Spring time awaits us! Finally, we can say, “So long!” to our matching knitted scarves and gloves. “See you later! ” to thigh high boots with boot socks, that no one wants to admit makes your calves sweaty, and “See you next fall” to your trustworthy, timeless peacoat you purchased on the clearance rack at Nordstrom four spring seasons ago! Although I love how trends come and go (great excuse for frequent shopping trips), I adore the trends that are present in more than one season. That’s what I love so much about this past season’s makeup trends!
Last fall and winter, we saw a lot of bold lip colors, with subtle makeup application. The most popular look has been the “no makeup” look, accomplished through filled-in eyebrows, perfectly sculpted-highlighting, bronzing, strobing, and contouring, in order to bring that “sun-kissed” look during the cooler seasons. And, did I mention eyelashes?!?! Eyelashes have been “THE THING” to complete your everyday image.
Minus the bold lip color (and no I am not talking about red, which is ALWAYS a good idea), the makeup trends that we wore in the fall are transitioning into the spring!
Think of this spring’s makeup trends as the transitional little black dress that you can wear to work with a blazer, and for a night on the town with a pair of stilettos! You can actually use that, “Too Face Chocolate Bar” eyeshadow palette you asked for during Christmas and still be on trend! Exciting? Yes, I think so!
I know I am looking forward to “adding” to my makeup application routine, instead of completely changing the style. Of course skin care regimens are altered a bit, as the weather changes. But outside of that, the overall makeup application is remaining the same!
You know, you’re anxious to hear exactly what I plan on using to go along with the Spring 2017 makeup trends, so I’ve compiled a list of my go-tos!
First things first! Grab your favorite makeup brushes and applicators, turn up the music and set the mood for some fun! Applying my makeup is the most enjoyable and fun part of my day! I get excited about being able to express myself in a way that is so artistic.
After cleansing your face, primer is everything! You do not want your makeup sliding off as the weather warms up. While I keep my budget friendly E.L.F. Clear Poreless Primer at hand, I live for Boscia’s Porefecting White Charcoal Mattifying Treatment Primer.
I sculpt and fill my eyebrows with Anastasia Beverly Hill’s Dipbrow pomade and Artistry Concealer sticks.
When deciding on a color to fill in your eyebrows with, always go with the color that is closest to the color of your hair because you want your eyebrows to have a natural appearance. When cleaning them up with concealer, use a lighter shade on the bottom of your brow and a darker tone (or even your foundation) on the top of that if needed.
I decided that I do not have a favorite eyeshadow palette, however, I have the most fun with my E.L.F Ultimate Eyeshadow Palette because of the large variety.
I prime my eyes with the ELF primer also prior to applying eyeshadow. I usually stick to a neutral smokey eye and always wear eyeliner when I use my favorite Ardell Lashes, but I do not always feature a cat-eye (unless I want to have a more dramatic look)!
Contouring is a little dramatic for my face shape, however strobing and highlighting is my passion. Just to clarify, strobing is when highlighter is placed on areas where people typically contour. It brings attention to those areas, instead of giving more shape to the same spots, as contouring does. I love, love, love my Milani Strobelight Instant Glow Powder for my highlight!
I shine and glow so much, that the sun gets jealous and is forced to hide out of sight every evening, and then successfully sneaks back up for a chance to out shine me in the morning, because unfortunately I don’t “wake up like this”. But really, it’s about $10 at CVS, and works like a million bucks!
I adore the matte lip trend, so I am sticking with my Times Square Ultra Matte Lip by Colour Pop, Dolce K by Kylie Jenner, and Honeymoon Lip Lingerie Liquid Lipstick by NYX Cosmetics!
For the spring weather, it is important to finish off your complete look with a very faithful setting spray. I use Ben Nye Final Seal, Urban Decay’s All Nighter and Urban Decay’s Oil-Control.
I alternate between the products depending on the day. Ben Nye Final Seal is typically worn on warmer days, on top of a heavier makeup application, vs Urban Decay’s Oil-Control is for a very basic application.
And that wraps up my list! Regardless of if you are one to follow trends, or not, makeup is an avenue of self-expression. Apply as much or as little as you like and apply whatever makes you feel the most beautiful!
Meet the guest blogger:
JaNique Cameron is a stylist as well as a wedding and event planner based in Richmond, Virginia. She provides personal styling and customized garments for brides, celebrities in the fashion and entertainment industry, particularly stage ready apparel for performances. JaNique also provides styling to business professionals needing a trendy, but versatile look for the workplace. When she is not styling or planning a grand event, she is writing, painting, or binge watching Say Yes To The Dress, Project Runway, and Shark Tank.