5 Makeup Trends to Try This Spring
Spring is here! Flowers are starting to bloom, and warmer temps are slowly creeping in. You've probably already started swapping out your wardrobe and spring cleaning whatever else could benefit from pruning or tidying up this season. While popular retailers and creators are discussing the hottest picks for this spring, I’m here to focus on the latest spring makeup trends so you can serve face.
There are many opinions and suggestions out there, but here are 5 makeup trends worth trying this spring and some product recommendations* for each.
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Let’s get it!
“No Makeup” Makeup
This trend is about using a minimalist approach to accentuate your beautiful, natural face. As the cliche saying goes - less is more. The full, contoured beat and super-bold lashes are starting to take a back seat to the more fresh-faced, everyday look this season. The “no makeup” makeup look means using minimal and/or lighter coverage foundation or even a tinted moisturizer, lightweight concealers for blemishes, illuminating primers, mascara, and a lip tint to cap it off. The assignment is to look effortlessly fabulous using minimal time.
One important thing to note about this trend is that in order to pull this off, having a proper skincare routine is major key. Clean, smooth, and hydrated skin helps prevent makeup from looking too cakey and unnatural (oh, exfoliate folks!). It’s best to choose a foundation that matches your skin complexion and then a concealer that is a shade lighter than your foundation.
Products to try under $50:
Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer Oil Free SPF 20
NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer SPF 30
The Lip Bar Just a Tint 3-in-1 Tinted Skin Conditioner SPF 11
NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer
Supergoop! Unseen Sunscreen SPF 40
Black Girl Sunscreen Make It Matte Sunscreen SPF 45
Morphe Continuous Setting Mist
L.A. Girl HD Pro Concealer
The 90’s Lip
This might be my favorite makeup trend picking up steam, given it’s a blast from the past. Don't you just love when things come back in style? *Alexa - Play Kissin' You by Total*. The great thing about this coming back is the evolution of it. Lip liner not only helps add definition to your lips but there are all sorts of techniques around smudging it out to help make them look fuller or to create a spicy ombre effect. It also pairs well with both neutral and bold base colors. All you have to do is blend a little, add some lip gloss, and boom!
Products to try under $40:
Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheat Lip Liner
ONE/SIZE Lip Snatcher Waterproof Precision Lip Liner
PAT McGRATH LABS Permagel Ultra Lip Pencil
The Lip Bar Vegan Matte Liquid Lipstick
PAT McGRATH LABS MatteTrance™ Lipstick
NYX Smooth Whip Blurring Matte Lip Cream
Soft, Fluffy, and Full Brows
Some are saying goodbye to the super-sharp and precise eyebrow look for the more natural, soft, and fluffy full-brow trend. The way my eyebrows are set up, this is not really my jam. However, I have seen some people pull this off and look great! If you're a DIY'er, you can achieve this by first brushing your brows upwards using eyebrow gel or wax to get to your desired shape. Then, use a precision tip eyebrow pencil to draw on hair-like strokes in quick flicks to fill in the areas that need it. And voila! You’ve just enhanced the beauty of your natural brows. This look can also be achieved by brow lamination (kind of like a perm for your eye brows).
Products to try under $30:
Anastasia Beverly Hills Strong Hold Clear Brow Gel
Anastasia DIPBROW Waterproof, Smudge Proof Pomade
NYX PROFESSIONAL MAKEUP Control Freak Eyebrow Gel
Benefits Cosmetics Gimme Brow + Tinted Volumizing Eyebrow Gel
Blush is Back
Over the last year or so, blush has started to make a comeback. For people like me, it never really left. I legit held on to my Fashion Fair - Pearly Paprika blush for as long as I could (it was discontinued - womp womp). It was truly, IMO, the perfect black girl blush *sighs in longing*. Anyway, vibrant and rosy cheekbones are getting their time in the sun. However, people are now opting for more of the creamy blush sticks over the powder compacts that were hot in years past. These allow you to get that sheer wash of color that's both blendable and buildable. You can use it high on the cheekbone area (the OG way) or underneath it for a more sculpted look.
Products to try under $35:
Juvia's Place Blushed Duo
Pixi On-the-Glow Blush
e.l.f. Cosmetics Putty Blush
Anastasia Stick Cream Blush
Springtime is the perfect season to start playing with pops of color, and your eyelids are fair game. Of course, you can never go wrong with the tried and true classic, black cat eye look, but now’s the time to make room for some color to up your makeup game. Many celebs have provided inspiration for how to rock vibrant strokes of color that highlight your eye color and/or skintone (think Yara Shahidi, Doja Cat and Addison Rae). From cat-eye flicks to geometric shapes, having a little fun with your eyes is totally in season.