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The sun is shining, the flowers are blooming and the days keep getting longer. Spring is definitely in the air, and that means it’s time to freshen up your look. Say good-bye to the winter blues with these six easy tips for brightening up.

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Hair: Try Lightening

We’re not just talking color here. (Although getting some subtle highlights under the part and around your face is an easy, low-maintenance way to brighten your locks.) You’ll also want to get rid of extra weight by trimming that mane. Shorter styles are in this season, and Michael Forrey of Sassoon Salon recommends an above-the-shoulder cut with some texture and movement. Sea sprays like Sebastian's Texture Maker top off the effortless, lightweight look.


Styling: Try Braids

Braids are a perfect substitute for those days when you don’t have an extra hour to curl or straighten. We’re digging the loose fishtail ponytail (Christina Aguilera just rocked this look on The Voice) and the wraparound side braid, which pairs well with the season’s low-back tops and dresses. We won’t judge if you take these ideas straight to Drybar and have someone do them for you.

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Tanner-Looking Skin: Try Monochromatic Makeup

Forget contouring with highlighter and bronzer. In SF, we like effortless beauty, and this tip is as easy as they come. For a sun-kissed glow that doesn’t look fake-orange, try using just one shade of makeup all over your face. All you need is a cream blush in a dusty pink or rose-gold shade, plus your everyday foundation. Check out our step-by-step instructions on how to achieve the look.


Nails: Try Sheer Tints

This season’s nails are all about subtlety. Ditch winter’s heavy jewel tones and drop the grays in favor of a lightweight lacquer for the warm weather ahead. Just like a lip stain, these thinner formulas add a little hint of color. We like OPI Sheer Tints color-tinted top coat.

RELATED: The 7 Trendiest Nail Colors for Spring


Eyebrows: Try Matching Your Arches to Your Face

Bold brows are still having a moment, but that’s not an excuse to let yours grow wild. Tweezing or waxing to create arches that matchyour face shape will open up your lids and make your eyes pop. Follow up by using a pencil to fill in your brows for a noticeable but natural look. The general rule is to pick a shade the color of your roots.

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Teeth: Try Whitening Naturally

Pearly whites are a no-brainer for brightening your look. But who has the time and money for those pesky whitening strips or trips to the dentist? Instead, try this easy banana peel trick. Basically, you cover your teeth with the stuff on the inside of the peel, wait a few minutes and brush like normal. The potassium, magnesium and manganese naturally lighten any enamel staining.

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