My Favorite Looks From What’s on Trend in 2017 Spring Beauty
I don’t always pay a whole lot of attention to what’s “trendy” or “in fashion”. I’ve always had my own style and, though I’ve been made fun of before and made seriously cringe-worthy mistakes, I always dressed confidently and with pride. Luckily over time, I grew up and learned how to properly take care of myself. Armed with only that, you can truly learn what looks best on you. It’s also commonly known as a “glow up” which I thought was a kinda silly phrase at first but now I totally understand it.
It seems that in 2016 and 2017, a lot of the things I found trendy and fashionable are—gasp!—actually coming into fashion! Finally I don’t have to be the only one wearing jumpsuits and thigh-highs! And it’s not just fashion, either! Makeup is having a cultural explosion right now. Everyone is doing it. Although the “natural, no-makeup” look is timeless and ever-popular, people are embracing heavier, brighter, bolder makeup and risky, creative, fun looks. Everything is so bright and colorful, and that’s just the way I like it.
The foundation of any good beauty look is smooth, glowing skin and confidence
While I don’t purposefully scan websites and magazines to pinpoint the newest trends, (alright, I do, on occasion…a little!), I will admit that there have been many times that I’ve happened across a “hot spring eye look” and been like, “WHOA! I need to try that, now!”
So that’s exactly what I did. Over the course of a week, I picked out my top 4 favorite spring beauty trends. I rated them on ease, wearability, and how good they looked. I managed to pick four looks that could be achieved pretty easily by anyone, including beauty novices, as well as looks that could be worn to work, brunch, or a night out.
Here are the gorgeous beauty trends I chose:
Glossy lids are easy, flattering, and fun, and can be used with any number of bright, look-at-me colors
I think glossy eye makeup is one of the newest of these 4 trends. I’ve seen it around for a short while, but it doesn’t seem to be super popular in regular life yet. I’m hoping it catches on. I love matte eyeshadows, don’t get me wrong, and shimmers and metallics will always be my faves, but there’s something about glossy lids that are just so pretty and fresh. Next time I’ll have to get eye gloss or a product that is actually meant for lids. I made this pretty pink look using lipstick and lip oil. Probably not the safest method, (do a spot test or just do not attempt at home!), but nothing bad happened to me! If you want to risk it, go for it! I definitely see this look being bright and beautiful for summer. I’ve seen pink, blue, and all other kinds of color variations. I feel like a nice nude-ish color would be okay for work, maybe with the gloss toned down just a smidgen. I also have seen a nice neutral yellow, and that looked amazing! I could definitely see that being a perfect day-to-night look.
Try: Wet n Wild MegaLast Matte Lip Color in Dollhouse Pink ($2, CVS), and Ulta Beauty Juice Infused Lip Oil in Black Raspberry ($9, ulta.com)
Super flattering: That awesome moment when your lipstick matches your eye color!
Brown lipstick has been back in style for quite a while, I know this. As with all other things 90s, brown lips have been having a huge resurgence. Something about a really deep, chocolatey, matte lip is so appealing and flattering for nearly all skin tones. Plus, it’s enough of a neutral to wear to work or during the day, but slays elegantly at night paired with a black cat eye. This is probably the most popular and trendy look on the list, and I love it for its simplicity and versatility. I will probably always wear it with the rest of my face bare, just mascara and brow gel. I love the simple, monochromatic look that matches my eyes perfectly!
Try: NYX Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick in Downtown Beauty ($6, CVS)
This winged liner, combined with bare face, groomed brows, an ear cuff, and a flash of tattoo, makes the ultimate cool-girl makeup look
Negative Space Eyeliner
Makeup art in general, but especially eye art, is becoming hu-u-uge nowadays. Eye stamps and negative space makeup are big in the eye game now. I can’t say I’m disappointed, but I personally don’t like the idea of spending so much time meticulously creating a tiny, detailed look. I enjoy eye art and makeup art in general, but personally, I prefer it simpler. The easier the better, in my mind. This negative space eyeliner wasn’t the easiest but it definitely wasn’t difficult, especially armed with cotton swabs. It was pretty much the same amount of difficulty and time as a regular winged eyeliner, but with a twist. It took many layers of two different kinds of liquid eyeliner, but the results were pretty magical. I paired this look with bare, dewy skin, but I can definitely see a bold lip, (like a classic siren red or deep berry), being thrown on at night, without going overboard.
Try: Essence Superfine Waterproof Eyeliner Pen ($3, ulta.com), and E.L.F. Cosmetics Expert Liquid Liner in Jet Black ($2, CVS)
Bleeding Beauty: This vampy lip color is surprisingly gorgeous in the warmer months and perfectly fitting on every skin tone. A shiny finish is a bold and lovely choice, compared to the relative safety of the universally flattering matte finish.
Oxblood is a fairly popular color, especially for fall and winter. You’ve probably been seeing it popping up everywhere, from sweaters to nails, and yes, a fair amount of lips as well. What makes this stand out as a spring staple? Just that—wearing it in spring! Spring is usually the time that people put their dark lips and vampy makeup in to hibernation for the coming months, but it is becoming increasingly more common to continue wearing deep lips well into the warm weather months! It takes confidence, style, and a devil-may-care, badass attitude to pull this off. And by “pull this off”, I mean swipe it on and rock it at any picnic or brunch. It took two different lipsticks and some lip liner to create this, but it was worth it. Probably my most favorite look in this list, tbh. I wore this with minimal makeup, except for blue mascara (which I thought contrasted nicely and added a bright pop of color), and bold brows. The end result ended up being quite fetching and very balanced. I’m sure in matte it’ll look totally beautiful and trendy, but I’m digging the shiny finish with this shade! It gives it a bloody, primal, “just-bitten”, very attractive quality, in my humble opinion.
Try: Wet n Wild Coloricon Lush Lash Color Mascara in Sapphire Night Live ($2, Walgreens), and MakeUp Revolution Amazing Lipstick in Reckless and 100% Vamp ($1 each, makeuprevolutionusa.com)
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There you have it! My top 4 favorite, most flattering, easy, versatile, and wearable spring beauty trends