Spring is finally here and we get to take off all those warm winter coats and boots and replace them with light jackets and trainers. What a relief! When we now have awakened after our long hibernation, it’s time to freshen ourselves up a bit and have a quick look at what beauty trends we can embrace during the remainder of this year.
Just like always nowadays, there are many trends going on at the same time, and which ones you choose to follow is completely up to you. Remember your own style and personality and don’t just go with what other people think looks good. But if you, on the other hand, like what you’re seeing, trends are a fun way to add some variation and experimentation to your life!
Smoky Eyes Are Back!
Even though nobody can say that smoky eyes have ever been completely out, they have been in need of a renaissance. 2019 is the year that we took the smoky eye back and made it just slightly more interesting. Go for shades of gold and other metals. This look has been featured on the catwalks lately, for example at the Tom Ford show that was inspired by the 1970s.
Some people feel like it’s quite hard to achieve the perfect smoky eye. They’re afraid that they will end up looking like a panda and for that reason, they don’t even dare to try. But when you know how to do it properly, it’s actually quite easy!
How to Do It
- Start with a nude/peach transition shade all over your eyelids. This will act as a base that will make all the other shades blend together better. When creating a smoky eye, you want to always go from light to dark shades.
- Move on to a slightly darker transition shade that has a warmer tone and that you apply at the crease by the top of your eyeball and just above it in a semi-circular motion. Take time to blend it properly. Blending is easier if you hold your brush further out (not like you hold a pencil when writing).
- Time for the last transition shade and this should be in yet a slightly darker shade that goes in between the two shades you’ve already applied. Blend it well at the top of your eyelid. The result so far should be that you’ve got the lightest shade just by your lashes, the darker shade above that and the medium shade on top.
- Use a jumbo eyeliner pencil on the bottom half of your eyelids. If you are going for a black smoky eye, use a black pencil, but it could be another colour depending on what you feel like. Smear it on and take a synthetic brush and start blending it in. You’ll notice that if you keep going, the eyeshadow you’ve already applied will start showing. This isn’t a step that everybody uses, but it does ensure that your makeup will stay on all night, looking flawless no matter how much you dance.
- Time for the darkest shade, most often black. Apply the black eyeshadow by your lashes and blend it upwards to create a gradient. You might be used to applying a dark shade to the crease, but for this technique, and with colours this dark, that isn’t optimal so try doing it the other way around.
- For under the eye, you’re going to apply the transition shades just like you did before. And just like you can see them go almost like a frame outside of all the smokiness, you should let them show under the eye. This means that you need to go perhaps further out than feels natural. The darkest transition shade, though, goes closest to the eye.
- Apply a black eyeliner close to the eye and then blend it with a brush.
If you want to see what it should look like, watch this video tutorial.
Go Bananas with Pops of Colour
- Another thing that has been seen throughout the fashion shows are sparks of colour, be it on the lips, eyes or cheeks. Even pink eyelashes have been seen for the most daring ones! If you’re wondering what new makeup to get this spring, go for a bright pink lipstick or a neon eyeliner. Think ‘colour that makes people look one extra time’ and you won’t go wrong.
- But you may wonder how to match your makeup with your outfit. The answer is that you should be careful so that everything doesn’t match perfectly. This is easily achieved by using colours that are similar but not exactly the same. If you have pink lips, you can still wear pink, but let it be another shade. And try to add another colour to your clothing.
- You could try the 60-30-10 rule. It dictates that 60% of the clothes should be a neutral, like black, grey, navy, or white. 30% should be ROY G BIV (short for all the colours of the rainbow). It could be a nice top or a cardigan. And then 10% should be another ROY G BIV colour that you use on accessories and so on, little pops of colour. (This rule works great for home décor as well!)
- When you have established your three colours, you can start experimenting with how you can incorporate them in your outfit and makeup.
- Long lashes have been trendy for a while and they continue to be. Some people choose to get eyelash extensions, others opt for fake lashes or just a really good mascara. But no matter which one you feel best suits your lashes (and your wallet) you should still be using an eyelash serum that makes your natural lashes really long and luscious.
- To get long lashes with mascara, it’s important to start at the root of the lashes and zig-zag your way out. This will give them more volume and length. Let it dry and apply a second coat. You can even do a quick swipe at the back of the lashes when the second coat has dried, but this step might make it necessary to curl the lashes once more when the mascara is completely dry. If you need to curl them again, make sure to do it gently.
- Another trend that is big at the moment is to embrace one’s natural beauty and not wear any makeup at all, or perhaps just a little bit when it’s absolutely necessary. If you feel like you want to give it a go, skincare is everything. Make sure to pamper your skin with a daily skincare routine with lovely serums and creams as well as weekly facemasks and peelings. And don’t forget to give your lips some attention with lip balms that adds moisture and shine.
- This isn’t a trend that is about making no effort, but rather one that takes dedication. To get your skin to really glow, eat plenty of veggies and drink at least 2 litres of water every day, and you will soon notice results!
Back to Basic Brows
- For a while, crazy sharp brows have been really popular. But that’s about to change. The trend we’re seeing now is to have more natural-looking brows.
It seems like everybody is starting to realize that they might have gone overboard with the whole brows thing. Brow stamps, tattoos, and it-brows are on their way out and will soon disappear as quickly as they once came. The same thing happened to contouring just a while ago. It seems like all the beauty trends that start to wander too far away from what we naturally look like fade away after a short while in the spotlight.