Pack away that puffer jacket and step away from the snuggie. While you might have spent the better part of the last few months fully invested in Netflix binging and plenty of red wine drinking, as the weather warms up, you’re about to spend a lot more time outside. And ahem, in front of people. While your old trusty red lip and black cat eye might have held you over at holiday parties, just as the seasons change, so should your shades of makeup.
“Makeup plays an essential role in a woman’s image. And just like fashion, makeup trends change with the season and are greatly influenced by fashion week in Paris, Milan, London and New York,” Erin B. Guth, celebrity makeup artist says. “Each season represents a new opportunity to reflect changes in climate and attitude. Spring marks the end of winter and a time to brighten up.”
So what’s ahead for you the next quarter? Here, makeup artists dish on the trends for springtime:
If you have visions of your mom sitting at her vanity (or standing in front of the bathroom sink) applying pink blush, but could never imagine yourself going bold on your cheeks, then you’re about to get challenged to try something new. While you might not want to go quite as intense as the models on the runways demonstrated, Guth says that blush is definitely a “yes” for springtime and appropriate for everyday wear. “Add a pop of color to the apples of the cheek and near the temples. Just be sure to choose a tone that flatters your skin tone. If you’re uncertain, peachy tones tend to look good on just about anybody,” she suggests.
After feeling frozen for so many months, seeing those blue skies and being able to rock your leather jacket at brunch outside is such a refreshing (and welcome) change. One way to pay your respect to the bright sunshine is to mimic that iridescent shine on your eyes. Just like with unlimited mimosas before 1 p.m., you want to ensure you don’t overdo it. Makeup artist, Jessika Bekteshi says, “This season, you can go any way with any glitter color or your choice. You can add it to the inner corner of the eyes, try a liquid glitter liner look, or go for a bold glitter lip for a night out on the town.”
While springtime might make you think of a softer pink for your puckers, Guth actually predicts quite the contrary for this season. “Think fuchsia, red, and orange lipstick. There are tons of brands that will allow you to play around with different shades,” she explains. But instead of opting for your traditional lipstick, explore other products that give you color, like a chubby stick. “These are a great way to apply the pigment in an effortless way. If you’re feeling particularly daring, try combining two shades, such as orange on top and red on the bottom, or red all around with the orange in the center,” Guth says.
Get that Spotify playlist on deck and pull out the hairspray because according to Guth, eyeshadow, liner and creams are all adopting the #TBT attitude this season. “Brilliant color around the eyes—a la the ’80s—was prominent on the Spring runways. To avoid looking like a peacock, experiment with one fun shade,” she suggests. What colors this year? Shades of green, according to makeup artist Andrew Sotomayor, “Makeup colors have included a lot of pastels for a while now, so for this spring, trends will include darker colors like eyeliner in eggplant, navy, and forest green,” he says.
While playing around with different colors, looks and products can be really fun for many people, if you’re in the less is more camp, you’re in luck. Guth says that though spring trends are lively and playful this year, there’s also a shift toward natural beauty. “Another thing we will be seeing this spring is a minimal, ‘no makeup’ look. Say goodbye to heavy contour and overly drawn matte lips. This spring you can embrace rebirth with a fresh, glowing face!” she says.