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Best Spring Beauty Tips And Trends From A Chicago Beauty Guru

February 19, 2013 7:00 AM

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By Angela Hazen

Spring is a great time for a fresh start, and for some, a time to refresh their beauty routine. While many are simply guessing what to look for in the makeup and skincare aisles, try taking some advice from the experts. So, what will beauty aficionados be using this season to treat thier skin? Chicago-area runway and print model Autumn Broviak offers some of her fashion-forward tips on being beautiful this spring in the Windy City and beyond.

(Credit: Autumn Broviak)

(Credit: Autumn Broviak)

What are some of your favorite products to use for spring skincare?

One of my favorite products to use for spring skincare is witch-hazel. I use it as a toner for my face. My skin is very sensitive and dries out very easily, especially during the winter. So by the time spring comes around, my face does not want anything that will be too harsh or leave my skin burning. Witch-hazel is a great toner. It cleans and refreshes my pores without drying out my skin. Another product I like to use after witch-hazel is Clean & Clear Finishes Pore Perfecting Moisturizer. It’s a great light moisturizer that softens the look of my pores. It even has SPF 15 so my skin will have protection from the spring sun.

What are your favorite upcoming spring beauty trends?

An upcoming beauty trend that I’m excited about is the return of crimped hair. I used to crimp my hair a lot when I was little and I’m excited to see that the trend is returning! I usually straighten my hair but it’s definitely fun to change it up a bit. I’m also very excited for the new trend of nude nail polish. I love to do my nails, but as a working model, wearing bright-colored nail polish is not really recommended. With the new trend of nude nail polish, I will still be able to polish my nails and have a subtle, natural look.

Are there any new beauty products that you will look forward to trying this season?

For the past few months, I have tried Maybelline Baby Lips. I have very sensitive lips and it’s hard for me to find a lip balm that doesn’t dry my lips out more or make them peel. I have found this product works great for me and keeps my lips soft and smooth. So a new beauty product I’m looking forward to trying this season is the Maybelline Baby Lips Limited Edition. They now have darker shades so instead of using a lipstick that will dry out my lips, I can replace it with Baby Lips and my lips will stay soft and smooth.

(Credit: Thinkstock)

(Credit: Thinkstock)

What are your favorite classic beauty looks that you’ll keep using?

My favorite beauty classic that I will continue to use is the smokey eye. I feel it is very simple to apply and it’s fairly easy to change up. If you need a day look, keep the shadow lighter. If you need a night look, darken it a little with eyeliner. It’s simple and natural.

Do you have any model-quality beauty secrets to share?

A model beauty secret I have was actually told to me by one of my make-up artists that I worked with. My lips were flaking because of the lipstick and she told me to exfoliate my lips with a mixture of lotion and sugar. After combining the two, massage it into your lips for about a minute and rinse. It removes any excess skin on the lips and leaves them soft and smooth.

Angela Hazen lives in Oak Park, IL. She has worked as a model in Chicago and studied broadcast journalism at Columbia College Chicago. She has traveled to Europe on several occasions, and keeps her readers up to date with local and international style, shopping, fashion and beauty trends. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.

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