Spring Makeup Trends

Article by Makeup Artist Brynn Thomas.

It’s official: Spring Has (finally!) Sprung!! I’ve been switching out my sweaters for sun dresses and fleece-lined leggings for cut-off shorts and absolutely loving it. One of the best parts about spring, other than the perfect weather and blooming tulips, is Spring Fashion Week! It always brings us plenty of gorgeous new makeup, hair, and nail trends, not to mention all the fall fashion to come. I’ve picked three of my favorite fresh-from-the-runway Spring Makeup Trends to share with you today. And the good news is, they’re totally wearable and gorgeous on everyone!

First off, Dewy/Glowing Faces.

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Our skin has survived the dry, dull winter months. It deserves to be recognized! So many of this season’s runway shows featured models that appeared to be bare-faced and naturally glowing. And while we know that most of those models are simply genetically blessed, they absolutely had help to achieve that look. Start by applying a moisturizer with SPF 20 (always!), and follow it with your tinted moisturizer of choice. I’m really loving Stila Illuminating Tinted Moisturizer at the moment. Other favorites include Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer and Nars Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer. If you feel like you need a little extra coverage, use an extra creamy concealer (my current go-to is Maybelline Fit-Me Concealer). Next, use your fingers to add a cream highlighter down the bridge of your nose, on your Cupid’s bow, to the top of your cheekbones, and along your brow bones. The trick to adding highlighter is to use the smallest amount possible, and generously blend it in. It should barely even be visible, but it will catch the light in all the right places and make you look perfectly dewy. I’m absolutely loving Watt’s Up by Benefit; it’s super creamy and its subtle champagne shimmer looks great on every skin tone.  Finish by grooming your brows with a disposable mascara wand, and adding a light coat of mascara (Maybelline Full and Soft is perfect for this look). Blend a soft pink cream blush, or even a tinted lip balm, onto your cheeks and lips for a healthy glow (try Stila Convertible Color in Peony or Baby Lips by Maybelline in Very Berry).

Next up, Radiant Orchid.


Pantone named Radiant Orchid as its color of the year and I couldn’t be happier about it! This color is a makeup artist’s dream; it can be used in its original vibrant state for a bold look, or softened into a light lavender for a daytime look. My favorite way to wear it is on my lips, but don’t be scared to rock it in eyeshadow form! Go bold with Maybelline Elixir in Vision in Violet (pictured), and use your finger to blend the color into a lip stain if you want a softer version. I also can’t get enough of Mac Heroine, Revlon Berry Haute, and Buxom Full Cream Gloss in Purple Haze. All of these shades have blue undertones so they make your teeth look pearly white, and they work for every skin tone and hair color!

And last, but certainly not least, The Orange Lip.


I know that to a lot of people orange lipstick sounds down right ridiculous, but hear me out. This Spring’s oranges are vibrant and blue-based, making them much more chic than clownish. Orange is the new red! (Just kidding, red lips are timeless). But orange is a great way to emulate red lips while looking a little more playful and fresh. My favorite orange lipstick is not for the faint at heart, but is one of those colors that gets multiple compliments with each wear and is absolutely on-trend. NYX Matte Lipstick in Indie Flick (pictured) has a permanent spot in my makeup bag this spring and summer, and Nars Heat Wave is also a great option for those of you who prefer a more red-based orange. Maybelline Elixir in Breathtaking Apricot is a super vibrant gloss, and Revlon Colorburst Lip Butter in Juicy Papaya is a gorgeous peach shade that is a subtle but still gorgeous version of the orange lip trend.

What other spring makeup trends are you loving this year? Let us know in the comments!

Photographer: Carly Whetten.

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