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Spring’s most unique style trends

Wish you had the scoop on the most modern innovations and wackiest “I can’t believe they make that” products? From shapewear that’s meant to be seen to cravings that can be curbed with just one whiff, I’ll fill you in on the items everyone is sure to be buzzing about. Here's a roundup of unusual and interesting ideas and products:

Jeggings
Keeping the comfort couture craze alive, lazy-gal fashion continues. I talked about the Unilazy, but now brands are finding a way to fuse some style into their low-key attire. PajamaJeans are literally sweat pants masquerading as denim. The loungewear is making many women happy thanks to its attempt at sleek styling ($39.95; pajamajeans.com). And even celebrities want to be comfortable! A new breed of “jeggings” — a combo of jeans and leggings — has taken over Hollywood. Brands like JOEs ($89; joesjeans.com), Hue ($28-$34; bloomingdales.com) and Hudson ($154-$165; piperlime.com) have all come out with chic skinny jeans that have the soft, hugging feel of a legging. The Twiggy jegging from James Jeans is even a favorite of stars like Charlize Theron, Halle Berry and Joy Bryant ($114-$158; shopbop.com). 

Power rings
Stars are adorning their hands in armorlike accents with a slew of full-fingered rings. Vanessa Hudgens and Kim Kardashian wear Soixante Neuf’s Hammered Rings ($132-$305, Singer22.com), while Madonna, Victoria Beckham, Mary-Kate Olsen, Heidi Klum and Rihanna have all slipped on Loree Rodkin’s Bondage Ring. And as Avon’s global ambassador, Reese Witherspoon is asking women to put a different kind of ring on it. The star unveiled Avon’s new empowerment ring on March 10 — the latest piece of jewelry in the brand’s fundraising initiative against domestic violence. The infinity ring symbolizes women’s infinite possibilities, and 100 percent of net profits go to the Avon Foundation to end violence against women ($5; avon.com).

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    From Leighton Meester to Sandra Bullock, see how Hollywood stars interpret this season's best makeup ideas.

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    The inspiration: Mauve lipstick at Michael Kors

    Do it yourself: Makeup artist Dick Page gave the models "pale, pearly" lips with Shiseido Perfect Rouge Tender Sheer Lip Color in Pout, a subtle rose shade, and added a touch of white highlighting powder to the center of the bottom lip. To avoid looking washed out in this pale hue, be sure there's another makeup element on your face – either a heavy-ish eye or a burst of color on the cheek will do the trick.

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    The inspiration: Orange red lips at Giambattista Valli

    Do it yourself: Makeup artist Lisa Butler updated the classic red lip by choosing a shade with a hefty dose of orange, which she applied with a soft brush. You can prevent the color from looking clownish by applying a dab of lipstick or gloss to the center of your lips, then blending outward with your fingers.

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    The inspiration: Mushroom nails at Yigal Azrouel

    Do it yourself: Models wore a custom "Azrou‘lian" shade on the runway created by manicurists from Haven Spa. You can get a similar neutral, slightly rock 'n' roll look with OPI's You Don't Know Jacques!, which is smooth and richly pigmented.

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    The inspiration: Jewel-toned eyes at Derek Lam

    Do it yourself: Designer Derek Lam handed makeup artist Tom Pecheux a Helmut Newton photograph to inspire this powerful look. In response, Pecheux layered purple shadow along the lid, nectarine along the brow bone, seafoam below the bottom lashes and turquoise on the inner corners. At home, play with shades within the same color family, like blue and green or pink and purple.

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    The inspiration: Shapely eye shadow at Giorgio Armani

    Do it yourself: Makeup artist Linda Cantello was inspired by old black-and-white photographs when she created this graphic look. Rather than thinking of color, think in terms of shape. Following the line of your brow bone, trace a half-moon shape with dark shadow then fill in with a slightly lighter hue. And keep in mind--the look is prettiest when the outermost edge of your shadow lines up with the tail of your brow.

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    The inspiration: Healthy, glowy skin at Calvin Klein

    Do it yourself: CoverGirl makeup artist Pat McGrath used a trio of products to give the models' skin a dewy luminescence: CoverGirl Clean Liquid Makeup, CoverGirl & Olay Simply Ageless Corrector and a layer of CoverGirl TruBlend MicroMinerals Finishing Veil in Translucent. At home, blend in a generous dollop of moisturizer, then follow with translucent powder instead of traditional foundation. You'll get adequate coverage without the matte chalkiness.

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    The inspiration: Intense false lashes at Yves Saint Laurent

    Do it yourself: Makeup artist Tom Pecheux swept a mix of black pencil and powder along the top lids, then added trimmed-down false lashes to the bottom lids only. Add a few clusters of individual lashes to your bottom lashline for a punky, sexy effect − and remember, you may need to cut them a touch so they're not clunky or oversized.

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    The inspiration: Bright pink lips at Marc by Marc Jacobs

    Do it yourself: Shiseido makeup artist Dick Page was inspired by the bright pops of color in the designer's spring collection, so he kept the face clean and the lips bold. Page prepped the mouth with Aquaphor, applied Shiseido Perfect Rouge Lipstick in Fuschia and used this trick to keep the shade from being too severe: Tone it down by patting on a matching blush and a wash of translucent powder.

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No-chip nailsLots of ladies are pinching pennies these days, and little luxuries like mani-pedis are being pushed aside. However, salons want to give you more bang for your buck with the promise of long-lasting color. Both Creative Nail Design’s Shellac and OPI’s Axxium are professional solutions that claim their colored gel will keep your digits covered flawlessly for 14 days. What beauty buff wouldn’t love this time- and money-saving innovation? (Both available at select salons nationwide. Prices vary.)

Boobs newsFrom La Decollete’s anti-wrinkle bra to the Milkshake bra, which contains milk proteins to hydrate the skin, a number of new innovations in the bra category are bound to wow women next time they’re shopping for lingerie (decollette.eu/shop/home.php). Over the past few years memory foam has been used to contour and expand to your body, and Natori’s reflex underwire bra is a best-seller in that category ($52; barenecessities.com). 

And the latest bandeau bras are a great solution for both big- and small-chested women. Larger-busted girls will like Lunaire’s Mayfair bra and Cosabella’s Thea bra because they cover your cleavage, while the cups prevent uni-boob, and those with A and B cups will be happy that they won’t be flattened out ($38; barenecessities.com). And finally, there’s even a bra for your backside! Bubbles Bodywear has a wide selection of “booty boosting” lingerie that will push up your derriere ($17-$72; lovemybubbles.com).

Colorful supportInstead of hiding it, shapewear brands are encouraging women to flaunt their figure-fixing lingerie! Both DKNY’s colored Smoothies ($15; Nordstrom.com) and Spanx’s Skinny Britches ($32-$42; spanx.com) are meant to peek through the bottoms of short shorts, skirts and dresses. I bet you never thought you’d see the day when control-top panties would be for show! So now you can see London, France and my underpants!

Power tools for beauty buffsA bunch of high-tech tools are popping up for glamour girls to be DIY dermatologists and makeup artists. From the zit-zapping Zeno Hot Spot ($40; myzeno.com) and Bliss’s Pore-fector device ($185; blissworld.com) to a hair-growth breakthrough with the HairMax LaserComb ($495; hairmax.com) and at-home laser hair removal from the Tria Laser Hair Removal System ($595; triabeauty.com), price-conscious consumers may never have reason to visit the skin doctor again! Plus, the Temptu makeup system was designed to be easy enough to use every day — taking away the need to have your makeup professionally applied for special occasions ($225; sephora.com). 

Indulgent inhalersWhether you want coffee or chocolate, a new product from Paris will curb your craving in just one puff. Le Whif packs intense flavor into an inhalerlike object. Just breathe in and behold — you can taste your favorite vice without any regrets! While the product is brand-new to the U.S., Dylan’s Candy Bar is getting in a big shipment next week and you can already pre-order packages through the Web site ($3-$8; dylanscandybar.com).

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