush to the upper lid, blending it into the crease. "It creates a bit of definition and acts as a counterbalance to the aqua liner," she says.

Then, using a large fluffy brush to capture all three colors, lightly sweep it across your cheekbone. Apply it just below the apple of the cheek, above the contour, and blend it up to the hairline in an upward motion. This will give you a subtle definition. "It's a twist on an '80s cheek, but more modern," says Mellinger.
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Last but not least, rev up that lip color! Using the CoverGirl Lip Perfection Lipcolor in Hypnotic, apply the color directly to the lip, and smudge them together in order to blend. Then, blot the color with your finger. "The reason why you wanna blot with your finger and not a tissue is because that would matte-ify the look," says Mellinger. "You want to keep the sheen!"
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And, voilà! A complete beauty look that amps up your day-to-day without a whole lot of work. Maclay says this knotty style works best for mid- to longer-length hair and would only take 15 minutes to do. "It's a quick, get-in-get-out, get-to-the-office, day-to-night look!"
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"An aqua liner is a subtle way to bring color to the face that's not too scary. People aren't so afraid to do a bold lip, but they're afraid to do a bold eye," says Mellinger. "Why not try a different color this time? It's time to get out of your comfort zone!" To complement the teal eye, try a cool, powder-blue blouse and kick it up with these fun heels.

Sophia Webster heels.