Five Spring Beauty Trends to Try Right Now

March 13th, 2013 By  |  44 Comments   

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.

Clockwise from the left: MAC Brow Duo in Brunette, MAC Fluidline Brow Gelcreme in Deep Dark Brunette and Make Up For Ever Aqua Brow in Ash

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

On my eyes? NYX Love in Rio Eye Shadow Palette in Caipirinhas on the Beach

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

Wearing NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer in Ginger under my eyes

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.

From the left: Benefit Fakeup Crease-Control Hydrating Concealer in Medium, NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer in Ginger and Bobbi Brown Tinted Eye Brightener in Peach

5. Red-dy or not, here comes spring

That’s Milani Color Statement Lipstick in Best Red

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.

Bargain hunters, check out Milani Color Statement Lipstick in Best Red ($5.49) and Physicians Formula Sexy Glow Glossy Stain in Red ($9.95).

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.

From the left: Milani Color Statement Lipstick in Best Red, NARS Satin Lip Pencil in Hyde Park and Physicians Formula Sexy Glow Glossy Stain in Red

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,


44 Comments + Add Comment

  • That red lippy looks perfect on you! I liked this article, you reminded me to try those MAC eyebrow duos that I totally forgot about!

    • Hi ReneeP,

      Thank you! Those MAC Brow Duos are awesome. I love that you can mix and match.

      Hope you’re having a great Friday so far. :)

  • Love this! I’ve been trying all of them out. I’m always partial to bold brows and red lips. And of course to radiant undereyes, but blue and green on the eyes and glowing skin have been fun to add to my usual spring palette.

    • Thank you, Alison! Appreciate you stopping by to say hello. :) Have a great weekend!

  • Your hair looks great in this post!! Love it!

    • Hi Melly,

      Aw, thanks! I was having a good hair day. :)

      Happy Friday, and enjoy your weekend!

  • Heeey Karen, FAB post! Definitely have tried most of them, except for red lips for spring! Once the sun is back out and the temperature goes slightly up, I just get bitten by the coral bug. I should bust a red out and see how I feel one of these days though!

    • Heeeey Sunny,

      I’m totally with you when it comes to corals. What are your coral lipstick faves?

  • Can’t wait to use red lipstick and bright colors!
    But I thought you were disappointed with the makeup forever palette?

  • I’m totally craving a new handbag but I’m ballin on a budget right now and this was the perfect post to read! I’m going to go check out the Nars Lip Pencil and concealer since I need a refill of my foundation anyway. I’ve definitely noticed concealers have been EXTRA bright lately. I’m not going to be going super bright but I think mine is pretty much the same color as my foundation and I’ve always liked it a bit lighter….

  • Great post Karen, I love that you gave affordable option as well.

  • Great post here, Karen. Looking forward to more!

  • Wow! love all these great spring trends. My favorite in the bright red lips.

  • Thank you Karen! I was actually checking out the Makeup Forever Aqua Brow, but after seeing you in MAC Brow Fluidline I will have to see how this looks on me at the mac counter. Also, I’ve ben seeing the illuminating face setting powder everywhere too! I was curious about it making me look like a disco ball (What!), so thank you for clearing that up and making me feel a little better about trying one out. Awesome article Karen….Now it feels like….SPRING IS HERE YAY!

  • Loving the bold brows!

  • LOVE the bright blue liner idea. I tend to do it on my waterline/lowerlash line which seems to stand out more for me since I wear glasses (too lazy to deal with my contacts anymore!).

    I’m going to try out the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer because I need something more moisturizing these days, do you find that it creases at all?

  • Thanks for the great ideas. I love the bright shadows.

  • Thanks for the pointers!

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  • Great article! I’m loving highlighters – as long as it’s shimmer and not glitter! :)

  • Loved the strong brows very much. I have naturally thick brows, so just a few swipes of clear brows gel and I am ready for Spring ;-)

  • I love the Hourglass ambient powders as well! Love this post!

  • [...] brows are just one of the spring trends I dish about in 5 Spring Trends to Try Right Now, my latest post for Gloss Daily, the Ladies’ Home Journal beauty [...]

  • Great work, as always. Especially appreciate the heavier brows concept…been trying to convince my daughter to grow out her naturally beautiful, heavier eyebrows. Now I can just say, Hey, it’s a trend! :D

  • Hmmm where did my comment go?

  • love your ideas!!! can’t wait to be on trend this spring

  • Great Post, love the green eyeliner, it looks amazing on you and I’ll have to try it today and I’m so going to rock the red lips this spring :-)
    interesting to see another good review of the NARS Creamy Concealer, I need to test those but I’m very tempted.

    Thanks :-)

  • You’re totally selling these trends because every pic of you in this post is fab! :) I’ve definitely become a fan of MUFE Aqua Brows, so I have 1 trend down and 4 to go. HAHA!

  • Looking forward to seeing all the new products for spring! Thanks Karen!

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