When spring finally happens, one of my favorite things to do is put away those heavy sweaters and puffer jackets and roll out looks that are light and fun. It’s denim and leather jacket weather for sure, and the makeup should really match the weather. But what is trendy for Spring 2019? Runway models previewed spring’s most fashionable looks, with an extra emphasis on the new makeup options that were revealed during fashion month.
All That Glitters
Some people lament that glitter never seems to die, but for the rest of us, glitter is always on trend. Kate Spade models wore glittery gold eyeliner in honor of the late designer. Tadashi Shoji’s models marched owned their galaxy-inspired eyes and glittery nails. Halpern also emphasized glitter on the eyes, framing the eyelids with glitter layers, framed by black eyeliner. The models sparkled with glamorous eye makeup.
Valentino made a huge splash with Swarovski crystals on models’ eyelids, which sparkled from every row, while Versace used winged liner with a shiny metallic look. You can try this look yourself with Mac Glitter in Iridescent Sage, from $15.00.
Pink is one of the most popular colors every spring, and this year its influence on makeup is even more pronounced. Ulla Johnson models wore pink eyeshadow and emphasized a light-pink stained lip. Brandon Maxwell went to the heart of Texas for inspiration for his spring show, which found Bella Hadid and other models wearing cat-eye shadow in pretty pink. MAC Cosmetics said the inspiration for Maxwell was baby Barbies.
Genny used pink eyeshadow and matched it perfectly to strong blush. Meanwhile, Anna Sui used orange and pink blended blush all over the eyes, cheeks and brows. Vivienne Hu also used a wash of pink flush over cheeks, lips, and eyes.
The pink also is highlighted with flushed cheek looks, which you can see on Jonathan Simkhai’s models, courtesy of Grace Lee for Maybelline New York. The look used a berry lip combined with a smeary, youthful pink blush.
To get this look, you need to pay special attention to blending. Opt for a finely-milled powder that will leave a clean finish. Makeup Geek Blush is outstanding, retailing at $19.98. MAC Cosmetics Powder Blush comes in beautiful selections of pink and orange. A small retails for $17.00.
Turning to the lips, pink was very much in evidence along the runways. Nars Velvet Matte Lipstick Pencil in Bad Girl ($27) is a great choice. Kylie’s Velvet Lipstick in French Kiss, at $14.00, gives a very soft finish to a nude pink color. This lipstick is a favorite because it isn’t strictly matte, and comes from the Kourt x Kylie collection.
Coral is a related and strong choice as well, especially from Caroline Daur’s Instagram. The best way for you to rock a strong coral is to choose tinted balm courtesy of Sisley Paris.
Natural and No Makeup
Designers and makeup artists relied on natural and even no-makeup looks to make a statement this spring. Although some of you will no doubt chafe at the idea of going outside without a full face, the natural looks can free your time and energy.
Tibi starts us off with a sharp black eyeliner only. You may feel like you can’t rock this look, but with the right liner on the inner waterline, you most certainly can. Ashley Williams struck with basic black eyeliner and no other detectable makeup.
Pamella Roland’s models seemed to wear no makeup at all, but this is just a tiny bit wrong. Her models wore a nice cream flush, giving them the perfect natural spring face.
Glossy skin with a little bit of makeup has emerged as one of 2019’s biggest spring trends. The overall look was done well by Noon By Noor, where the models rocked the runway with sheer makeup done in entirely nude shades. Nicole Miller went the natural route as well, but with gunmetal eyes that stood out even more without strong lips.
If you still have youthful fresh skin, you’ll love the way Self Portrait worked simple white lines around their eyes. And Tory Burch’s models again appeared on the runway with nothing but glowy, natural makeup.
Obviously, not every person on the runway marched down wearing absolutely no makeup. A key tool is Suqqu Face Designing Concealer. Although called a concealer, the Suqqu brand actually provides several shades so you can fully customize a look that matches your skin tone. Try out shade H-02, Pearl Beige. Shade N-01 can help you out of a jam when you have dark circles under your eyes.
A key part of the natural look is that natural brows are back. Overgrooming and drawn-in brows are out. Many runways during fashion month have natural brows, which Tom Pecheux called “virgin brows.” You could see this on the runway at Proenza Schouler and Christopher Kane, where the brows were brushed upward. This virgin look requires a pretty simple clear gel to tame wild brows and maybe a few drawn in hairs, but only if truly necessary.
Not everyone is hairstute enough for virgin brows. In that case, reach for micro-fine pigmented gel from Charlotte Tilbury. The company’s Legendary Brows Eyebrow Gel is a deal at $22.50. The company advises not overcoating your brush with gel, which is key to maintaining a look that seems untouched.
The New York runways were teeming with models wearing bright, bold eyeliner and eye shadow, often in neon colors.
Cividini showed models using bright green eyeliner on the water lines, giving a startling and new look to the typical winter browns and blacks.
Other designers looked to pastels. At Missoni, the inner eye was frequently highlighted with a more pastel, tame green. House of Holland chose to emphasize bright white, adding a line just under the brow for extra pop.
Neon was very much in vogue at The Blonds, where the neon eyes were matched to dark plum or black lips.
Not every designer leaned toward bright or neon colors. Erin Parsons from Maybelline New York makeup relied on a cobalt eye look that was glam for Alice + Olivia. Diane Kendal for Tom Ford was firmly rooted in the 1970s, with its James Bond-inspired gold smoke on the eye.
Strong eyeliner is key to this look. To get it, you need very sharp tools. We recommend Chanel Precision Eye Definer, retailing at $30.00. Jo Baker used it to give Lucy Boynton a classic, 60’s inspired point at the SAG Awards. If you’d rather stick with liquid, Maybelline’s Eye Studio Master Precise Ink Eyeliner, at just $7.19, will be your new best friend.
If you are fully ready to embrace neon eyeliner, choose Glossier Play’s Colorslides, which come in 14 different shades. These pencils will not smugde and last on the waterline for 8 hours, and the upper lid for 12. You can pick one up for $15.00.
Liquid liner lovers should try ColourPop’s BFF Liquid Linder, which includes exciting, spring colors like pink and orange and yellow. For just $8.00.
Fuschia and Berry Lips
Fuschia lips, like pink eyeshadow and blush, are in this spring. See Taylor Swift on the April cover of Elle. Don’t be afraid of bold shades. Try L’Oréal’s Colour Riche Shine Lipstick, which retails at just $7.95. It’s not always easy to carry off this look all day long, so consider investing in some Hydragloss High-Pigment Lip Gel for $20.00.
Berry lips were also omnipresent during fashion month. Chanel pulled this off well, using a very intense raspberry lip, paired with fresh foundation and simple black mascara. Honorable mention went to Chloé and Burberry (which featured extreme red). To shop this look, go with Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet Extrême in Idéal. Also worth a look is Burberry Lip Velvet in Ruby, which retails for $34.00 (check that it’s number 434). You want that specific red shade, so check to see if it’s 434.
Hopefully these spring makeup looks will inspire you to do your own takes on these great hues. With such a wide range of prices available for various colors and styles, you should find an option that won’t break the bank.