The new year is always a good time to refresh your look, and this season is full of inspiring ideas. Metallic colours continue to be a hit this season: silvery grey and soft gold work with everything. Alternatively, go for bright, pretty colours that suit the feminine, dainty clothes of the season. Eve Roth Lindsay, image adviser at Savvy Style, says gypsy skirts, short shorts and baby doll dresses are out this season. Instead, go for maxi-dresses, or below-the-knee lengths. 'Floaty chiffon maxi-dresses in ombre [colour that fades from dark to light], colour blocks or strong floral are one of the biggest trends for this spring,' says Ms Lindsay. 'Asymmetrical looks, off-the-shoulder styles and boyish blazers worn with pretty, girly skirts in soft, swishy fabrics are also something to look for.' Accessories are the easiest way to update any outfit. Big bags continue to be fashionable, especially doctor-style frames and messenger bags. Also in are granny-style clutch bags and padlock clasps. Oversized necklaces, button earrings, and chunky rings and bangles complete the look. 'Ombre prints, tie dye, tribal and safari patterns, skinny belts and wedge heels are some of the must-buy items for the season. 'Patterns should be kept to arty looks such as brush strokes or fun geometrics,' says Ms Lindsay. As with fashion, the latest makeup trends focus on pastels and shimmer, with particular emphasis on blue and lilac. 'Fun, fairytale and fabulous are the key words for makeup in spring 2008,' says Kelly England, a model and skincarestory.com beauty authority. ' Take the opportunity to use deep blue eyeliner. Ditch the boring greys of last season and replace them with silver.' Instead of reaching for your usual black eyeliner, combine these hot new colours with white liner on the inside of your lower lids for an instant bright-eyed look. There are two key looks for lips this season. Try matt pale pink if you want to wear strong eye makeup, or try a youthful, 1930s-style orangey-red. And remember, if you're going bright on your lips, tone down the rest of your makeup. Eyebrows are back in style, too, this season. 'Stop those late-night pluckings, as bushy brows are back. Thin, razored brows are over, which I'm personally pleased about, as more natural-looking brows really shape the face and make eyes look better,' Ms England says. Don't forget about your nails. Forget French manicures and instead go wild with bold metallics, and even glitter. Top nail colours for 2008 include matt pink, orange, yellow and even navy blue. In line with the feminine looks for fashion and makeup, international hair stylist Louis Nguyen recommends that hair is left long and flowing. 'Long shiny straight hair with lots of layers is really in at the moment. 'Alternatively, you can go for some soft curls by using a few hot rollers,' he says. 'It's handy to keep straightening irons or some hot rollers at home. These are popular tools that can update your hair in just 15 minutes.' If you want to keep your fringe and still have a new look, Mr Nguyen recommends parting it asymmetrically. And the warm colours of the winter season continue to be hip in 2008. 'Don't hesitate to go for warm chocolate highlights. 'Those with blonde hair may think about having brighter colours such as caramel to keep the wintry feel.'