12 Spring Beauty Trends Even Beginners Can Pull Off

Updated 05/01/17
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Another season, another excuse to switch up our beauty routine. While spring inevitably brings with it lighter shades and fresher vibes than its winter counterpart, this season in particular, we’re seeing vibrantly bright hues, a little bit of Gigi, a little bit of Elle, and a whole lot of glam. Check out this season’s must-know beauty trends below.

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Blue Hue

Bright eyeliner has been making some major headway in recent years, and this spring is proof that it’s not going anywhere anytime soon. The only difference is instead of adding it as a pop of color after your beauty routine is complete, let the liner be the central focus. “Colored liner is a big spring 2016 trend, especially in beautiful bold blue. Paired with a neutral face, this modern look is an unexpected way to add a pop of color,” explains Sonia Kashuk.

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Bronze Lids

The team over at Alima Pure Cosmetics is seeing bronze this spring: “We love a bronze smoky eye because it enhances every eye color. It’s really wearable during the day, plus you can easily amp it up at night. Our Luminous Shimmer Eyeshadow ($14) in Flashback has a beautiful metallic bronze finish.” To play with the bronze hue even more, try creating a multidimensional look with the shadow trio below.

Lorac Bronze Bombshell Eyeshadow Trio $10
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Cherry Lips

While you may have worn a vampy deep red lip in the wintertime, it’s time to transfer to a bright cherry hue for spring. Says Kashuk, “The key is to keep the color a true primary red and experiment with different finishes, from satin to matte to lacquered shine.”

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Colored Smokey Eye

Think you can’t rock a smoky eye color in the spring? Think again (and think color): “A smoky eye in a beautiful array of spring colors is one of the most playful trends this season. Experiment with shades of lavender, pink, peach, cobalt, and aquamarine greens.”

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Fresh-Faced

With warmer weather just around the corner, give your skin a break from the heavier matte looks you may have worn this winter: “Raw makeup is my favorite look. It’s on the opposite side of the spectrum from the overly done look we’ve seen in seasons past,” says Jessica Scantlin, head makeup artist for Blushington. She’s all about glowing, natural skin—“It’s not overly bronzed, either. It’s just soft and natural.” Prep your skin with a hydrating mask to get your dew on.

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Rainbow Bright

Pastel nails are pretty and all, but this spring is all about bright, bold, and vibrant, like the colors seen on the runways of Monique Lhuillier, Diane von Furstenberg, and Nanette Lepore.

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Wet Hair

“One of the biggest trends for spring that was seen all over the runway is the wet, out-of-the-pool hair look,” says celebrity hairstylist George Papanikolas. Slick back the roots of your hair continuing about a quarter of the way down your hair length using mousse or a styling gel.

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Faux Bobs

Papanikolas also foresees faux bobs serving as a hot trend in the coming months. While creating a seamless wig job à la Gigi Hadid may not be an easy feat, try using Sarah Potempa’s Wrap Up ($10) to tuck your strands up and underneath your mane.

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Braided Beauty

If your will to learn how to braid has been hibernating this winter, it’s time to wake it up for spring. Braided ’dos are a celebrity go-to lately (hi, Ciara and Olivia!). Whether it’s thin and inconspicuous or pancaked and thick, you can’t go wrong with a good braid this season. For a touch of glam, gloss up your plaits with some styling cream.

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’90s Chic

A major understatement: Effortless, cool-girl hair is here to stay. “A natural texture and feeling for the hair are always beautiful. This looks is very ’90s and reminds me of Elle Macpherson on the beach in the Bahamas,” says Odile Gilbert, NYFW hair lead for Kérastase. Work a styling paste or spray throughout your strands to accentuate the hair’s natural texture.

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Flushed Cheeks

Bring on the blush! Says Laura Geller, “Lighten up on the makeup and add a pop of color to perk up a washed-out complexion. Spring is all about keeping your look fresh and clean.”

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Pigtails

This one may come as a surprise: Papanikolas says we’ll be seeing some “adult pigtails” this spring. While spunky, high-placed ponies aren’t exactly en vogue, try two low braided pigtails, and throw in a headband for some easy accessorizing.

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So tell us: What trend are you going to try this season (OR what trend are you going to set)? Sound off below!

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