How to Wear Summer’s Top Beauty Trends to Work

Break out the summer makeup shades and beachy waves, an easy way to transition your look into the next season is via your hair and makeup. Switch up your style with summer beauty trends and don’t just save them for vacation or off hours. A little bronzer and bright lip never hurt anyone, but can certainly attract envious coworkers.

wavy hair at Anna Suit Spring 2014

wavy hair at Anna Suit Spring 2014, image: imaxtree

Wavy hair

Bring the beach-babe waves to the office with little effort. "Tie your hair up in a bun or braid it right after the shower, before bed," says stylist and salon owner Andre Richard Baldini. "Your hair will be wavy when you wake up." Remove hair tie or clip, tousle and leave for work. If the style feels too informal, use bobby pins or a jeweled clip and pin waves to one side.

Style when wet

Too hot to have your hair down? Try a sidebraid to keep hair out of your face. This style works well with wet hair, so save it for a day you're running late and without time to dry your hair.  

Stained Lips at Marissa Webb Spring 2014

Stained Lips at Marissa Webb Spring 2014, image: Imaxtree

Sheer & saturated lips

Ready for bright, summer lips? Avoid looking overdone with a pigmented shade that goes on sheer, such as Sugar Lip Treatment SPF 15 in Rose. Lips will looks flushed with color, not with product.

bronzed skin at Michael Kors Spring 2014

bronzed skin at Michael Kors Spring 2014, image: imaxtree

Sunkissed skin

There are too many amazing bronzers and self tanners out on the market for you not to look at least a little tan. Add a little faux glow to your face by placing bronzer strategically. It’s less about dousing your face in fake tan, and more about adding a little bronzer below cheekbones, on the top of the forehead and neck, then blending. Use a bronzer with shimmer or a highlighter to illuminate complexion. 

Keep it light

As for foundation, skip it and sub in BB or CC cream. It will even skin tone and offer light coverage, but is less heavy than a regular foundation. If you'd like more coverage, add a loose powder on top.

Stain those cheeks

Summer beauty about looking naturally beautiful, not too done. Powder blushes often fade quickly and require reapplying. Look for a cream blush that's also a stain for more staying power. Try the trend with Make Up For Ever's Second Skin HD Blush. It goes on nicely and gives color that lasts longer that the typical blush.

Pastel eye shadow at Badgley Mischka Spring 2014, image: imaxtree

Pastel eye shadow at Badgley Mischka Spring 2014, image: imaxtree

Soft shadows

"Cool down your makeup this summer with pastel hues. Soft lilac, peach, teal and pale green works well in the office and onto happy hour," recommends Richards. Cover lid with a light purple or pale mint shadow and pair with a natural-colored lip for work-appropriate color.

Long lashes

Long lashes always seem to be in style, now more than ever. Keep your summer makeup routine super simple by opting for lash extensions. Extensions last two-four weeks and enable you to walk out of the door sans mascara. "It definitely puts the focus on your eyes and with lush, sexy lashes, all you need is a great BB cream and gloss," says makeup artist B. Wilson.

copper liner at Genny Spring 2014,

copper liner at Genny Spring 2014, image: imaxtree

Eye-catching liner

Let eyeliner do wonders for your look. A swipe of metallic liner looks great with a tan, is easy to apply, and stands out enough that you can go light on the rest of your makeup. Try Lorac 3D Lustre Liner in copper.

Nail it

Depending on where you work will determine just how trendy you can take your polish choice. Look for peachy pinks like Essie’s Tart Deco for a pop of color that’s not too shocking. Feeling a little more daring? Go for a bright blue or turquoise, and if you’re feeling artistic, add white polka dots using pointed Q tips. Now your nails are officially an accessory.