The Best of Spring’s Makeup Trends in 2018
The winter hibernation is finally over and it’s time to shed all the jackets, coats and boots, and give ourselves a spankin’ new makeover to welcome to sunny days ahead of us.
And what better way to get yourself into seasonal mood than by painting a fresh, spring-ready face?
How will you know where to start in the sea of different makeup aesthetics?
Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered!
If there is one color that’s been dominating everyone’s lids this season, it’s yellow.
From fashion runways to Instagram influencers, everyone’s rocking the lemony lids.
After all, there is no better way to channel the sunny spring days that to adorn your lids with this vibrant color.
Of course, no two yellow eyeshadows were created equal, so when you pick your own hue, make sure to consider your skin tone first.
For example, people with cooler and paler complexions should gravitate toward lighter, daffodil shades so that the rest of their look isn’t overpowered by the strong pigment.
On the other hand, people with medium and darker skin tones will look amazing in rich, highly pigmented yolk yellow that will give that flattering, contrasted effect against the skin tone.
When it comes to incorporating a statement color such as yellow into your day-to-day looks, things might start to seem a little daunting.
However, you shouldn’t fret! Citrusy tones can be incredibly easy to work with, regardless of whether you’re creating a daytime look or something more evening-appropriate.
For a more subdued vibe, you can apply a light wash of shadow over the entire eyelid and accentuate the inner corners of your eyes with a complimentary shimmery shade.
To add more definition while retaining the natural appearance, apply a coat or two of your favorite brown mascara.
If you want to take things further, frame the yellow on your lids with a slightly deeper shade (such as orange or coral) and apply it to across the crease or on the outer corners of the eye.
Finally, to make your look extra edgy and ideal for a night out on the town, contrast the brightness of the yellow with a winged out jet-black eyeliner and a pair of falsies.
Nothing evokes the feeling of spring blossom quite like a soft, peach-tinted makeup look.
Not only is this delicate look universally flattering, it’s also super easy to pull off.
The trick to nailing this ethereal look is to go easy and strategic with your product.
For example, opt for lightweight formulas to even out your skin tones – something like BB or CC cream, or even tinted foundation can do a wonderful job of covering up the blemishes without creating that mask-like effect of more heavy-duty foundations.
To make sure your skin still appears blemish-free, keep the base light and focus on precise concealing. Use a hydrating correcting product to cover up spots, acne scars and other imperfections using an eyeliner brush for perfect precision.
Shape your brows with a brow pencil or powder, focusing only on areas that need a touch of filling, keeping the appearance natural.
When it comes to your ideal peachy hues, it’s important to consider your complexion before you go out buying any products.
To that end, here are a few pointers:
- Pale complexions with cool undertones will look best in dusty, rosy peach colors
- Medium and olive skin tones should gravitate towards warmer, more coral-toned hues
- Dark skin tones will be flattered by deeper shades like apricot and even more vibrant orange.
To keep everything in sync, you can double up your peach perfect eyeshadow as a blush or vice versa.
For a natural, yet long-lasting look, line your lips with a coral-meets-nude lip pencil, then perk them up with a bit of hydrating lip balm.
This season, makeup is all about futurism.
In practical terms, this means adorning your face with all kinds of fun, colorful metallics that can truly take your beauty routine up a notch.
And if you’re not feeling sold on the idea yet, perhaps you just haven’t met the ideal kind of shimmer for you.
To begin with the most obvious ones – silver, icy glitter that can instantly attract attention to your eyes can do wonders for people with cool undertones and blue eyes.
On the other hand, medium skin tones will look extra smoldering if they incorporate copper and bronze metallic into their eye looks.
Olive skin tones can emphasize their beautiful complexion with red-hued, brassy shimmer.
Finally, if your skin is on the deeper side, you can compliment your eye look with pewter or copper lids, which will play beautifully against your complexion.
Metallic makeup comes in many different iterations.
The most common and user-friendly ones are shimmery eyeshadows, which can be applied with a brush or even your fingers.
Pigments are a little trickier to work with, but with a little bit of practice, you can easily master them. Simply make sure to apply an eyeshadow primer on your lids, place a small amount of product onto the lid, then use your eyeshadow brush to pack the product on your lids.
Finally, you can opt for a liquid eyeshadow. These highly pigmented glitters come with a brush or doe-foot application, which can help you pack on the product and achieve that ultra-sleek metallic look.
All About the Blush
We all know muted colors and minimalism have been the reigning philosophy when it comes to fashion and makeup.
But, as we’ve seen from recent trends, the understated palettes are firmly on their way out.
Plus, who wants to wear 50 shades of nude while nature is in full bloom and everything around you is bursting with color?
That’s why it’s time to do away with subdued shades and opt for something more daring this spring.
When it comes to makeup, areas that best lend themselves to a splash of color are your cheeks.
And even though for some people, blush almost comes as an afterthought, this product can absolutely be the star of the show in your everyday looks.
The only thing you need to know is how to pick the right shade for your complexion.
People whose skin has cool undertones will look best in dusty pinks and peaches.
If your skin tone is warmer and a little deeper, go for coral hues and richer pinks.
Olive skin tones should avoid anything that’s too mauve or plum, as this will make the skin look dull and sallow.
Deeper skin tones can look amazing in fuchsias, oranges or even red-leaning blushes.
When it comes to application, you can keep things subtle and understated by just dusting the products on the apples of your cheeks.
If you want to take it a step further, bring the blush up along your cheekbone and even to your temples.
To achieve that sleepy, sensual look, you can even dab a bit of brush right under your eyes and across the nose. This will give you a lovely, sun-kissed effect.
The second winter is over, it’s time to part ways with overly powdered, mattified finishes and embrace the dewy look.
And one of the most coveted iterations of this style has been the so-called “glass skin” popularized by Korean beauty aficionados.
Glass skin boils down to having smooth, flawless complexion that looks like it’s been illuminated from within.
And while this effect can partially be achieved with makeup, every good base for the glass skin look starts with skin care.
This means boosting the moisture in your cells by treating your skin to a hydrating toner, essence, serum and face cream.
And if you’re feeling extra luxurious, you can throw in an H2O-packed sheet mask that will make your skin look even more supple and radiant.
For your base, go for products with a light, dewy finish. Liquid or cushion foundations can be a great tool for achieving that natural, wet look.
Keeping up with the moisturized theme, add a pop of color to your cheeks with a cream blush in a hue that’s close to your natural flush.
You can fake the dewiness by perking up the high points of your face with a touch of highlighter.
Still staying away from powders, keep your eyebrows neat and natural by brushing them out with a brow mascara that matches the color of your hairs.
You can add emphasis on the eyes by packing on liquid eyeshadow or even a bit of lip balm on your lids for the glossy effects.
Finish off the look with a hydrating lip product (balms or tints are both great choices) and a couple of spritzes of face mist. This will give you that final bout of moisture and make your skin look ultra-dewy and flaw-free.
Eyeliner with a Twist
Winged eyeliners have become such a makeup staple, most of us would be able to apply them any time of the day, even with eyes closed.
And even though it seemed the black cat eye will never go out of fashion, the makeup gods have something different in store for us this season.
Not only does the colorful eyeliner trend give an interesting twist to the ubiquitous winged eyeliner look, it’s also the perfect way to perk up your springtime makeup.
And if you’re still clinging on to your precious bottle of jet-black liquid eyeliner, hear us out: this makeup novelty can work exquisitely for any aesthetic, occasion and, most importantly, skin tone.
For example, if you have blue eyes, a touch of sapphire pencil along the lash line can really create a striking blue-on-blue effect.
If your eyes are naturally green, you will look amazing in eggplant and plum-toned pencils, especially if you apply it on both the top and the bottom lash line.
People with dark eyes can really bring out their natural color with a rich green eyeliner.
And for a complete departure from the pitch-black cat eye, go for a white eyeliner. This shade plays amazing with darker skin tones can can look incredibly avant-garde and fashion-forward.
If there’s a timeless springtime makeup staple, then it’s romantic pink lips.
And if you’ve never experimented with pinks on your lips, now’s the perfect time to try!
If you’re still not convinced, perhaps you’ll be more willing to try out this spring trend when you realize that there is a shade of pink for every style and skin tone out there.
For example, if you’re striving to achieve a more romantic, ethereal look, go for pearly and nude-ish pinks that will just emphasize the natural color of your pout.
Of course, if you’re on the market for a more eye-catching look, pale and cool tones can look just as good with their lips coated with hot or Barbie pink lipsticks.
Pink lipsticks can work really well with medium and olive-skinned tones, while juicy, rich shades like the watermelon pink will be the most flattering for these types.
If your skin in on the deeper side, then don’t be afraid to go for statement colors. Magentas, fuchsias and any other highly pigmented pink will work wonders for deeper complexions.
Of course, if your lip product is on the more saturated side, don’t forget to line your lips with a pencil for a more precise and long-lasting look.
This wraps up our list of the most coveted springtime makeup looks. Thanks to these chic, vibrant trends, we have no doubts that you will spend the sunny days looking as fresh as a spring daisy.