Five Spring Beauty Trends to Try Right Now
I feel like I’ve been counting down the days till spring since fall! — but now that the cherry blossoms are blooming here again in Northern California, it looks like my long wait is coming to an end.
I love spring…and not just because of the longer days, pretty flowers and warmer weather. I also love that it gives me a great excuse to clean out my makeup bag, and stock it with the latest spring trends.
The beauty world is abuzz this time of year, and here are five spring trends to try right now.
1. Be bold, brows!
That’s MAC Fluidline Brow Gelcreme in Deep Dark Brunette ($16) on my brows…
Bold, ’90s-style brows busted moves on several spring 2013 catwalks this year, and I must say, they’re bringing back memories! The part of me that longed for Cindy Crawford’s eyebrows, circa 1993, is intrigued.
Create full, lush brow looks with products like MAC’s new Brow Duos ($27.50 each).
I love these things… Each one comes with a lighter and darker color that you can mix and match to create your very own tailor-made shade.
Or, if it’s dramatic brows you crave, make a statement with a MAC Fluidline Brow Gelcreme ($16 each). Give depth to your brows with these intense colors that somehow, despite the amount of pigment they contain, don’t look fake, or like they’ve just been drawn.
And even though it isn’t technically a new spring product (because it launched last fall), Make Up For Ever’s $20 Aqua Brow is still worth a look.
I love it. Waterproof and long lasting.
2. Just the highlights, please
Here I’m wearing Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Luminous Light all over my face…
Also trending up: shimmery powders designed to be worn as setting powders all over the face. I’ve spotted ‘em on a few counters so far this spring.
Truth be told, I was a little worried about this one at first… I wasn’t too keen on the idea of strutting down the aisles at Trader Joe’s with gobs of glitter on my forehead and cheeks (disco ball says what?), but these powders are different. They aren’t your average, run-of-the-mill highlighters. In most cases, the shimmer they contain has been dialed way down to a subtle sheen, so they shine, but not like spotlights.
I’m really glad I gave this trend a try, because it’s been a great, easy way to take looks from tired to perky.
Lately I’ve been loving Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Luminous Light ($45). It gives my skin a soft focus glow and hasn’t caused breakouts.
For more of the same/similar all-over brightening effect, you might also try these other powders: Guerlain Meteorites Perles du Paradis Illuminating Sparkling Powder ($70), Bobbi Brown Brightening Finishing Powder in Porcelain Pearl ($50) and Too Faced Sweetheart Beads Radiant Glow Face Powder ($32).
Clockwise from the circular pan in the lower left: Too Faced Sweetheart Beads Radiant Glow Face Powder, Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Luminous Light, Guerlain Meteorites Perles du Paradis Illuminating Sparkling Powder and Bobbi Brown Brightening Finishing Powder in Porcelain Pearl
3. Eye see blue and green
Blue and green eye shadows also sashayed down quite a few spring runways this year, and even though bright shadows can be intimidating, I know, there are ways to make brights a little easier.
If colorful eye makeup is new to you, try something like the pic above, wearing a blue or green you like along your upper lash lines in a cat eye liner shape. It’s easy, not too out there, and pairs perfectly with spring pink, peach or coral lipsticks and blushes.
And you can always test the waters first with a budget-friendly option, like the $6 NYX Love in Rio Eye Shadow Palette in Caipirinhas on the Beach, which I’m wearing here.
Then, you could splurge on something splurge-worthy, like Make Up For Ever’s new Make Up For Ever Technicolor Palette ($45), which includes a handful of helpful neutrals (and more) to go with its bright blue and green.
Make Up For Ever Technicolor Palette on the left and NYX Love in Rio Eye Shadow Palette in Caipirinhas on the Beach on the right
4. What a super bright idea
Dear dark circles… I’m leaving you.
Sorry, it’s been real!
This spring, under-eye areas have been a little brighter than normal (one or two shades lighter than you would normally go). A bevy of brands launched products to conceal dark circles and brighten the area under your eyes, and I’ve used a few of them to look less like a zombie and more like a well-rested gal.
Benefit’s $24 Fakeup Crease-Control Hydrating Concealer steers clear of my fine lines, and it’s currently a favorite of mine.
I also really love the new NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer ($28) for days when I need extra coverage.
If you’re just looking for a little help with brightening, one of Bobbi Brown’s sheer Tinted Eye Brighteners ($30) should do the trick.
5. Red-dy or not, here comes spring
Red lips in springtime? Well, we usually see more of them in the fall, but heck, why not? Rules are meant to be broken, right? And we did see a lot of red lips at Fashion Week.
For me, red lips are consumate lazy girl accessories, and I love that. I feel like I can go easy on my eyes and cheeks when I’m wearing red on my lips. Needless to say, I’m embracing this trend with arms wide open, and we have a lot to choose from this spring, at both drug and department stores.
If you’re willing to spend a little more, NARS Satin Lip Pencil in Hyde Park ($25) makes red lips extra easy by combining a lip liner and lipstick into a convenient crayon.
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,