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The ultrafemme look: prim, proper - and dramatic

Yes, this season's top beauty looks skew ladylike, but that doesn't mean you have to downplay the intensity

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SWEPT AWAY Want to approximate the airy updos seen at the Diane von Furstenberg show? Start by applying a volumizing mousse to damp hair before roughly blow-drying to add volume. Back-comb all over, then create a loose twist at the center-back of your head and secure with bobby pins.

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JUST WING IT To achieve spring’s exaggerated cat eye, makeup artist Susana Hong (who created the looks on these pages) suggests tracing your lash line with a stiff eyeliner brush dipped in a cream-based formula. Aiming for the outer edge of your eyebrow, create a small flick at the end.

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FRINGE BENEFITS Trim the lash strip to fit. Line your eyes, top and bottom, with black eyeliner. Apply lash glue, letting it dry for a few minutes before placing it at the root of your lashes with tweezers. To amplify the look, layer on single lashes to the outer corners.

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SWEET CHEEKS Get a flattering flush with a peachy-pink blush, the shade of choice at Ralph Lauren and Preen this season. Using a fluffy blush brush, apply the powder directly to the apples of your cheeks, then swirl the brush in a circular motion upward and outward toward your hairline.

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HAUTE LIPS Makeup artist Charlotte Tilbury created this sensual orchid-inspired lip for Prabal Gurung’s spring show. To get the look, Hong suggests applying a fuchsia lipstick first, then, with your finger, dabbing on a darker plum shade to just the inner portion of your lips.

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