In fact, high-end stores are one of the most inspirational places to look each season for beauty's newest trends, which are often determined by new product debuts from brands like NARS, Bobbi Brown and the grandest dame of all -- Chanel.
But never a step behind, the drugstore crew is just as quick to launch their own budget-friendly versions of the top trends, making modern beauty accessible to all.
StyleList asked Barneys New York Resident Artist Jason Ascher for the hottest trends debuting at the luxury retailer's beauty department. The makeup artist says that where ever you purchase your beauty, the key is to make sure the look is tailored to you.
In other words, wear the trend -- don't let the trend wear you.
"The women I see want to look polished, fresh and current, and be able to achieve that look at home, but also to be directed to the products best suited to them, without being beholden to a particular brand," says Ascher.
So whether you decide to splurge on a pretty new indulgence at the department store or stroll the drugstore aisles for the perfect find, we've got the top trends and recommendations covered below.
Citrus Nail Polish
It seems the orange lipstick trend from New York Fashion Week's Spring 2011 shows have drizzled down to the digits. The refreshing pop of color looks best on a tidy and short nail length, with a super shine topcoat to finish.
Department Store: Deborah Lippmann Nail Polish in Girls Just Want To Have Fun. The vintage hue tends towards an elegant coral that is reminiscent of old Hollywood glamour. ($16)
Drugstore: Sonia Kashuk Nail Polish in Tutti Fruitti. The Target diva's take on the shade splashes melon for a young and hip vibe. We treated ourselves to a fun first-of-the-season pedi in the shade. ($4.99)
"This spring, it's all about lips, lips, lips! The lip is bold and pronounced," says Ascher. If you're afraid of looking like Bozo the Clown, just remember this one simple rule: keep the rest of the face neutral, only defining lashes with mascara. A neutral face will make your fierce lip stand out in a dramatic yet sexy way.
Department Store: NARS Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil in New Lover. Pare down your lip routine with an all-in-one jumbo pencil that coats lips in Vitamin E-infused pigment. We love the sophistication of this new coral-red shade. ($24)
Drugstore: CoverGirl Queen Collection Lip Color. Hallelujah! It's bold lipstick that stays true to hue on women of color, too. Stand-out shades? We're loving the cherry red glint of Paint The Town, and the bubblegum pink of Berry Bling. ($7).
Instead of reaching for liquid and powder foundations as the weather heats up, more women go for the concealer dab-and-go, and brands have anticipated the fervor with creamy concealer launches. If that feels too heavy for you, Ascher says you may be able to get away with applying a tinted foundation, using his fuller coverage technique. "The best way to apply tinted moisturizer is to do so with a concealer brush. The larger the brush, the more area you cover, and the less you have to worry about uneven color or paint stripes on your skin."
Department Store: Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer. Brown's concealer returns in a reinvented formula that is blended with skin conditioners for emollient coverage that lasts all day. ($22)
Drugstore: Maybelline Fit Me Concealer. This dewy concealer is free of oils and waxes, so that skin is able to breathe through coverage. A sponge-tip applicator conquers zits, dark circles and inner eye crevices with ease. ($4)
If you're not crazy about following trends but still want to freshen up your makeup look for spring, upgrading your blush alone is a simple way to transition your entire look. Go for a warmer, peachier hue applied to the apples of the cheeks to rev up your complexion and bring the focus to your eyes.
Department Store: Chantecaille Cheek Refill in Emotion. Containing an anti-aging blend of Vitamins A and E, this matte-finish blush is an especially enlivening choice for mature skin. ($21)
Drugstore: Milani Baked Blush in Luminoso. Baked on Italian terracotta tiles, this swirl of peach pigment contains the sheerest touch of shimmer. Blend from your cheekbones to your temples, with a light touch on your forehead for all-over glow. ($7.99)
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