5 Fresh Spring Beauty Trends to Try Right Now
Attention people, spring is almost here. Yes, the mornings may still be icy, but as the days grow longer (and sunnier), we're inching closer and closer to the official change of seasons. One of our favourite things about the onset of warmer weather is changing up our beauty routines and refreshing our beauty bags. Suddenly, high coverage foundation, smoky eyes and contouring feel too overdone, signalling a need to find a few new trends to try. To wit, we're welcoming a bunch of fresh runway-inspired looks that feel more in tune with to the balmy days to come.
So if you're also looking for inspo on how to break out of your winter hair and makeup rut and push into spring, look no further. From berry lips to French girl hair, consider this post a one-stop shop for everything you need to know this sunny season.
Keep scrolling for five new trends you need to know.
Berry lips definitely aren't new, but they are set to be everywhere this summer. This season, the look is lived-in, and worn without lip liner. To apply, pat the colour onto your lips with a finger (we love the Nars Lipstick in Afghan Red), then use a small fluffy brush to buff it in. The choice of finish is up to you—we're seeing everything from tinted balms to velvet matte to super-shiny gloss.
Extreme shimmer highlighter was never really our bag, but we've always been fond of a little shine. (RMS Beauty's Living Luminizer = life.) Moving into spring, we're seeing an even more subtle take on sheen take over, prompting us to retire reflective formulas for all things dewy. Shelve high-glitter powders for a balm (like the Lanolips 101 Ointment) or oil instead. Apply as you would any other highlighter—tapped onto the high points of the face.
French girl curls
Blame it on the air-dry phenomenon but short, natural waves (or what we're coining French girl curls) are really having a moment. (Chloe Hill serves as some major hairspiration in this department.) If you already have this texture naturally, invest in hydrating leave-in products like Kérastase Oleo Curl to ward off frizz. If not, don't be afraid to use hot tongs to get a similar effect. Either way keep your styling relaxed—the beauty of this trend is that imperfect is best.
Like most women, we're all for mascara, but this season, there's been a noticeable step away from the glam, voluminous lashes of season's past. If you refuse to go naked, opt for a brown lengthening formula like Clinique's Lash Power in Chocolate for a softer look. Otherwise, you might consider getting a professional lash tint so you can leave them bare.
We first saw a return to punchy colour on the eyes at Chanel's Haute Couture show, but as the trend has trickled down from international runways, it's transformed into something softer and a lot more suited to our Australian aesthetic. (See: The colour-washed lids on show at Bianca Spender last MBFWA.) A transparent wash of anything from pink to chartreuse is our pick for party eyes this season—much easier than blending several hues together. To DIY, dust a single shade over your lids using a fluffly brush, and buff out any harsh lines. We particularly love MAC's Eye Shadow in Sushi Flower worn with bare skin and glossy lips.