With New York Fashion Week kicking off this week and starting the monthlong runway fest, you’d be forgiven for thinking that the only place to spot trends is at the many fashion shows. But while those on the front row are looking forward to autumn/winter 2019, it’s Instagram I’m turning to for spring beauty inspiration right now. It’s still glacial outside and entirely not the right time to think of bare legs and short dresses, but new makeup ideas? Now that we can do in any weather.
From eye shadow hues that rival your box of childhood crayons to seriously glowy complexions (aka “yoga skin”), the spring beauty trends that I’m spotting in my feed fall into two camps: natural simplicity or playful excess. Yes, whether you’re all about barely there beauty or maximalist makeup, fashion’s coolest girls have all options covered this season. Scroll down to discover my pick of the spring trends.
Sparkles, as it turns out, aren’t just for party season. In fact, I’ve been spotting glitter-adorned eyelids all over Instagram since January—adding a little glitz to an otherwise gloomy time of year. Don’t mess around with loose glitters, there are plenty of all-in-one formulas available for simple shimmer application.
A red lip is undoubtedly a classic look. But it’s this poppy-red shade in particular that has caught my eye—springing, as it has, from amidst a beautiful terrain of bare lips and ’90s-nostalgia glosses. Pat it on with your fingertips for a lived-in look, or slick it on boldly and wear with something low-key. Just make sure it’s matte.
Turns out that it’s not just fashion that green is having a moment with—it’s beauty too. Having spotted many a green eye shadow on my feed recently, I’m of the opinion that a sage-green mani is a great entry point to the trend if you’re a little nervous about wearing Kermit green on your face. Once applied, it’s surprisingly flattering and suits every skin tone.
This spring, beauty trend is all about indulging your inner child with a finger-painting approach to coloured eye shadow. Stick with one bright shade (keeping it monochromatic lends the look an unfussy edge) and apply it all over your eyelids using your fingers—the less precise, the better.
Coined by celebrity makeup artist Sara Hill last year, yoga skin is, in essence, looking glowy times 1000. The trend remains a huge spring beauty look, with stylish women celebrating juicy, plump, dewy skin all over my Instagram feed. While a strong highlight is key, what I love most about this trend is how the natural skin still shines through.