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Ask the experts: Bold colors for spring

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I love the brightly colored pants out there for spring, but my hips and thighs are my "problem areas." What can I do? - Samantha, 28, Hell's Kitchen
Designer Tracy Reese says that not every trend is meant for every body type. I "share the same 'problem areas,'" she said. An alternative: Embrace bold color but in a different silhouette. "For me, the best way to translate this trend is a dress with a cinched waist and full skirt in a cheerful, vibrant color," Reese said.

I was thrilled to see bright makeup on spring runways. How can I incorporate that into my daily beauty routine? - Laurel, 29,  Greenpoint
"Beauty during Fashion Week is the same as the clothing — it has to be fantastical to make a show, but one needs to modify to make it work in the day to day life,” said Gucci Westman, Revlon Global Artistic Director. “So for the bright green trend, find a more subtle version of the emerald green, almost pastel, or if it's a bright orange eye shadow look for more of a rust metallic shade, just be sure it suits your skin tone. This way you can build the intensity of the shade as you feel comfortable."

I'm thinking about cutting my thick, wavy, chest-length hair for spring, yet I don't have a ton of time to style it. What should I ask the stylist for? - Rachel, 28
If you have thick hair, you want to make sure you remove the maximum amount of weight from the inside, so you have texture without the bulk, said Fabrice Gili, creative director of Frederic Fekkai SoHo. 

"Request layers on the edges ... You want to make sure your color emphasizes the top of the head and creates contrast. A good example is Anne Hathaway."

I'm a light brunette who wants a spring color change. What are some low-maintenance options? - Stella, 27, SoHo
"A beautiful sun-kissed blonde like Blake Lively is a low-maintenance, beachy look for warmer weather," said Amy Huson of the Marie Robinson salon. "The Balayage technique, used to get her color combination, allows the wearer to grow it out while still maintaining a natural look. Mila Kunis also has an amazing look — a natural chocolate base with subtle sun-kissed highlights."

What are the hottest nail trends? - Name Withheld
"Bright colors that pop are huge for spring and summer," said RGB founder Gina Carney. "Also, soft nudes are the perfect pedicure colors for the warmer months — they're clean, fresh colors that go with anything. I also really like flesh tones on the nails, as they elongate the hands similar to how nude pumps help to elongate the legs."

I'm a big guy ... What can I do to lean myself out without looking like a stuffed turkey? - Anthony, 35, Williamsburg
Looking slimmer is all about elongation and clothes that fit the body well, said designer Billy Reid. Try a jacket that's on the short side, which will elongate the body, over a shirt with a "lower collar, like a crewneck ... which can make your neck look longer." You can also choose a slim-cut pair of pants.

I just turned 30 and have relatively dry skin that's otherwise in OK shape. I can't find a natural-looking foundation that sinks into my skin and gives me that "J-Lo" glow. Suggestions? - Name Withheld
When it comes to foundation, gals should look for varieties that include skin-soothing ingredients such as minerals, said Charu Suri, editor in chief of BeautyStat.com. "MAC Studio Fix Fluid Foundation ... not only conceals imperfections and evens out skin tone, but really gives you excellent hydration and an almost dewy look," said Suri. "Another good natural brand is Fresh."

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