I’ve always had dry skin, even as a teenager, and it’s only getting drier as I get older. When you combine that with a particularly long and brutal winter this year, my normal skincare regimen simply wasn’t making a dent in my forehead flakies.


Even for a person who wears as much black as I do, it’s hard to resist the bright manicures and pedicures that warm weather suddenly makes appropriate. If you’re plotting a Friday night of self-pampering or your weekly Saturday nail appointment, we’ve assembled a literal rainbow of colors we think might provide some shade inspiration.


Every season has its own beauty challenges, and as we sweat our way into summer, you’re likely rediscovering all the frizzy hair and calloused feet that cold weather lets us forget about for a while. In an effort to help you solve your problems (which are also our problems), we did a little research and came up with five indispensable tools to help you look your best until Labor Day.


Seasonal changes are always hard on skin, and going from the dry, flaky foreheads of winter to the oily T-zones of summer via the allergy-ravaged spring has its treacherous points. Cleansers, toners and serums are great, but sometimes, you just need a good mask.

Beauty items in my Spring Bag

I have a confession: I’m not a big beauty junkie. I always say that if I had a makeup artist come to my home daily, it would be the ultimate luxury. (Throw in a hair person as well–I really need a hair person.) This means my beauty routine is rather simplistic.


If we all got to luxuriate at home all day, it would solve a lot of problems. (It would create some others, sure, but there are Vitamin D supplements for that.) Your makeup would always be fresh, your hair would never fall flat, you’d have time to re-watch the last season of Orange Is The New Black on Netflix before the new one comes out.


As the weather has steadily warmed in New York City, I’ve heard a familiar refrain from my friends: Ugh, my feet are so gross from winter. Ugh, I need to get a pedicure. New York is especially difficult on feet because of all the walking involved in living here, and the task of undoing all the winter’s snow-booted damage can seem daunting.


I like to think of myself as a smart person, usually, but we all have our moments. One of mine was on Sunday, when my friends and I got so excited about the first truly warm, sunny weekend of the season that we went to Prospect Park to people-watch (and dog-watch).


Anyone who’s ever tried to use a box clutch knows that it requires some sacrifices. Your wallet, your sunglasses, your makeup bag, your office keys–things gotta go. If you’re into storing things externally, though, Tom Ford may have a solution, at least for your lipstick.


One of the simplest and best ways to feel brighter, sunnier and renewed for spring is with a bright lip color. Or, at least, that’s what it always feels like in the beginning, when you’re picking out a new shade of lipstick in your favorite beauty department.

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