Spring makeup trends | 2018

My Lidstar collection–can’t decide which I love most.

Normally I prefer to get creative with dark, edgy and vampy makeup looks during the fall and winter, and tend to favor a bare (or near-bare) face during the spring and summer months.

This year, however, there are a few beauty trends that have caught my attention–and I am so eager to experiment with looks out of my comfort zone.

Wearing Glossier Lidstar in Lily

One-product sparkly eyelids: From Natasha Denona’s Chroma Crystal Top Coat that gained popularity over the holidays, to Glossier’s brand new Lidstar, glistening eye glow, the sparkly lid trends isn’t slowing down anytime soon.

Lidstar–per Glossier’s “Less shadow, more glow” motto–is a sheer (but buildable) wash of color with a twinkling finish. And Natasha Denona’s formula is similar! The only real difference is that it’s a solid, whereas Lidstar is a whipped, lightweight mousse-y texture.

For daytime (or even on a night out, honestly), I love wearing one sparkly shade all over my lids for a monotone look. It comes off as relaxed and cool, and it is so easy to swipe a couple layers onto the lids (yes, with your fingers!), add some mascara and run out the door. I looove effortless makeup looks like this, especially during the warmer months.

Since I picked up Chroma Crystal Top Coat in Nude late last year, I can’t get enough! (I also have my eyes, no pun intended, on the Grey Brown shade.) Additionally, I am obsessed with Lidstar in Herb, Lily and Slip for the springtime! Herb is a smoky green with a yellow-gold pearl; Lily is a sheer lilac with blue and violet pearls (very 1990s/early 2000s); Slip is a sheer baby pink with a golden highlight.

Emporio Armani SS 2018 [source: Harper’s Bazaar]

Prada FW 2018 [source: Fashion Week Daily]

Dua Lipa [image via Instagram user @dualipa]

1990s blue shadow: Speaking of the 1990s, blue eyeshadow is back in full-force! And I love it! I don’t know much about Dua Lipa (or pop culture in general), but I do know she sported a killer, statement-making blue eyeshadow look at a recent show.

While blue-hued eyeshadow was all over the recent runways, Dua Lipa’s look really solidified this trend for me; I love how wearable she makes such a vivid and intense color seem.

Tadashi Shoji and Emporio Armani S/S 2018 come to mind, as do Carolina Herrera, Prada and Veronica Beard F/W 2018. I definitely have quite a few backstage shots from different shows pinned to recent mood boards for inspiration throughout spring and summer.

Last week I placed my first order ever from theBalm (I’m so excited!), which included a couple blue/teal shadows! I can’t wait to create a ton of blue eyeshadow looks all season long, so look out for a couple posts with all the details in the near future 😉

Winged eyeliner: Ok, so this isn’t as much of a trend as it is a classic, but I decided to include it in this post because I’ve really been loving it lately. For daytime, I love a lived-in cat eye that’s subdued and slightly smudged–with no other eye makeup besides mascara.

I’ve been practicing my winged liner a ton, and pairing it with the pink Lipstick Matches gifted to me by Red Earth. The easy-to-achieve “melted” look pairs perfectly with the effortlessly sexy cat eye.

[source: Instagram user @glossier]

Valentino ss 2018 [source: WWD]

Bella Hadid at Alexandre Vauthier Spring 2018 couture [source: eonline]

Orbital bone blush: There are hardly any 1980s trends that I am actually a fan of, but this is one that I am really into.

I first got into this look around this time last year when Glossier first debuted Cloud Paint; I was instantly drawn to Haze, a deep berry. Glossier suggested applying this shade–instead of on the apples of the cheeks where blush is typically applied–to the orbital bones around the eyes (where the company also suggests you apply Haloscope).

A few weeks ago I also used this technique to help recreate a Vanessa Hudgens makeup look (read all about it in my recent post). I married my blush (a combination of Cloud Paint in Beam and Benefit’s GALifornia) to my eyeshadow (Urban Decay’s Naked Heat palette mixed with Fenty Beauty’s Matchstick in Chili Mango and Killawatt Freestyle Highlighter in Trophy Wife).

This ended up creating a really nice gradient effect, which made the bold colors a lot more wearable. It was also a really fun and fresh change-of-pace! I will definitely be continuing to use this method of application into the spring and summer–at least with my more bold blushes. (And I’ll be keeping all my subtle nude-y pink blushes on my cheeks.)

Much like blue eyeshadow, this makeup look has appeared in a multitude of fashion shows lately. Namely, Valentino S/S 2018 and Alexandre Vauthier Spring 2018 Couture.

While I won’t be pairing this eye/cheek combo with shoulder pads, geometric patterns or chunky, waist-high belts anytime soon, I will be integrating it into my routine in an updated, more natural-looking way. When you do this with bright or berry blushes, it makes for a really easy everyday look that still comes off as updated and cool.

Gold highlighter: Regular readers know that I am *always* about the warm, sun-kissed glow no matter the time of year. So, it only makes sense that when higher temperatures hit, the glow heats up, too.

In addition to my cheek bones, lately I’ve been loving gold highlights (like Glossier‘s Haloscope in Topaz and Fenty’s Trophy Wife) on the inner corners of my eyes, tip of my nose and cupid’s bow.

Blotted “popsicle” lips: I really got into blotted, seemingly popsicle-stained lips last spring, and I am so excited to start sporting them again this year! Because I’ve spent so much time in L.A. over the past few months, I have been able to stock up on a ton of Korean beauty, which arguably started the blotted lip trend.

While shopping at Little Tokyo’s Tonymoly, I was on the hunt for an orange lip color, something I don’t have much of in my collection. I ended up picking up LIPTONE Get It Tint in Oops Orange, as well as the LIPTONE Get It Tint Water Bar in Orange In Red.

Both these have the staying power of a stain, which is great for the carefree spring and summer months because you won’t have to babysit your lip color when you wear these guys. I also really love the feel of Water Bar; it’s super hard to describe, but it feels cold and slightly wet, in a super nourishing (yet lightweight!) way.

Finally, I picked up something I’ve had my eye on since last summer: Glossier’s Generation G in Crush. I have a feeling this will be my go-to lip color of the season.


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