7 Spring Makeup Trends
With the first day of spring under your belt, it’s time to switch up your makeup routine to match the change of seasons. Put away your dark lipsticks, heavy foundations, and thick eyeliner and trade them in for lighter washes of brighter colors on eyes, cheeks, and lips. Similarly to how the first weeks of spring are dewy and fresh, so should your skin and makeup. And when in doubt, go for natural looks that aren’t too harsh. An easy way to help makeup look more natural: apply it with your fingers. The heat of your skin warms up the makeup and helps it to melt into skin. For eyes it’s a soft wash of color across the lids or a simple swipe of gloss to let them shine. On cheeks it’s a pinch of color in a stain formula that will last all day. Color in lips ombre style for a fresh look that also makes your pout appear fuller. For a simpler switch use a mauve matte lip color in place of your typical nude. And keep skin fresh—opt for foundations that leave a hydrated, dewy finish instead of matte. But probably the most exciting makeup item in the lineup: glitter! Don’t be scared—if it’s too much to try it out in your makeup routine, swipe a fine line of glitter polish along your cuticle and pair it with a pale pink. It’s a subtle way to dip your feet (or fingers) in the water. Take a look at these trends to try in the next pages and revamp your beauty routine for the new season.
Not only is this look on trend for spring, it’s also a trick that can be used to make lips appear fuller (yes, please!). Find two complimentary lip shades (one darker than the other) and use the darker shade along the outside and the lighter shade to fill in the middle. When you’re done press lips together to blur the line and voila! Or simply try this product from Benefit which takes the guesswork out of finding the perfect color match.
To buy: Benefit Cosmetics They’re Real Double The lip Lipstick & Liner in One; $20, sephora.com.
That’s right, sparkles are no longer just reserved for your daughter’s dance recitals. On the spring runways it was used everywhere—from cheeks to eyes, and to lips—it’s more wearable than ever. Even if you save it for a night out or weekend away, have fun with it. Play it safe and apply just at the lashline, or if you’re feeling a little more adventurous, dab it on to the tops of your cheekbones so it catches the light and acts as a highlighter. Just be sure to use a formula that’s safe to apply to your face. If it gets too messy, use a piece of scotch tape to pick up the flecks that got out of place.
To buy: Stila Magnificent Metals Glitter and Glow Liquid Eye Shadow; $24, sephora.com.
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While glazed over eyes are a sign of fatigue, adding a little gloss to your eye lids can help you look wide awake. This balm from Honest is thin, not goopy—and goes on smooth, not sticky. Wear it alone for a fresh glow or apply it on top of shadow for a fresh take on your usual colors. It can also be used to hydrate cuticles or lips thanks to a blend of olive oil, beeswax, shea butter, and coconut oil. Another way we like to use it: to keep brows in place.
To buy: Honest Beauty Magic Balm; $18, honestbeauty.com.
Think “just came in from a crisp, morning run” for this soft, pinched cheeks take on blush. Best created with a liquid or cream like the Glossier Cloud Paint, simply dap a tiny amount—a little goes a long way—onto the apples of your cheeks with your finger and blend outward. These fluid formulas melt right in for a super natural and youthful finish that’s anything but dusty. Apply a little on lips as well for a monochromatic take that’s also trending for spring. Don’t want to buy another product? Just use a creamy lipstick you already have!
To buy: Glossier Cloud Paint; $18, glossier.com.
The telltale sign of being tired is dull, lackluster skin. And if it doesn’t look like you’ll be hitting the snooze button anytime soon, grab this balm stick. The dewy finish it leaves behind is so natural you’ll have everyone fooled. Apply it on the tops of cheekbones, down the bridge of your nose, on eyelids, and above eyebrows for the ultimate lit-from-within glow. Wear it alone or on top of foundation. And if you’re not doing this already, choose a base with a a light formula like a tinted moisturizer or BB cream. These allow skin to slightly shine through for a more natural—not cakey—finish.
To buy: CiatÃ© London Luminous Highlighting Balm; $26, sephora.com.
A simple, single wash of color across your lids is all you need to dress up your makeup look this spring. The look on the runways was bright (yellow, teal, or purple!) but we’ll let you choose the color you feel most comfortable wearing. Choose a creamy formula like this one from Revlon that’s easily blendable. Using your finger or a brush, swipe a stroke of color at the base of lids then blend it up and out to cover the lid until you reach the crease, while trying not to add additional product so that the color fades.
To buy: Revlon ColorStay CrÃ¨me Eye Shadow; $7, target.com.
The perfect blend of pink and nude, this neutral shade works on everyone and is super flattering. While we love it on lips (try this matte lip crayon from e.l.f.), we also love the hue on cheeks and nails. It blends in and acts as a neutral so it won’t compete with a cat eye or bold brows. Look for the word “rose” in shade names and keep in mind that it might look a little darker in the bottle or tube than it will on your skin.
To buy: e.l.f. Matte Lip Color in Tea Rose; $3, target.com.