Hot Makeup Trends for Spring

The winter blues are coming to a close and finally spring and summer are quickly approaching.  Many beauty trends seen both on and off the runway are easily achievable in the comfort of your own home.  A lot of this season’s trends involve makeup that most people have sitting in their beauty drawers at home and can be done in no time at all.

You can never go wrong with a classic smokey eye.  This season, we are seeing more of a brown smokey eye as opposed to the usual black and grey combination. This brown smokey eye trend allows you to still play up your lips along with your eyes.  Always remember that the trick to a smokey eye is big lashes. Benefit Cosmetic’s “They’re Real!” and Stila’s “Major, Major Lash” mascaras give you this look.  The perfect pairing to a smokey eye is a nice pink pouty lip. The lip gloss “For Keeps” from Smashbox can help you achieve this flawless look.

Everybody wants to know how to perfect the natural beach look.  Most people do not like to go to the beach with a full face of makeup on, and certain products can help you get the effortless look.

Try using a BB Cream, or tinted moisturizer, instead of a full foundation. Most BB Creams, such as Smashbox, have SPF already in them, which is perfect to protect your skin from the sun’s harmful rays.  Finish off the look with long lashes.  It is even better when the mascara is waterproof. “Cannonball” mascara from Urban Decay is 100 percent waterproof, so go ahead and swim all day, your lashes are not going anywhere.

This spring and summer’s nighttime looks are unlike anything we’ve ever seen before.  Metallic eyes are all over magazine covers and runways this year.  Stila’s “Metallic Foil Finish” eyeshadows are the ideal finish to a basic eye.

Erika Villanueva, a seasoned makeup artist at Impuse Beauty, said, “These foils are my favorite and they are my go to on all of my clients who want a fun look.”

It is a quick and easy way to transform your look from day to night in an instant. Smashbox’s cream shadows have a 15-hour wear period and can help you pull off the metallic eye look.  

Another trend seen this spring is the classic red lip.  Something a lot of people do not know is that red lips can make you look like you just had a professional teeth-whitening procedure. They also make your lips appear larger and fuller right away.  MAC Cosmetics has a matte lipstick called “Brave Red” that is the perfect deep red hue. If you prefer a bright red lip, try Bare Minerals’ lipstick labeled “Call the Shots.”

Meagan McDermott, freshman history education major  said, “Red lips are a must have, they highlight one of the best features on women.”

Matte nails are the hot item people want this year. A lot of styles show a black French manicure done with matte nail polishes.

Butter London and Nails Inc. both have amazing matte polishes that wear very well.  They tend not to chip easily and even dry quickly for an on-the-go, quick fix manicure.

Along with all of these trends, many companies came out with new products that absolutely cannot go unmentioned. In December, Urban Decay introduced their new and much anticipated “Naked 3” palette featuring pink and natural colors.  It was such a hit that it sold out nationwide in minutes.

Karissa Benson. a freshman health studies major said, “The Naked 3 palette is my favorite yet, it has a lot of versatile colors and gives me the freedom to do my makeup however I want.”

In February, Too Faced released its “Chocolate Bar” palette made with cocoa powder. It is a mix of shimmer and matte shadows that you can use for both day and night.

At the end of March another new palette is set to hit the market. It is called “Electric” and features 10 new neon, bold and eccentric colors.

This spring will see some new beauty trends, but a lot of these are just taking a new spin on the classics.

The new trends are ones that can be done by anybody and are easily achievable. Always remember to just have fun with your makeup, it is a way to express yourself and your personal style.