When winter melts into spring, your makeup changes accordingly. Usually, the darker, bolder looks tend to soften into something paler and more subtle, but things are a bit different this year. What’s trending for 2018’s springtime?
Glitter in the air
With unicorns and mermaids being popular these days, glitter is a go-to for makeup, as well. It was big last year, and given runway looks for the spring, it’s going to continue. Eyes, lips, cheeks, nails…glitter is everywhere. While glitter has traditionally been seen as “girly,” a lot of designers and makeup artists have been making glitter more grungy and less polished. Think thick, glittery eyelashes and glitter in black eyeshadows and lips glosses. Continuing with the shiny trend, rhinestones and sequins have been making their way into makeup, too, especially around the eyes.
On the other end of the spectrum, natural skin is in these season. This means a lot of tinted moisturizers instead of thick foundations, and you’ll definitely not want to use matte foundations to get that look. To get a natural “no-makeup” look with makeup, makeup artists have been using what they call “glazed finishes” to give models a dewy, healthy glow. Using highlighters to sculpt cheekbones without overdoing it with harsh contour lines is important, but the most essential part of the “no-makeup” makeup trend is keeping your skin healthy and hydrated with a good skincare regimen.
Colorful watercolor eyeshadows
Watercolors are meant to look a bit free-form and splashy, and that’s just what spring eyeshadow should look like this year. You’ll see a lot of blues, teals, and greens, and there will be a lot of coloring outside the lines, too. Like a watercolor painting, various colors will blend and bleed into each other, creating a beautiful, fresh look. Check out Jennifer Mulrow’s tutorial on Glamour.
After winter, it’s nice to finally see color again. You can reflect that in your makeup, and this year, all colors are on the table, including neons. You’ve probably seen a lot of really bold lipstick choices on celebrities and models, and that trend will likely continue. Eyeshadows and eyeliners are also getting bolder. In 2017, extreme neon eyeliners blew up Instagram, and while most people probably won’t wear that extreme of a look, it’s a really fun nighttime option.
Speaking of eyeliner, now is the season to get really creative. Unique strokes and unorthodox cat-eye’s are in. You’ll see unusual uses of negative space, eyeliners really close to the eye or stretching far out, and more. Instead of just serving as a highlight to the eyes, eyeliner is now about having its own statement and shape.
Glossy and tinted lips
The classic red lip has seen a big comeback in recent years, and now it’s coming into its own with variations. Red ombres and layers of color are common, and for the spring, it’s all about the gloss. Matte lips are over, and shiny, almost vinyl-like shades are in. For those who don’t want to make a bold lip statement every day, lip tints are also a great look, trendy look for spring. These lightly stain your lips with color and look really natural.
Another trend for lips this spring is the metallic lip. Glittery and bold, everyone who wants to be on top of beauty trends needs at least one metallic lipgloss or lipstick for spring. Brands like Sephora, Urban Decay, Mac, and more all sell a wide variety of classic and unique shade s. The trend is also known as “frosted” or “glass” lips.
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