Spring is upon us, people. To be honest, spring is my least favorite season because my allergies are out of control. I used to have leave elementary school early because my eyes would get so irritated. Eye drops, Claritin-D and Flonase are all must-haves for me in the spring. But this post is about spring beauty must-haves.
Each season brings along new beauty trends, and I’ve rounded up some of my favorites for Spring 2017. I know a lot of the makeup seen on the runway can be intimidating, but I’ve chosen a few trends that I think can easily be translated “in the real world”. I’ve also included high-end and affordable product suggestions for each trend, so you can look amazing on any budget.
1. TWO-TONED LIPSTICK
I know, I know. Two different-colored lips sounds weird. But it doesn’t look weird – see for yourself. It all depends on the colors you choose. Makeup artist, Sammy Mourabit, created the above look using a true red on the top lip, and bright pink on the lower lip. At first glance, the difference in tones is almost unnoticeable. If you like vibrant lips, go ahead and give this trend a try – just make sure the colors you choose have the same finish. I often find myself unable to decide on a lip color, and now I don’t have to. I’d like to try a red and orange lipstick combination. FIRE.
2. SMUDGY EYELINER
I find that a sort of minimalist vibe seems to be very in at the moment. Choosing a focus – lips, eyes, cheeks, skin – and leaving everything else nearly bare (or looking bare, at least). Having one feature be the focus of a look gives off some major cool-girl vibes *cue Tove Lo song*. This is very important to me, because I’m incredibly uncool. Makeup artist, Lisa Eldridge, chose the eyes to be the focus of this look for Sonia Rykiel. I love the idea of a minimal eyeshadow look, with a simple smudged out black or navy liner. Try this trend out if you like the look of a smokey eye, but are too lazy to blend your eyeshadow for an hour.
Products to try: Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Perversion ($20.00), NYX Faux Blacks in Obsidian ($7.99)
3. BOLD POPS OF COLOR
I’m extremely guilty of staying in my comfort zone when it comes to my makeup. Nothing makes me feel more like myself than warm neutrals and a nude lip. I’m also guilty of swatching and, subsequently, buying bright, fun, vibrant eyeshadows just in case. I love this look, spotted on the Sportmax runway, featuring a bright pop of yellow on the eyes. The artist kept the rest of the makeup very minimal, making wearing such a vibrant color a little more approachable.
Products to try: Urban Decay eyeshadow in Woodstock ($19.00), Makeup Geek eyeshadow in Lemon Drop ($6.00), Wet n Wild Mega Liner in A Case of Blue (on sale for $0.99), ColourPop Super Shock Shadow in Telepathy ($5.00)
4. BLUSH MONOCHROME
I’m a big fan of monochromatic makeup looks, and nothing screams spring more than soft blush tones, amiright? Here, makeup artist Emi Kaneko used the same soft shade of pink on the cheeks, eyes and lips. Using a cream product will keep the look glowy and fresh.
5. NATURAL GLOWING SKIN
I love highlighters. I love shimmery, metallic, blinding highlighters. But this spring, dewy, natural, glossy skin is what’s up. Rather than packing on an intense powder highlighter over a shimmery cream over a luminizing primer over a…you get it, try focusing on moisturizing the skin with serums, rich creams and hydrating primers. Opt for a luminous foundation instead of an ultra-matte foundation, top cheekbones with a glossy cream highlighter, and finish with a dewy setting spray and you’re good to glow.
That’s all for now. What trends will you be trying out this season? Are there any trends you saw on the runways that you wish you could pull off but are too scared to try? Leave a comment below!
* My SD card is corrupt and isn’t being recognized by my camera or computer, which is why there has been a lack of posts and videos. A new one is supposed to arrive today so I’ll be back in action soon and you’ll have to look at my face instead of the beautiful models seen in this post. Deal with it.